It's that time of the year again. The discount shopping phenomenon known as Black Friday is nearly upon us, and yet again retailers and publishers are trying to tempt consumers with tantalising deals. In fact, many of them have already begun. Microsoft has already popped up with a tasty $50 off Xbox One bundles during the holiday season. The company is looking to up the ante over the sale period proper, the chance to get $70 off a console, with a free game.
Microsoft is not the only publisher getting in on the action early, either. EA has started early as well, and has put up a variety of games at discount on its Origin digital store, including the chance to get Mirror's Edge and Dead Space at $4.99 apiece. More recent titles, such as Titanfall, The Sims 4 and Need for Speed: Rivals are also available at discount.
However, it's the major retailers where the best bargains can be had. Here is our pick of the best offers that will be available.
- PS4 bundle including The Last of Us Remastered & Grand Theft Auto V for $399, or at $449 with a bonus choice of 2 games exclusive to Walmart.com (27 November only).
- Xbox One bundle (no Kinect), including Halo: The Master Chief Collection, a 12-month Xbox Live Gold Membership, and a game of your choice for $379 exclusive to Walmart.com.
- Walmart will also have a number of games on sale, including The Evil Within, Watch Dogs, and NBA 2K15 at $35 each.
- Xbox One bundle with Assassin's Creed Unity and Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag for $329, including a $50 Target gift card.
- Target is also offering a $15 gift card with any purchase of Far Cr 4, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, WWE 2K15, or Destiny.
- Apple iPad Air 16B plus $100 Gift Card for $399.
- Wii U bundle containing Super Mario 3D World, Nintendo Land, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze for $359.97.
- 3DS XL plus Mario Party: Island Tour for $174.99.
- Assassin's Creed Unity Xbox One Console With Kinect Bundle, plus a free controller, for $429.
- WD Green WD40EZRX 4TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive for $144.99.
- AMD FX-6350 Vishera 6-Core 3.9GHz Socket AM3+ 125W Desktop Processor for $109.99.
- ASUS ROG GL551JK-EH71 Gaming Laptop for $899.
- Turtle Beach Ear Force X12 Gaming Headset (certified refurbished) for $24.59.
- SteelSeries Apex Gaming Keyboard for $69.99.
- SteelSeries Sensi Wireless Gaming Mouse for $99.99.
There are also some notable publisher-specific sales happening online right now as well at Blizzard's Battle.net store and EA's offering 75% off many titles on Origin.
- Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty - $10
- Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm - $10
- Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls - $20
- World of Warcraft - $5
- The Sims 4 - $30
- Battlefield 4: Premium Edition - $35
- Battlefield 3 - $5
- Dead Space 3 - $10
- Titanfall: Deluxe Edition - $20
What do you make of this year's Black Friday deals? Are there any that whet your appetite? Or are you more likely to sit out this year? Which retailer do you think has the best deals available? Let us know in the comments.