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I remember a time when holiday themed items weren’t put on display until December, and “Black Friday” was only a single day. Now, we’re getting “Season’s Greetings” doormats flung in our faces around Labor Day, and “Black Friday” is more than a week long if you don’t count “Cyber Monday” as it’s own shopaholic holiday.

You can’t deny the deals that come about during this time, though, and if you’re on a budget, it might be worth cutting your Turkey Day dinner short to get some items on the cheap. The problem is, there are also so many retailers now that it’s hard to figure out who has the best deals and when exactly they are.

We here at EGM feel your pain, so we’ve put together a monstrous, still growing list of Black Friday deals that might help you sort out this mess of consumerism gone too far.

A few notes:

All games are for the Xbox 360/PS3 generation, unless otherwise noted.

All deals are for Thanksgiving/Black Friday, unless otherwise noted.

Best Buy

  • Cobalt Blue 3DS + Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon – $149.99
  • PS Vita – $169.99 (this week starting 11/24, ending on Thanksgiving)
  • 250 GB PS3 + Batman: Arkham Origins & The Last of Us – $199.99
  • 250 GB Xbox 360 + Halo 4, Tomb Raider, Darksiders II, Batman: Arkham City – $189.99

Games for $44.99

  • Call of Duty: Ghosts

Games for $34.99

  • Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
  • The Last of Us
  • Beyond: Two Souls
  • FIFA 14
  • Madden 25
  • Battlefield 4

Games for $29.99

  • Splinter Cell: Blacklist
  • Saints Row IV

Games for $14.99

  • Far Cry 3
  • Tomb Raider
  • Xbox Live 3-month subscription

Walmart

  • Nintendo 2DS – $99.96
  • PS Vita – $179.99
  • 4 GB Xbox 360 – $99
  • 250 GB PS3 + Batman: Arkham Origins & The Last of Us – $199.99

Xbox One Launch Titles for $49 (week leading up to Black Friday):

  • Ryse: Son of Rome
  • Forza Motorsport 5
  • Fighter Within
  • Dead Rising 3
  • Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
  • Zoo Tycoon
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts
  • Battlefield 4
  • Need for Speed Rivals
  • Madden 25
  • FIFA 14
  • NBA 2K14

PS4 Launch Titles for $49  (week leading up to Black Friday):

  • Killzone: Shadow Fall
  • Knack
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us: – Ultimate Edition
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts
  • Battlefield 4
  • Need for Speed Rivals
  • Madden 25
  • FIFA 14
  • NBA 2K14

Games for $39.96

  • Call of Duty: Ghosts

Games for $34

  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • NBA 2K14

Games for $25

  • Injustice: Gods Among Us
  • Battlefield 4
  • Beyond: Two Souls
  • The Last of Us

Gamestop

  • PS Vita 3G/Wifi bundle – $179.99
  • 250 GB Xbox 360 + Halo 4 & Tomb Raider – $199.99
  • 250 GB PS3 + Batman: Arkham Origins & The Last of Us – $199.99

Games 50% off:

  • Bioshock Infinite
  • Borderlands 2: Game of the Year Edition

Games for $24.99:

  • Battlefield 4

Games for $14.99:

  • Just Dance 2014

Undisclosed game discounts:

  • Call of Duty: Ghosts
  • Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Batman: Arkham Origins

Additional specials:

  • 2-for-1 on Disney Infinity figures
  • Buy two pre-owned items, get a third free (includes games, systems, and accessories)

Target

  • Any Nintendo 3DS XL (including The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds bundle) – $149.99
  • PS Vita – $179.99
  • 250 GB Xbox 360 + Halo 4 & Tomb Raider – $249.99
  • 4 GB Xbox 360/Kinect + Kinect Sports 2 & Kinect Adventures – $189.99

PS4 Games for $49 (week leading up to Black Friday, order online):

  • Battlefield 4
  • FIFA 14

Games for $35

  • Battlefield 4
  • Batman: Arkham Origins
  • FIFA 14
  • WWE2K14
  • Madden 25
  • Xbox Live 3-month subscription – $10

Toys ‘R’ Us

  • PS Vita – $179.99
  • 4 GB Xbox 360/Kinect + Kinect Sports 2 & Kinect Adventures – $249.99

Buy these games full price, get another 360/PS3/Wii U game half-off:

  • Call of Duty: Ghosts
  •  Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
  • Batman: Arkham Origins
  • Just Dance 2014

Amazon

Xbox One Launch Titles for $49 (week leading up to Black Friday):

  • Ryse: Son of Rome
  • NBA 2K14
  • Need for Speed Rivals
  • LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
  • Forza Motorsport 5
  • FIFA 14
  • Fighter Within
  • Dead Rising 3
  • Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts
  • Angry Birds: Star Wars

PS4 Launch Titles for $49 (week leading up to Black Friday):

  • Angry Birds: Star Wars
  • FIFA 14
  • Knack
  • LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
  • Madden 25

Variety of smaller discounts ranging from $2-$20 on current gen versions of all titles listed here, plus other games including Remember Me, Dead Island: Riptide, and Rayman Legends.

Misc.

Certain retailers will have 1-year PS Plus memberships for $29.99. We don’t have a list yet as to who these retailers are, but will update when we find out.

UPDATE 11/26: Microsoft has now released a list of games they’ll have on sale via Xbox Live with discounts ranging from 33-80% off. This list includes WWE 2K14 for 33% off, Deadpool for 40% off, Tomb Raider and Metro: Last Light for 50% off, and Far Cry: Blood Dragon for 75% off. The sale will last from November 26 until December 2, with more titles being added as the week goes on. For the full list of games and when they go on sale, click here.

More to come…

It’s hard to say which ones have the best deals and brand loyalty may play a part in where shoppers decide to go Friday, though Best Buy seems to have a lot of the best bundles available. On the other side of the coin, I remember when Toys ‘R’ Us would be the only place I’d get my games from when I was a kid (mostly because a lot of these other retailers didn’t exist yet). Now it seems they have the weakest deals of the bunch.

What deals sound most enticing to you and where do you think you’ll shop on Black Friday. Are you going to go shopping on Black Friday at all? What do you think of retailers like Walmart and Best Buy opening on Thanksgiving itself? Let us know your thoughts with comments below! 

Grinding the Gears

Originally Published: November 21, 2008, on 1050ESPN.com (now ESPNNewYork.com)

Ray Carsillo Reporting for 1050 ESPN at NYC Gears of War 2 Launch
Video by Jared Bodden

It helped launch the current generation of systems and prove just how far we had come in terms of shooter games. It also left us on the edge of our seats as we knew by the end cut scene that this epic was not over. Gears of War was revolutionary in terms of how much it stressed firing from behind cover and blind firing without a stress on stealth. Add in that there was nothing more satisfying in online play than sneaking up behind someone and mowing them down with the chainsaw attached to your gun. Graphics, weapon design, enemy A.I., they all took steps forward with the first Gears of War, so how on earth could they top it?

If you loved the first Gears as much as I did, then you were at a Midnight Mayhem Launch at one of the many locations across the tri-state area, waiting anxiously for the clock to strike 12:01 AM on Friday, November 7th. Take a look at the attached video to see a special interview with Rod Fergusson, the Senior Producer for Gears of War 2 from Epic Games and you can get a better sense of what to expect.

After finally procuring my own copy of Gears of War 2, I staved off sleep for as long as it took for me to beat it and I could not have been happier with the product.

The first game set the stage for one of the grandest universes we’ve been immersed in as gamers in a long while and the second game did its job, which was to flesh out the characters and expound on the background of this amazing universe.
You once again take on the role of Marcus Fenix and have to lead Delta Squad against the Locust Hordes who are trying to take over the surface world after living under the earth’s crust for no one knows how long.

One of the additions to this game is in Co-op story mode, you aren’t a ghost shooter when you tag along with a buddy, but take over as Dominic Santiago, Marcus’s closest friend and 2nd in command and follow the story through his eyes as well as Marcus’s. A nice addition to mention is that both Marcus’s and Dom’s back stories have been fleshed out and you learn a lot about their characters and personal motives with some interesting twists and turns along the way.

As well as the fleshed out story, the graphics have been upgraded to push the XBOX 360 to its limits and you can tell. The light effects, the blood, the lush color of vegetation (or not so lush of rotting vegetation), all bring the sense of realism to all new heights. The enemy A.I. has been upgraded and the gameplay is as smooth as can be. I saw no glitches to speak of. And some of the most fun levels I’ve played in a long time were when you get behind the wheel of several C.O.G. and Locust “vehicles” and just start blowing everything and everyone to kingdom come.

The multiplayer is back as well and has been ramped up. With new multiplayer modes, like King of the Hill, Wingman, and Annex, new maps, and the pure satisfaction of winning a battle of clashing chainsaws and you have one of the best multiplayer experiences out there.

Add in new abilities, like using dying Locust soldiers as shields while under fire, collectibles from every level, and new weapons such as poison gas grenades, burst shot pistols, the ability to turn your grenades into proximity mines (which can be planted right on enemies as well as on walls), flamethrowers, and the return of some of the greatest weapons ever imagined like the Lancer chainsaw rifle and you have all the ingredients for, in my opinion, so far, the best gaming experience of 2008.

Ratings are based on a system of 1 to 10 with 10 being the highest.

Graphics: 9.5: Sharp, clear, crisp. These are words that you use when describing Gears of War 2. The only reason why I deducted points was that when you mow down enemies with the chainsaw, they fall apart into lots of little pieces that would not make sense if you’re slicing them right down the middle. Aside from this minor critique, the game is a feast for the eyes.

Audio: 10.0: The voice acting was superb. The gravel and guts in Marcus Fenix’s voice made you think of how much fighting this man had seen. The music fit every situation and helped to build tension to let you know when something was coming so that you actually tensed up because you didn’t know what would be behind the next corner. Explosions, gunfire, chainsaws grinding, and other SFX were all solidly used as well. Can’t deduct from something was perfect.


Plot/Plot Development: 9.0:
The first Gears ended in a cliffhanger and the second Gears ends in even a bigger cliffhanger. Questions from the first Gears were answered, but even more questions pop up as you play through the game. I don’t want to give anything away by saying what they are, but I already can’t wait for Gears 3! Add in the emotion you feel for the characters as their backgrounds are fleshed out and you walk away from this one like you just watched a great movie in the middle of the trilogy. Dare I say, this is The Empire Strike Back of video games?

Gameplay: 10.0: There were no glitches as far as I could tell and everything kept up at a great pace. I didn’t even realize how long I had been playing the game for until I finally looked at my clock and said “Damn!” It felt like I was watching a movie it was so smooth. Enemy A.I. was relatively unpredictable and the game was just hard enough to give you a challenge, but with enough checkpoints to keep you from being frustrated. Best game I’ve played this year, I think.

Replay Value: 9.0: Not a lot to bring you back to the story mode aside from getting the achievements of beating the game on a harder difficulty and trying to find all the collectibles, but the multiplayer is great. Lots of different modes keeps the multiplayer situations constantly in flux and there is still no greater feeling in gaming than sneaking up on someone and hacking them to ribbons with your Lancer Chainsaw Rifle.

Overall (not an average): 9.5: One of the most enjoyable experiences I’ve had in gaming in a while. From the story mode to the great multiplayer mode, this game is tight as a drum. It’s hard to really complain about anything except that I don’t think I can wait another two years for Gears 3 to come out. Gears of War 2 is out now exclusively for XBOX 360.

-Ray Carsillo