Black Friday is the biggest shopping day in the world. Many retailers sell games at huge discounts. If you haven’t already taken advantage of some early deals, here are some games you can purchase for cheap on Black Friday.
5. Halo 5: Guardians (Price – $14.99 at Best Buy)
343 Industries really knocked it out of the park with Halo 5: Guardians. Despite the fact that the campaign is a weakest in the entire franchise, Halo 5: Guardians excels at what made the Halo series so iconic in the first place; the multiplayer. Since its launch in 2015, the multiplayer has been stellar. From the plethora of game types, ranked and social playlists, the massive Warzone mode, Firefight, large variety of maps, and the free DLC, Halo 5 Guardians is a very consumer friendly video game. The community continues to go strong and the multiplayer modes are even better than Halo 2. Xbox One X owners can also take advantage of the enhanced patch which increases the game’s resolution to 4K.
4. Resident Evil VII (Price – $15 at Target. $19.99 at Best Buy and Gamestop)
The Resident Evil franchise was in need of rejuvenation after the abysmal Resident Evil 6 and a handful of mediocre spinoffs. Resident Evil VII came as a huge surprise to fans of the series because it ditches the typical third-person perspective for a first-person view. Fortunately, the deviation from the well-known formula was just what the series needed. Resident Evil VII is thrilling, brutal, unforgettable, and terrifying throughout the campaign. What makes Resident Evil VII so fantastic is that Capcom ditched the action-oriented approach from later installments to focus on pure survival horror. The journey through the Baker estate is a breath of fresh air and one that fans of the horror genre should definitely experience.
3. For Honor (14.99 at Best Buy and Amazon. $19.99 at Gamestop)
For Honor is a game that caught me off guard. Technically, it’s a fighting game, but the execution makes the experience unique. Ubisoft took Knights, Samurai, and Vikings, and then placed them in an arena so they could fight to the death. While there is a campaign mode, the real draw is the intuitive multiplayer component. Players can choose an allegiance and then play online so that their faction can take over the map. There are multiple ways to play. You can engage in tense 1vs 1 matches, hectic duos fights or chaotic 4 against 4 matches that put players through all-out war. I’ve spent hours playing the game and haven’t been able to get enough of Ubisoft’s stellar fighting game. The combat is tight, the characters are diverse, and the mastering the gameplay is one of the most rewarding accomplishments someone can achieve this year. This new IP just begs to be played. If you haven’t had a chance to experience For Honor yet, Best Buy’s Black Friday price is a fantastic deal to take advantage of.
2. South Park: The Fractured But Whole – ($34.99 at Best Buy.)
South Park is one of my favorite shows. When I was in college, I binged every available season at the time (the show was on season 15 during my senior year) and loved each episode. Matt Stone and Trey Parker wonderfully blend social commentary, shocking humor, and memorable characters to create an iconic television show. When South Park: The Stick of Truth launched in 2013, I was surprised at the high production value and deep gameplay. I loved that the studio mapped out the entire town and included most of the characters that fans know and love. I honestly didn’t think that the second outing could possibly top the original, but boy, was I wrong. South Park: The Fractured But Whole excels in almost every single way. The gameplay is more in-depth and responsive, the jokes are more shocking this time around, and the laughs were constant from beginning to end. I adored playing as the new kid as he tries to fit in with The Coon and Friends, who are on a mission to successfully create a franchise which includes a Netflix show, films, and spinoffs. The 20 hour campaign rarely has any dull moments and fans of South Park will have a blast. Who can say no to a 20 hour episode of the show?
1. Injustice 2 ($14.00 at Gamestop. $19.99 at Best Buy)
Injustice 2 is one of the best games of the year. NetherRealm Studios and WB Games created a masterpiece in the fighting genre. As a comic book fan, it’s a blast to see some of my favorite heroes and villains battle it out on screen. All of those face-offs that I imagined in my head as a child were finally being re-enacted in video game form. Not only is there an expansive roster including Supergirl, Black Canary, Batman, Green Arrow, Captain Cold, Bane, Atrocitis, and Harley Quinn, there are also downloadable characters like Black Manta, Hellboy, and the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Injustice 2 features deep multiplayer modes, an engaging campaign, stellar writing, fantastic visuals, and Xbox One X enhanced patch, and some of the best fighting mechanics to ever grace the video game world. For $14.99, it’s a fantastic purchase for yourself or as a Christmas gift for the comic book/fighting fan in your life.
What games are you planning on buying this Black Friday? If you’re having a difficult time trying to find the perfect game this holiday season, take a look at the games I listed above. There are hours of fun to be had at wonderful prices.