It's Black Friday, and you know what that means. Prices are slashed on almost everything, almost everywhere, and video games are no different. We dragged ourselves out of our turkey-induced stupor to point out some of the finest deals on fantastic games.
First, the big names:
- Grand Theft Auto V is going on three years old now, but if you haven't played it, you're missing out. The campaign tells a story like few games can, and Rockstar is still improving the online portion of the game with major content updates. It has been notoriously resistant to sales and price drops, but its half-off price of $29.99 on Steam is an all-time low for the title.
- EA is offering Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2 in their deluxe editions as a bundle for $75. That's two almost-brand-new games for half-off. Alternatively, the standard versions of the games are each available separately for $39.99. Use the code TITAN20 at checkout to knock an extra 20% off the price of Titanfall 2. EA's games are offered exclusively on Origin, of course.
- Speaking of Origin, EA also has Mirror's Edge Catalyst, Dragon Age: Inquisition, and Star Wars Battlefront up for $14.99 each. That's a 60% discount on the first two, and a 50% discount on Battlefront. If nothing else, Catalyst is a visual feast not to be missed by those with high-end rigs. That price for Dragon Age also includes the game's DLC.
- Another gorgeous game for powerful PCs is Rise of the Tomb Raider. It's half-off right now on Steam for $29.99. Once you've picked that one up, you can grab the entire rest of the Tomb Raider series (including the 2013 reboot and its mountain of DLC) for just $43.44. That's a 66% discount from the normal price for twelve games and all of their DLC.
- Fallout 4 is 67% off on Steam at just $19.79. While the game came out over a year ago, the mod tools didn't hit the scene until earlier this year. Now that the modding community has had its fingers in the pie for a while, it could be the perfect time to pick this one up.
- Bethesda's biggest release this year was undoubtedly the fourth Doom game. It's at its all-time low price right now, 67% off on Steam. That brings it to $19.79. This game is one of the best campaign FPS experiences to come out in the last decade, and shouldn't be missed by fans of the genre. In traditional Id Software fashion, it's a visual spectacle, too.
If you liked Doom and want more of the same, you might try checking out some of its inspirations like:
- Unreal Tournament, which is of course one of the most hallowed names in the history of gaming. Pick up the original game, plus its sequels Unreal Tournament 2004 and Unreal Tournament 3 Black for $9.99 on Steam. These are titles that every FPS gamer should have in their libraries.
- Serious Sam, the most famous game series from Croatia. The Serious Sam games are seriously entertaining, and you can pick up all eleven titles for just $9.99 right now on Steam. All of the main-series Sam games support full campaign co-op and are a blast to play with friends.
- Shadow Warrior, specifically the 2013 reboot. (The original is free on Steam!) This game blew us away at TR with its overall excellent production quality, intense gameplay, and surprisingly decent storyline. It's on sale 90% off for just $3.99; FPS fans are doing themselves a disservice by missing this one.
- Bulletstorm, co-developed by Epic Games and Painkiller creators People Can Fly, is on sale for $5. This game was sadly overlooked when it came out, but it's a hilarious FPS rampage with arcade-game scoring for trick shots and environmental kills. The campaign is enjoyable on its own, but the multiplayer horde mode is where the real fun is at.
So many great games came out in the last ten years that we wouldn't blame you if you passed over some excellent titles. Some crazy sales on modern classics:
- It's a little late for Halloween, but the fantastic F.E.A.R. series is on sale for $13.74. That 75%-off price includes all three games and all of the DLC for each. F.E.A.R. is a bit of a cult classic, but fans of horror games and FPS games alike will have a blast.
- Another much-beloved last-gen trilogy, the Batman Arkham games, are also on sale. Steam has Arkham Asylum, Arkham City, and Arkham Origins all available for just $4.99 each. These games really nail the Batman experience. If you're a fan of the dark knight and you haven't already played these, what are you waiting for?
- Over on Origin, EA is offering up the whole Mass Effect trilogy for $14.99. That's half the usual price, and considering how much gameplay is on offer, an amazing value. This could be a good deal to grab if you're salivating for the upcoming Mass Effect: Andromeda.
- Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning is just $4.99. This open-world action-RPG draws inspiration from Fable and the Elder Scrolls titles, and had big names like R. A. Salvatore and Todd McFarlane involved in its development. If you haven't played it, it's surely worth a day's lunch money.
Finally, some indie quickies from Steam:
- Riff Racer is the inheritor of Audiosurf's rhythm-racing mantle. It's 69% off, bringing it down to $3.09. Very few other games are as adept at letting you play with your music.
- BattleBlock Theater (from the developers of Castle Crashers) is 80% off, bringing it to just $2.99. This game's charming art style and wicked-sharp wit will have you laughing even as the challenging puzzle platforming makes you cry.
- Assault Android Cactus is half-off, putting it at $7.49. This top-down dual-stick shooter melds frenetic shooter action with a selection of cute big-headed android girls. Each girl has unique weapons and abilities that totally change their play-style.
- Another dual-stick shooter, Renegade Ops, is down to $4.24 bundled up with all its DLC. This game was developed by the creators of the Just Cause series and uses that game's engine. It's also a phenomenal value for a gorgeous game full of gratuitous explosions. Features co-op!
- The Shadowrun Complete Collection is 82% off, bringing it down to $9.96. These titles are story-rich RPGs with top-down turn-based strategy combat that stay true to the lore of the Shadowrun game world. X-Com fans should definitely pick this up.
Let us know if we missed any good game deals in the comments.