The year is almost coming to a close, and with Halloween behind us and Christmas to look forward to, we wait. However, we can spend that waiting period playing some of our favorite games, and what better time to get our game on than now? Why now, do you ask? Well, BLACK FRIDAY! Which means deals! Deals all around. With so many discounts on offer on just about everything, we thought we’d ease it a bit for you by telling you about some of the best Black Friday deals on video games. This list is curated from the discounts that are available on the Xbox Store, but if you are on a different platform, fret not! You can expect similar discounts all around. It’s in no particular order and just showcases some of the best games you can dive into this holiday season. So, without further ado, let’s jump in!
Gotham Knights ($69.99)
Batman is dead, and it’s up to the Bat-family to take his place and maintain peace in Gotham. Dawn the cowls of Nightwing, Robin, Batgirl, and Red Hood in this open world action RPG set in the Batman universe. You can play solo or invite a friend for untethered co-op and explore the city, or put an end to the Court of Owls and avenge Batman. The game runs at a native 4K resolution and supports ray tracing, which helps the city of Gotham pop even more. It’s moody, dark, and gritty and is available at a 40% discount, which is great for a game that was released less than a month ago.
Arkane Studios are definitely one of my favorites in this industry. They are the undisputed champions of the immersive-sim genre, with great games like the Dishonored series and Prey under their belts. With “Deathloop,” they took their smart game design philosophy and plopped it into the confines of a time loop. As Colt, it’s your job to kill the eight visionaries in a single loop and break it forever. However, Julianna, one of the visionaries, is constantly hunting you and trying to stop you from completing your mission, and yes, she can be controlled by another player. Figure out this puzzle in this first-person immersive sim and remember. If at first you don’t succeed, die, die again. “Deathloop” is available at a whopping 67% off.
Dying Light 2 ($59.99)
Run, boy, run! These words have been embedded in my brain ever since the first Dying Light was announced. With the sequel, however, Techland turned their game into a full-blown RPG where choices matter, and oh! Did I mention? You are infected and fighting against the clock. Fun! “Dying Light 2” is full of enough content to keep you busy until Christmas. Explore the gigantic city they have created and watch it change in front of your eyes in accordance with the choices you make throughout your journey. Parkour across its skyline and use DIY weapons to take care of your zombie friends! “Dying Light 2” is available to pick up for 50% off.
Red Dead Redemption 2 ($59.99)
I’ll keep this entry brief and just ask you to buy and play “Red Dead Redemption 2” if you haven’t already. Set in 1899, the tail end of the era of gunslingers and outlaws, this novel explores a heartfelt and mature story through the eyes of Arthur Morgan. A gigantic and highly detailed world with fun and realistic combat and an incredibly well-written story awaits you if you choose to pick up “Red Dead Redemption 2” for 67% off.
Cyberpunk 2077 ($59.99)
After a rocky start, to say the least, “Cyberpunk 2077” has pretty much been revived now. A dark future dystopia with an incredibly well-written story and really fun gameplay is what you’ll be getting if you pick this up. Exploring Night City alone is well worth the price of admission for me. Yes, the game was a mess, but with the next-gen update and a constant stream of patches and updates coming its way, the game is more than playable and incredibly fun now. And with the new expansion, Phantom Liberty, arriving early next year, there’s no better time to jump into the world of cyberpunk. It’s available for 50% off, and did I mention that Keanu Reeves plays a major character in the story?
Resident Evil 2 And 3 ($39.99 Per Piece)
75% off is the price you pay to get one or both of these remakes. Isn’t that a good enough reason to check them out? If not, then don’t worry! “Resident Evil 4” Remake is just around the corner, and it’d be great to catch up with the series if you haven’t already, right? You play as Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield in “RE2” in an attempt to escape the Raccoon City police department, while in “RE3,” you assume the role of Jill Valentine to find out why this hulking monster called Nemesis is hunting you and how you can defeat it. Experience some of the best survival horror experiences the industry has crafted in the Resident Evil 2 and 3 Remake with incredible visuals and facial animations and edge of the seat gameplay experience.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla ($59.99 standard/ $139.99 complete)
“Assassin’s Creed” games love to make history your playground, and Valhalla is no different. Dark Ages England is the setting this time, with you taking on the role of Eivor, a Viking of the Raven Clan from Norway. An enormous world with tons of content and a tale of building alliances all across England is what awaits you on Eivor’s journey. All of this can be yours for 67% off, and if you want more, you can check out the complete edition of the game for 50% off, which includes “The Wrath of the Druids” expansion that takes you to Ireland, “The Siege of Paris” expansion, which takes you to France, and finally “The Dawn of Ragnarok” expansion, which takes you to the realm of Svartelfhiem. There’s still more, including free updates like river raids, The Forgotten Saga, Tombs of the Fallen, Mastery Challenges, and the upcoming Final Chapter. This game is chock-full of content and definitely worth looking at.
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot ($59.99)
We have all seen Dragon Ball as kids, pretty much, haven’t we? I practically grew up watching Goku’s adventures! If not, well, this game is perfect for you! Why? Because it retells the entire Z saga from its beginning all the way to the end of the Majin Buu saga. Awesome right? Whether you are a fan of Dragon Ball or not, you are going to love this amazing open-world RPG that CyberConnect2 has created. Flashy and easy-to-learn combat makes you feel like a Super Saiyan, and the voice work, all done by the original cast, is too damn good to miss out on. All of this can be yours for 75% off, and if you must know, the free next-gen update is right around the corner for this one!
Hitman 3 ($59.99)
The final adventure for our favorite bald-headed assassin with a barcode on the back of his head in this trilogy. Agent 47 returns with a bang to take on some of the most dangerous missions in the most exotic locations to date. And boy! From the tallest building in the world in Dubai to a nightclub in an abandoned Nuclear power plant in Berlin, these are the kind of locations you’ll be hunting your targets in. And if you happen to own the last 2 games then you can port those locations over onto this game and enjoy its refined visuals and gameplay improvements. It truly is the world of assassination for Agent 47 as you can grab Hitman 3 for 65% off.
Metro Exodus ($29.99)
I cannot stress this enough, go and play Metro Exodus. The hardships that Developer 4A Games went through to bring author Dimitry Glukhovsky’s vision to life are painstaking on their own. But their dedication and hard work in bringing this project to life show in every frame of this beautiful video game. I won’t talk a lick about the story, but know this, you’ll be in for a journey, one by the end of which you’ll need a box of tissues. This game is a must-play for anyone and everyone and is one of those rare games that is built around raytracing on console. Pick it up for 75% off, you won’t regret it.
Scarlet Nexus ($59.99)
A new IP and a new anime game by “Bandai Namco”, and what a game they’ve made. It’s hard to describe “Scarlet Nexus,” but the long and short of it would be that it’s an action RPG set in a dystopian future where the human mind takes precedence. Everyone has different superpowers, and you fight monsters called “others.” Look, it’s hard to describe, you’ll have to see it to believe it. You have two playable characters here with their own campaigns that intertwine in places, Yuito Summeragi, and Kassane Randal. Fun combat, beautiful cutscenes, a really good story, and an incredible world are what you get if you pick up “Scarlet Nexus” for 75% off.
Witcher 3 Wild Hunt Complete Edition ($49.99)
I am sure that pretty much everyone has played “The Witcher 3” by now. If not, here’s your perfect chance. I mean, it’s only the greatest RPG released in recent years. You assume the role of Geralt of Rivia in search of his adopted daughter Ciri in an open-ended story where your actions truly have consequences. The complete edition, available for 80% off, also comes with both of the expansions “Hearts of Stone” and “Blood and Wine,” each packed with more content and well worth checking out. The best part? On December 14th, “The Witcher 3” is finally getting its free next-gen update, so why sleep on it now?
Lost Judgment ($59.99)
Takayuki Yagami and Kaito are back to tackle another case, and this time his journey takes him outside Kamurocho and into Isezaki Ijincho in Yokohama. “Judgment” was the spinoff to the Yakuza series and was one of the best detective games that was ever made. You can expect more of the same with the cool brawler combat returning alongside immersive city exploration with no loading screens in between, all thanks to the Dragon Engine. The English dub is fantastic, and the visuals are just “chef’s kiss.” You can crack the case for 60% off if you choose. This series is really special and well worth checking out if you are even slightly into JRPGs.
Yakuza Series ($19.99, 0-6/ $69.99, Like A Dragon)
Finally, we have not one but eight games on display. I know it’s a lot, but picking one Yakuza game over another should be a crime on its own. I myself am a newbie to this series, but dear lord, when I started playing it, I couldn’t stop! Kazuma Kiryu’s journey from “Yakuza 0” to “Yakuza 6” is one to be experienced. Stellar voice acting, a detailed world, and stories that just make you go “WOW. But if you don’t want to burden yourself with too much, feel free to check out “Yakuza Like A Dragon,” which is a continuation of the series but brings with it a completely new and endearing character, Ichiban Kasuga. There’s so much to be said about these games, but that’ll take too much time! The developers at Ryu Ga Gotoku Studios have created a truly special and well-worth-experiencing franchise with this series, and I urge you to please not skip them. You can pick each game for anywhere between 67 and 80% off.
Phew! That’s a lot of games, isn’t it? Well, there’s more—a lot more than I even mentioned. Watch Dogs Legion, Mafia Definitive Edition, Guardians of the Galaxy, Halo, Gears, Forza, and 100s more! This sale really is something, and I am sure you’ll find something that suits your taste. Most of these games have never been cheaper, and these have been just a handful of our recommendations. With that out of the way, thank you for reading, and have a very happy Black Friday, fellow gamers!
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