Black Friday Retrospective 2010 – 2016

Black Friday Retrospective 2010 – 2016

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Does this sound familiar?

“Worst Black Friday ever.”

“Last year’s deals were better.”

Is any of it true? We’re going to take a walk down memory lane and look at 2016’s Black Friday and how it stacked up against Black Fridays of years gone by. I sampled deals from 2010-16 and tried to pick popular titles with wide availability — I kept away from door crashers.

The Annual Franchises*

 

Well this is a bit awkward isn’t? After years of annual Assassin’s Creed releases, Ubisoft decided to give Assassin’s Creed a year off and release a remaster collection featuring Ezio’s adventures instead. In its place, Watch_Dogs 2 was released and forced me to change this category up a bit. I suspect it won’t be too long before I have to make changes to the entire category and simply call it “Big Publisher Q4 Releases” or something along those lines.

The worst Black Friday was 2011’s where we saw both Assassin’s Creed: Revelations and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 maintain MSRP. With regards to sale price, 2015 matched 2013’s Black Friday offerings. But when looking at the discount themselves, we actually saw the deepest discounts for both Assassin’s Creed and Call of Duty titles with $20 and $30 off respectively.

Other Releases

 

Q4 releases in 2015 and 2016 held firm at $49.99 but if you were in the market for older releases, you had your pick of the litter. Unless it’s first party Nintendo game or a niche Japanese third party developed game, you’re almost always better off waiting until Black Friday. The discounts to western third party published titles from the likes of Ubisoft, 2K Games, Bethesda or Electronic Arts arrive rapidly.

The Lessons Learned

  1. You should not be paying full price for Call of Duty or Assassin’s Creed titles; they often receive discounts on Black Friday.
  2. Some recent releases around Black Friday will drop to $49.99 or lower
  3. You will see Q3 releases drop to $39.99
  4. Expect some first half releases to drop to $19.99
  5. Year old titles will also occupy the $19.99 price range
  6. The weakened Canadian dollar caused MSRP to rise but the discounts didn’t deepen to compensate.

The Most Important Point

Black Friday wasn’t meant for “full time” bargain hunters; it’s for the masses who don’t keep tabs on the latest deals. If you kept on top of your game deals, you shouldn’t be surprised — one way or the other — when Black Friday arrives. You will see repeated sales from the past. You will notice discounts that don’t match with Amazon.ca & BestBuy’s E3 promotions.

Week of Nov 17 – 23 Round-up

Week of Nov 17 – 23 Round-up

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Am I too old for Pokemon? I started Pokemon Sun in 2016 and have yet to finish it. There’s just something about the game’s pace that made me put the game down again and again. I honestly thought Sun/Moon would be the last Pokemon games for the Nintendo 3DS but lo and behold: Nintendo announced sequels. I’m not in tune with all things Pokemon but I’m hearing little to no buzz surrounding this release. I’m sure it will sell well enough but probably nowhere near Sun and Moon.

Week of Nov 10 – 16 Round-up

Week of Nov 10 – 16 Round-up

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I tried the Star Wars: Battlefront beta back in 2015 and came away thinking it lacked the depth of Battlefield. I passed on it and DICE’s next game, Battlefield 1 as well. Add Star Wars: Battlefront II to that list of DICE games that I’ve passed on since Battlefield 4 because I have zero interest in what they are doing with that property. Their games continue to look exceptionally pretty but give me a Battlefield title in the vein of Battlefield 2142 and I’ll be there. 

Week of Nov 3 – 9 Round-up

Week of Nov 3 – 9 Round-up

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Another year, another Call of Duty title that will pass me by. I passed on last year’s Infinite Warfare and will likely pass on WW2 for as well. I have zero interest in the multiplayer campaigns but the single player? I heard good things about Infinite Warfare’s and I was a fan of Sledgehammer’s effort with Advanced Warfare, so I wouldn’t mind spending a few dollars on the campaign. Seeing Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare for $24.99 already has me thinking that WW2 will end up being heavily discounted rather quickly as well.  

November 2017 Plus Games

Instant Game Collection

PlayStation 4

  • Worms Battlegrounds
  • Until Dawn: Rush of Blood
  • Bound
  • Dungeon Punks

PlayStation 3

  • R-Type Dimensions
  • Rag Doll Kung Fu: Fists of Plastic

PlayStation Vita

  • Dungeon Punks
  • Broken Sword 5: The Serpent’s Curse (Episodes 1 & 2)
Week of Oct 27 – Nov 2 Round-up

Week of Oct 27 – Nov 2 Round-up

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Super Mario Odyssey might be my most anticipated game of the year. I’m not waiting for it with bated breath and festering with rage because Amazon.ca isn’t going to deliver it to me tomorrow but I am looking forward to playing it. I’m kinda glad it may not make it to me this weekend because it will give me a few more days to wrap up Breath of the Wild which I’ve been milking for quite some time. 

November 2017 Gold Games

Games With Gold

Xbox One

  • Trackmania Turbo
  • Tales from the Borderlands

Xbox 360 & Xbox One

  • Nights into Dreams
  • Deadfall Adventure
Week of Oct 20 – 26 Round-up

Week of Oct 20 – 26 Round-up

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Wolfenstein: The New Order was something quite special; it was one of the few games that finished and immediately replayed for the Platinum trophy. But I didn’t buy The New Order at full price and I’m not going to do that for Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus either. It’s north of $50 across PC and consoles at the moment so I think it will pay to wait for a bit. Bethesda’s titles tend to fall in price rather quickly. Don’t worry, Nazis. You will be thwarted in due time.

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Week of Oct 13 – 19 Round-up

Week of Oct 13 – 19 Round-up

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There’s a very good chance that The Evil Within 2 will be a commercial failure this year. I still have yet to play the first game but I keep hearing that it’s a very good action horror game in the vein of Resident Evil 4. I have no idea what to expect from the sequel but the mere fact that Bethesda green lit it makes me it a tiny bit curious. 

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Here’s Something You May Have Missed

Congratulations to Joey P. ! You won the SNES Classic Edition giveaway. Please check your email!

Week of Oct 6 – 12 Round-up

Week of Oct 6 – 12 Round-up

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I enjoyed my time with Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor but for whatever reason, I just don’t have a single ounce of interest in the sequel. Maybe if the year wasn’t so jam packed with so many “must play” titles, I’d give it consideration but not any time soon. 

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Here’s Something You May Have Missed

Did you hear? There’s a Super NES Classic Edition Giveaway happening! You have until October 10, 2017 to enter.

Week of Sep 29 – Oct 5 Round-up

Week of Sep 29 – Oct 5 Round-up

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The Super NES Classic Edition is here. Let us hope Nintendo will make enough for everyone who wants one. 

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October 2017 Gold Games

Games With Gold

Xbox One

  • Slime Rancher
  • Trials Fusion

Xbox 360 & Xbox One

  • Bayonetta
  • Red Faction: Armageddon

October 2017 Plus Games

Instant Game Collection

PlayStation 4

  • Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain
  • Amnesia Collection
  • Hue
  • Sky Force Anniversary

PlayStation 3

  • Monster Jam Battlegrounds
  • Hustle Kings

PlayStation Vita

  • Hue
  • Sky Force Anniversary
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