I don’t make many recommendations on this here site but Astrobot: Rescue Mission deserves your attention. If you are looking for one of the best games of 2018 and own a PlayStation 4, do yourself a favour and pick up the PlayStation VR Astrobot + Moss Bundle for $249.99 ($130 off). It’s a fantastic game.
Boxing Day isn’t what it once was; you’re going to see a lot of repeats from a month earlier. It’s best to view next Wednesday an encore of Black Friday with a spritz or two of new deals.
2017’s Boxing Day went pretty much as expected. If you were patient, you were able to nab some of the best games of the year on some steep discounts.
The Annual Franchises
The long streak of finding the most recent Call of Duty title for 50% off ended in 2017 with Call of Duty: WW2 coming in at $50 across all retailers.
Assassin’s Creed returned in 2017 with Origins. The $39.99 price tag also returned giving the game a 50% discount within 2 month’s time.
Nier: Automata for $30? I’m sure this was a popular pick up last year. It wasn’t surprising to see Destiny 2 and Wolfenstein: The New Colossus receive 50% off discounts. The Destiny franchise have always been historically quick to discount and the same goes with Bethesda published titles.
What Will Boxing Day 2018 Look Like?
- I wouldn’t be surprised to see Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII and/or Assassin Creed: Odyssey chime in with 50% off discounts
- A repeat Black Friday pricing for Electronic Arts and Bethesda’s lineup of games.
Katamari Damacy is an absolute treat for me. But like all treats, I can only take so much before I have to put it down and take a bit of a break. The launch of Katamari Damacy Reroll reminded me that I own a copy of Katamari Forever for the PlayStation 3. I recall starting that game but didn’t finish it. I don’t know when I’ll get back to that version of Katamari but the idea of having a quality portable Switch version of Katamari Damacy is awfully tempting.
I guess the streak continues with a copy Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. I own every Smash Bros. game since Melee and I can honestly tell you that I’m not that big of a fan. I’ve put less than a 48 hours’ worth of time across all of them. I found the single player content poor in the previous installments which results in my interest with these games waning quickly. Apparently my fiancee is a fan of the series so maybe we’ll make our way through the adventure mode.
There’s a Just Cause 4? This seemingly just snuck up on me. I was aware of its existence but its arrival seems muted with its lack of fanfare from anyone. I heard the last game was a disappointment for fans. I wouldn’t know because these games always seemed a bit too one note for me.
Here’s Something You May Have Missed
December 2018 Gold Games
- U.B.E. 2
- Never Alone
Xbox 360 & Xbox One
- Dragon Age II
- Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction
December 2018 Plus Games
- Paper’s Please
I was hesitant to pick up Pokemon Let’s Go. I didn’t finish Pokemon Sun and the idea of playing the remake with Pokemon Go mechanics seemed questionable. However, I decided to pick it up anyways and it looks like it was a solid choice. I hear good things.
Does this sound familiar?
“Worst Black Friday ever.”
“Last year’s deals were better.”
It’s that time again to look back and see how Black Friday of yesteryear compared to years prior. I plucked deals from 2010-17 and tried to pick popular titles with wide availability.
The Annual Franchises*
After a Watch_Dogs break in 2016, Assassin’s Creed returned with Assassin’s Creed: Origins in 2017. The return of Assassin’s Creed also marked the return of the $50 sale price during Black Friday.
Call of Duty: WW2 continued to the pattern of knocking $30 off the MSRP.
Discounts remained relatively unchanged across recent and older releases. If you’re in the market for third party releases, expect sizable discounts during Black Friday. As for first party? That can be tricky.
The Lessons Learned
- You should not be paying full price for Call of Duty or Assassin’s Creed titles; they often receive discounts on Black Friday.
- Some recent releases around Black Friday will drop to $49.99 or lower
- You will see Q3 releases drop to $39.99
- Expect some first half releases to drop to $19.99
- Year old titles will also occupy the $19.99 price range
- The weakened Canadian dollar caused MSRP to rise but the discounts didn’t deepen to compensate.
Black Friday isn’t meant for “full time” bargain hunters; it’s for the masses who don’t keep tabs on the latest deals or did not get a chance to use the usual E3 pre-order discounts.
There was a time where a new Battlefield game would have excited me but ever since EA and DICE moved the series back to WWI and WWII, I’ve largely ignored the game. Part of it is the setting but a lot of it has to do with these titles’ performance on the PlayStation 4 Pro. I find it very jarring to move from a rock solid 60 FPS of Overwatch back to the iffy performance of a Battlefield game. At this rate, I’ll be picking up a new Battlefield game once the PlayStation 5 releases.
Tetris Effect looks absolutely amazing and I would love to experience it in VR. I don’t think I will be playing it that way any time soon though. I don’t know a soul who owns a PSVR headset and I won’t be owning one until I see the headset for less than $199.
The lord of terror’s third adventure makes its way to another platform. Portable Diablo III sounds very enticing and I hope it holds up well on the performance front. I doubt I’ll pick up this version of the game but I’m very glad Blizzard ported it over.
P.S – Still on vacation for another week. Expect delays and infrequent updates here and other the social media feeds. Apologies for the inconvenience!