Halo: Reach is my favorite of the franchise so I’m happy to see it come back in its remastered glory. I should replay it but at the same time, it may just make me long for that long lost Bungie of old. I had very high hopes for Destiny and it was a bummer that they didn’t continue with what made Halo: Reach so good. Exciting combat with a strong narrative is all I ask for.
Respawn Entertainment are talented and productive. Apex Legends and now Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. It sounds like the latter has some technical issues on consoles but people seem to find their latest single player game to be solid. I already added it to my list of future purchases.
Here are a few things you may have missed
December 2019 Gold Games
- Insane Robots
- Jurassic World Evolution
Xbox 360 & Xbox One
- Toy Story 3
- Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate HD
December 2019 Plus Games
- TitanFall 2
- Monster Energy Supercross
I picked up the Pokemon Sword/Shield Double Pack for my brother and I. I chose to be on team Sword. No idea when I will get around to starting it but I heard it’s a pretty good game. I know of its shortcomings but as a person who’s only played the first two generation of Pokemon games and the Let’s Go remake, I’m not fussed about what’s missing.
Death Stranding came out last week. I had it pre-ordered for $60 but decided to wait for a more palatable price point. It sounds divisive which was always going to be case for a Hideo Kojima helmed game. Even his Metal Gear Solid titles were not universally beloved. I’m sure I will find it fascinating but I’m not willing to invest money or time to find out at the moment.
“Worst Black Friday ever.”
“Last year’s deals were better.”
How much of this is true? Some of it is subjective. If you tend to enjoy niche titles with limited retail distribution, don’t expect significant discounts outside of clearance sales. If you are a fan of Nintendo titles, that’s almost a fool’s errand considering how careful Nintendo manages their game prices.
However, if you are in the market for third party releases and first party releases from the likes Microsoft or Sony, Black Friday can be a fruitful time for you.
So without further delay, let’s take continue the annual Black Friday retrospective and take a look at how 2018 stacked up.
The Annual Franchises
Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey received the deepest Black Friday discount ever in 2018 with 50% off the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). The game debuted on October 8, 2018 and was on sale for $39.96 — a mere 46 days later.
Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII continued its ritual off knocking $30 off its MSRP. It was released on October 12, 2018 and received a $30 discount 42 days later.
Other major releases from 2018 and 2017 were sampled below. As always, titles were selected based on the discount, popularity, and availability of said titles. There’s little value in highlighting the door crasher sale of a niche title.
2018 Q4 new releases included the likes of Red Dead Redemption 2 and Hitman 2. Unsurprisingly, the new Rockstar game did not receive any discounts. The only major new release to receive a sizeable discount was SoulCalibur VI.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider found itself occupying the usual $40 price point for a Q3 release. It was the lowest price for the Square Enix title thus far.
The MSRP of Far Cry 5 may have been $79.99 at the time but it was regularly seen between the $40 – $50 since its release on March 27, 2018. Still the sale price of $29.99 was not wildly out of step with previous year’s popular 1st half releases.
Persona 5, released on April 4, 2017, still managed to keep its sale price (for its retail release) over $30 let alone $20.
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.
Luigi’s Mansion 3 looks very good — graphically and gameplay wise. I never played the GameCube original. I wasn’t very keen on Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon for the Nintendo 3DS. My issues with it stemmed from its repetitive and segregated nature. This third game doesn’t appear to be as segregated as its 3DS predecessor which is enough for me to take interest. Now I just need to wait for a sale.
I was initially very impressed with the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare multiplayer beta earlier this year. But a few matches more, I grew tired of the same old game. The limited map selection didn’t help but I also found the flow a bit jarring coming from Apex Legends. I’m still looking forward to the single player campaign but to buy it on launch day is foolish considering the high chance of a deep discount on Black Friday.
Here are a few things you may have missed
November 2019 Gold Games
- Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter
- The Final Station
Xbox 360 & Xbox One
- Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter
- Joyride Turbo
November 2019 Plus Games
- Outlast 2
Thank you, Xbox Game Pass. Without that subscription, I doubt I would be picking up The Outer Worlds any time soon. I liked Fallout 3 and I was enjoying Fallout: New Vegas until the technical issues derailed it. Fallout 4 didn’t appeal but after hearing The Outer Worlds be described as a cross between Mass Effect and Fallout, I was sold. I was even more delighted hearing that it was coming to Xbox Game Pass because it was now a Microsoft first party title.
Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare was a very neat idea that failed to keep me hooked for more than half a day. I found it charming and a looker but the gameplay didn’t have legs. I was legitimately surprised to see Electronic Arts announce Plants vs Zombies: Battle for Neighborville. I felt its predecessor, Garden Warfare 2, didn’t set the world alight which made a sequel doubtful. I’m glad I’m wrong though. I know this game has its fans and it’s always good to see those characters alive again.
Skullgirls looked alright but not enough for me to pick up a fighting game for. An RPG platformer like Indivisible? That’s more my speed. Lab Zero’s game looks absolutely fantastic and I would love to give it a go on the Switch.