Black Friday 2010 – 2017 Retrospective

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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.

Other Releases

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

  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.

A Reminder

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.

Week of Nov 16 – 22 Round-up

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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. 

Week of Nov 9 – 15 Round Up

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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.

Week of Nov 2 – 8 Round-up

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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!

Week of Oct 26 – Nov 1 Round-up

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I was wondering why I didn’t pre-order Red Dead Redemption II. I liked Red Dead Redemption on the Xbox 360. I have the most powerful console and the best way to play Red Dead Redemption II today. So why didn’t I do it? Two reasons. 1.) I own a copy of Spider-man and still have yet to play it and 2.) I wanted to wait for the inevitable PC version. The latter was due to my lack of faith in Rockstar’s technical prowess. I didn’t think they would be able to deliver a 4K resolution game at a smooth 30 FPS. Apparently, I was wrong and they managed to pull off a strong performance on the Xbox One X. With that in mind, I’ll pick up a copy if it hits $50 again.

Week of Oct 19 – 25 Round-up

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Between the two Namco Bandai 3D fighters, I lean towards SoulCalibur. The last SoulCalibur I played was SoulCalibur IV and before that it was the original DreamCast release. I would like to give SoulCalibur VI a try but not for $80. I don’t love it that much and I doubt I would wring out that much enjoyment from it. I would likely invest more time in the custom character creator than the game itself. I didn’t mind the silly Star Wars inclusions in IV but the inclusion of Geralt from the Witcher series is a standout choice right up there with Link from SoulCalibur II.

Week of Oct 12 – 18 Round-up

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Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII’ Blackout mode wasn’t bad. I don’t know if I would buy Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII for that mode alone but the beta convinced me that Treyarch knows a thing or two about battle royale. It won’t reach the heights of Fortnite but I would be very curious how well it will do in the console space where PUBG runs poorly and is exclusive to just the Xbox One. I’m very curious — not enough to buy Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII for $79.99 — but I am curious.

Week of Oct 5 – 11 Round-up

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Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey is out for the plebs who only want the standard version of games. I personally don’t know anyone going out of their way to pay more for the earlier access but this practice must be working because publishers keep doing this. Regardless, I won’t be surprised to hear this year’s game sells well. A lot of people enjoyed the hell out of Assassin’s Creed: Origins. I have zero desire to give that a go but I have a morsel of intrigue with this year’s Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey. As a fan of God of War and ancient Greece, I find this year’s game more palpable. Will I actually go out of my way to play it? Doubtful.

Week of Sep 28 – Oct 4 Round-up

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This is it, right? I’m going to finally play a Forza Horizon game with Forza Horizon 4. Hearing about the 1080p 60 FPS mode for the Xbox One X fascinates me considering this franchises’ pedigree as a 30 FPS title. I haven’t dug into a racing title in a long, long time and this Xbox Game Pass title makes it a very compelling case for me to return to one.

Here’s Something You May Have Missed

October 2018 Gold Games

Games With Gold

Xbox One

  • Overcooked!
  • Victor Vran

Xbox 360 & Xbox One

  • Stuntman: Ignition
  • Hitman: Blood Money


October 2018 Plus Games

Instant Game Collection

PlayStation 4

  • Friday the 13th: The Game
  • Laser League
  • The Bridge
  • Rocketbirds 2: Evolution
  • 2064 Read Only Memories

PlayStation 3

  • Master Reboot
  • The Bridge
  • Rocketbirds 2: Evolution
  • 2064 Read Only Memories

PlayStation Vita

  • The Bridge
  • Rocketbirds 2: Evolution
  • 2064 Read Only Memories

Week of Sep 21 – 27 Round-up

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I am a Final Fight guy. I grew up with the SNES copy of Final Fight. I had no idea it was originally an arcade title or the fact that it had 2 player co-op. My brother and I took turns punching Mad Gear punks throughout Metro City. My experience with the likes of Captain Commando and Knights of the Round were experienced through CPS1 and CPS2 emulators so it’s nice to have the opportunity to own arcade perfect ports of them.

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