Given the current state of the economy, and the vigor with which stores are going after what’s left of your dollar, we’re going to go ahead and declare this post-Thanksgiving Shopstravaganza of November 27th, 2009… The Blackest Friday. Retailers are well aware of your financial plight, and are dropping the prices on games so fresh off the press the cellophane is still melty. You know it’s going to get crazy out there, so take us by the hand as we walk you through the madness of it all by ranking the best deals available from stores all over the US.*
Above: If you’re doing this anyway…
Of course, to enjoy these viciously cheap games, you’re gonna need a system to play them on. Luckily, consoles are being bundled into incredible deals so there’s never been a better time to snatch the PS3 Slim, Elite 360, or Wii you’ve had your eye on for God knows how long. But in case you’re already console equipped:
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TOP 9 BF ’09 DEALS: HARDWARE
Best Buy deals begin at 5AM
$299 120GB Xbox 360 Elite Holiday Bundle with FREE Sonic The Hedgehog, Spider-Man Web of Shadows, Wall-E and Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2
Above: SIX FREE GAMES! Four are actually good!
$299 120GB PS3 Slim with FREE LittleBigPlanet: Game of the Year Edition and Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time
Above: Two kickass platform exclusives that still retail for around $60 each
Wal-Mart deals begin at 5AM
$299 120GB PS3 Slim with FREE Batman: Arkham Asylum and The Dark Knight on Blu-ray and InFamous
Above: Help someone you love bust a Bat nut. Plus InFamous!
GameStop deals begin at 6AM
$299 120GB PS3 Slim with FREE LittleBigPlanet: Game of the Year Edition and God of War Collection
Above: Technically THREE free games, but Best Buy’s bundle is still a better value
$299 120GB Xbox 360 Elite Holiday Bundle with either Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare or Bakugan Battle Brawlers FREE
Above: IMPORTANT: The deal is for CoD4 OR Bakugan Battle Brawlers NOT BOTH
K-Mart deals begin at 6AM
$199 Limited Edition Assassin’s Creed: Bloodlines PSP Entertainment Pack with FREE Assassin’s Creed II for PS3
Above: Remember Assassin’s Creed: Bloodlines unlocks goodies in the PS3 game
$299 120GB Xbox 360 Elite Holiday Bundle with FREE Halo 3: ODST
Above: Nearly as good as that ODST bundle the Europeans got
hhgregg deals begin at 4AM
$169 Wii Console
Above: A price that low could trigger another shortage. Wish we knew what ah “hhgregg” was…
Meijer deals begin at 5AM
$299 120GB PS3 Slim with FREE Gran Turismo 5: Prologue, Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction, Step Brothers and Black Hawk Down Blu-rays
Above: Adding enough ancient titles provides the passable illusion of VALUE!
$299 120GB Xbox 360 Elite Holiday Bundle with Grand Theft Auto IV and Halo 3
Above: Oldies, but damned goodies
Sears deals begin at 4AM
$299 120GB Xbox 360 Elite Holiday Bundle with FREE Xbox Live 12 Month Gold Subscription Card
Above: Not a game, but it’s a $50 gift that you’ll use more than any single game
Target deals begin at 5AM
$299 120GB Xbox 360 Elite Holiday Bundle with FREE $50 Gift Card
Above: At least Target is allowing you to pick your own free game. Or anything else under its roof
Radio Shack deals begin at 5:30AM
$299 120GB Xbox 360 Elite Holiday Bundle with $60 Mail in Rebate
Above: Lower on the list because losing $10 is pretty much worth not having to mail something
Click to the next page to find some of the cheapest games you’ll see all year!
-Many of these deals are “DOORBUSTERS” meaning they are in EXTREMELY limited supply and available Friday ONLY.
-The Elite 360 Holiday bundle including Pure and Lego Batman alone is already available damn near everywhere for $299, so don’t risk getting trampled for it
-Certain retailers may offer these deals online. It’s rare, but you should keep an eye out, especially if you’re not big on long lines and the bitter cold of an early morning.