Microsoft and Sony kick off Thanksgiving sales with XBLA and PSN deals

Thanksgiving is a time for acknowledging the things you're grateful for: a day off school or work, the right to eat until your body threatens strike action, and the warm embrace of friends and family. But this last one's a mixed blessing: as soon as the leftover turkey's been scraped from the fridge, those demanding bastards are going to start wanting you to buy them things for Christmas.

Fortunately, Sony and Microsoft, well aware of the miserly black heart ticking limply in that craven hollow you call a chest, have come forward with a wealth of games for you to stock up on, so as to have something to do while you avoid thinking about what gifts will best appease your endlessly-demanding loved ones.

We'll have a full listing of Black Friday retailer deals soon, but until then, here are Microsoft and Sony's newly-announced Thanksgiving offers.

Above: MGS: Peace Walker, already great value for all its extras and easter eggs, is 50% off on PSN this week

There're a bunch of cut-price downloadable games available on Xbox LIVE Marketplace and the PlayStation Store, some discounted by as much as 50%. These specials are for Thanksgiving week only, meaning you only have until the 29th before feeling obligated to spend that holiday cash on others instead. Here's the full list of downloadable sale items on offer:

Xbox LIVE Marketplace (begins November 23)

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas - 400 Microsoft Points
Halo: Combat Evolved - 400 Microsoft Points
Trials HD - 400 Microsoft Points
‘Splosion Man - 160 Microsoft Points
Monkey Island: Special Edition - 400 Microsoft Points
Madden NFL Arcade - 400 Microsoft Points
Portal: Still Alive - 400 Microsoft Points

PlayStation Store (begins November 23)

PixelJunk Racers 2nd Lap - $3.49
Top Gun - $7.49
Gundemonium Collection - $7.49
DeathSpank - $7.49
Joe Danger - $7.49
Groovin' Blocks (PSP) - $4.99
Fat Princess: Fistful of Cake (PSP) - $9.99
Dissidia Final Fantasy (PSP) - $9.99
Dante's Inferno (PSP) - $19.99
Metal Gear Solid® Peace Walker (PSP) - $19.99
Young Thor - $2.49
Fieldrunners - $3.49
Hero of Sparta - $2.49
Alien Zombie Death - $1.99
Monopoly - $2.49

If you fancy a walk down to an actual physical location to work off some of that holiday fat, Microsoft is also offering limited-time price cuts on Fable III and Halo: Reach, which are leaving the shelves of participating retailers for $39.99. These prices begin on Friday, November 26, and, again, this special lasts until the 29th.

Above: This is Halo: Reach, but if you squint it could almost be the original – which is also on sale

Stay tuned for our full list of Black Friday deals! It'll definitely be here... before Friday. Because otherwise it wouldn't be very useful.

Nov 22, 2010




  • D0CCON - November 26, 2010 5:58 a.m.

    It looks like GTA and Halo are only going to be on sale for one day (the actual Black Friday) so I have to wait until tomorrow for GTA, but I did pick up and am enjoying Joe Danger. And since it's only $5, I think I'll pick up Portal Still Alive. At $15, it was way overpriced for somebody like me who already played the original, but $5 for 14 new maps is awesome. That'll help keep me entertained and thinking with portals until Portal 2 comes out.
  • skynetiscoming - November 23, 2010 8:28 p.m.

    @Sleepy92ismypsn There is no PS2 compatibility on the PS3. HD remakes need some deal of recoding and optimization for the PS3 before they will work. The Xbox has (limited?) backwards compatibility, so it can run certain games.
  • johngrybos - November 23, 2010 4:03 p.m.

    Holy wow, the spammers are out in full force for this post!
  • chriswilliamsuk - November 23, 2010 2:09 p.m.

    @andym yeh ive tryed that its still showing trials at 1200 points but yet when i search for portal still comes up as 400 weird
  • IAmARobotWhoTurnsIntoATruckAndIFindNoLevityInThis - November 23, 2010 1:58 p.m.

    Just google'd it, Will the Xbla deals be available in countries that don't celebrate a thanks giving?
  • IAmARobotWhoTurnsIntoATruckAndIFindNoLevityInThis - November 23, 2010 1:48 p.m.

    WTF is thanksgiving?
  • andym - November 23, 2010 12:40 p.m.

    THese are available in the UK. I just bought Portal for 400. These are really good deals. If you can't find them, go to the xbox website, sign in, then search for whichever game you fancy
  • chriswilliamsuk - November 23, 2010 8:21 a.m.

    i really want to buy trails but couldnt sink 1200 points on it, now its 400 i want it, but is it us only? or uk as well?
  • ChipTheExecutioner - November 23, 2010 5:10 a.m.

    To the canadians Black Friday is best described as "Zerg Rush" meets 300 meets A Mash Pit
  • sleepy92ismypsn - November 23, 2010 4:57 a.m.

    MGS Peace Walker is $20 all day every day on Amazon and you will get a case and manual with it. I'll buy Joe Danger for $7.49 How does M$ expect people who only have 4GB 360's to download a game like San Andreas? If the 360 can have Xbox originals then why can't the PS3 have PS2 classics?
  • thedonut - November 23, 2010 4:01 a.m.

    MGS:PW $20!!! Ugh, I'm straight up broke. Too bad no free PS+ stuff. :(
  • D0CCON - November 23, 2010 2:44 a.m.

    San Andreas for 400 MS Points!?!?! Sign me up (especially since I've never played it). As for Black Friday deals specifically, I still remember getting the Orange Box for $20 a couple years ago. Holy crap did that feel awesome. $60 was already a steal, but $20, holy crap. ReCaptcha: ashols William (come on recaptcha, use the real word)
  • Overlord153 - November 23, 2010 2:40 a.m.

    Sometimes it's just fun getting up at 4 in the morning to get COD Black Ops for $20 less because you know it's going to stay at full price until the next one comes out. Oh I lied about it being fun getting up at 4 in the morning
  • Cromac - November 23, 2010 2:35 a.m.

    Black Friday usually just ends up being a day where 4-5 people,at least, are trampled to death across US. I'd rather pay regular price than deal with crowds and the people that fight over hot items.
  • SonicX_89 - November 23, 2010 2:22 a.m.

    And I was just wondering what Black Friday sales I could catch. Microsoft has my money this year.
  • H2A2I00 - November 23, 2010 2:16 a.m.

    @Hydrohs and @ninjaempror im canadian as well but im pretty sure its like boxing day where every store is giving crazy deals boxing day is way better than christmas :)
  • MonocledYaoGuai - November 23, 2010 2:06 a.m.

    @Hydrohs You have the basic idea down. Went to a Gamestop on Black Friday many years ago. It was the single worst thing I've ever experienced.
  • PlainLikeVanilla - November 23, 2010 1:54 a.m.

    Damn. There's some good deals there.
  • Hydrohs - November 23, 2010 1:47 a.m.

    @ninjaemperor I'm curious as well, but then all I have to do is imagine a bunch of savages swarming a building, attacking and trampling each other and I feel I have the basic picture.
  • ninjaemperor - November 23, 2010 1:36 a.m.

    I'm Canadian, so i've never experienced black Friday, I'm really curious what it's like

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