The PlayStation Store couldn't stand the wait; it's already hosting a weekend full of early Black Friday gaming deals. Dozens of games are on sale, so I've selected ten of the best deals - five for the US, five for the UK - to get you started (along with snippets from our expert reviews). The majority of these picks came out within the last three months, making for some seriously significant savings.
And whether or not you're a racing fan, check out the discount on Need for Speed: Payback. That game's only been out a week and you can already get it for almost half off! Makes me feel kinda bad for the folks who pre-ordered...
PlayStation Store US Black Friday deals
Assassin's Creed Origins - Was $59.99, now $41.99
"The forging of the Brotherhood means a violent redefining of what makes an Assassin’s Creed game and while you’re always going to know what you’re playing, the experience in store finally feels truly fresh. The combat system of yore has thankfully been buried alive in the desert (queuing patiently for its trip to the afterlife), tailing missions have died quietly without a fuss, and a map of pointless collectibles has had a rock tied to it and been sunk in the Nile without ceremony. What’s left is a slimmer, leaner Creed. No irritating bells and whistles, just the whole of Ancient Egypt as a richly woven tapestry of murderous RPG. Oh, and it’s huge."
Destiny 2 - Was $59.99, now $38.99
"This isn’t Destiny. This is something new. Something bigger, cleverer, richer, and much, much better. It’s the idea of Destiny evolved and elevated into something it has never been before. It’s Destiny set free. It’s Destiny democratised. It’s Destiny really allowed to live. I said at the end of my review of the first game that I was leaving a point off the score to leave space for the game’s potential to grow and improve. This time round, there’s no need. Destiny 2 is already much more than we ever imagined it would be."
Need for Speed Payback - Was $59.99, now $35.99
"Need for Speed Payback is a game with a brilliant story at its core. Silly, over the top and a little bit self-indulgent, but in a fantastic action movie way. It works and you’ll enjoy every car chase, nitrous boost and quippy millennial line. It just misses the mark by adding RPG elements into an arcade racer and making the best cars always just out of reach."
South Park: The Fractured But Whole - Was $59.99, now $41.99
"As a vessel to deliver South Park-branded yucks to games, Stick of Truth was supremely enjoyable. As an RPG, it fell a bit short. Now, nearly 20 years after that first attempt and three years after Stick of Truth, Ubisoft has finally created a South Park game that's as fun to play as it is to laugh along with in South Park: The Fractured But Whole. Gameplay and humor are mixed in equal measure, and the result is the truest, best adaptation of Trey Parker and Matt Stone's juvenile comedy series ever produced."
Overwatch: Game of the Year Edition - Was $59.99, now $29.99
"Overwatch isn't perfect, and it's just as susceptible to bouts of frustration as any other team-based competitive experience. But the bottom line is that this is a fantastically well-made multiplayer FPS, rich with personality, full of exciting gameplay possibilities, and gleaming with polish. The fun and enjoyment Overwatch delivers are well worth the occasional flash of enmity."
PlayStation Store UK Black Friday deals
Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus - Was £49.99, now £24.99
"Wolfenstein 2 is a great shooter, with a cast of characters the likes of which you’ve never seen before in a video game. Yes, the plot is flaky, and there are some moments - you’ll know them when you see them - that will make you shake your head in disbelief. And sure, you’ll get stuck, and you’ll curse the TV, and then… you’ll retry. The action is just that good, and you’ll always be driven to kill that next Nazi, to hear what your favourite character is going to say next, and to take your revenge on one of the most hateful antagonists to ever grace a screen. Be bold, in this boldest of games, and you’ll have a blast."
The Evil Within 2 - Was £49.99, now £24.99
"If you've got a soft spot for the original game in your survival horror-loving heart, you'll surely enjoy this sequel (and get a kick out of the many callbacks to the previous plotline). After my 16-hour-long journey alongside Sebastian, I find myself looking back fondly on The Evil Within 2, with its satisfying mix of tense scares, hard-hitting combat, and impressive hallucinatory set-pieces. And above all, I'll never forget that time Sebastian unironically told a photograph "I'm going to stab the shit out of you."
Final Fantasy 15 - Was £39.99, now £15.99
"It's a beautiful mess; a fascinating, wonderful, exciting, bold, and often inscrutable mess with endless ambition and the fearlessness to at least try something new with staid genre conventions. Even when it falters, it's never dull, the humanity of its heroes and the warmth of its world shining through even when its story leaves you cold. And if that's not Final Fantasy, I don't know what is."
Horizon Zero Dawn - Was £49.99, now £24.99
"Like a real ecosystem, Horizon: Zero Dawn is brilliantly balanced. Aloy feels like an inextricable part of it, halfway between prey and predator. Whether you’re climbing cliff-faces with a weightless, fluid joy, hunting, or travelling through the landscape, Horizon: Zero Dawn takes you on a tour of discovery. An endless sense of wonder and awe push you onward no matter what you’re doing. The more time I spend in Horizon: Zero Dawn’s world, the less I want to leave."
The Witcher 3: Game of the Year Edition - Was £34.99, now £13.99
"When you travel to one of Skellige's islands to find a lost expedition, the island becomes one huge, fascinating forensic crime scene. Other plots are just as involved, confronting you with twisted takes on the creatures and curses of old European folklore. These stories have ancient roots, and their authenticity conveys a grim, earthy texture to the world - a quality unique to The Witcher series. The main plot is lacking - you spend a big chunk of it chasing someone who's having a more important and exciting adventure than you - but the trove of sidequests makes up for that with a compilation of dark fantasy short stories."