What are you doing there sitting calmly, sipping a drink of some sort, when people are storming the streets in search of bargains and deals? Don't you know there's a price war on? Ah, but you have sense; you're stalking sales in your comfy chair instead of in the cold, unforgiving mall. Let me help make things a little easier beyond that. By now you've read my holiday gift guide and seen my picks for great gaming choices, but maybe you need something a little more. Amazon has the Black Friday playbook and they're running it page by page with lots of deep discounts on gaming goods today. Anything you buy from Amazon via the green links here (even non-gaming items) goes to help support Press The Buttons. Here's a sample of some of the best they're offering:
- Here's an exclusive Sony PlayStation Vita bundle which includes a 3G/Wi-Fi PS Vita, game voucher for download of PS Vita Walking Dead game, 4 GB memory card, charger and one digital code for download of Uncharted Golden Abyss, Retro City Rampage, and Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time. It's on sale today for $174.99, a 33% savings.
- Speaking of the Vita, here's Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate for $24.99 today. This one's on my own personal wish list so I can't say yay or nay to it, but knowing that it's basically Batman crossed with Super Metroid is all I need to hear. The 3DS version sells for the same price.
- One of this year's best Batman games (oversaturate much?), Batman: Arkham Origins, is $29.99 today for the PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 version. At that price, it's a sure thing and difficult to resist. The Wii U version is $39.99 which is decent savings, but could be better.
- While it was too intense for me, lots of people have been excited about The Last of Us for the PS3 this year. It's on sale today for $34.99. Amazon will even sell you the $19.99 season pass for downloadable content if you're so inclined, although that's not a discount. It's just a convenience.
- Saints Row IV would make a great game for the Grand Theft Auto fan on your list who is a bit burned out on GTA's seriousness, and what better way to show that this game is insane than with the Super Dangerous Wub Wub Edition which includes the game, some downloadable content, and a bunch of plastic stuff to display on a shelf? It's marked down to $44.99 for the PS3 and X360 (down from $99.99) which actually makes it a better deal than just buying the game alone. Still, you can pick up the game without the extras for $29.99 right now.
- One of my picks from last year, PS3/Vita brawler PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, is just $9.99 for the PS3 version. That'll get you a free download of the Vita version, too. I know everyone passed on this one last year, but it's more fun than you think it is and definitely worth the ten bucks.
- Speaking of the $9.99 price point, here's Gran Turismo 5 XL for the PS3 which includes a bunch of downloadable content to keep you or someone on your shopping list busy while waiting for Gran Turismo 6 to show up. Again, it's an older game at this point, but full of content for those exploring it for the first time.
- Lara Croft became relevant again in her latest Tomb Raider adventure, and right now it's on sale for $14.99 for the PS3, X360, and PC. I didn't much care for it, but lots of people did.
- On the other hand, I did really like BioShock Infinite, and it's on sale for $19.99 across all platforms: PS3, X360, PC, and Mac. That's a great deal in any un... oops, I almost spoiled it...
- For fans of PC shooters, here's the Game of the Year editions of both Borderlands and Borderlands 2 in on package for $11.99. It's hard to argue with that!
- How about Call Of Duty? Here's this year's iteration, Call of Duty: Ghosts, for $44.99.
- You've read this far, so you're entitled to learn about the big deal today: Amazon is selling one year of PlayStation Plus membership for $29.99 (a $20 savings). That's the cheapest it's even been, plus they're throwing in a $5 credit for the Amazon Instant Video service. Membership stacks, so even if your term isn't up yet, you can toss this redemption code on top of it to add to your subscription. If nothing else today, I highly recommend that you take advantage of this.
That should take care of getting something for everyone on your list (including yourself). Now you can take the rest of the day off for gaming, leftovers, and family. Preferably, in that order.