Black Friday 2014: a guide to deals and survival

Shacknews is looking ahead to the biggest shopping day of the year, offering a list of the best deals, as well as a handy guide to surviving.

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For any gaming enthusiast that's on a budget, Black Friday is often the best time to look out for deals that will help make the pain in their wallet a little lighter. Of course, there are often so many deals in place that the pain gets more intense, but that's another story.

This Black Friday promises copious amounts of deals across the gaming spectrum and Shacknews is here to help keep them all straight.

Before we get to the Black Friday deals, we'd like to offer some quick pointers:

  • Shop around and compare prices - Many of the console bundles that you'll find at certain retailers will likely be offered across all major retailers. So that Xbox One bundle that you see at a Target may just as well be available at a GameStop, so use your best judgement and pick a place that will be unlikely to sell out. That leads me to...
  • Shop online - Suffering through long lines and cold winter nights is for suckers. Many of the best deals will be available across a variety of online retailers. That console bundle you see at Best Buy will more than likely be available on their website with free shipping, saving you tons of headaches. The list of retailers also includes Amazon, who will often provide a window as to when certain games and bundles will go on sale. With that said...
  • Act fast and refresh quickly - Amazon deals, in particular, will sell out quickly if you don't act within the first couple of minutes. So when you see the Gold Box calendar pop up, plan your time accordingly.
  • Redeem any promo credit you may have - It's easy to get gift cards to any of these retailers. Whether you've been shopping at Target, racking up My Best Buy reward points, or even searching on Bing for Amazon credit, there are easy ways to grab promo rewards. This is the time to use them.
  • DO NOT risk the Wal-Mart rush - This almost goes without saying. Sure, the low prices of a Wal-Mart may seem enticing. Don't fall for it. Security at Wal-Marts is often lax and I've seen all-out brawls break out. For your own safety, avoid Wal-Mart stores. Try their website, instead.
  • Keep an eye on online PC gaming stores, too - This is for the PC gamers in our audience. Don't look for Steam, Green Man Gaming, or the like to be outdone by big-name retailers. Look for them to respond with their own major deals, without any of the pressure of limited stock.

Now, let's hit the deals. Keep in mind that we're going by what's physically printed on the ad. More games and different versions of the games displayed may also be on sale.

Best Buy

  • Xbox One w/Assassin's Creed Unity and Assassin's Creed Black Flag - $329.99
  • Xbox One controller - $39.99
  • PlayStation 4 w/Grand Theft Auto V (retail) and The Last of Us Remastered (download) - $399.99
  • DualShock 4 controller - $39.99
  • PlayStation Camera for PS4 - $39.99
  • Wii U 32GB Super Mario World 3D World/NintendoLand bundle w/Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U - $359.97
  • Nintendo 3DS XL w/Mario Party Island Tour - $174.99 (available in Blue/Black or Black/Blue)
  • Infamous: Second Son (PS4) - $19.99
  • MLB 14: The Show (PS4) - $19.99
  • Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition (XBO) - $19.99
  • Killzone: Shadow Fall (PS4) - $19.99
  • The Walking Dead: Season Two (XBO) - $19.99
  • Disney's Fantasia: Music Evolved (XBO) - $29.99
  • Ryse: Son of Rome Legendary Edition (XBO) - $29.99
  • Dead Rising 3 (XBO) - $24.99
  • Killer Instinct: Combo Breaker Pack (XBO) - $14.99
  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel (X360) - $29.99
  • Dark Souls II (PS3) - $14.99
  • WWE 2K15 (PS3) - $29.99
  • Madden NFL 15 (XBO) - $29.99
  • NBA 2K15 (PS4) - $29.99
  • FIFA 15 (XBO) - $29.99
  • Watch Dogs (XBO) - $29.99
  • Alien Isolation (PS4) - $29.99
  • Titanfall (XBO) - $24.99
  • Forza Motorsport 5 (XBO) - $24.99
  • Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition (PS4) - $29.99
  • The Sims 4 (PC) - $29.99
  • The Elder Scrolls Anthology (PC) - $14.99
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (XBO/PS4) - $24.99
  • The Evil Within (XBO/PS4) - $24.99
  • Wolfenstein: The New Order (XBO/PS4) - $24.99
  • Just Dance 2015 (XBO/PS4) - $24.99
  • The LEGO Movie: The Videogame (XBO/PS4) - $24.99
  • LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (PS4) - $14.99
  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (X360) - $44.99
  • Destiny (PS3) - $44.99
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts (XBO) - $19.99
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops II (X360) - $14.99
  • Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call: Limited Edition (3DS) - $19.99
  • PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale (PS3) - $7.99
  • Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time (PS3) - $7.99
  • Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (X360) - $7.99
  • Dishonored GOTY Edition (X360) - $7.99
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (X360) - $7.99
  • Street Fighter IV (X360) - $7.99
  • Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes Starter Pack (XBO) - $39.99
  • Disney Infinity 2.0: Toy Box Starter Pack (Wii U) - $39.99
  • Disney Infinity single figures - 3 for $33
  • Skylanders Trap Team Starter Pack (X360) - $49.99 (free Volcanic Eruptor with purchase)
  • Nintendo eShop cards - 15% off
  • Buy 2, Get 1 Free on all pre-owned games
  • Turtle Beach Ear Force PX4 Wireless Dolby Surround Sound Gaming Headphones - $79.99

Target

  • Xbox One (500 GB, digital copy of Assassin's Creed Unity, digital copy of Assassin's Creed: Black Flag, $50 Target gift card) - $329.99
  • PlayStation 4 w/Grand Theft Auto 5 (retail), The Last of Us Remastered (download), and DualShock 4 controller - $399
  • Xbox 360 4GB Kinect Bundle w/Kinect Sports, Kinect Adventures, Forza Horizon, and 1 month of Xbox Live - $179
  • Nintendo 2DS w/Yoshi's New Island download - $99.99
  • Xbox One controller, PlayStation 4 DualShock 4, Wii U Pro Controller - $39 each
  • Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition (PS4) - $35
  • Madden NFL 15 (XBO) - $35
  • FIFA 15 (XBO) - $35
  • The Sims 4 (PC) - $35
  • Assassin's Creed Rogue (X360) - $35
  • Watch Dogs (PS4) - $35
  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel (X360) - $35
  • Purchase Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, WWE 2K15, Mario Kart 8, Far Cry 4, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, or Destiny at full price and receive a $15 Target gift card.
  • Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes Starter Pack - $39.99
  • Disney Infinity single character figures - $10
  • Skylanders Trap Team Starter Pack - $39.99
  • Skylanders Trap Team single character figures - $10
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (PS4) - $25
  • The Evil Within (PS4) - $25
  • Watch Dogs (X360) - $25
  • Forza Motorsport 5 (XBO) - $25
  • Dead Rising 3 (XBO) - $25
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts (PS4) - $25
  • Just Dance 2015 (Wii) - $25
  • Super Mario 3D Land (3DS) - $15
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts (X360) - $15
  • Assassin's Creed: Black Flag (X360) - $15
  • Battlefield 4 (X360) - $15
  • Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare (X360) - $15
  • The LEGO Movie: The Videogame (3DS) - $15
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Danger of the Ooze (3DS) - $15
  • Infamous: Second Son (PS4), Titanfall (XBO), MLB 14: The Show (PS4), Madden NFL 15 (X360), NHL 15 (X360), Mario Kart 7 (3DS), 3-month Xbox Live subscription, etc. - 50% off each game

GameStop

  • PlayStation 4 w/Grand Theft Auto V (retail) and The Last of Us Remastered (download) - $399.99
  • PlayStation 4 Camera - $39.99 (33% off)
  • PlayStation 4 DualShock 4 controller - $44.99 (25% off)
  • Xbox One w/Assassin's Creed Unity and Assassin's Creed Black Flag - $329.99
  • Xbox One Wireless Controller - $44.99 (25% off)
  • Nintendo 3DS XL w/Mario Party Island Tour - $179.99 (10% off)
  • Nintendo 2DS w/Mario Kart 7 download - $129.99
  • PlayStation Vita 16GB Memory Card - $19.99 (50% off)
  • Destiny (PS4/XBO/PS3/X360) - $49.99 ($10 off)
  • Watch Dogs (PS4/XBO/X360/PS3/PC) - $44.99 (25% off)
  • The Sims 4 (PC) - $39.99 (33% off)
  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel (PC) - $39.99 (33% off)
  • Diablo III (PC) - $19.99 (50% off)
  • Diablo III: Reaper of Souls (PC) - $19.99 (50% off)
  • NBA 2K15 (PC) - $39.99 (33% off)
  • The Evil Within (PS4/XBO/PC/X360/PS3) - $29.99 (50% off)
  • Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition (PS4/XBO) - $29.99 (50% off)
  • Rocksmith 2014 Edition (XBO/PS4/PS3/X360/PC) - $49.99 (37% off)
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (PS4/XBO/X360/PS3) - $29.99 (50% off)
  • Alien Isolation (PS4/XBO/X360/PS3/PC) - $39.99 (33% off)
  • Metro Redux (XBO/PS4) - $24.99 (50% off)
  • Madden NFL 15 (XBO/PS4) - $39.99 (33% off)
  • FIFA 15 (XBO/PS4) - $39.99 (33% off)
  • NHL 15 (XBO/PS4) - $39.99 (33% off)
  • NBA Live 15 (PS4/XBO) - $39.99 (33% off)
  • Need for Speed Rivals: Complete Edition (XBO/PS4) - $39.99 (33% off)
  • Forza Motorsport 5 GOTY Edition (XBO) - $29.99 (40% off)
  • Disney's Fantasia: Music Evolved (XBO) - $29.99 (Xbox 360 version - $19.99)
  • Just Dance 2015 (XBO/PS4) - $34.99 (Wii U version - $24.99)
  • Dead Rising 3: Apocalypse Edition (XBO) - $29.99 (40% off)
  • Ryse: Son of Rome Legendary Edition (XBO) - $29.99 (40% off)
  • Thief (XBO/PS4/X360/PS3) - $19.99 (50% off)
  • Battlefield 4 (XBO/PS4) - $29.99 (25% off)
  • The LEGO Movie: The Videogame - $29.99 (25% off)
  • Grand Theft Auto Online Shark Cash Cards - 50% off
  • Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call (3DS) - $19.99 (50% off)
  • Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (3DS) - $19.99 (50% off)
  • Sonic Boom (Wii U) - $39.99 ($10 off)
  • Killzone Shadow Fall (PS4) - $21.99 (45% off)
  • Infamous: Second Son (PS4) - $21.99 (45% off)
  • MLB 14: The Show (PS4) - $21.99 (45% off)
  • Knack (PS4) - $21.99 (45% off)
  • Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition (PS4/XBO) - $19.99 (50% off)
  • Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends Complete Edition - $29.99 (50% off)
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts (XBO/PS4) - $27.99 (42% off)
  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (PS4/XBO) - $24.99 (50% off)
  • Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark (PS4/XBO) - $24.99 (50% off)
  • Duck Dynasty (XBO/PS4) - $24.99 (50% off)
  • Xbox One Charge Station - $19.99 (33% off)
  • Xbox One Stereo Headset - $49.99 ($10 off)
  • Xbox One Kama Headset - $54.99 ($10 off)
  • PlayStation Gold Wireless Headset - $69.99 (30% off)
  • PlayStation 4 Charge Station - $19.99 (25% off)
  • Buy 2, Get 1 Free on all pre-owned games and accessories

Toys 'R Us

  • PlayStation 4 w/Grand Theft Auto V (retail) and The Last of Us Remastered (download) - $399.99
  • PlayStation 4 w/LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham and LittleBigPlanet 3 - $399.99
  • Xbox One w/Kinect - $429.99
  • Xbox One w/Assassin's Creed Unity - $329.99
  • Wii U Skylanders Swap Force Bundle - $199.99 (33% off)
  • Nintendo 3DS XL w/Mario Party Island Tour - $179.99 (10% off)
  • Buy 1, Get 1 40% off on all video games
  • Buy 1, Get 1 40% off on all Disney Infinity single figures
  • Buy 1, Get 1 70% off on all Skylanders Giants & Swap Force single figures
  • Skylanders Spyro's Adventures single figures - 4 for $10

Microsoft Store

  • Xbox One Assassin's Creed Unity Kinect Bundle - $429.99
  • Xbox One Assassin's Creed Unity Bundle - $329.99
  • Xbox One (refurbished) w/Kinect, Dance Central Spotlight, Ryse: Son of Rome, and 1 free game - $329.99
  • Xbox 360 4GB Console w/Peggle 2 and 1 free game - $129.99
  • Xbox 360 4GB Console w/1 free game
  • Forza Horizon 2 (XBO) - $29.99 (50% off)
  • Sunset Overdrive (XBO) - $39.99 (33% off)
  • Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition (XBO) - $39.99 (33% off)
  • The Evil Within (XBO) - $24.99 (55% off) (X360 - $19.99)
  • Wolfenstein: The New Order (XBO) -$24.99 (55% off) (X360 - $19.99)
  • Watch Dogs (XBO, X360) - $24.99 (55% off)
  • Metro Redux (XBO) - $24.99 (50% off)
  • Sniper Elite III (XBO) - $19.99 (50% off) (X360 - $14.99)
  • Thief (XBO, X360) - $19.99 (50% off)
  • Dead Rising 3 (XBO) - $29.99 (50% off)
  • Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition - $19.99 (50% off)
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts (XBO) - $14.99 (75% off) (X360 - $4.99)
  • Murdered: Soul Suspect - $24.99 (55% off) (X360 - $19.99)
  • Kinect Sports Rivals (XBO) - $29.99 (50% off)
  • Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (XBO, X360) - $24.99 (55% off)
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (XBO, X360) - $39.99 (33% off)
  • LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (XBO) - $19.99 (50% off)
  • Ryse: Son of Rome (XBO) - $29.99 (50% off)
  • The LEGO Movie: The Videogame (XBO) - $19.99 (50% off)
  • Duck Dynasty (XBO) - $24.99 (50% off) (X360 - $14.99)
  • Angry Birds Trilogy (X360) - $14.99 (50% off)
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops II GOTY Edition (X360) - $19.99 (50% off)
  • Tomb Raider (X360) - $9.99 (66% off)
  • Skylanders Trap Team Starter Pack (X360) - $44.99 (25% off)
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Legendary Edition (X360) - $19.99 (50% off)
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (X360) - $9.99 (66% off)
  • Saints Row IV (X360) - $9.99 (66% off)
  • Sacred 3 (X360) - $29.99 (50% off)
  • Dishonored (X360) - $9.99 (66% off)
  • Wipeout: Create & Crash (X360) - $9.99 (66% off)
  • The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct (X360) - $9.99 (66% off)
  • Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark (X360) - $14.99 (75% off)
  • The Voice: I Want You (w/microphone) (X360) - $24.99 (50% off)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Danger of the Ooze (X360) - $14.99 (75% off)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (X360) - $9.99 (66% off)
  • SpongeBob Squarepants: Plankton's Robotic Revenge (X360) - $9.99 (75% off)
  • Deadpool (X360) - $9.99 (66% off)
  • Cabela's Big Game Hunter Pro Hunters (X360) - $14.99 (75% off)
  • Risen 3: Titan Lords (X360) - $19.99 (50% off)

NewEgg

  • Xbox One w/Assassin's Creed Unity and Assassin's Creed Black Flag - $329.99
  • PlayStation 4 w/Grand Theft Auto V (retail) and The Last of Us Remastered (download) - $399.00
  • Nintendo 3DS XL Red Bundle w/New Super Mario Bros. 2 download - $149.00
  • Xbox Live 12-month membership - $39.99 (40% off)
  • Xbox 360 controller - $29.99 (40% off)
  • Turtle Beach Ear Force XO One Amplified Stereo Gaming Headset - $44.95 (45% off)
  • Turtle Beach Ear Force X12 Gaming Headset - $34.99 (30% off)

Kohl's

  • Xbox One - $329
  • Nintendo 3DS XL w/Mario Party Island Tour - $149.99
  • Xbox 360 4GB console - $129.99

Sam's Club

  • Xbox One w/Assassin's Creed Unity and Assassin's Creed Black Flag - $329.99
  • Nintendo 3DS XL Red Bundle w/New Super Mario Bros. 2 download - $149.00

Dell

  • Xbox One w/Assassin's Creed Unity and Assassin's Creed Black Flag - $329.99
  • PlayStation 4 w/Grand Theft Auto V (retail) and The Last of Us Remastered (download) - $399.99
  • Alienware Alpha Plus w/i3 4GB processor + $50 Dell eGift Card - $549.00

Wal-Mart (WARNING: See above. Attempt at your own risk.)

  • Xbox One w/Assassin's Creed Unity and Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag - $329
  • Xbox One w/choice of ANY game and 12 months of Xbox Live - $379 (Walmart.com ONLY)
  • Xbox 360 4GB - $99
  • Xbox Live 3-month membership - 50% off
  • PlayStation 4 w/Grand Theft Auto V (retail) and The Last of Us Remastered (download) - $399
  • PlayStation 4 w/Grand Theft Auto V (retail), The Last of Us Remastered (download), and choice of TWO games - $449 (Walmart.com ONLY)
  • PlayStation 4 w/$50 Wal-Mart gift card - $399
  • PlayStation 4 DualShock 4 controller - $39.96
  • PlayStation 4 Camera - $39.96
  • Nintendo 3DS XL New Super Mario Bros. 2 Gold Edition Bundle - $149.96
  • PlayStation 3 DualShock 3 controller - $29.96
  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (XBO/PS4) - $49.96
  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (X360/PS3) - $39.96
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts (PS4) - $25
  • Assassin's Creed Rogue (X360) - $20
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (XBO) - $25
  • Titanfall (XBO) - $20
  • Watch Dogs (PS4) - $35
  • Destiny (X360/PS3) - $35
  • Infamous: Second Son (PS4) - $25
  • The Evil Within (PS4) - $35
  • Wolfenstein: The New Order (X360)
  • Madden NFL 15 (XBO/PS4) - $35
  • FIFA 15 (XBO/PS4) - $35
  • MLB 14: The Show (PS4) - $25
  • NBA 2K15 (PS4) - $35
  • Just Dance 2015 (PS4) - $25
  • Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition (PS4) - $35
  • Need for Speed: Rivals (PS4) - $25
  • Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare (PS4) - $20
  • Mario Kart 8 (Wii U) - $35
  • Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes Starter Pack - $37
  • Disney Infinity 2.0 Toy Box - $37
  • Disney Infinity figures - $9
  • Skylanders Trap Team Starter Pack (Wii U) - $37
  • Skylanders Trap Team, Swap Force, or Giants characters - $9
  • Wii Party (Wii U) - $25
  • The Sims 4 (PC) - $35
  • South Park: The Stick of Truth (PS3) - $25
  • Mario Kart 7 (3DS) - $25
  • Battlefield 4 (X360) - $20
  • Borderlands 2 (X360) - $20
  • Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (PS4) - $25
  • Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (X360) - $20
  • The Last of Us (PS3) - $20
  • The LEGO Movie: The Videogame (X360) - $20
  • Turtle Beach Universal Headset (X360/PS3) - $44.96
  • Turtle Beach P12 Headset for PlayStation 4 - $44.96

Look for this list to be updated with more retailers as Black Friday approaches.

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    November 10, 2014 1:00 PM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Black Friday 2014: a guide to deals and survival

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      November 27, 2014 3:37 AM

      Microsoft stores Xbox One assassins creed unity bundle for 329 includes another free game for free. So thats the same bundle as others plus another free game. Not just bargain bin titles. I grabbed sunset overdrive. And the offer is live at the online store now.