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Liz Maas
An RPGFan's Guide To Black Friday: 2011 Edition
Don't worry, you won't have to brave crowds for all of the sales.
11.24.11 - 3:10 AM

We all like sales. Not all of us like crowds however. And while there are a few Black Friday guides out there, we figured a more condensed list might be helpful for the RPG fans. With some of the sales starting tomorrow (Thursday), you still have plenty of time to decide what to get and where to go - or so we hope. Below is a list of stores and titles with their sale prices. The regular price is in parentheses:

GameStop

Zelda 25th Anniversary 3DS with Ocarina of Time - $199.99 (or $99.99 with a DSi XL tradein; or $119.99 with a DSi tradein; or $129.99 with a DS Lite tradein) (Note: $199.99 is the regular price and not a sale price, but the 3DS is a limited edition one and a high-demand one at that, and its actual release date is Black Friday.)
Borderlands GotY Edition - $19.99 ($29.99)
Heavy Rain - $14.99 ($29.99)
World of Warcraft: Battlechest - $9.99 ($19.99)
World of Warcraft: Cataclysm - $19.99 ($39.99)
World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King - $19.99 ($39.99)

EB Games/GameStop (CANADA)

LotR: War in the North - $39.99 ($59.99)
Dead Island - $34.99 ($59.99)
Heavy Rain - $14.99 ($29.99)

Best Buy

Zelda 25th Anniversary 3DS with Ocarina of Time) - $179.99 ($199.99)
Dead Island - $29.99 ($59.99)
Deus Ex: Human Revolution - $29.99 ($59.99)
Final Fantasy XIII - $14.99 ($29.99)

Kmart

Dark Souls $39.99 - ($59.99)
LotR: War in the North - $39.99 ($59.99)

Walmart

Heavy Rain $14.96 ($29.99)
Zelda: Skyward Sword Limited Edition (with gold WiiMote) - $59.96 ($69.99)

Xbox Live

Phantasy Star 2 - 200 points
The Baconing - 600 points

Steam

Steam is offering different sales each day from today until November 27th. As of this writing, titles like the Mass Effect series are 75% off so ME2's regular edition is $4.99. The first Risen game is $14.99, but be sure to back each day at about 10 AM Pacific for new deals.

iOS

As our resident Apple guru Mike puts it, chances are if you've ever wanted to play it, it's on sale. Here's what he found:

General iOS goodness:
Fara - $0.99 (normally $2.99)
Puzzle Quest 2 - $2.99 (normally $4.99)
Companions - $3.99 (normally $6.99)
Inotia 3: Children of Carnia - $0.99 (normally $4.99)

Gameloft has two RPG/adventure games, and both the iPhone/iPod touch and iPad versions of each are under a buck:
Eternal Legacy - $0.99 (normally $4.99)
Eternal Legacy HD - $0.99 (normally $4.99)
Sacred Odyssey: Rise of Ayden - $0.99 (normally $6.99)
Sacred Odyssey: Rise of Ayden HD - $0.99 (normally $6.99)

Telltale Games has nearly all of their graphic adventure titles on sale (most are for iPad):
Back to the Future Episode 1 - $2.99 (normally $6.99)
Back to the Future Episode 2 - $2.99 (normally $6.99)
Back to the Future Episode 3 - $2.99 (normally $6.99)
Back to the Future Episode 4 - $2.99 (normally $6.99)
Back to the Future Episode 5 - $2.99 (normally $6.99)

(No, there's no iPhone/iPod touch-sized HECTOR Episode 1)
HECTOR: Ep2 Senseless Acts of Justice - $0.99 (normally $4.99)
HECTOR: Ep3 Beyond Reasonable Doom - $0.99 (normally $4.99)

HECTOR: Ep1 HD We Negotiate with Terrorists - $2.99 (normally $6.99)
HECTOR: Ep2 HD Senseless Acts of Justice - $2.99 (normally $6.99)
HECTOR: Ep3 HD Beyond Reasonable Doom - $2.99 (normally $6.99)

Monkey Island Tales 1 HD - $2.99 (normally $6.99)
Monkey Island Tales 2 HD - $2.99 (normally $6.99)
Monkey Island Tales 3 HD - $2.99 (normally $6.99)
Monkey Island Tales 4 HD - $2.99 (normally $6.99)
Monkey Island Tales 5 HD - $2.99 (normally $6.99)

Sam & Max Episode 1: The Penal Zone for iPad - $2.99 (normally $6.99)

Amazon

Current sales include:
999 - $15.99 ($29.99)
Mass Effect 2 (download) - $4.99 ($19.99)
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Digital Premium Edition download - $16 ($39.99)

Bet on the retail giant (and other online outlets) having sales on Black Friday and/or Cyber Monday, lightning deals especially. Unlike brick and mortar stores they won't formally announce deals ahead of time, but from what we hear, you can expect Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Dark Souls to go on sale, among others. Keep your eyes peeled to Facebook or Twitter for our finds!

All stores are the US chains, except EB Games/GameStop Canada (obviously). Flyers for other Canadian chains are harder to find this early, and Black Friday is still a foreign concept up here, but I'll add anything relevant and noteworthy.

Since this list is limited to RPGs and games that fall under our coverage, there are plenty more deals on other games, hardware and accessories. (One of my favorites is $199.99 for a 250 GB Xbox 360 bundled with Fable III and Halo: Reach at Best Buy US.) Also keep in mind that some of these deals are available online as of sometime Thursday, or midnight Friday morning - and others are in-store only. Good luck - especially if you're going to an actual store!


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