Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2018!

It’s that time again! That time where we get overly excited about seeing tons of games on sale that we don’t have enough money to buy or time to play! I pretty much just have fun predicting prices and seeing all the sales. All these sales go through Monday it looks like as well.

What I’m Looking For

Farcry 5 – I had a ton of fun with Wildlands. I’m told Farcry 5 is the same type of open world gameplay, but with FPS. It also has multiplayer so I’m in. Additionally it has a custom-map arcade, so the replayability is really high. I’m looking for something under $30 for the base game, but if I can get the DLC at a good price, I’ll buy that too.
Purchased: $29.99 off Humble with an additional 10% off for being a monthly subscriber and another 5% into my store wallet. I opted not to go for the DLC because it has bad reviews, and because I can always buy it later once I get a chance to try the game.

Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor Martyr – WTF is an Inquisitor, exactly? I’ve had my eye on this game for a long while. I’m a big fan of the 40k universe, and this game fits my holiday channel event perfectly. I’m also a big fan of procedurally generated games, which is what makes this game so massive.

Fallout 76 – I’ve been so up and down with this game. I’m not sure I like the RPG gameplay. I’m used to crafting a hatched to hack up rocks and trees. I’m also not sure I like the $60 price point. Seems a bit much for a survival game, even with the Fallout franchise behind it. I’m not expecting much in the way of a price drop since it just game out, but who knows.
Purchased: $39 on Amazon. Humble has it even cheaper!

Origin Sale

Runs through 11/26/2018. My recommendations include Battlefield 1 & Dead Space. I cannot recommend these two games enough, and they are both only $5. I continue to have a blast with Battlefield 1, and do so much better than other shooters. Dead Space was just such an incredible experience. I don’t normally play singleplayer games, or horror games, but Dead Space was well worth it. I’ve already picked up Dead Space 2 and Dead Space 3. I’ve also got my eye on the DLC for Dead Space 3 which is just $5 right now. I plan to buy it before the end of the sale.
Purchased: $4.99 Dead Space 3 DLC.

Fanatical Black Friday Sale

There are over 1500 games on sale at Fanatical. You can also use the code BLACKFRIDAY10 to get an extra 10% off. I have  partner link which will help me out with a commission if you purchase something. Monster Hunter: World is 37% off  with the code and Fanatical is having 48 hour flash deals every day. You’ll have to check back each day to see what the new games are.

Humble Fall Sale

If you want to do your bit for charity, Humble Bundle is also having a black friday sale. I have a partner link with Humble as well, so you can help me AND your favorite charity by purchasing through this link. My recommendation from here is the Elite Dangerous. WHAT a great game! I cruised right past 100 hours in this starship simulator. If you are a humble monthly subscriber, the extra 15% could make this website your go-to for the best deals.

Steam Sale

Loads of good deals. I’m just going to list the ones I own and recommend. You may see a Warhammer heavy list, and those reasons will become apparent soon.

  • Space Hulk: Deathwing – $13.59
  • Battlefleet Gothic: Armada – $7.49
  • Dawn of War II – $4.99
  • Total War: Warhammer II – $29.99
  • Vermintide II – $14.99
  • Foxhole – $12.99
  • Jurassic World Evolution – $21.99

Are Early Adopters Punished? Or Patient Gamers Rewarded?

doom 2016 discount

Are Games Even Worth Full Price Anymore?

I mean, really? For example, DOOM had a great release, and was a well received AAA game. Still, it was 40% off during the Steam summer sale barely one month later. It was just $17.09 on Green Man Gaming for the 2016 Black Friday sale. Speaking of GMG, they quite frequently offer games at a HUGE discount for NEW titles, in excess of 20%. Online retailer Amazon commonly offers 20% off new titles for Prime members. So what is a game’s actual price nowadays then? I’m sure it’s some kind of marketing magic, but it’s beginning to look like a blatant cash grab by developers to me. I suppose the good news is that new games don’t actually cost $60 anymore?

Saving Bundles Of Money

Then there’s the bundle sites. Most notable is probably Humble Bundle, known for its portion of charitable donation. There are also other sites who focus on other aspects such as Indie games (BundleStars, IndieGala) and DRM Free (GoG). The idea is all pretty much the same. They bundle popular titles together for very reasonable, very low prices. While these sites are becoming more popular, you kind of have to stop and laugh a little. In the age of digital media, where we want our music one song at the time instead of bundled together, we don’t want our games one at a time, but instead bundled together. Go figure? I suppose a big reason they come bundled is to get exposure for Indie or smaller titles, and eek out a little more life for older ones. These are generally not factors gamers consider when buying these bundles though.

Fact: Drunken Platypuses Determine Discounts

So when does a game become worth $30? $20? Where is the dartboard that companies use to price items for their in-game store? I know there’s math, and science to a degree, behind all this pricing somewhere. As a consumer though, I start to wonder more and more if I’m being cheated somehow. I got DOOM through Amazon for $48. I thoroughly enjoyed the storymode. The map creation mode seemed fun, but very limited at the time. So did I buy the game too soon? I’ve only got 34 hours into it, would I have been better off waiting to buy it? We’re talking $12 to wait 5 weeks, and $31 to wait 25 weeks. With all these bundles, sales, and discounts, both $12 and $31 can go a long way. That’s an extra bundle, or new title.

drunken platypus monetization

Clear As Mud Pricing

Obviously game companies need money to fund new games, be them AAA developers or Indie developers. I just think that maybe the current system of video game pricing is still in the process of settling. While it’s not exactly a race to the bottom of the barrel, it’s definitely a race that benefits gamers. Amazing Indie titles like ARK also bring down prices by offering just as much content, if not more, than AAA games, and still MSRP priced substantially lower. Early Access muddies the water too, confusing the price of Free to Play games and up-and-coming AAA titles alike. It’s the American Wild West of video game monetization and pricing right now. There are bargains to be had on properties for gold prospecting, and there are snake oil salesmen on every corner.

Making Every Dollar Count

I’m not a wealthy person. $12 is a fair amount of money to me. I’ve started meticulously tracking how much money I spend on games, and how much time I spend in them. It’s deterred me from buying a game more than once, and later I was glad I had waited. Of course as time progresses, games will always be cheaper. They also get dated somehow, magically. Weird right? A game you’ve never played is somehow boring and uninteresting. Mostly I think it’s the graphics, though I’ve found I can tolerate older graphics more than most. Still, I guess I could sum up this article by asking one question:

When is the right time to buy a game?

2016 Black Friday Week Deals for Video Games!

Best Game Prices For Black Friday and Cyber Monday Week Sales 2016

This is one of the best times of the year to get that game you’ve always had your eye on, but don’t want to shell out the asking price for. Now there are a lot of deals on a lot of different websites out there, so my goal is to keep it simple. I’ll be posting links to various websites and outlining their deals. Some of the links will be affiliate links, meaning I get a portion of the sale. Thanks in advance for your support!

Amazon

Green Man Gaming

  • The Black Death $14.99
  • Of Kings and Men $17.99 (Plus another 10% off!)
  • Stellaris Leviathans DLC $8.57
  • The Black Death $4.79 (Plus another 10% off!) BLACK FRIDAY ONLY

GameStop

Steam

  • Of Kings and Men $18.74
  • Battlefleet Gothic: Armada $19.99
  • Warhammer 40k: Eternal Crusade $24.99
  • Gloria Victis $13.99
  • Dawn of War: II* $9.99 (No DLC)

Humble Bundle

Bundle Stars

IndieGala

Sila Games

The Constant Warfare Black Friday 2016 Shopping List

black friday video game money

Tis The Season Again

Almost that time of year again, just two weeks away! That wonderful Black Friday weekend where video games prices get slashed deep into temptation territory! The older the games, the crazier the cut! Thought i’d share some of what I’m going to be looking for. This is in no particular order. I don’t like to prioritize things like that. The OCD in me would force me to analyze it way more than is necessary. My goal here is just to show you some interesting games, and let you know what I might pick up if you wanted to grab a game with me sometime.

The Black Death

I’ve been looking for another survival game. I really like ARK, so something in a more familiar setting that isn’t covered in zombies is appealing. Their new Knight class seems right up my alley too. Plus the obvious pun about The Black Death on Black Friday is irresistible.

Battlefleet Gothic: Armada

I’ve kinda watched this game on and off since it’s release. After realizing how much I love the non-base building/resource gathering RTS gameplay of Company of Heroes 2, I started paying more attention to this game. It really makes me want to take another look at the whole Warhammer 40k IP altogether.  I’ve only caught a little bit of the gameplay, but it looks like such a visually beautiful game that I want to pick it up.

Stellaris Leviathans DLC

I really do like Stellaris. I just don’t play it more because I can’t get attached to any of the alien races. With this Leviathan’s DLC, Stellaris turns into Babylon 5. If you’re not familiar, it’s a Science Fiction TV show from a while back. A really good one IMO. There’s actually a MOD for Stellaris that lets you play as the Vorlons (my favorite race in B5), so that may be my in back into the game. Also, fun fact, my Stellaris Let’s Plays have some of the longest view times of all my YouTube videos (10+ minutes on average)!

Gloria Victis

A low fantasy MMORPG with no subscription fee. ‘Open PvP’ and ‘Territory Control’ are the key words that have me paying attention. Player driven economy as well to some extent. This one’s in Early Access, but that doesn’t really bother me. The one-time fee model is really appealing to maximize the bang for my buck.

King Arthur: The Roleplaying Wargame(s)

I’m a fan of Arthurian Legend. These are older games, but they still look interesting to me. I’ve had them on my wishlist forever, but maybe this is the year I can scratch ’em off!

Call to Arms and Dawn of War II

I lump these together because they are both interests spawned from my discovery of Company of Heroes 2. Call to Arms looks to be a modern-day military setting, which is probably even more interesting to me. I’ve just never had the time and money align. Dawn of War II is also a result of my taking a better look at the Warhammer 40k universe. I’ve also been told that it’s a near replica to CoH2 gameplay. If so, and the field of view isn’t bad, I’m seriously interested.

Of Kings and Men

Huge multiplayer PvP battles. 200+ players! Castle sieges, politics – what else needs to be said? This is one of Green Man Gaming’s titles. Still in early access, but I love the idea behind it. I came close to picking it up once, but it didn’t get such good reviews from people I knew and the streams and videos I watched. If it was cut enough, I could be persuaded to throw caution to the wind. They had me at open world PvP.

Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns

Playing World of Warcraft has really made me miss the Realm vs Realm PvP in GW2.  I have the base game already, but the recent expansion added an interesting specialization to the Guardian class. I never got to play much of the Guardian class. I was kinda running out of motivation to play solo when I leveled him. The advanced class plus potential fun of large-scale PvP has me interested, if only on a very low level.

Black Friday Headquarters Right Here

In addition to the above, I’m sure some random game will catch my eye. Low prices get high interest! As usual, I’ll be posting links to the various sales here starting whenever the sales do. The comments will of course be open to post whatever you find too, or requests on things for me to keep an eye out for (if I have time!). I’m on track to spend 3x more this year than I did last year on video games. I could certainly use a few good discounts! What games made your Black Friday shopping list?