Did you know that Black Friday is not, as any reasonable person would assume, a celebration of the coal mining country of the West Midlands? It’s actually a big annual sales event that Americans love so much that they spend an entire day thanking it. They have shiny buckle hats and go on pilgrimage to the shops. With so many deals flying both sides of the Atlantic, some advice is in order, so I’m here to be your canary in the bargain coal mine and help you avoid the turkeys.
The name of the game is, well, games. Once you’ve availed yourself of the assortment of PC hardware and accessories the rest of the team have gathered, you’ll need something to play on your freshly polished rig. Unless you’re just trying to build the world’s most sophisticated RGB clipboard, in which case feel free to skip this one. You do you, I will not judge. Only the brightest and best deals will be found inside, no old reheated leftovers for RPS readers!
We still have a few weeks to go until Black Friday proper, November 26th. Of course, there will be a lot of advance offers, pre-offers, first offers and first offers to come and the best of them will be put together for you to enjoy, as well as whatever the PC gaming world decides. to make a discount on because it is a normal Friday, without prefix.
On the hardware side, you can check out our main Black Friday deals hub, as well as all of our hubs focused on specific types of gear:
Black Friday Gaming Monitor Deals | Black Friday SSD Deals | Black Friday Gaming Mouse and Keyboard Deals | Black Friday Gaming Laptop Deals | Black Friday VR Headset Deals | Black Friday CPU Deals
The first is Steam with the usual lineup of weekend deals.
- If you fancy some co-op survival horror in a submarine, Barotrauma is free this weekend with a 75% discount to help you dive deeper.
- There is up to 85% off a range of Bandai Namco One Piece titles. I never managed to get into this one myself, despite being a huge fan of anime since the dark days of paying fifteen pounds for two episodes of a VHS series. I like the look of One Piece World Seeker’s stretchy, swingy action.
- Even skinflints can be tempted with 60% off Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey, a game that coincidentally lets you skin things up with flint tools.
On GOG.com, there is a veritable assortment of discounts on offer to celebrate publisher THQ Nordic’s 10th anniversary.
- You can pick up the 1.1 remaster of the much-vaunted Outcast voxel journey for the absolutely free grand prize. (And I did!)
- Other Slightly Janky European RPG fans should experience 80% off Elex.
- The Darksiders Warmastered Edition is 75% off. For my money, this first title in the series is still one of the best Zelda-type games that isn’t exclusive to a Nintendo box.
- Moving away from THQ Nordic, the three people who still don’t own The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt can acquire the GOATEE Edition at 80% off.
- You might be happy to hear that there is 90% off We Happy Few.
Ubisoft celebrates its 35th anniversary with discounts on Far Cry titles.
- You can go all out and get 79% off the Platinum Pack which will get you everything in the series up to Far Cry 5 and the New Dawn DLC included.
- My favorite is the prehistoric Far Cry Primal. This is the Digital Apex Edition with all add-ons and at 75% off.
Finally, here are some free floating offers through the interwebs.
- Microsoft’s not-so-micro store has Blair Witch for £ 7.49 / $ 8.99 vs. £ 24.99.
- If you’re looking for a little treat, visit the Epic Games Store where Borderlands 2 DLC Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep is free in expansion until November 16.