With Black Friday fast approaching, many of us will be on the hunt for Christmas presents, and Disney Infinity 2.0 is likely to be high on many a Christmas list. Thankfully Smyths Toys have jumped the gun early with some savings on Disney Infinity 2.0 starter packs and combo packs, undercutting Amazon by nearly a fiver on the PS4 and Xbox One versions.
You can also save a couple of quid on the PS3, Xbox 360, Wii and Wii U versions too. On top of that, Smyths are running a 2-for-£18 sale on individual figures, which makes each NFC figurine work out at £9. A very tidy saving.
You can read our full Disney Infinity 2.0 review here. Thanks to larrylightweight @ HUKD for this heavyweight deal!
Our spies at HUKD have rustled up some of the Black Friday games deals that ShopTo will be touting come midnight.
Here's a handful that've been uncovered:
See anything you fancy? There'll be more to come in a few hours, that's for sure. Cheers Gooner!Click here to see the ShopTo secret dossier of info >>
Microsoft's Black Friday promotion in the UK appears to be the ability to build your own Xbox One console bundle deal. The base unit has been slashed to £280, and you can then add two games from Destiny, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, GTA V, FIFA 15, and Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Add an extra controller into the mix, and job's a good'un!
Do bear in mind that this doesn't include Kinect, not that it should stop you! Cheers Mark!
Black Friday is less than six hours away, but the cheap deals have been coming thick and fast. The Steam Exploration Sale certainly hasn't been short of them, but Day 2 is actually a bit of a damp squib in terms of the headline discounts.
See, GamersGate have undercut BioShock Infinite by £1, while Greenman Gaming completely trounce Steam's Wolfenstein: The New Order price by £2. Greenman also undercut Kerbal Space Program when you use their latest voucher code. Whoops.
Still, there are some deals to be snaffled up here, especially when you look at the slightly more niche titles. Perhaps the best of the lot is Spintyres at £6.79, the bafflingly addictive greenlaning simulator, while I'd also suggest picking up Shadow Warrior for £2.99 and Risk Of Rain for £1.74.
HUKD got an early peek at Argos' Black Friday deals, and there are some gaming bargains, console bundle deals, and plenty of other discounts to be had.
Argos will be running two sets of discounts, with one-day deals on particular items only available tomorrow, and four-day bargains on other items across the Black Friday weekend and through into Cyber Monday.
1 Day only Deals – Friday 28th November
4 day Deals – 28th November – 1st December 2014
Click here to check out our Black Friday Ultimate Guide. Nice one magicjay1986!
When it works, which is actually pretty often these days, Battlefield 4 is outstanding. It really is. In fact, if you're not exactly thrilled by the FPS prospects this Christmas, now's a great time to jump into BF 4, and GAME are running a deal ahead of Black Friday that has bumped over a tenner off their previous price.
Thanks for the tip Mark!
Do you like your fighting games? If so, you'll love this. Video Game Box are currently selling the three-game Fighting Edition package for £14.70, although you'll have a little wait for it to arrive (site says 19th December).
The Fighting Edition set includes Tekken Tag Tournamament 2, Soul Calibur V, and Tekken 6, the last of which tends to retail for around £12-14 anyway these days. Thanks oUkTuRkEyIII!
Very have got some cracking Black Friday deals on right now when it comes to the PS Vita. If you're looking for a cheap handheld gaming console bundle this Christmas, make sure you check them out. One of the best currently has a PS Vita with Minecraft, and a five-game Mega Pack (five of the best games on the system -- Tearaway, Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Gravity Rush, Escape Room, and TxK) on an 8GB memory card for just £135.
It's also worth noting that you can buy a Vita with the eight-game sports Mega Pack for only £119. Click here to grab that offer. Brilliant spot from jono49!
UPDATE: Amazon have added South Park: The Stick of Truth, Xbox + Alien bundle, Diablo III, and Shadow Warrior into the mix too!
PES 2015, Assassin's Creed: Rogue, and a new bunch of Turtle Beach headsets are all up for grabs. Amazon have taken to shifting things around halfway through the day, so we'll be updating this as new items get added.
Remember... be quick as there's limited stock for all of these deals. Once they're gone, they're gone.
Here's the rest of today's upcoming Lightning Deals schedule, click on the titles for the link to the product pages:
(NB. All times are in GMT)
We will, of course, be bringing you all of the hottest gaming deals across our site, the Dealspwn Twitter stream, and Facebook page throughout the insanity of Black Friday week and all throughout the Christmas retail season. Make sure you've got our general games deals stream and console bundles channel bookmarked, and if you have any questions or queries, do be sure to pop a comment into our forum.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection's matchmaking is an object of shame, embarrassment and ridicule, both for 343 Industries and us reviewers. The fortnight since launch saw Halo's new guardians apologies, grovel and make all the right noises, but fixes were slow and stumbling, especially following a massively-hyped patch last week that addressed practically everything EXCEPT the state of matchmaking.
However, in the wee small hours of last night (UK time), 343 quietly slipped out another Halo: The Master Chief Collection update weighing in at 523MB. With few hopes and low expectations, I summarily download the file and tried it out.
Ooh. Hey. Whoa. I don't want to jinx anything, but from what I've experienced post-update, this unassuming new patch actually makes an enormous impact. Sadly, it also sometimes does something weird and stupid just to keep us on our toes.
Click here to read more...
Bundle Stars are running a huge sale on Batman Arkham titles right now, and you can knock off even more than the 75% advertised by using the voucher code SUPERNOVA25 at the checkout:
The Batman: Arkham games are some of the best action-adventure titles around, even Origins had its moments.These'll be a fine set of reminders of why you should be very excited for the new-gen Batman: Arkham Knight, which arrives early next year. Check out the recent Batman: Arkham Knight trailer here.
It's also worth noting that the SUPERNOVA25 code will work on all of the Bundle Stars bundles as well.
Yet another deal from Green Man Gaming's VIP section, this time for The Evil Within. The saving is pretty substantial too compared to the next cheapest offer elsewhere. Please note that you will need to be signed into Green Man Gaming for this deal offer to work, otherwise you'll be greeted by a 404 page. Or, worse still, have to pay £2 more through the main listing, and we don't want that.
As Matt pointed out in his review, The Evil Within is a callback to the yesteryears of survival horror genre, but it doesn't really push the envelope before some rather grotesque scares. Then again, if that's what you're after, you'll end up loving it. Or screaming at it. Probably both.
As expected, Wolfenstein: The New Order has featured a fair bit during the Black Friday week so far, but this deal for the PC version is an absolute bargain. Please note that you will need to be signed into Green Man Gaming for this deal offer to work, otherwise you'll be greeted by a 404 page. Or, worse still, have to pay £2 more through the main listing, and we don't want that.
Harnessing old school gameplay and pairing it up with a sense of style, we felt that The New Order a glorious return for the Wolfenstein franchise in our review. It also proved that single-player-only FPS games still have a place in modern gaming. Oh, and there are killer robot dogs. So plus points all round, basically.
Skyrim is the best. It's the game that keeps on giving, especially on PC. One of the most accessible and rich RPGs ever made, it's also a modder's playground of the weird and wonderful. If you're not too fussed about the latest games, or are saving the pennies this Black Friday, consider stepping into Skyrim.
For less than two quid.
NB. You'll need to go via the VIP page to get the game at this price, which just means signing in as far as we can tell. There are some cracking other Green Thursday VIP games deals to be had ahead of Black Friday 2014, including The EVil Within for £9.40, Dishonored for £1.99, and Thief for £3.85. Click here to have a look at all of the Green Thursday VIP deals. Thanks F3RR3T!
Numerous GAME branches are set to open at midnight tonight in order to deliver some Black Friday bargains, and a new TV advert suggests that an Xbox One bundle might be the cream of the crop.
HUKD member AJ92 spotted the commercial and grabbed a picture, clearly showing that the high street retailer plans to sell an Xbox One with Forza 5 GOTY Edition, Assassin's Creed: Black Flag, Assassin's Creed Unity , LEGO Marvel Super Heroes and £5 Xbox Live Credit for £299.99, which is a seriously sizzling deal.
However, it's almost certainly going to only be available in-store, while stocks last, and potentially at the manager's discretion. GAME's Black Friday page bears no mention of the deal, so you may need to brave the crowds and stake your claim in order to get involved. We'll let you know if the offer becomes available online, and I'd suggest finding your local GAME branch on Twitter to confirm that they're open late tonight.
The next set of deals are up on Gamersgate, and today's highlight sees BioShock Infinite fall to the £4 mark when you put in the voucher code below at the checkout. While there's a chance it could see further reductions via other sales, as its stands there's a saving of around a fiver to be had.
The debate still rages as to whether it was the masterpiece we had waited so patiently for, despite it's solid combat mechanics. That said, at this price none of that really matters, as for a fiver it's a ride worth taking.
Yesterday, in the wake of 343 Industries' heartfelt apology for Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Ubisoft's management finally owned up to the errors of Assassin's Creed: Unity.
Before we get onto ripping the message apart, though, let's look at what the publisher actually did do. The failings of Assassin's Creed: Unity are well-documented on this site, partially-hidden on launch day by a time-gated embargo that was so idiotic and publicly slammed that Ubisoft say they have revised their approach to reviews going forwards. People bought the game in the US at launch to find no reviews published, with many players angrily reporting a plethora of bugs and technical issues. In a statement from Ubi Montreal's CEO, Yannis Mallat, Ubisoft "sincerely apologized", suggesting that "the overall quality of [Assassin's Creed: Unity] was diminished by bugs and unexpected technical issues", and offering compensation for those who'd bought an Assassin's Creed: Unity Season Pass:
"To show our appreciation for your continued support, we’re making the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Unity Dead Kings DLC free for everyone," wrote Mallat. "For Season Pass holders, we will also offer the choice of one additional game from a selection of Ubisoft titles for free. More details on the offer for Season Pass holders can be found here: AC Unity FAQ."
Those free games are not to be sniffed at either, including Far Cry 4 (it's excellent), The Crew (hmmm), Assassin's Creed: Black Flag (much better than Unity), Watch Dogs (bloated, but still better than Unity), Rayman Legends (10/10), and Just Dance 2015 (it's Just Dance).
It's sort of the same move that EA pulled with SimCity, which sort of lends credence to my hypothesis that Ubisoft are actually just copying EA at this point. Things is, just like in the SimCity situation, this damage control is just a seemingly classy move that does nothing but paper over the cracks.Click here to read more...
Hot on the heels of Blizzard's sale, CDKeys have slashed the price of their listing for Diablo 3. By bringing it to the £10 mark, it undercuts the next cheapest deal by £6.
The improvements to the game since it's original release have made Diablo 3 a much more fun and rewarding experience. Admittedly, the better content (and class) are reserved for the Reaper of Souls expansion, but for the asking price here it's definitely worth a look.
It's currently Thanksgiving across the pond, so news is likely to be a little thin on the ground today, but Ubisoft have stolen the headlines with an absolutely massive scoop. By way of apology for Assassin's Creed Unity's launch, they've cancelled the season pass and will give everyone the DLC for free. Meanwhile season pass holders can get a free game, including The Crew, which is an unprecedented move that's bound to generate some much-needed goodwill.
Are you taking notes, 343 Industries? A new Halo: The Master Chief Collection update has just gone live, but if it doesn't work, you may need to consider some manner of compensation too.