Ah, Black Friday. The "holiday" that celebrates consumerism and keeps encroaching more and more on Thanksgiving. I would be lying if I said I hated it. Truth is, it's a pretty great time of the year to buy new video games.
If you have been waiting for sales or price drops to avoid playing some of this year's biggest and best games, you're probably going to be in luck this week. And if you're in need of a console itself to play those games on? You might be able to score a great deal there, too.
Here are the Black Friday gaming deals that might actually be worth fighting a crowd for.
A note on digital games: If you don't need physical, boxed copies of your new favorite video games, Microsoft and Sony are both having digital Black Friday sales on their respective console storefronts. Those sales run all week, and many of the best deals match the physical deals you'll find below.
A note about Amazon: Some would argue that shopping Amazon from the comfort of your couch (and avoiding any hint of a physical crowd) is the best way to do Black Friday. There's merit to that, but keeping track of their deals on a list like this can be tricky. In years past, Amazon deals have matched some of the best deals you'll see at brick-and-mortar stores, but they are often limited to timed "lightning deals," and they aren't always announced in advance.
Need to pick up a new gaming console, or maybe a big-ticket accessory for one you already have? If you've been holding out on the latest generation of gaming consoles, jumping in will be very affordable on Black Friday.
The newest consoles on the market (and potentially the most-coveted, this holiday season), the Nintendo Switch and the Xbox One X, aren't on sale. The Switch is still selling like hotcakes, and the Xbox One X was just released earlier this month, making it too soon for deep discounts. But you can still get some worthwhile hardware.
You can snag a standard 500GB model of the Xbox One S, which will play all Xbox One games and can also serve as a 4K Blu-ray player, for $189.99 at GameStop, Toys R Us and Walmart. If you want a big extra bang for your buck, Target is throwing in a $25 gift card for the same price, while the Microsoft Store will include a free game.
If you want to spring a bit more for a bundle, Best Buy will sell you the console, Madden 18 and an extra controller for $229.99. If you prefer war to sports, Walmart's bundle includes Call of Duty: WWII for $249.99.
If you're lucky at GameStop, for $300 you can double your storage space with a 1TB hard drive and get a great free game, Middle-earth: Shadow of War.
GameStop will sell you a 1TB PS4 and throw in a $50 gift card for $199.99. Kohl's (you know, where everybody shops for video game systems) is also selling the 1TB system for $199.99 with a bonus $60 in Kohl's cash. If you can't get either of those, Target, Toys R Us and Walmart are also running with the $199.99 price.
If you would rather upgrade to a PlayStation 4 Pro (if you're asking Santa for a 4K TV, for example), GameStop has one for $349.99.
The big 2DS deal this year is a special Legend of Zelda Edition of Nintendo's popular portable, which will be available for $79.99 at Best Buy, GameStop, Target and Walmart.
The PS4's virtual reality headset, which I've argued is the most consumer-friendly way of getting into VR so far, can be found for $199.99 ($100 off the normal price) at GameStop and Target. It has also recently been available for that price at Best Buy, so you might be able to grab this deal elsewhere.
This is good timing, because Skyrim VR just came out exclusively for the PSVR and will likely get a lot of attention from gamers curious about virtual reality.
The list of games you can find on sale during Black Friday is long. Games from last year (and earlier) are often heavily discounted, as are games that, frankly, nobody wants to buy due to their lack of quality.
For that reason, I'm being a bit subjective here and highlighting deals for games that I think are actually worth the time, money and effort you might spend trying to get them on sale.
Even that list is long, so if you want my personal favorites, they're Assassin's Creed Origins, Call of Duty: WWII, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Resident Evil VII and Wolfenstein II.
Assassin's Creed Origins (XBO, PS4): $34.99 at Best Buy, Target
Bloodborne (PS4): $14.99 at Best Buy
Call of Duty: WWII (XBO, PS4): $39.99 at Best Buy, $44.99 at Target
Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy (PS4): $24.99 at Best Buy, Target, Toys R Us
Destiny 2 (XBO, PS4): $27 at GameStop, $29.99 at Best Buy, Target and Walmart
Disgaea 5 Complete (Switch): $19.99 at Best Buy
Dishonored: Death of the Outsider (XBO, PS4): $14.99 at Best Buy, GameStop
Doom (XBO, PS4): $14.99 at Best Buy
Dragonball Xenoverse 2 (XBO, PS4, Switch): $19.99 at Best Buy, GameStop
Everybody's Golf (PS4): $19.99 at Best Buy, GameStop
The Evil Within 2 (XBO, PS4): $24.99 at Best Buy, GameStop. $29.99 at Target, Walmart
Final Fantasy XV (XBO, PS4): $19.99 at Best Buy, GameStop, Walmart
Forza 7 (XBO): $29.99 at Walmart, $34.99 at Best Buy, Target
Gears of War 4 (XBO): $14.99 at Best Buy, Target
Ghost Recon Wildlands (XBO, PS4): $19.99 at Best Buy, Walmart
Halo Wars 2 (XBO): $19.99 at Best Buy, GameStop, Walmart
Horizon: Zero Dawn (PS4): $19.99 at Best Buy, GameStop, Walmart
Injustice 2 (XBO, PS4): $14.99 at GameStop, $19.99 at Best Buy, Walmart
Knack II (PS4): $19.99 at Best Buy, GameStop
Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Explorer's Edition (Switch): $49.99 at Walmart
Lego Worlds (Switch): $14.99 at Target
Madden 18 (XBO, PS4): $27.99 at GameStop, $29.99 at Best Buy, Target, Toys R Us, Walmart
Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle (Switch): $29 at Walmart
Middle-earth: Shadow of War (XBO, PS4): $24.99 at GameStop, $29.99 at Best Buy, Target, Walmart
Nier Automata (PS4): $24.99 Best Buy, GameStop
Overwatch: Game of the Year Edition (XBO, PS4): $29.99 at Best Buy, GameStop, Target, Walmart
Prey (XBO, PS4): $19.99 at GameStop, Walmart
Resident Evil VII (XBO, PS4): $14.99 at Target, $19.99 at Best Buy, GameStop, Walmart
Rise of the Tomb Raider (XBO): $14.99 at Best Buy
Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration (PS4): $19.99 at Best Buy, GameStop
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (XBO, PS4): $24.99 at Best Buy, GameStop, $29.99 at Target, Walmart