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Gaming Illustrated Selects: Black Friday Steals

/ Nov 20th, 2016 No Comments

The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine Review

Black Friday is once again raining down on us. While new releases are coming out this week, it is mainly remasters and collections. Truthfully, no one cares about anything but deals. This year there are plenty of them on video games. While the latest releases like Battlefield 1, Titanfall 2, Mafia III, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Gears of War 4, and Overwatch have pretty nice deals.

Here are some major steals from some of favorite recent games.

Street Fighter V – PS4

Deals: Target -$15, Best Buy – $20

At launch, Street Fighter V felt incomplete as we stated in our review. Since then the game has released all its season pass characters and added its cinematic story mode. The addition of both makes the game feel like a more complete product. While the base game doesn’t include the DLC fighters out right, there are plenty of ways to earn new fighters by grinding out Fight Money, or you could take the savings and pick up the season pass.

Street Fighter V

Street Fighter V.

Excerpt from our Street Fighter V review:

“Street Fighter V plays entirely different than its predecessor, which is for the best. Ultra Street Fighter IV got too bloated with its enormous roster and cumbersome move list. All of that is gone — the roster is down to 16 fighters (with six more on the way) and the new Variable System makes the game much more approachable while retaining the depth the series is known for. Street Fighter is back in fighting shape.”

The Witcher 3 Complete Edition – Xbox One, PS4

Deals: Best Buy – $25, Walmart – $35, Gamestop – $30

The Witcher 3 is a tremendous game. When it released last year it floor our staff. The sheer amount of content in the base game alone caused us to get lost for weeks. Since its original release, two expansions have been released: Heart of Stone and Blood and Wine. Both added tons of new, exciting content to the game and included in the Complete Edition. If you haven’t tried out The Witcher 3 yet, you’re crazy, but now you have no excuse not to do so.

Excerpt from our Witcher 3: Blood and Wine review:

“Blood and Wine lives up admirably to the high standards the main game created while serving as a fantastic final chapter for Geralt. But it is also a satisfying adventure on its own. Everything that made the base game amazing — from the stellar writing and perfect characterization to the deep gameplay and lush, fleshed-out setting — is dutifully present here.”

Metal Gear Solid V: Definitive Edition – PS4, Xbox One

Deals: Best Buy – $25, Gamestop – $30

Hideo Kojima’s unceremonious exit from Konami almost overshadowed the release of Metal Gear Solid V…almost. It is hard to overshadow the sophisticated, complex, and beautifully done final entry in the beloved series. The game that defined stealth gameplay redefined it with The Phantom Pain. The Definitive Edition includes The Phantom Pain, Ground Zeroes, and all the DLC for both games. It is a tough deal to pass up.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Metal Gear Solid V.

Excerpt from our Metal Gear Solid V review:

“Big Boss’ swan song is an unforgettable performance, and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain leaves nothing to chance. The game redefines the gameplay by utilizing new elements that make stealth infiltration feel smoother and more dynamic. Restructuring the gameplay episodically does wonders to the game, giving the narrative the action film feel the series has consistently tried to imitate. Playing a Metal Gear Solid game has never felt as fun.”

Assassin’s Ceed Syndicate – Xbox One, PS4

Deals: Best Buy – $15, Target – $8, Walmart – $8

Assassin’s Creed is a series that has almost twice as many hohum entries as it does good ones. After the stink of Unity, Syndicate had no right to be as good as it was. The Victorian London-set game fixed a lot of problems that had been plaguing the series, but it was its affable main characters Jacob and Evie that made the game supremely worthwhile. At these prices, you’ll be diving into a bale of hay in no time.

Assassin's Creed Syndicate

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate.

Excerpt from our Assassin’s Creed Syndicate review:

“Assassin’s Creed Syndicate’s story is one of the best in the series with a complicated and compelling relationship between Jacob and Evie at its heart. The attention paid to make stealth more palatable and the different play styles of the twins make it a blast to play. There are still certain missions that need to be culled completely from the series because they mar the experience. As surprising at it may seem Syndicate is absolutely worth seeking out and getting lost in Victorian London.”

Recore – Xbox One

Deals: Best Buy- $20, Target – $15, Walmart – $15, Gamestop – $20

Like our review stated, ReCore has obvious flaws. Yet it was imaginative and addictive with a great sense of style and fun gameplay. It was a tough sell at its initial release and MSRP. However at $15 and $20 there is no reason any Xbox One owner should be skipping this one. If you give ReCore a shot it’ll charm you.

ReCore Review


Excerpt from our ReCore review:

“ReCore is flawed, but despite its rough edges, it is a wildly fun game. The gameplay is engaging and addictive, and there is some wickedly tough platforming.
It is full of great ideas that maybe don’t always come together, but it succeeds in creativity. Due to that, ReCore is one of the more exciting and original Xbox Onegames this year.”

Ratchet & Clank – PS4

Deals: Best Buy – $15, Target – $15, Walmart – $25, Gamestop – $10

Ratchet & Clank was a brilliant re-imagining of the PS2 classic. Serving as both an origin story and a new entry in the series, it reminded us what we were missing without a new entry. Going back to the basics of the series allowed Ratchet & Clank to find what was pure about the gameplay and any new additions fit like they should have always been there. Plus it is a gorgeous game with a PS4 Pro patch that should make it even more so.

Ratchet & Clank

Ratchet & Clank.

Excerpt from our Ratchet & Clank review:

“Ratchet & Clank serves as an example of how to reboot a franchise. It takes the original game as a blueprint and expands out from it. Also it is pitch perfect as an all ages game that can appeal to a younger audience while still being sophisticated enough for more mature players.”

Kalvin Martinez

Kalvin Martinez

Senior Editor at Gaming Illustrated
Kalvin Martinez studied Creative Writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He writes reviews, prose and filthy limericks. While he is Orange County born, he now resides in Portland, OR. He is still wondering what it would be like to work at a real police department. Follow Kalvin on Twitter @freepartysubs
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