Though Black Friday 2018 doesn’t officially start until November 23, many deals are already live. To help you get the best prices on games and hardware, we’ve rounded up some major deals for people to take advantage of. Coming off the heels of the recent launch of Fallout 76, the series’ first attempt at an online game, several retailers have already put the PC, PS4, and Xbox One releases up for discount just in time for Black Friday.
As of this time, Best Buy, GameStop, and Walmart will have the game up for sale during Black Friday. While most deals aren’t currently active, you’ll be able to plan ahead by keeping track of which retailers have the kind of deals you want. GameStop will have the standard game for $40, with the Tricentennial release dropping to $60 (from $80). The Xbox Store has matched that discount on the base game; it’s on sale right now.
Best Buy will have all three versions of Fallout 76 up for Black Friday with some special bundles. Though both the PS4 and Xbox One releases will be still be normal retail price at $60, they’ll come packed with a special Vault Boy keychain. Meanwhile, the PC release will be bundled with a Blackout Yeti mic for $100. Walmart will also have the game up for sale, discounting their retailer-exclusive steelbook edition for $60.
Fallout 76 is a bit different compared to Bethesda’s previous efforts with Fallout 3 and 4. As an online survival game, you’ll focus more on surviving the elements while also staying a few steps ahead of other enemies and rival players while exploring the expansive map of Appalachia. Instead of a traditional Fallout narrative, with your choices and decisions will leaving drastic consequences on the state of the world and all the characters in it, 76 places more of an emphasis on the moment-to-moment plot with your character simply trying to survive in the irradiated wilderness of West Virginia.
Though our final review isn’t up yet, editor Edmond Tran offered up some early impressions with the game so far: “Fallout 76 attempts to pull off some significantly new ideas for the series, but with few exceptions, they notably diminish many aspects of the game. Multiplayer is fun, but it’s not an ideal way to enjoy questing, and the shooting mechanics aren’t strong enough to make combat-heavy activities enjoyable for long periods. Things feel better as a solo experience, but the lack of in-universe characters makes becoming emotionally invested in the world and your goals difficult.”
Black Friday 2018 will kick into high-gear later this week. Again, many of these deals aren’t active just yet, so be sure to keep tabs on the deals that interest you the most. In addition to Fallout 76, Fallout 4: Game of the Year Edition, God of War, and Black Ops 4 will also be on discount for this week. For more info on Black Friday 2018, be sure to check out our other highlights and roundup of other deals on GameSpot.