It’s one thing to be prepared to buy games on Black Friday (and for those not, we have a handy Black Friday guide here), but it’s another to consider: what is actually worth buying? For that answer, fret not, for I am here to help. The following games are not just titles I believe are worth purchasing on any day, but games I feel that are also worth buying at the price points that will be available during Black Friday. This means games were considered with the following criteria:
- Are they enjoyable games?
- Do I believe they will reduce in price further?
- Do I believe this title will become hard to find in the near future?
- Should they be purchased at their upcoming sale price?
So let’s not waste any more time, after all, Black Friday is only a few days away and there are deals to be had; here are my 7 games worth buying this Black Friday!
1Assassins Creed III Remastered (Switch)
I am sure none of you expected to see this game on the list, and certainly not in the first spot. Assassin’s Creed III is a title that has gotten a bit of a bad rap over the year, but I believe many of those are undeserved. The setting takes place during an interesting time (The Revolutionary War) and features a lot of mechanics and additions to the Assassin’s Creed series that would be seen for several entries to come. Most notably, the ship to ship combat that became Black Flag’s main selling point. After all these years and Assassin’s Creed entries, it’s sometimes good to go back to the basics, and Assassin’s Creed III serves as one of the best points in the series where the original design was at it’s best, while still having some flavors of the newer entries.
But, I specifically recommend picking up the Switch version. Many, and I mean many, did not play or own a Wii U. And as hard as it may be for some to believe, Assassin’s Creed as a series is a delight to play portably. Something about being able to take part in naval combat while also taking a bath is the kind of gaming hedonism that one should not overlook.
Pick up Assassin’s Creed III Remastered for $15 at Bestbuy come Black Friday.
2God of War
Kratos, dad of boy, has finally matured enough to become a father. It has taken a lot of personal growth on his part, turning from a fallen god of the Greek pantheon that murders everything in his path, to a fallen god of the Greek pantheon that murders everything in his path with a son in Norse mythology; many characters don’t show that same kind of development. Joking aside, God of War is perhaps the closest thing to a masterpiece that the PlayStation 4 has managed to put out from its entire line up from exclusives. The combat is pristine, the characters are surprisingly deep (even Kratos), and the story is enthralling at nearly every point. Even if you didn’t enjoy past God of War games, this one sets the bar so much higher that it would be a crime if you missed this title. It is easily the defacto must have on the PlayStation 4.
Couch co-op is hard to come by in 2019, and finally, quality games to play with friends or significant others can be a task in itself. So why not pick up a game that not only is a fantastic couch co-op game but will also test the limits of those relationships just like Mario Party did in its heyday? Overcooked 2 might be the game for you! Its simple to understand that anyone can pick up and play, but quickly becomes frantic enough that everyone will be yelling at each other about not letting the onion soup burn and someone needing to CLEAN THE GOD DAMN DISHES! Sorry, I had a little flashback there.
A complete edition containing Overcooked 1 and 2 is on its way out, but honestly, while it’s a fun concept, there is such a thing as too much Overcooked. And if you are just looking for a fun pick up and play couch co-op, there is still plenty of content to be had here.
You can pick up Overcooked 2 for $15 at Target come Black Friday.
4Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
Who knew that Ubisoft would not only be able to create a compelling Rabbits game, but also one that has a cross-over with Mario of all things! I sure didn’t, and no one else seemed to as well until this gem was released. Not only is this game actually funny—a hard task for many games—but its also a surprisingly great introduction into strategy games like XCOM. Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Peach, and their Rabbid counterparts all make for a delightful cast that has each have their own unique abilities that require thought. There is actual strategic depth to be found in this game, even with its colorful packaging, which makes it a solid choice for any strategy fans and beginners alike.
The only disappointing aspect of the game is if you are a collector like myself, or prefer physical versions generally, there is no complete version that includes the Donkey Kong side-story, except on digital. Considering how long this game has been out, and the price point it will be at this Black Friday, if there was a complete version to be announced, it likely would have by now.
5Injustice 2 Legendary Edition
It is not often that I become enthralled with a fighting game to a point that I actually make an effort to become better at it; Injustice 2 managed to do just that. There is something about the flow of combat in Injustice 2 that makes it both easy to understand, but complex and deep enough for there to be plenty of room to grow. To add to this, unlike many fighting games, there is an actual story to be had here. No, not just “oh a bad buy, better fight him” but actual plots and cut scenes full of reasons of why you are fighting who you are fighting. Of course, one of the things that make fighting games even more enjoyable is the number of fighters, and picking of the Legendary Edition, that contains all the DLC fighters, just further adds to the amount of fun this fighting game has.
You can pick up Injustice 2 Legendary Edition for $15 at BestBuy.
6Hollow Knight (Switch)
If ever there was a game that deserves to be included in the genre name Metroidvania, it’s Hollow Knight (it should be Hollowvaniatroid). The atmosphere is bleak yet inviting, the combat is swift and precise, and the world and its story are as vast and mysterious as of the genre greats. There are so many positive things that I could say regarding this game that I would need to write a whole other article about it. Suffice it to say, this is a quality game that is best experienced by simply playing it. This well-crafted world will have you exploring your heart out as you seek to uncover the secrets of the Hollownest for hours to come, and it is worth every second of it.
You can pick up Hollow Knight for $29.99 at BestBuy. However, it likely will be cheaper for digital versions.
7Spyro: Reignited Trilogy
Sometimes it’s good to go back to the classics of the original PlayStation days, but let’s be honest, those titles haven’t exactly aged well. The gameplay is still solid, but that boxy polygon style that the PlayStation was known for certainly hasn’t. So, it is remakes like Spyro: Reignited Trilogy that allows us to relive those wonderful days of yesteryear where it wasn’t exactly a hard game, but the worlds and gameplay were at such a caliber it was just enjoyable to be there, platforming around and discovering what is around every corner.
You can purchase Spyro: Reignited Trilogy for $19.99 via Walmart.