Black Friday 2012: PSU's guide to the very best PlayStation deals

  • Posted November 10th, 2012 at 15:24 EDT by Kyle Prahl

The holiday shopping season is almost upon us, and that magical, wallet-lightening time traditionally kicks off with the biggest retail shopping day of the year: Black Friday. You may have the day-after satisfaction of a Thanksgiving feast keeping you complacent, but that's no excuse to miss out on some of the best video game deals of the year.

We've taken a good long look at flyers and advertisements - both leaked and official - for the biggest physical retail stores in the United States and compiled their PlayStation offerings for you, the PSU reader. Browse through the deals on games, hardware, and accessories below. Keep coming back in the days leading up to Black Friday, as we'll be updating this list as more information becomes available.

WAL-MART

Wal-Mart takes an unorthodox approach this holiday season by kicking off Black Friday savings on Thanksgiving night at 8 PM local time. These deals will be valid until Friday, November 23, at 11 PM local time, or while supplies last.

*Sony PS3 Bundle: 250 GB Super Slim w/ Uncharted Dual Pack and inFAMOUS Collection - $199
*DualShock 3 Controller (various colors) - $39.96

Only $25 for various PlayStation 3 games, including:

XCOM: Enemy Unknown
Borderlands 2
Medal of Honor: Warfighter
Madden NFL 13
NBA 2K13
Battlefield 3: Premium Edition
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Dishonored
007 Legends
LittleBigPlanet Karting
NCAA Football 13
FIFA Soccer 13
and more...

Only $15 for various PlayStation 3 games, including:

Call of Duty: Black Ops
God of War Saga Collection
Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition
Spec Ops: The Line
Grand Theft Auto IV: The Complete Edition
LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
Red Dead Redemption: Game of the Year Edition
Max Payne 3
MLB 12 The Show
Ratchet & Clank Collection
Killzone 3
and more...

Only $10 for various PlayStation 3 games, including:

Gran Turismo 5 XL Edition
Dead Island: Game of the Year Edition
LittleBigPlanet 2
The Sly Collection
SOCOM 4
L.A. Noire
Batman: Arkham Asylum Game of the Year Edition
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One
Call of Duty: World at War
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Darksiders
and more...

TARGET

Like Wal-Mart, Target opens its doors for Black Friday deals after Thanksgiving dinner - 9 PM local time, to be precise. The discounts on games seem much in line with Wal-Mart's offerings, with slight variation and some games actually costing more than for what its rival is selling at. Target's Black Friday ad is also much less descriptive than Wal-Mart's, leaving much of its discounted selection a secret.

*Sony PS3 Bundle: 250 GB Super Slim w/ Uncharted Dual Pack and inFAMOUS Collection - $199
*DualShock 3 Controller (various colors) - $39
*PlayStation Vita Wi-Fi Bundle, inc. LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes - $199

Only $35 for various PlayStation 3 games, including:

Madden NFL 13
Medal of Honor: Warfighter
Borderlands 2
Need for Speed: Most Wanted
Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
and more...

Only $25 for various PlayStation 3 games, including:

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Max Payne 3
LittleBigPlanet Karting
LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
and more...

Only $15 for various PlayStation 3 games, including:

Call of Duty: Black Ops
and more...

Only $10 for various PlayStation 3 games, including:

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
and more...

BEST BUY

The electronics giant is sticking by the "rules" of Black Friday and won't open its doors to amazing deals until 12 AM on Friday, November 23. That's all well and good, because the deals we see in Best Buy's ad look quite familiar. Still, a few appreciated extras show up.

*DOORBUSTER (while supplies last) - Sony PS3 Bundle: 250 GB Super Slim w/ Uncharted Dual Pack and inFAMOUS Collection - $199.99
*Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified Limited Edition PlayStation Vita Wi-Fi Bundle - $199.99
*DualShock 3 Controller (Black confirmed, other colors possible) - $34.99

Only $34.99 for various PlayStation 3 games, including:

Assassin's Creed III
Borderlands 2
FIFA Soccer 13

DOORBUSTERS (while supplies last) - Only $29.99 for various PlayStation 3 games, including:

Darksiders II
Need for Speed: Most Wanted
Battlefield 3: Premium Edition
Medal of Honor: Warfighter
The Amazing Spider-Man

Only $14.99 for various PlayStation games, including:

Sniper Elite V2
UFC Undisputed 3
Mortal Kombat (PS Vita)
Grand Theft Auto IV: The Complete Edition

Only $7.99 for various PlayStation 3 games, including:

Call of Juarez: The Cartel
Grand Slam Tennis 2
Dead Island: Game of the Year ... (continued on next page) ----

Kyle Prahl is PSU's editor-in-chief and a Communications student at the University of Minnesota. If you care about PlayStation or the life of a pale Midwesterner, you should follow him on Twitter.
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