Possibly the most sought-after gaming deal this Black Friday will be the Nintendo Switch, with a particularly eye-catching deal on offer from AO.com.
The price of £299 is £20 more than the basic Nintendo Switch package, but this deal comes with two popular games - Mario Kart 8 and Crash Bandicoot - in a bundle that would normally retail for around £349.
If you just want the console on its own (for some reason), Amazon has sliced off £30, bringing it down to £249, as has Game.
However, a bunch of very decent Black Friday Nintendo Switch game discounts in the US, covering almost 50 games, don't appear to have been extended to the UK.
Amazon and others have some good deals on the Sony Playstation 4, with a 500GB console including Fifa 19 at £219.99 - a price matched by Game if you want to avoid making Jeff Bezos any richer, and also with Red Dead Redemption 2 for the same price in place of Fifa 19.
Alternatively, sir may want the 4K Sony Playstation 4 Pro, also with Fifa 19, but with a 1TB hard-disk drive, that'll set you back £329.99 at Amazon, or the same price at Game with Red Dead Redemption 2.
There's also a bunch of PS4 games with varying degrees of discount applied, including Horizon Zero Dawn and the popular God of War for £24.99 and Fifa 19 for £34.19. Ubisoft has applied game discounts across the board with the standard edition Assassin's Creed Odyssey reduced to £34.99 on PS4 and £31.34 on PC just weeks after release.
Far Cry 5, meanwhile, has been reduced to £29.99 on PS4 and £24.99 on PC. The PC also gets bigger discounts to the innumerable Tom Clancy tie-ins that Ubisoft pumps out with all the monotonous regularity of an industrial steam hammer. Far Cry 4, meanwhile, is down from £25.99 to just £6.50 on PC via Ubisoft's U-Play portal.
Likewise, the enduringly popular Grand Theft Auto V has also been reduced to £15.99 (or thereabouts) across all platforms. Over on GOG, meanwhile, you can pick up Kingdom Come: Deliverance for £23.99, The Witcher 3: Game of the Year edition for £13.99, and Pathfinder: Kingmaker (Explorer Edition, whatever that is) for £27.99. We reviewed Pathfinder: Kingmaker when it came out in October and declared it jolly good.
We should note, of course, that the excellent Witcher 3 is regularly discounted to around £13.99, but if you haven't picked it up yet, you really should.
Steam, meanwhile, is not surprisingly replete with gaming discounts, as is customary for the time of the year. We'd recommend Sniper Elite 4 down from £39.99 to £9.99, while the DLC is reasonably priced at £14.99. Sniper Elite 3 and all its DLC is a snip at £6.99. Rebellion's latest number, Strange Brigade (reviewed by V3 here), has been reduced to £23.99, which just about makes it worthwhile.
Monster Hunter World, meanwhile, is down from £49.99 to £32.99 - if you like monsters so much that you love to kill them. For a more cerebral fix, there's also Age of Empires II HD, down 80 per cent to £2.99 - perfect if you want to go back to your childhood, or before you were born if you're under 20.
The price of Nier Automata, meanwhile, which some people rave about, has been cut in half to £19.99 for four days over at Humble Bundle.
If you're in the market for Microsoft's more expensive answer to the Sony Playstation 4 Pro, the Xbox One X, then (not surprisingly) you'll have to open your wallet a little bit wider.
Amazon has a bunch of bundles starting at £359.99 for the Xbox One X 1TB with Fallout 76, and the same hardware with Battlefield V for £379.99. For £399, you can get bundles with either Fallout 76, Forza Horizon 4 and Fifa 19, or with Battlefield V, Forza Horizon 4 and Fifa 19.
All that compares to an odd list price of £411.99 for a Xbox One X all on its own.
Completely by-the-by (ie: not a Black Friday deal at all), Argos also has the Nintendo Classic Mini NES in stock at £49.99 and the Sega Mega Drive Flashback with 85 games for a fiver off at £44.99.
Game, meanwhile, in its infinite ineptitude decided on Thursday to do all its can to put what few customers it has left off by barring them from using its underpowered website.
No kidding, it putting prospective customers into a special ‘queue' when they key-in www.game.co.uk, presumably because it couldn't handle the traffic from having actual customers. In the interests of investigative journalism, we stuck around in the queue for the full ten minutes, only to be greeted with a "service unavailable" page.
In the interests of balance, though, when we checked back later it appears as if someone in management at the sinking company had decided to throw some more resources at the website. However, if you were thinking of trotting down to your local branch of Game, bear in mind that, to quote the company, "Prices in GAME Stores may differ".
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