The best deals for gamers on Black Friday

Along with some of the most temperate weather in the world, living in Los Angeles offers many consumerist benefits.  Those are of course a counterbalance to the miserable traffic, inflated cost of living exacerbated by over-taxing and surprisingly poor air quality for a coastal area.  With that in mind, at least in this writer’s humble opinion, L.A. area gamers need all of the breaks they can get.  With so many options and the inevitably large crowds, here are some of the deals available for the ‘good’ RPG and action/adventure games.

The love/hate relationship gamers and the industry in general have with Gamestop is complicated to say the least but, as the only national brick and mortar game specialty shop and considering their market share, their relevance is undeniable.  There are a couple hundred Gamestops located in the Los Angeles area and most of the strip stores will open at 5 AM on Friday.  The mall locations will have varying opening times based on the property management companies.

Besides a $50 discount on the 4GB Xbox 360 system, Gamestop will also have Mario and Zelda bundles for the 3DS available for $199.  Does it seem wrong that the handheld consoles are more expensive than the leading home console? Getting to the games, the best deal by far is the shooter/RPG Rage (think Borderlands without the cell shading.)  It’s marked down from $59.99 to $29.99.  Rayman Origins and Sonic Generations get $20 discounts and if you haven’t picked up the two year old Uncharted 2, it’s only $14.99 on Friday.  It is also worth noting, the Dualshock 3 controllers will also be discounted by $20.

The Best Buy locations will open at midnight and most likely due to the promise of $200 big screen TVs have had campers since Tuesday.  Batman: Arkham City, Battlefield 3, Rage, Uncharted 3, L.A. Noir and Dead Island are all priced at $29.99 and the Playstation Move accessories are nearly all half-priced.  They will also have a Playstation 3 bundle with Little Big Planet 2 and Ratchet and Clank: All For One for only $199.

The few and far between Walmarts in Southern California will beat Best Buy by opening at 10 PM on Thanksgiving, although the software deals are almost all older games.  However, if you plan on buying an Xbox 360 console, the 4GB model with a Kinect will be on sale for $199 with a $50 gift card.  It also bears noting that Toys R Us will have a buy one, get one for $5 dollars on some great titles also.  Of course, some these deals can be found online without braving the cold and crowds and Amazon will have some great offers too.

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