Black Friday is almost upon us, a day to be trampled by insane people fighting tooth and nail over equally ridiculous sales in preparation for x-mas. But those who avoid the seething masses can also find pretty amazing deals online with the click of a button.
Today the entire Mass Effect franchise (excluding DLC) is on sale at Steam for 75% off, which is the lowest each participating title has ever been. Amazon still has Mass Effect 2 for $5 (75% off), if you prefer to avoid Steam's DRM in favor of Origin's. Starting tomorrow, Origin will offer as-of-yet undisclosed titles for up to 60% off, along with a buy 1 get 1 free promotion on select titles. The official BioWare Store has a 15% off coupon for franchise branded merchandise. TFAW will be offering some older Mass Effect comic issues for 80% off. And there's even a roundabout way to get a discount on SWTOR Collector's Edition preorders (US only)..
Steam's first batch of daily deals for their Autumn sale takes 75% off on the entire Mass Effect franchise (not including DLC). These prices are the lowest each game has ever been. This deal only lasts until 10am PST tomorrow.
Amazon.com has been running a promotion this week on Mass Effect 2 pc digital download for the same price ($5). This one comes with Origin DRM instead of Steam DRM, so you can pick your poison between these two sales. Amazon is also offering $5 of credit towards select titles in January with any Black Friday promotion purchase as well.
There's also a relatively new games bundle called the Dungeons & Dragons Classics Anthology which repackages a number of D&D titles, including Baldur's Gate 1 and 2 with expansions, for a new low price ($20) and Windows 7 compatibility. It's not on sale, but it is still a good price for that much CRPG gaming.
Amazon hasn't yet revealed what their day-of Black Friday game sales will be, but we should be finding out if that includes anything BioWare related soon.
Gamefly's digital distributor, Direct2Drive sends word that they will be offering 20% off your entire order on Black Friday, November 25th, 2011 from 12:01am to 11:59pm PST. This could possibly include preorders like Mass Effect 3 and Mass Effect 3 Digital Deluxe Edition, in addition to their sale items.
Their Black Friday sale items won't be revealed until Friday though.
EA has announced that Origin's Black Friday sale will start a few hours early, so we can expect it to begin tomorrow at 9pm PST. The titles to be on sale have mostly not been revealed yet (except for Battlefield 3 for $30), but perhaps we'll see Dragon Age: Origins Ultimate Edition and Dragon Age 2 for extremely economical prices again. There will also be a B1G1 (buy one, get one) promotion for undisclosed titles as well (probably involving The Sims franchise, but hopefully for more titles than just that).
The ongoing promotion of $10 of credit to spend on purchases of $30+ in December will apply to these sale items.
Things From Another World
Comic book shop chain, Things From Another World (TFAW) has been running a month long "Black November" sale that will culminate on Black Friday with 80% off on select merchandise, dropping the cost of these individual physical Mass Effect comic issues to under $1 each. Theses issues are not guaranteed to remain in stock by Friday.
- Mass Effect: Redemption #3 (issue 3/4)
- Mass Effect: Redemption #4 (issue 4/4)
- Mass Effect: Evolution #1 [Joe Quinones Cover] (issue 1/4)
- Mass Effect: Evolution #2 [Joe Quinones Cover] (issue 2/4) or [Massimo Carnevale Cover]
- Mass Effect: Evolution #3 [Joe Quinones Cover] (issue 3/4) or [Massimo Carnevale Cover]
- Star Wars: The Old Republic #2 - Threat of Peace (issue 2 of 3)
- Star Wars: The Old Republic #3 - Threat of Peace (issue 3 of 3)
- Star Wars: The Old Republic #4 - Blood of the Empire (issue 1 of 3)
- Star Wars: The Old Republic #5 - Blood of the Empire (issue 2 of 3)
- Star Wars: The Old Republic #6 - Blood of the Empire (issue 3 of 3)
- a page full of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic issues
The official BioWare Store is currently having a "Jive Turkey Sale," which will net you a 15% discount on orders over $50 if you use the following coupon code at checkout: JIVETURKEY2
Barnes & Noble
Barnes & Noble will be taking up to 50% off select Adult and Children's books on Black Friday. Additionally, the bookseller has provided a 30% off one item coupon C9Y8K3H that stacks with existing sales as well as the anticipated Black Friday sale (both online and in-store). The coupon is not applicable to preorders. Titles of interest include:
- Dragon Age: Stolen Throne by David Gaider
- Dragon Age: The Calling by David Gaider
- Dragon Age RPG Set 1 (Blood in Ferelden)
- Dragon Age RPG Set 2
- Mass Effect: Revelation by Drew Karpyshyn
- Mass Effect: Ascension by Drew Karpyshyn
- Mass Effect: Retribution by Drew Karpyshyn
- Mass Effect, Volume 1: Redemption by Mac Walters
- Mass Effect, Volume 2: Evolution by Mac Walters
- Star Wars The Old Republic #1: Fatal Alliance by Sean Williams
- Star Wars The Old Republic #2: Deceived by Paul S. Kemp
- Star Wars The Old Republic #3: Revan by Drew Karpyshyn
- Star Wars The Old Republic Comics, Volume 1: Blood of the Empire by Alexander Freed
- Star Wars The Old Republic Comics, Volume 2: Threat of Peace by Rob Chestney
There is a series of dollar discounts for Target.com that will allow you to deduct up to $19 off and get free shipping for Star Wars: The Old Republic Collector's Edition, bringing the total to $130.99 (approx. 12.7% discount) before tax and any other discount - Target REDcard, credit card specific cashback programs, AAA, employee discounts, etc. - or gift card you can muster.
This discount stacking should work on ANY purchase that meets the minimum price requirements ($5 off of $50, $7 off of $70 x2), so you could, say, use the method to get a discount on a Mass Effect 3 Collector's Edition preorder instead.
Target.com only delivers to the U.S. so I assume this is a U.S. only deal.