The best pre-Black Friday video game deals you need to see

While Black Friday doesn’t kick off until later this month, significant savings are live on top video games. This year has seen retailers putting deals live earlier than ever, with discounts on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch games — and even some on the next-generation Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5, if you’re lucky to own one.

With early price cuts already live at various retailers, we’ve rounded up the top games to consider ahead of Black Friday, with all the deals that matter.

Best Deals on Video Games: Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, PS5, and Nintendo Switch

We’ve already been seeing worthwhile savings on various titles through mid-November, including at Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart. The best savings are found on physical, disc-based versions, often significantly undercutting their digital counterparts. That sees third parties increasingly aggressive with their pricing.

Take flight with the most authentic Star Wars dogfighting experience to date, presenting full first-person action that captures the full scope of interplanetary battles. It has a new single-player campaign and robust multiplayer modes, with all the tools to kit out and customize your ship under the New Republic or the Empire.

Atlus launched its new-and-improved Persona 5 Royal earlier in 2020, bolstering an already beloved Japanese role-playing game (RPG) with an expanded world brimming with more content. It features the same gripping narrative, mixing ordinary high schoolers with special powers, all intertwined with visuals and a soundtrack to remember. You’ll need to log into a Best Buy account to claim this deal.

$20 at Best Buy (PS4)

The latest Assassin’s Creed adventure just came out, but you can get it for $10 off across most platforms. You play as Eivor, a Viking who travels to England to start their settlement. Along the way, you’ll fall into a deep well of political intrigue and must fight your way out.

DIRT 5 was among the few Xbox Series X launch titles that showcased what the console could do, capped out at 4K resolution at 120 frames-per-second (FPS) on the system. It’s also a fun arcade racer for off-road action around all terrains. The game supports Xbox Smart Delivery with a free next-generation upgrade making this a future-proofed pickup.

$50 at Amazon (Xbox One / Xbox Series X)

Fight for survival as a deep-sea predator. In Maneater, experience a full single-player story campaign while swimming through the Gulf Coast waters. Feed on whatever lays ahead, evolving your shark along the way. It’s an unusual setup but makes for a surprisingly unique action RPG, with a free next-gen upgrade included. It’s available now for just $13 when using a free Best Buy account.

The official Formula 1 game received its annual refresh this summer, featuring all the latest drivers, teams, and circuits. Its latest revision brings significant changes beyond the track, with a new “My Team” feature where you’ll choose a sponsor, engine supplier, and crew for its most in-depth experience yet.

Experience the two Metro titles that started it all, with two full-length single-player campaigns condensed into the portability of Nintendo Switch. In a post-nuclear Russia, where man headed underground for survival, threats lay around every corner.

$13 at Best Buy (Nintendo Switch)

Cyberpunk 2077 makes its Xbox One and PlayStation 4 debut this December, promising an expansive and rich virtual metropolis, almost one decade in the making. From the studio behind The Witcher 3, the experience hinges on exploration and player choice, already one of the most anticipated games of the generation. You also get a free upgrade to Xbox Series X, Series S, or PS5. Preorders via Amazon remain open at $50, cutting $10 off the RRP ahead of launch.

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