Black Friday Deals: Physical Copies Seem To Have The Edge

Soon we’ll have the best days possible ahead for gamers who want to buy games at a bargain: Black Friday and Cyber Monday. I’ve been keeping a close eye on any possible deals as there were still a lot of games I was looking to pick up but each year I wonder: Should I get the digital copy of a game or get the physical one? The latter is usually more expensive, which is understandable as the discs, boxes and (usually omitted) booklets all have to be produced. Added to this is that the physical version has a higher perceived value, not only for collectors but it also allows reselling the game or sharing it with friends.

But this year, I noticed a trend: most physical stores seem to be able to go below the price of what’s offered by the online stores of the respective consoles, just have a look at the following table with some examples:

Xbox Store /XBL Gold Playstation Store Gamestop
Shadow of War  $59.99/$35.99  $41.99  $25
Tekken 7  $41.99/$35.99  $34.99  $25
Dirt 4  $35.99/$30  $50.39  $25
Need For Speed Payback  $41.99/$35.99  $41.99  $39.99
Wolfenstein 2  $35.99/$30.99  $34.99  $25
The Evil Within 2  $35.99/$30.99  $34.99  $25
Destiny 2  $52.49/$45.49  $45.49  $27
Persona 5  NA  $34.99  $30
Horizon Zero Dawn  NA  $29.99  $20
Nier: Automata  NA  $41.99  $25
Gears of War 4  $19.99  NA  $15
Halo 5  $19.99  NA  $10
FIFA 18  $41.99/$35.99  $41.99  $27
NBA 2K18  $47.99/$41.99  $41.99  $27
Madden NFL 18  $35.99/$30  $41.99  $27
WWE 2K18  $41.99/$35.99  $41.99  $39.99

Comparing these further with local offerings (Belgium), I can see that some stores can offer really competitive prices for some games, with the Belgian Game Mania store having great deals like Dark Souls III, Gears of War 4 and The Witcher 3 GOTY all selling for only €15.

It’s certain that great deals will be made next Friday, but it looks like you’ll be saving a lot of money if you check out your local stores instead of ordering a digital copy from your couch.

Which games are you hoping to pick up? Let us know in the Comments or on Twitter.

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