Here is a look at many of the deals available on Thanksgiving and Black Friday. There will be far more games and accessories on sale than what is found in this list as it only contains those advertised specifically in advance.
Lots ofÂ deals this year are not limitedÂ to one retailer but are being matched across many and online by Amazon. This post will be updated as new deals appear and expire. Check out another deals posting that has been put together on movies and television here. Make sure to follow Pastapadre on Twitter and like on FacebookÂ for up-to-the-minute alerts.
Lightning deals can pop up at any timeÂ and often run through supply in minutes. They’ll be added here as relevant ones go live and and alertsÂ sent out through social media.
Three months of Xbox Live Gold is going for $12.49. There’s the black, blue, or white PS4 controllers for $40. Xbox One controllers for $40 as well. Also theÂ Assassin’s Creed Unity Xbox One BundleÂ for $330.
Widely advertised console deals like the $400 PS4 bundles (with Grand Theft Auto V and Last of Us Remastered) or (with Lego Batman 3 and Little Big Planet 3)
will be available at some point soon are live now.
Only some lightning deals will be announced beforehand but a few getÂ scheduled to go up. Friday’s lineup is more of a mystery than Thursday’s.
Expect to see Madden NFL 15, FIFA 15, and NBA 2K15 re-appear for $30. Others like NHL 15, NBA Live 15, WWE 2K15, and Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 are possibilities as well. MLB 14: The Show on PS4 is available for $20. NHL 15 for $35-40 but I’d suggest waiting for lower.
The latest Press Row Hangout tackles a number of subjects heading into the holiday including the Black Friday deals to look forward to later this week.
Also in the lineup is a discussion on the idea that EA Sports could save NBA Live by turning it into a free-to-play game, an evaluation of post-release support from all of this year’s sports games, the Sony settlement over Vita false advertising, and reaction to the absurd nominations in the “sports” category from The Game Awards. For those who prefer to listen in podcast form the show will be made available as this week’s Press Row Podcast on Friday!
â™¦The PRP Madden franchise draft held last night (2:16)
â™¦What the panelists have been playing (10:03)
â™¦How NBA Live could be saved (21:13)
â™¦How the sports games are faring with post-release support (36:15)
â™¦Game and console deals on the way/already here this week (46:04)
â™¦Settlement over Vita false advertising (1:00:22)
â™¦Reaction to The Game Awards nominations (1:05:28)
Despite being a holiday week EA Sports has pushed out another roster for Madden NFL 15 and the consistency in updates from the company has been commendable. This one encompasses the events of week 12 of the season and those that have led up to it. Check out complete details of the update with the spreadsheet here.
Odell Beckham Jr. is the star this week going up 4 points to 84 overall but even more notable is what his remarkable catch did for his “Spectacular Catch” rating which rises 14 points to 99. He joins Calvin Johnson and Alshon Jeffery as the only players in the game with 99 SPC.
Notables on the rise include Tom Brady (+1 to 97), Stephen Gostkowski (+2 to 96), Matt Forte (+1 to 95), Joe Haden (+1 to 92), Terrance Knighton (+2 to 90), Justin Forsett (+3 to 86), Ryan Tannehill (+2 to 85), C.J. Anderson (+4 to 79), Chris Clemons (+3 to 79), Tim Wright (+3 to 78), and Isaiah Crowell (+3 to 76).
Among those seeing their ratings drop are Cameron Wake (-1 to 96), Jason Peters (-1 to 94), Brandon Marshall (-1 to 93), Jason Witten (-2 to 92), Matt Ryan (-1 to 89), Andre Johnson (-1 to 89), Percy Harvin (-1 to 89), Vernon Davis (-2 to 87), Logan Mankins (-2 to 87), Frank Gore (-2 to 86), Randy Starks (-3 to 86), Jahri Evans (-3 to 85), and Robert Griffin III (-1 to 79).
In the last Daily Dish of the week due to a holiday breakÂ there’s quite a bit of news to go over. The player likeness update for Madden NFL 15 is back out, FIFA 15 has received another significant patch, only a few days remain to prepare for Black Friday deals which now also creep into Thanksgiving day, a digital deal worth considering went live for EA Sports UFC, and legends DLC (unclear if free or paid) will be coming at some point next month.
A huge patch released today for FIFA 15 on on all systems. It appears to incorporate community feedback in addressing issues and balancing concerns while also making some additions to the game. This marks the third patch for XB1/PS4 and the second for 360/PS3.Â Read more
Both Microsoft and Sony are running digital game deals this week. Among them is EA Sports UFC which stands out as a fantastic value considering the circumstances.
UFC released only five months ago and a sequel isn’t coming until 2016 so there’s still a long time ahead where it will retain its relevance. Five patches have significantly improved the gameplay and online matches as well as added in 14 fighters to the roster.
What hasn’t changed post-release is the lack of compelling content for offline play. But at $14 (PS Plus) or $20 (Non-PS Plus and XBL Gold) its deficiencies can be more easily overlooked.
EA Sports UFC can be bought though the respective stores or the websites with the PS4 version here and Xbox One version here. Also there’s a good chance retailers will be offering the game for $15-20 later this week if you’d rather not have the digital version.
Make sure to look for the complete Black Friday deals posting on either Wednesday night or early Thursday and follow on Twitter for deal alerts over the coming days.
[Update] Microsoft dropped the price on XBL to $13.20.
Three weeks ago free player likeness DLC for Madden NFL 15 was released prematurely on the PlayStation 4 and pulled soon after. EA Sports had not announced the update prior and didn’t comment on it then or since. However as noted yesterday with the release of a new patch it was quite possible that the delay in the DLC’s official release was due to a need for that to arrive first. Issues were discovered with the likeness update the first time most notably thatÂ the faces only showed up in Play Now games.
The free DLC is back today for the PS4 and available for the first time on Xbox One. It updates over 150 player faces – though the company has yet to detail who they are there will probably be some that are noticed immediately by those who play the game often.Â If you identify players with new faces be sure to drop a note in the comments! The changes should apply across the whole game now including Connected Franchise and Ultimate Team.
Grab the likeness DLC on PS4 by going to the PlayStation Store -> Search and select Madden 15 > Add-ons. On XB1 search Madden NFL 15 and its the second panel. You can also queue it up for download through the respective store websites. Here’s the DLC page for the PS4 and here for Xbox One.
This episode of The Daily Dish features the second patch to arrive for Madden NFL 15, away kits for the two new MLS teams being leaked through FIFA 15, a recap of the last week in NBA 2K15 roster updates, and a look ahead to a live Press Row Hangout tomorrow night.
A second patch is available now for Madden NFL 15 on PlayStation 4 and will be later today for Xbox One. It’s not nearly as significant as the one released in early October however.
â™¦Fixed exploit where users were able to consistently block FGs and XPs.
â™¦Fixed an online grief caused by custom playbooks.
â™¦Made improvements to Eagles uniforms.
â™¦Added authentic patches to jerseys for Bucs, Raiders, Lions, Bills, Jaguars.
â™¦Updated suggested play calls for CoachGlass.
Something not mentioned but that could be related to this patch is the free player likeness DLC that went out early three weeks ago. There were some issues with it, and it’s possible it was pulled because it required this patch to go out first. If it shows back up tomorrow that could explain why it was pulled then and held back.