Black Friday 2012: Getting the best gameplay bang for your Black Friday buck

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There are more games clamoring for attention on Black Friday than there are grains of sand in the Prince of Persia’s dagger. Whether buying for yourself or a loved one, the goal is to achieve maximum happiness while spending minimum cash in the process.

With that in mind, here are my picks for the best gameplay value at the best prices on the biggest shopping day of the year.

Dead Island: Game of the Year Edition (PS3/Xbox 360)
$7.99 at Best Buy (11/22- 11/24)
Yes, I’m going to recommend another zombie game. Wait, come back! Dead Island is often called Fallout with zombies. It’s a fun, undead-killing romp through a lush tropical paradise. You can build up your character through an RPG-like skill tree for the best slayer imaginable. The regular version offers up a good 20 hours of gameplay. The GOTY edition includes the Bloodbath Arena, a multiplayer survival mode that grants XP in the campaign and the Ryder White DLC. For less than $10, this is a great deal. If you love this game, a sequel is in the works. You’ll be able to import your Dead Island character into that one.

Grand Theft Auto: Complete Edition (PS3/Xbox 360)
$14.99 at Best Buy on Black Friday
It’s an older one but still a great one. You get GTA IV, The Lost and the Damned and the Ballad of Gay Tony for an excellent price. This is easily 60 hours of gameplay just in single player. Multiplayer adds even more replay value. You get three awesome games for a third of what a brand new game costs.

Red Dead Redemption: Game of the Year Edition (PS3/Xbox 360)
$15 at Walmart on Black Friday
Everything I just said about GTA IV? It applies to Red Dead Redemption as well. From blasting bad guys to skinning bears, this Wild West sandbox is an awesome ride. The GOTY includes the Undead Nightmare add-on (look, these zombies aren’t going anywhere for a while) new single game player hideout Solomon’s Folly and a plethora of content. For $15, that isn’t even 20 cents per hour you’ll spend with this one.

Need for Speed: Most Wanted (PS3/Xbox 360)
$29.99 at GameStop, $25 at Walmart on Black Friday

It may be worth the extra $4 for you not to have go stand in line Thanksgiving night at Walmart. This game just released to rave reviews. If you’re a fan of racers, or if you’re shopping for one, this one is sure to put a smile on their face.

 MLB 12: The Show (PS3)
$15 at Walmart on Black Friday

The fact that baseball games take hours bores those that don’t care for the sport. For those of us that play hooky on Opening Day, it’s the biggest selling point there is. The Show isn’t just the best baseball game on the market, it’s one of the most consistent franchises in video game sports. At $15, it’s like finding that unscouted Double-A kid with a 101 mph fastball.

Read [GamerTell’s Black Friday 2012]

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