Black Friday 2011: Best List of Gaming Deals and Consoles

When the clock strikes midnight on Black Friday across America, a grand transformation will start, and waves of holiday shoppers crest the parking lot and crash right through retailers’ front doors.

Those who prepare can ride the wave easily to the register while others can wallow and tread water in the waves’ wake. No one can say for certain what will happen, other than shopping madness, but game reviews of the best deals that retailers offer will surely help some consumers stay afloat.

Target has some good deals overall with doors opening at 12 a.m. The chain has solid deals on recently released games like “Battlefield 3,” “Gears of War 3,” and “Need for Speed: The Run.” Those titles will cost gamers $37.00 each when the store opens.

At Target, customers may not get the best deals out there but they might make it without too much pushing and shoving as most people are drawn to the bigger name stores.

Toy R Us brought back the “Buy 1, Get 1 $5” deal that was popular in 2010, and with doors opening at 9 p.m. Thursday, consumers can expect epic lines.

The retailer slashed prices on many third party controllers and accessories up to 50 percent off. The deal is especially good because it includes newly released titles that are sure to attract all type of gamers. Other highlights include an Xbox 360 4 GB Kinect Bundle with a $10 gift card for $199 and PS3 160 GB console with two games and a controller for $199.

GameStop is a one stop shop for anything solely gaming related, so consumers should expect hardcore gamers to be lining up in front of the store hours before doors open at 12 a.m. or 5 a.m., depending on the store.

This year, GameStop has great deals with software being at the heart of the Black Friday deals. Those listed are “Buy 1, Get 1 Free” for PC games and “Buy 2, Get 1 Free” for Kinect titles. Remember, some deals for other stores are for Black Friday only while GameStop’s Black Friday deals last all weekend.

Best Buy might be the Mecca for anything electronic this year. So, plan to get to the store many hours before it opens at midnight and prepare for many hours of standing and waiting.

Best Buy has great deals with newly released titles and many are listed around $30. On top of that, the deals on consoles are some of the best for Black Friday, especially the Xbox 360 $199.99 and the PS3 bundle.

Walmart, the mega retailer, again goes to show how in the midst of an economic sump, they can still manage to have low Black Friday prices.

It might be wise to have Thanksgiving in the parking lot, though. Not only are their video game deals the best out of any retail chain, their console bundles are unbelievable too. Almost every bundle has a $50 gift card included.

Though some of the best deals are online exclusive only, that might save some shoppers a little sanity.

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