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Black Friday isn’t until next week, but the sales have already started to appear. This is a great time to find a good sale on a game you’ve been waiting on, or maybe start your holiday video game shopping.

Looking around, I’ve already seen a lot of great deals (some on games I love, some I intend to buy), so here are the ones that stood out to me the most:

Yakuza and Judgment

Best Buy has some notable Yakuza deals, specifically Yakuza: Like a Dragon for $19.99 (PS4, PS5, and Xbox One), Judgment for $19.99 (PS5, Xbox Series X), and Lost Judgment for $29.99 (PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X).

Amazon also has that same Lost Judgment PS4 deal.

I haven’t played Yakuza: Like a Dragon or Lost Judgment yet, so usually I wouldn’t promote them specifically like this, but my experiences with the series so far have left me confident in them. As for the first Judgment, I absolutely loved it, and you can check out my review here.

Resident Evil

The Resident Evil Village sale at Best Buy jumped out at me right away, since it’s on sale with a free steelbook for $19.99 (PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X). While I might have had some mixed feelings about Village, I can’t deny that it’s worth it at this price.

The Resident Evil 2 remake is also on sale for $14.99 (PS4), and that’s one that I loved.

The World Ends With You

NEO: The World Ends With You is on sale for $29.99 at both Best Buy and Amazon, although only the PS4 version so far.

Trust me, this game is fantastic, and it’s a shame it hasn’t seen more attention. Where is my review, you might be asking? I finished the main game a while ago now, but I still have to wrap up the post-game. After that, I’ll definitely share my thoughts.


Nier Replicant is on sale for $29.99 at Best Buy (PS4, Xbox One) and Amazon (PS4, Xbox One).

I haven’t finished Nier Replicant yet, since I took a break from it for personal reasons, but keep in mind that I thought the original Nier was incredible, and Replicant just takes that same great game and makes it even better.


Persona 5 Royal is on sale for $24.99 at Best Buy and Amazon. Best Buy also has a sale on the sequel/spin-off Persona 5 Strikers, $29.99 for the PS4 version and $34.99 for the Switch version.

While I didn’t get to Persona 5 Royal yet, you can read my glowing review of the original, and I also found Persona 5 Strikers to be a great game and sequel.

13 Sentinels

Best Buy also has 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim on sale for $19.99.

This game is a masterpiece. If you aren’t familiar with 13 Sentinels, take a look at my review, and then go grab it in this sale if you enjoy story-driven games!

Kingdom Hearts

The Kingdom Hearts All-In-One Package is on sale at Best Buy for $19.99. This collection includes everything from the 1.5, 2.5, and 2.8 collections, and Kingdom Hearts III, so it’s pretty much all of them except for Melody of Memory. Alternately, Kingdom Hearts III is on sale on its own for $9.99.

That Kingdom Hearts III deal, at least, is also at Amazon for both PS4 and Xbox One.

I have too many Kingdom Hearts reviews to list them all here. The sheer number of Kingdom Hearts posts should give you an idea of how I feel about these games. And yes, while some people criticize Kingdom Hearts III, I personally loved it.

First-Party Switch Games

GameStop put several Switch games on sale for $26.99, but I avoided it since their definition of a “new” game can be… lacking (lacking a case, for example). However, Amazon has now matched it.

Switch games you can get for $26.99 include Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition, which I highly recommend, and Fire Emblem: Three Houses, which I will someday return to for my remaining routes.


More sales might well appear as we get closer to Black Friday, so I’ll keep this list updated!

(For my part, I picked up Yakuza: Like a Dragon, Catherine: Full Body, and Paper Mario: The Origami King, so hopefully I’ll have played and reviewed them in a reasonable amount of time. If I haven’t touched them by next Black Friday, yell at me. …I picked up both Golden Wind anime volumes, too.)

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  4 Responses to “Excellent Black Friday 2021 Video Game Deals Already Available”

  1. Too many games and I suspended almost all my in-progress games for NaNo… must resist buying more right now. I haven’t even started NEO TWEWY yet and I bought it on release!

  2. For some reason I was sure you had played Like a Dragon. It’s largely down to you I picked up and actually started to play Yakuza 0. I put 121 hours into it and still loving it!

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