The past two missions have involved the other two companies in gaming’s proverbial “Big Three.” Microsoft (MISSION 2) had a fantastic year, knocking out huge releases, including their exclusive Halo 4. Nintendo (MISSION 3) had an average year, but is set to hit 2013 firing all cylinders with a big push behind the 3DS and the recently-released Wii U.
Sony, on the other hand, did not have as sensational a year. Repeated security breaches on the PlayStation Network combined with weak sales have left Sony floundering. And with no huge bombshells and the PS Vita receiving a direct hit from Nintendo’s 3DS, the parent company of PlayStation needs a push in a big way.
Your mission, Black Friday soldiers: take advantage of the situation. Your biggest ally in this fight, coincidentally, is Sony.
When comparing holiday bundles, Sony gives you the most bang for your buck, it appears. Their holiday offering combines a PlayStation 3 with 250GB of memory and controllers, a 30-day trial of PlayStation Plus, and an unheard-of five bundled games: three from the inFAMOUS series (inFAMOUS, inFAMOUS 2, and inFAMOUS: Festival of Blood) and two from the Uncharted series (Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune and Uncharted 2: Among Thieves).
All this considered, and $199.99 all of a sudden sounds like a steal.
And unlike the XBox holiday bundle, which varies from location to location, the PS3 bundle offers some consistency to your shopping experience. Wal-Mart, Target, and Toys R Us all advertise this bundle, all with the same items, all for the same price. No matter where you do your Black Friday shopping, you know that if they offer the PS3 bundle that you’ll get the same bundle, the same price, every time.
The Big Winner: Considering that fact that every retail outlet is offering the same goods at the same price, the Big Winner in this Mission is The Shopper! Let’s be real: with a new PS3 game averaging $50 a game, this bundle offers $250 worth of games in ONE bundle. And it’s only $199.99. Even if you depreciated the games based on the fact that some of them are admittedly older titles, let’s say they still start brand-new at $35. That’s still $175 in games alone.
I might have to join you soldiers in this mission.
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Review your prior missions here:
MISSION 1 | Handhelds
MISSION 2 | Microsoft/XBox 360
MISSION 3 | Nintendo/Wii & Wii U
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