2011 Video Game Buying Guide


The Xbox 360 has a nice set of exclusives and a robust, premium online service in Xbox Live. Microsoft made headlines last winter with the release of the Kinect accessory, which can track the movement of the user, allowing you to interact with the Xbox without a controller. If you’re looking for a Xbox 360 this Black Friday, don’t forget the HDMI cable, as these are not normally included in the box.

Our Pick
Best Buy takes top honors here with their Xbox 360 2011 Holiday Bundle for a low price of $199.99. This includes a 250GB Xbox 360 Slim console, wireless controller, headset, Fable III, a voucher for a full-game download of Halo Reach, and a three month subscription to Xbox Live. This bundle will be available at all major retailers, but Best Buy is the only retailer offering it at a heavy discount, slashing the price by $100.

Runner Up
If you’re looking to jump into the Xbox 360 for the least amount of money, Target is where you’ll want to be on Black Friday. They’re offering the 4GB Xbox 360 Slim for $139.99, the lowest price ever for the Xbox 360 slim at a major retailer. This setup only includes the console and wireless controller, but at this price it’s hard to complain. This model is also available at Kmart on Black Friday for $149 and it’s not a door buster, so if you leave Target empty-handed, you may have better luck there since the price is good throughout the holiday weekend.

Honorable Mention
The overall pick was a real toss-up between the holiday bundle and the 4GB Kinect Bundle for $199 with a $50 gift card at Walmart. This bundle is also $100 less than MSRP and includes the Kinect sensor and Kinect Adventures. If this is a purchase for young children or for family use, this may be the route to take since many of the Kinect enabled games are family-oriented. If you strike out at Walmart, the same bundle can be had for $199 at Radio Shack, but without a gift card.

Xbox 360 Exclusive Titles

Xbox 360’s hottest exclusive title this year is Gears of War 3, and the best price for Epic’s action-packed shooter will be at Walmart for $28. If racing is what you’re looking for, you won’t find a better simulated racing experience than Forza 4, which Target is advertising for $27, besting Walmart by $1.


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November 19, 2011
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