Hot Holiday Video Games 2018

Having emerged from basements across the country to the forefront of pop culture, video games have become a worldwide phenomenon that grows year by year. Such wild popularity means that Black Friday ads are nearly overrun with stacks upon stacks of video game deals. For anyone shopping for a gamer, the options are some of the most overwhelming of any category. In our never-ending quest to start your Black Friday on easy mode, BFAds is here with our walk-through of the best and most-wanted games for each and every system on store shelves this holiday!

Nintendo Switch

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – Dec 7th, 2018
A favorite among both casual and competitive players, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate continues its tradition of delivering the ultimate fan service fighting game (unless you’re a Waluigi fan). With the largest roster in the history of the Smash series, which includes 72 fighters and 100 stages inspired by games throughout the history of Nintendo, Capcom, Konami, SEGA, Namco, and Square-Enix, and with multiple controller options, including GameCube controller support, Nintendo aims to finally unseat Melee as the premier entry in Smash Bros. series.

Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee/Let’s Go Pikachu Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee/Let’s Go Pikachu– Nov 16th, 2018
While not the full-fledged next gen Pokémon RPG that Switch fans are clamoring for, Nintendo still has aspiring Pokémon trainers around the world counting the days until Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee land on the Switch. Targeting the casual gamer that has made the free-to-play Pokémon Go mobile game a worldwide phenomenon, Pokémon Let’s Go is a re-imagining of the original Pokémon adventure with updated graphics, two-player support, and a revamped control system. Speaking of Pokémon Go, mobile trainers can finally transfer their Pokémon caught in Pokémon Go into a console game using the Switch’s wireless capabilities.

PlayStation 4 /PlayStation 4 Pro


Spider-Man – Available Now
Famed Ratchet & Clank developer Insomniac has taken the helm of Marvel’s most beloved franchise and produced one of the year’s best action games. Spider-Man on PlayStation 4 at last brings Peter Parker into the 4K era of consoles, delivering a stunning open-world recreation of New York City for players to crawl, swing, and web-sling through while battling some of Spidey’s most memorable villains along the way.

God of War God of War – Available Now
Kratos returns to PlayStation in one of 2018’s most celebrated games. Simply titled God of War, gamers once again take on the role of Kratos, who has been living a life of peace and obscurity until a mysterious stranger who knows his true identity threatens the life of Kratos and his son. In a radical departure from past games, Kratos no longer wields his chained blades and instead uses a magical battle axe coupled with the bow-and-arrow skills of his son Atreus to fight his way through nine realms to fulfill a promise made to his dying wife.

Xbox One/Xbox One X

Forza Horizon 4

Forza Horizon 4 – Available Now
The fun and festive cousin to Forza Motorsport is back and developed from the ground up for a stunning 4K presentation. Forza Horizon 4 returns to the United Kingdom in a sprawling open-world arcade racer that sees the racing environment change depending on the real-world season. Not only does the aesthetic change depending on whether it's summer, spring, autumn, or winter, but the racing challenge shifts as well depending on weather conditions. Race and collect over 450 licensed cars throughout a shared world populated by other online racers or their AI representations.

Xbox Game Pass Xbox Game Pass – Available Now
It is no secret that Xbox One is a bit lacking when it comes to console exclusives. What Microsoft lacks in exclusives, it makes up in value with Xbox Game Pass. For $9.99 monthly, Xbox players have access to a robust gaming library that can give new Xbox One owners an instant hit collection of titles to play. These are not discount titles or shovelware, as Game Pass features unlimited access to AAA hits like Fallout 4, Gears of War 1-4, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Halo 5: Guardians, Sea of Thieves, Rocket League, and many more. In one of the most exciting deals of the season, Microsoft is making the year’s most anticipated racer, Forza Horizon 4, available on Game Pass on the day of release. With new titles added regularly, including an ever-expanding library of Xbox 360 and original Xbox titles, Game Pass is one of the best values in gaming.

Nintendo 3DS/2DS

Luigi's Mansion

Luigis Mansion – Oct 12th, 2018
Originally thought to be a one-off title after more than a decade went by without even a hint of a sequel, Nintendo surprised and delighted fans of Luigi’s Mansion with their hit 2013 Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon on 3DS. Now, five years later, Nintendo is putting Luigi front and center once again when this port of the original GameCube launch title lands on 3DS this winter. In addition to the full port, Nintendo has added a map to the bottom screen and a boss rush mode to give even the most die-hard Luigi’s Mansion fans something new to enjoy.

WarioWare Gold WarioWare Gold – Available Now
Fans of Nintendo handhelds are, without a doubt, familiar with the WarioWare series of games. Back in 2003, Nintendo managed to take the idea of mini-game collections and pared it down even further into what it called micro games and combined it with a fun and offbeat story starring Mario’s odd nemesis, Wario. After many successful sequels, WarioWare Gold lands on 3DS and acts as a greatest hits collection of some of the best micro games from the franchise that has spanned more than 15 years and 5 different Nintendo consoles.


Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2 – Oct 26th, 2018 - Xbox One, PlayStation 4
One of the most hotly anticipated sequels of the year lands on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 this fall with Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption 2. A game that is sure to top the wish list of every gamer, Red Dead Redemption 2 returns gamers to the Wild West of America in 1889, where the vast and unforgiving open-world landscape features everything one would expect to find on the frontier. Bandits, bounty hunters, gamblers, cowboys, horses, bank robberies, and authentic frontier gibberish all populate the towns, settlements, and everything in between.

Shadow of Tomb Raider Shadow of Tomb Raider – PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4
The third entry in the reborn Tomb Raider series that began with the 2013 reboot, Shadow of the Tomb Raider is the 2018 direct sequel to Rise of the Tomb Raider. Fans of the series know what to expect - Lara laces up her boots once again to return to the fast-paced action and exploration for which the series has become famous. Who knows? While you’re scaling cliffs, fighting militias, hunting wildlife, and upgrading your weapons, you might even have time to raid a couple of tombs!

Fallout ’76 Fallout ’76 – Nov 14th, 2018 – PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4
In one of the most controversial turns of a franchise, Bethesda shocked the video game world when they took their historic RPG series and turned it into an online-only shooter. After the initial shock of the reveal at E3 2018, the appeal of an online Fallout shooter gradually changed to hype, and it’s now one of the most anticipated games of 2018. Fallout ’76 pits gamers against one another in the very first year vault dwellers emerged from the safety of their Vault-Tec shelters. Build, destroy, and loot while preserving your allies from other teams, some of whom may be plotting to detonate another nuclear bomb that would wipe out the entire map.

Final Thoughts

The best part about having a gamer on your shopping list is that video games have been a staple of leaked Black Friday ads for as long as Black Friday has been a thing. Even the newest and hottest games are found at steep discounts, many of which are available online before the turkey is even in the oven!

As we do every year, BFAds will be at the forefront of these deals with a detailed video game buying guide that picks the best deals in consoles and games. Of course, we’ll also be there to help check off the rest of the items on your shopping list, including deals on 4K UHDTV, laptops, smartphones, tools, tablets, and more!

October 1, 2018
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