If you've been holding off on picking up a gaming-related Christmas present -- specifically a console or a game -- then EB's Mad Monday sale will probably tip you over the edge. There's some offers here that are too good to ignore. Let's check them out.
Update (11:58 AM): As most undoubtedly know by now, EB's website is struggling. So badly, in fact, that most are having difficulty accessing the website and the various deals outlined below. I was able to load the site at the time of writing, and earlier this morning, although loading times were fairly long.
If you're having trouble, keep refreshing and hope that EB fixes up the servers throughout the day. Everything outlined underneath is still available at the time of this update, although I can't guarantee how long that'll last. Good luck!
First thing to remember about EB's Mad Monday deals: something new goes on offer every half hour, although it's not extended across the entirety of the day. The windows for the special one-off deals are limited to 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM, 12:30 PM - 2PM and 4PM - 7PM.
I'll update the post as much as I can, but you'll want to regularly check in with the landing page to see what's on offer. Some of the big ticket items will stay the same throughout the day, however, and that's what I'll focus on below. Keep in mind that these sales are online only.
Shame Ori and the Blind Forest isn't just pre-loaded
1TB Xbox One with Fallout 4, Halo 5: Guardians, FIFA 16 (download), Rise of the Tomb Raider (download), Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition (download), Gears of War Ultimate Edition, Rare Replay, Ori and the Blind Forest (download) $498
The deal that stands out the most, and for good reason. If you had to pick every single game you'd want as an Xbox One owner, this bundle pretty much has it. The only way this could get better was if Forza Horizon 2 or Sunset Overdrive (remember those) was chucked in as well.
Having to download FIFA 16, Rise of the Tomb Raider and the original reboot, plus Ori and the Blind Forest is a bit of a bugger though. That's a download that would comfortably take a couple of days, if not longer, although if you're a parent and don't mind having Microsoft siphon your power for a few days straight then it would make for a nice surprise come Christmas.
Don't forget to factor in the $80 for an Xbox Live Gold membership, and the three games on offer through Games with Gold: Thief, The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing and Knight Squad. Nothing special (particularly in Thief's case), but better than a kick in the rear, as my mother used to say.
1TB PS4 with Assassin's Creed: Syndicate, Far Cry 4 Limited Edition, Need for Speed: Rivals, Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, Little Big Planet 3 (pre-owned), Destiny (pre-owned), Watch Dogs (pre-owned), Driveclub (pre-owned), $549
It took over a year, but Driveclub is actually in a playable state now
No matter your position on the PS4/Xbox One divide, there's no doubt that this is the weaker of the two deals -- although you're still getting plenty of games on offer. The fact that Destiny, Driveclub and Watch Dogs are pre-owned shouldn't matter much, although one has to wonder why EB didn't just throw The Taken King into the mix.
In any case, it's a bit of a mixed bag. Syndicate is playable, but not spectacular from all reports. Far Cry 4 is excellent, but that was last year. Rivals was one of the few PS4 launch titles and it uses the same online functionality as the recent Need for Speed reboot, albeit without the cheesy cut scenes or the underground racing scene that makes Need for Speed actually cool.
The Old Blood is fun, but short, while LBP3 is a take it or leave it kind of proposition. It's worth noting that if you pick up this bundle you'll also be paying another $69.95 on top for a PS+ account. That'll add the first chapter of King's Quest and Gauntlet to your account, the latter of which isn't too bad as a co-op game around Christmas time but not something to get excited for.
The dollar-to-hour ratio looks increasingly good for Until Dawn
Most people have already picked up Fallout 4 at some stage, but if you haven't now is the perfect time to jump in. EB's selling it for $49 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One, which is the best offer at retail and one of the best offers for Australians playing on PC.
Another deal that is hard to ignore: Until Dawn for $35 on PS4. The link on the front page currently goes to a PS4 bundle though, so you'll want to use this one instead. And if you're into Just Cause 3 and have a reasonably beefy PC, picking it up for $61 may not be a bad alternative to the US$59.99 Steam is charging. The $55 deal for Witcher 3 on Xbox One is also a very juicy price if you didn't pick it up earlier this year.
Here's some others worthy of note. All the platforms are hyperlinked individually so you can click through to just the version you want.
Batman: Arkham Knight (PS4, XB1) $38 Mad Max (PC, PS4, XB1) $32 Borderlands: The Handsome Collection (PS4, XB1) $48 Destiny: The Taken King Legendary Edition (360, PS3, PS4, XB1) $64 Dishonored Definitive Edition (PS4, XB1) $25 Far Cry 4 Limited Edition (PS3, 360) $18, $28 (PS4, XB1) Just Cause 3 (PC) $61 StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty (PC, Mac) $12 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (XB1) $55 Until Dawn (PS4) $35 Wolfenstein: The Old Blood (PC) $15, $19 (PS4, XB1) World of Warcraft Battlechest (PC, Mac) $12 Grand Theft Auto 5 (PS4, XB1) $56, $62 (PC) Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Hardened Edition (XB1) $74 Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 (PC) $47, $63 (PS4, XB1) Rainbow Six: Siege - Art of Siege Edition (PC) $61, $73 (PS4, XB1) Assassin's Creed: Syndicate Special Edition (PC) $48, $53 (PS4, XB1) Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth Bundle [inc. Rising Tide expansion] (PC) $57
Phew. That's quite a lot. You can find a few more, as well as all the games available that aren't being discounted, at the full page.
Not everything on sale here is actually good value, so make sure you cross-check any prices with the StaticICE local price aggregator as many headsets/headphones in particular can be found elsewhere for the same, if not better, prices.
Given that a single Amiibo will set you back $16, this isn't a half bad offer. There's 38 figurines in stock at the time of writing, although Diddy Kong, Yoshi, Bowser (from Super Mario Bros), Lucina, Shulk and Zero Suit Samus are all unavailable. Move quickly.
It's not an immense saving -- a StaticICE search shows that you're only saving maybe $10-30 at most -- but if you're going to be picking up some games anyway, it's not a bad deal. Audio Technica's a solid brand, too.
A much better deal; JB Hi-Fi and Headphonic are selling the A40 for $300 right now.
It's not really a special deal, although you can pick up special editions of the standard Xbox One controller or the PS4 pads for more or less the same price as normal controllers. No discounts on the Xbox One Elite controller, though.
There's a whole range of other things on the front page, including other hardware bundles, bits and pieces and some discounts on Xbox Live/PlayStation Store credit. And don't forget to check in with the site during the windows for the half-hour deals.
What bargains have changed your mind?