Buy All Your Gaming Presents At The EB Games Mad Monday Sale

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.

Consoles

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.

Games

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.

Accessories

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.

10 Amiibo for $99

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.

Audio Technica ATH-AG1 Gaming Headset (closed, open ear) $197

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.

ASTRO A40 Black/Orange Xbox One Headset $239

A much better deal; JB Hi-Fi and Headphonic are selling the A40 for $300 right now.

Xbox One Controller plus wired cable for Windows $72 Xbox One Wireless Controller with Play and Charge Kit $90

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?


Comments

    I was going to pick up a few things. Then I saw Bandai Namco's tweet about the prestige edition Dark Souls 3. I had to tell my boys Christmas is cancelled this year...

      I just started playing Dark Souls 2: Scholar of First Sin, and now I have something to look forward to after I finish this and Bloodborne: The Old Hunter's. But damn won't those statues look good standing next to my Dark Souls 2 statue

        EXACTLY! Although rumour has it that the prestige edition will cost 500 USD... there is just no way I can spent that much

    It appears the website is absolutely rooted. I've gotten to the payment screen twice and been kicked back to the login screen twice.

    Last edited 07/12/15 11:36 am

      I tried to pick up Mad Max and a spare Xbone controller.

      The first time, between going from the order page to the cart page, they took the site down.

      Ten minutes later I tried again. Between going from the cart page to the address page, they took the site down.

      A little while later I got to the address page, but it wouldn't take my order because it insisted that my four-digit post code had to have four digits. So I typed the four numbers again. Still wants four digits.

      I felt like bloody Picard. "There are FOUR digits".

      So I gave up.

        Third time was the charm. Now I just have to hope they don't charge me 3 times.

        I've seen a few comments about people having trouble with the postcode. That seems like a very odd thing to go wrong with the website.

    I wonder if we'll ever actually get to their website today....

      OH yeah. heavy traffic on the site apparently.... so wanted to pick up the unchartered 4 collectors. sigh.

    Nothing they sell is sealed unless it's day one of release, they constantly sell used games as new also. As long you're fine with those things...

      Can't disagree more. Have bought plenty of new games from their online site and never gotten a game that was opened ever.

      Its rare that I get an unsealed game, very very rare

      And in the end, if its in the same condition as an unsealed game, then who cares?

      If this were true, as long as it plays and the price was right, who cares?

        If this were true, you would honestly see no issue with being sold a second hand product that's advertised as brand new?

    They were completely unprepared for the sale traffic. Again. They're definitely doing something wrong - I'm guessing none of the pages are cached at all and it's hitting the db hard, whereas a retail website is a prime example of a website that could exist almost entirely in cache.

    Last edited 07/12/15 12:00 pm

    Might grab Mad Max on PC, $38 is pretty good

      Finish it in a week and take it back.

        On PC?

          can't do that on PC

            That's what I was getting at.

              I did. Wasn't difficult?

                Shouldn't return PC games, they cant sell them pre-owned once the code has been activated. I personally think that crosses the line. IMO of course, you may feel different.

                  EB will be ok with the one game I got for free, I think. As far as I'm concerned, it evens up the ludicrous amount they charge for brand new games and the free profit they make on 2nd hand games.

        Each store manager is different, but EB Games company policy only allows returns if the product is unused and doesn't require activation. EB Games are a scum company but you shouldn't exploit the return policy because it contributes to higher shelf prices. EB isn't the one that ends up being screwed, it's other customers.

    Wow the site is so slow eb games need to amp up their servers lol.

    I'm completely done with EB Games, regardless of exclusive offers or having thousands of 'carrots' stored on my EB Games card. I'm no longer supporting a store that treats its retail level employees with such disrespect.

      Seems the website is getting the same treatment....

      We're all very proud of you, thanks for taking a stance, took a lot of courage - now hopefully the message will finally get out. I don't support them because they're also terrible at treating customers with respect.

        Thanks, though I didn't do anything of note here, I'm just a dude on the internet who refuses to support racism, sexual assault and the exploitation of workers in general.

        I also totally support the employees who had the courage to speak up and no longer take the demeaning crap they had inflicted upon them by people in higher positions in the company who should have known a lot better.

        I'm still totally disgusted by the ongoing way EB have handled this and refused to acknowledge any wrongdoing.

        In the past I shopped at EB for the convenience, now I literally go out of my way to buy games elsewhere.

      Incidentally, the fuck are 'carrots' for????????

        absolutely nothing but leveling up the member card, once you hit level 4, they are worthless

          Damn apparently we hit 'level 4' the other month. Was a weird feeling, knowing I achieved some level of something after like, a decade, and I don't care lol. But it'd be nice if the carrots would've paid off, even if it was only enough to buy 1 pop vinyl *sigh*

            I joined when it first started, I'm only just level 3 and a couple thousand off level 4 lol

            Actually what annoyed me was I hit lvl 3 and didn't know coz i rarely check the email it's registered too... and missed out on a discount coupon!

            DANGIT! xD

    I've not even bothered after the mess of last night and what most people said was a shit sale anyway.
    Praise the Gaben who can actually run a site that won't crash.

      This must be your first Steam sale if you don't think they also experience peak time crashes!

        It's really not my "first time". But I have never experienced a crash.

    They need to upgrade their hosting plan immediately.

    Page has been loading for 5 minutes..

    Last edited 07/12/15 12:29 pm

    Wow. Until Dawn for $35. I traded in my copy for $55 10 days ago (with their 40% extra trade-in offer). Lucky.
    Put it towards Star Wars Battlefront Season Pass (an eye watering $75). Easy come, easy go...

    The EB site is slow as a dog at the moment.

    The site tanked last night when the sale went live and only came back up today. They deleted the complaints about it on Facebook at the time.

    Add too it that the item I wanted now doesn't have the option for express shipping, which I had checked last night when I got within a hair of buying it before the site shut down. Without express shipping It probably won't make it before I go on holiday.

    Not really worth the hassle of fighting with the site late at night and early this morning when you're only really saving the shipping cost on most the items.

    There are some good deals there, but nothing amazing. For example the controllers were about $10 cheaper on the target ebay site a few weeks back, and some of the games will go lower after xmas.
    If you need something right now, go for it.

    Yeah, I tried to get onto the site at midnight, like a lot of other people did (going by the comments on ozbargain and EB's facebook page) and the site was dead in the water until about 1 am when they put up a message along the lines of "Oops, looks like we're having some problems. Check back around 8 am tomorrow when we'll have the site back up!" but it looks like there are still problems. Most things I was interested in were cheaper elsewhere anyway. Though Batman Arkham Knight and Transformers Devastation are pretty cheap there.

    Last edited 07/12/15 12:40 pm

    You'd think after years of doing this they would sort out some sort plan to deal with the heavy traffic.

    Their IT team is probably outsourced just like their HR department... LOLOLOL

    Keep in mind that these sales are online only.

    Never stops angry morons from threatening a consumer affairs call for not giving them a deal that doesn't exist.

    God Knows how I actually managed to place an order on Fallout 4 this morning. After I purchased it and clicked continue, I got kicked off the site due to heavy load. I was seconds away from having to start the whole process over again...

    I went on at midnight and managed t get a red limited edition metal gear ps4 fr $500 got it just before they took the site down. Really slow loading and struggled t get through checked again this morning and still pretty bad.

    As tempting as it is, I stand by my resolve to never again shop at EB Ga-

    Ooh, Until Dawn for $35!

    Took a bit of time and patience but got an order in eventually.

    Is the 1TB xbone elite bundle a good deal? I can't actually find any other retailer who sells the bundle, it's awful tempting

      The elite consoles are exclusive to EB in australia, well at retail, you can also get them from the microsoft store but thats about it.

      But I think the sale isnt an elite console just a 1TB hard drive.

      Last edited 07/12/15 3:14 pm

        The one above is the normal, they are also doing a bundle for the elite, $599 with 4 games, rather than $499 with 8 for the normal 1TB

          thats a pretty decent deal, the elite controller is amazing

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