Shacknews - Ozzie Mejia

The console digital stores are also getting major Black Friday deals. Get ready to dive in!

Here's our selection of this weekend's console deals:

Xbox One

The following deals are available to all Xbox One users. Gold members will get an additional discount.

The following games are a part of Xbox One Games with Gold/Deals with Gold. An Xbox Live Gold Subscription is required to receive these discounts.

PlayStation 4

The one-time-use code FH24P5BDR6 can be used to save 10% off your purchase.

The following deals are available only to PlayStation Plus members.

Nintendo Wii U

Xbox 360

The following deals are available to all Xbox One users. Gold members will get an additional discount.

The following games are a part of Xbox 360 Games with Gold/Deals with Gold. An Xbox Live Gold Subscription is required to receive these discounts.

PlayStation 3

The one-time-use code FH24P5BDR6 can be used to save 10% off your purchase.

The following deals are available only to PlayStation Plus members.

Nintendo 3DS

PlayStation Vita

The one-time-use code FH24P5BDR6 can be used to save 10% off your purchase.

The following deals are available only to PlayStation Plus members.

Shacknews - Shack Staff

Hearthstone has taken the world like a Windfury Shaman. However some of us are still trying to wrap our heads around it. We here at Shacknews want to help you out, so we've gathered some experienced old Hearthstone hands to explain the best ways to get started.

Shacknews - Ozzie Mejia

It's Black Friday and just about every digital retailer has major deals going all weekend. There is no time for talk. Let's just get to it.

Here's our selection of this weekend's PC deals:


Bundle Stars

Pay $10.19 for Quake (w/ Mission Packs 1 and 2), Quake II (w/Ground Zero and The Reckoning Mission Packs), Quake III Arena, Quake III: Team Arena, and Quake IV. These activate on Steam.

Or pay $2.99 for Blades of Time Limited Edition, bit Dungeon II, Etherlords I & II, Wizardry 8, Rune Classic, FATE: Undiscovered Realms, and Realms of Arkania: Blade of Destiny Revised Edition (w/For the Gods DLC). These activate on Steam.

Or pay $14.99 for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor and its DLC packs. These activate on Steam.

Or pay $12.74 for four copies of Rise of the Triad and four copies of The Apogee Throwback Pack. These activate on Steam.

Or pay $2.99 for Distraint, Replay - VHS is not dead, Heckabomb, Spellsworn, Sleep Attack, MechaNika, Adventure in the Tower of Flight, Rack n Ruin, Get Over Here, and Coffin Dodgers. These activate on Steam.

Or pay $2.99 for Tropico Trilogy, Hard Reset Extended Edition, Combat Wings: Battle of Britain, Inquisitor Deluxe Edition, Zeno Clash 2, and The First Templar - Steam Special Edition. These activate on Steam.

Or pay $2.99 for Kingdom Rush, Secrets of Raetikon, Pixel Piracy, PixelJunk Monsters Ultimate, PixelJunk Shooter, Velocity Ultra, Qora, and GAUGE. These activate on Steam.


The following deals are only good until the end of the day today.



Get Games

Green Man Gaming

Use the code SAVE10-WTHGMG-GTBFCM to get 10% off your purchase. Some exclusions apply.

  • In addition to the deals below, Green Man Gaming is having 4-hour Flash Sales throughout the weekend. Be sure to visit Green Man Gaming to find out what's on sale right now!
  • Rainbow Six Siege [UPlay] (Pre-order) - $39.99 (33% off)
  • Assassin's Creed Syndicate [UPlay] - $37.99 (36% off)
  • Pillars of Eternity Hero Edition [Steam] - $26.99 (40% off)
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Legendary Edition [Steam] - $13.99 (65% off)
  • The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited Imperial Edition - $31.99 (60% off)
  • Fallout: New Vegas [Steam] - $2.49 (75% off)
  • The Evil Within + Season Pass [Steam] - $27.99 (60% off)
  • Green Man Gaming is also offering a series of 24-hour deals. Those can be found here.

Humble Bundle

Pay what you want for Grid 2 (w/Drift Pack), DiRT Showdown, Overlord, Operation Flashpoint Complete (Dragon Rising and Red River), Hospital Tycoon, and Colin McRae Rally. Pay more than the average $5.56 to get Grid Autosport, Overlord II, Overlord Raising Hell, Grid 2 Spa-Francorchamps Track Pack, and more games to be named later. Pay $15 or more to also get the Grid Autosport Season Pass, DiRT 3 Complete Edition, and the GRiD 2: All in DLC pack. All games work on Steam with Steam keys available for a $1 minimum donation.

Or pay what you want for Wormd, Worms Crazy Golf, Alien Breed: Trilogy, Light, and Worms Armageddon. Pay $6 or more to also get Worms Revolution GOLD, Worms Reloaded, Flockers, Schrodinger's Cat and the Raiders of the Lost Quark. Pay $12 or more to also get Worms Clan Wars 4-pack, LA Cops, and Beyond Eyes. Pay $70 or more to also get the Team 17 Legacy Collection. All games work on Steam and Steam keys are available with a $1 minimum.




As well as regular discounts, Steam has a couple of additional weekend deals.

Shacknews - Shack Staff

Love is in the air, and it's time for a Revolution.

Step into the boots of Arno Dorian as he barrels headfirst into a journey for justice. Thrown into the waging war between Templars and Assassins he'll soar through the city on a quest to save the beaten people of 18th century France one Phantom Blade at a time. He's also set his eyes on Elise, a young Templar woman whom he's known most his life.

Murder, betrayal, a spiraling love affair, and a city just waiting to erupt... what are you waiting for? Take the leap.

Prologue - Follow de Molay, find the Templar artifacts, and then kill the Assassin.

Shacknews - Daniel Perez

Origin announced its Origin PC EON17-X this past June, giving PC gamers around the world a reason to show some interest in the gaming laptop. Considering G-Sync technology was only previously available for desktop machines, delivering a gaming laptop with the feature is a pretty big deal as it can keep tearing and screen stutter to a minimum while you’re on the go.

The EON17-X has all the bells and whistles those who take their PC gaming serious would want in a gaming laptop. And while it performs to the degree I expected it to, I didn't expect it to underperform as much as it did in certain aspects.

Heavy-duty Gaming

The EON17-X is considered a desktop replacement, which means you shouldn’t expect to do any serious traveling with it. Weighing in at 8.6lbs, it’s quite a heavy gaming laptop, but considering how much is stuffed within its chassis, I’m impressed Origin was able to put so much into such a small space. Stuffing an Intel i7 6700K CPU into the EON17-X alone should is an impressive feat, considering it’s only ever been made available for desktop computers. And what makes the CPU even more enticing is the fact it’s been overclocked to 4.5GHz.

While the laptop itself is on the larger side, it uses its space well as it features a 17.3-inch 1080p IPS Matte Display, a full sized keyboard with customizable backlight, and a multi-gesture trackpad. The keyboard was comfortable to write on as it had just the right amount of sponginess and clickiness for my taste, and I really enjoyed the custom backlighting since I was able to have it display a wide variety of colors. It wasn’t to the quality I’d expect from an RGB keyboard, but I was still impressed with its ability to add just a bit of visual spice to its overall black and rigid body.

The trackpad, on the other hand, was more of a nuisance than anything else. Instead of being placed in the middle of the palm rests, it’s positioned slightly to the left. Having it in that position has caused my left palm to come into contact with the trackpad too often. Other than its frustrating positioning, the trackpad had a smooth surface, which I always prefer over one with texture to it, and it even had a fingerprint reader in the middle, which performed very well as I was able to capture all of my fingertips within its system. Now if I lose nine of my fingers, I’ll at least have one more available to unlock this laptop.

Performance at a Cost

With an Intel i7 6700K overclocked at 4.5GHz and an Nvidia GTX 980M, the EON17-X performed just as well as I expected it to in our benchmarks. In PCMark 7, it scored a 6513, which is on the higher end of the gaming laptop spectrum, while in 3DMark 11, it scored a P11423 and an X4331. It’s 3DMark 11 scores are also very good as it nearly reaches performance levels that can run the Oculus Rift, which is very impressive for a gaming laptop.

In my time with the EON17-X, I played the latest releases, including Fallout 4, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Across the board, the laptop performed flawlessly as I was able to push it to give me a smooth gaming experience in everything I threw at it. While getting Fallout 4 to perform well was a breeze considering its recommended specs, getting The Witcher 3 to perform at Full 1080p with all of its details maxed out is even more impressive.

When it comes to gaming on the go, battery life may be just as important as the performance you can get out of a machine. While the EON17-X exceeds in its performance, it fails in its ability to stay on for long periods of time. On a single charge, I was able to achieve a little over two hours of battery life when using it for everyday tasks, such as email, social networking, and watching videos on YouTube. When I played a game on it, the battery life dropped significantly as I was only able to get around 30 - 45 minutes of game time while running several games on their highest visual settings. So if you plan on taking your gaming on your commute, it better be a quick one or else you’ll find yourself with a nearly nine-pound paperweight.


Even though the EON17-X is categorized as a laptop, I can’t imagine myself lugging it around on a daily basis. Instead, I could easily see myself propping this on my office desk and treating it like a desktop while also saving some space from having a full-sized desktop set up. And if I need to travel with it, it’ll be at short distances where I can throw it in my car to visit friends and family while also showing off this beast of a laptop.

One caveat that keeps me from wanting to travel with the EON17-X is its very short battery life. I feel like it wasn’t really built with traveling in mind as getting to play a game for under an hour while on the go doesn’t warrant having to lug it around for several hours.

With all that said, as long as you keep the laptop at home and close to its power adapter, you're going to get some serious performance that should be able to keep up with your gaming habits for a couple of years.

System Specs

  • CPU: Intel i7 6700K overclocked to 4.5GHz
  • GPU: Nvidia GTX 8GB 980M
  • Display: 1920 x 1080p IPS Matte Display
  • Memory: 16GB DDR4 2133MHz
  • Storage: 1TB Seagate Mobile SSHD
  • OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home
  • OS Drive: 256GB Samsung SM951 PCie M.2
  •  Lifetime 24/7 Based Support and Lifetime Free Labor. 1 year Part Replacement & 45 day shipping warranty
  • 45 Day No Dead Pixel Guarantee Free

This review is based on a loaner unit from Origin. The Origin PC EON17-X is available in retail today.

Shacknews - Daniel Perez

Sega has released a new trailer for its upcoming Total War: Warhammer that highlights the game’s campaign.

In Total War: Warhammer, Grimgor Ironhide is on the hunt for a new adversary after slaughtering his way across the Blasted Wastes. Today’s trailer shows off the game’s impressive engine in action as we’re taken on a fly-through of its campaign map for the first time, which hints at the range of cities and terrain we can aspire to conquer.

Total War: Warhammer is scheduled to release on PC on April 28, 2016.

Shacknews - Ozzie Mejia

Update: As noted, while the screenshots below still apply, Amazon has gone and added some more deals. Look for Yoshi's Wooly World, Mario Tennis Ultra Smash, Assassin's Creed Syndicate, and a few others that are being added over the course of the day.

As everyone prepares to drive home for the holidays, it's worth mentioning that some people will be making the trek into snow-covered parking lots on Friday morning (or even right after Thanksgiving dinner) to get in line for precious Black Friday deals. That, of course, is insane. But for the non-insane people, there's online shopping and Amazon now appears to have officially lined up its Black Friday deals in calendar form.

Shacknews has helpfully gathered some images of what to expect over the next couple of days:

The notable games include Batman: Arkham Knight, Forza Motorsport 6, Disney Infinity 3.0, Persona 4: Dancing All Night, and Mario Kart 7 on Thursday; Guitar Hero Live, Mortal Kombat X, Destiny: The Taken King, NBA 2K16, Borderlands: The Handsome Collection, and Super Smash Bros for Wii U on Friday; and The Witcher 3, Until Dawn, Dragon Age: Inquisition GOTY Edition, and Mad Max on Saturday. This, of course, does not account for daily deals or anything else that Amazon feels like throwing up on a whim.

The full deals calendar can be found on Amazon. The big sale begins tomorrow.

Shacknews - Shack Staff

It’s the day before Thanksgiving, but we’d still like to get a bit crazy with this week’s Shack’s Arcade Corner.

For this week’s episode, Greg Burke takes us all the way back to the late 90s to talk about Sega’s Crazy Taxi. The game had a simple concept as players needed to pick up their fare, then drop them off at their requested destination. But drivers were rewarded for giving their passengers the ride of their life.

Shacknews - Ozzie Mejia

There's one more month in the year and PlayStation is looking to end with another handful of PlayStation Plus free games. The first of December will kick off with the following games available to all PS Plus members for no charge:

  • Gauntlet: Slayer Edition (PlayStation 4)
  • King's Quest - Chapter 1: A Knight to Remember (PlayStation 4)
  • Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon (PlayStation 3)
  • SSX (PlayStation 3)
  • Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken (PlayStation Vita)
  • Freedom Wars (PlayStation Vita)

For King's Quest, in particular, the timing of its first chapter's release is fortuitous, since the second chapter is almost ready. Meanwhile, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is a much lighter look into the world of Far Cry, bathing in 80s cheesiness. These and all the other aforementioned games will be staples to a user's library for as logn as they're PlayStation Plus members, so take this Black Friday to search for deals on memberships, since those are perennially valuable.

Shacknews - Ozzie Mejia

While November has seen Lara Croft embark on a new adventure on the Xbox One, there was a separate tale that released earlier this year from the folks at Square Enix Montreal. Lara Croft GO was a pretty enjoyable adventure in itself, capably following up on last year's unexpected mobile hit, Hitman GO. Now Square Enix is expanding on the adventure with some new content, as well as dropping the price for the holidays.

IGN explains that the Shard of Life DLC will set Lara on a path towards the Cave of Fire in search of lost artifacts and the titular Shard of Life itself. The update will feature 26 new puzzles, along with new enemies, costumes, and collectibles.

The Shard of Life DLC will be available tomorrow as a free update. Those looking to pick up Lara Croft GO can find it now at a discounted $3 on the App Store and Google Play.


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