The Best Cyber Monday 2017 Video Game Deals

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Cyber Monday brings us a huge selection of PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch, and 3DS deals. Unless otherwise stated, all of the links here default to Amazon because they tend to do a very good job of price matching across all vendors. Bolded items are our personal picks for the biggest and best deals, but feel free to ctrl+F to find any specific game you’re hoping is on sale.

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The Best Cyber Monday 2017 Deals

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If you buy something through this post, IGN may get a share of the sale. For more, read our Terms of Use.

Goodbye Black Friday, hello Cyber Monday! Cyber Monday involves a refresh in inventory for some of the most popular deals as well as brand new deals that are as good as or better than what we see on Black Friday.

I’ll also be updating the best Cyber Monday deals real time @IGNDeals.

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Every Superhero Who’s Ever Been In The Justice League, Part 2: Equinox To Mindwarp

While the Justice League in the latest DC movie features just a handful of heroes, the history of the team in the comic books is a lot more complicated. Since their creation in 1960 the team has seen over 150 members in a wide variety of divisions, offshoots, alternate versions, and reimaginings. From Justice Leagues America, Europe, and International to Justice League Dark and Justice League Elite, and through the various timelines and reboots like Flashpoint, New 52, and Rebirth, it all gets a bit complicated.

Here’s the second part of our run-down of all the heroes who have been part of this legendary team over nearly 60 years of justice. You can see Every Superhero Who’s Ever Been In The Justice League Part 1 here.

Equinox

AKA. Miiyahbin Marten

Part of the New 52 Justice League United that formed after the closure of the JLA. Equinox is a teenage Canadian hero with elemental powers that change depending on the season.

Faith

The mysterious Faith was raised by the military as a superhuman weapon with psychic powers. Joined the Justice League in 2000.

Fire

AKA. Beatriz da Costa

Formally known as Green Flame, Beatriz da Costa changed her name to Fire when she joined the newly-formed Justice League International alongside Icemaiden (aka Ice). Powers include the ability to shoots blasts of white-hot and freezing flame.

Firehawk

AKA. Lorraine Reily

Firehawk was given her nuclear powers via the same experiments that created Firestorm, but unlike that hero, she doesn’t have to merge with another person for her abilities. Was part of Firestorm’s short-lived JLA.

Firestorm

AKA. Ronnie Raymond/Jason Rusch/Martin Stein/ Mikhail Arkadin

Firestorm is a multi-host matrix possessing incredible nuclear powers. He created the shortlived JLA after Infinite Crisis, and with the combined minds of Ronnie Raymond and Jason Rusch, was part of New 52 rebooted League.

The Flash

AKA. Barry Allen

One of the founding member of the original Justice League, Barry Allen is known as the fastest man alive. He was also part of the New 52 reboot of the team.

The Flash

AKA. Wally West

Wally met Barry Allen when the latter was dating his aunt. Through a freak accident, Wally gained the same super-speed powers as Barry, and was part Justice League Europe in the 1980s.

Frankenstein

Based on the legendary horror monster, the DC version of Frankenstein was a member of the supernaturally-themed Justice League Dark.

General Glory

AKA. Joseph Jones

One of two DC heroes with the name General Glory, Joseph Jones was a 1940s hero who came out of retirement to join Justice League International.

Geo-Force

AKA. Prince Brion Markov

A member of Markovian royal family, Geo-Force can control gravity and the Earth’s terrain. Shortly after joining the JLA, Deathstroke attempted to recruit him to side of evil, but he stood by the League and instead infiltrated Deathstroke’s operation.

G’nort

AKA. Gnort Esplanade G’neeshmacher

An incompetent dog-like member of the Green Lanterns Corps, G’nort was a member of Justice League Antarctica, a team of inept reformed criminals put together by Max Lord with the intention of keeping them well away from civilization.

Godiva

AKA. Dorcas Leigh

The British superhero Godiva was a member of the New 52 Justice League International. Her powers include the ability to control the movement of her super-strong hair.


Green Arrow

AKA. Oliver Queen

Billionaire bow-expert Oliver Queen was one of the earliest members of the JLA. In the New 52 reboot, he initially declined to join the League, but agreed to operate as a rogue agent for them.

Green Arrow

AKA. Connor Hawke

Oliver Queen’s son was the second Green Arrow, and replaced his father in the JLA in the 1990s. He does not exist in the New 52 timeline, where Oliver is Green Arrow once more.

Green Lantern

AKA. Hal Jordan

The Justice League has seen a number of Green Lanterns move through its ranks across the decades. Hal Jordan was the first, and a founding member of the team.

Green Lantern

AKA. Guy Gardner

Guy Gardner was the second human to be a member of Green Lanterns Corps. He was part of Justice League International in the 1980s.

Green Lantern

AKA. Kyle Rayner

Kyle Rayner was another high ranking member of the Corps, who was given the last Green Lantern ring. He was part of the JLA in the mid-’90s.

Green Lantern

AKA. John Stewart

John Stewart was DC’s first African American superhero and has remained part of the main Green Lanterns throughout the past 46 years. During the 1970s he stood in for Hal Jordan when Hal was unable to go on Justice League missions, and joined the League properly in 2000.

Green Lantern

AKA. Simon Baz

The most recent Green Lantern to feature in the Justice League, Simon Baz joined the separate Justice League that was formed by Amanda Waller and Steve Trevor as part of New 52.

Guardian

AKA. Jim Harper

The shield-carrying Guardian first appeared back in 1942, and was only briefly in the Justice League. He performed a single mission in a 2010 version of the team that also included Donna Toy, Mon El, and Dick Grayson as Batman.

Hawkgirl

AKA. Shayera Hol / Shiera Hall

DC’s second Hawkgirl was originally denied Justice League membership in 1964, due to the fact that her husband, Hawkman, was admitted and only one member can join at a time. She joined the team a decade later.

Hawkgirl

AKA. Kendra Saunders

Kendra Saunders was the great-niece of Shiera Hall. She committed suicide, but as she died her soul was replaced by that of her great-aunt and the new Hawkgirl was born. She joined the JLA in 2000.

Hawkman

AKA. Katar Hol / Carter Hall

There are two versions of Karar Hol, the winged hero of the planet Thanagar. The first joined the Justice League in the mid-60s, and the character was then rebooted with a different backstory in 2011 is part of the New 52 League.

Hawkman

AKA. Fel Andar

DC rebooted the character of Hawkman in 1989, and gave him the new alias of Fel Andar. This version was married to Hawkwoman/Sharon Parker, and was part of Justice League International, before he was exposed as a traitor.

Hawkwoman

AKA. Sharon Parker

Sharon Parker was tricked into marrying Fel Andar, an enemy Thanagarian agent, who had infiltrated the Justice League as Hawkman. After joining the Justice League she discovered the truth about Andar, but was fatally injured by him.

Hourman

AKA. Matthew Tyler

Hourman is an android from the 853rd century, built using the DNA from the classic 1940s superhero of the same name. Hourman joined the JLA in 1997.

Huntress

AKA. Helena Bertinelli

Huntress has had several aliases and backstories over the year. The version that was part of Justice League International in the 1980s was the highly-trained daughter of a Mafia boss who now crusades against her parents death at the hands of rival mobsters.

Ice

AKA. Tora Olafsdotter

Tora Olafsdotter was originally called Icemaiden, but shortened her name to form the duo Fire and Ice with Green Flame when both joined Justice League International. Although that version of the character was killed, she was also part of the rebooted New 52 International team.

Icemaiden

AKA. Sigrid Nansen

The original Icemaiden. Unlike Tora Olafsdotter, she was not born with icy powers, but they were given to her via government experiments. Joined Justice League International after Olafsdotter’s death.

Jade

AKA. Jennie-Lynn Hayden

The daughter of one-time Green Lantern Alan Scott, Jade’s powers to generate green energy and shape it into physical constructs are similar to those of her father. Part of the JLA formed in 1996.

Jason Blood/Etrigan The Demon

Jason Blood is the human to which the ancient demon Etrigan is bound. Despite his violent tendencies, Blood/Etrigan tends to fight for the side of good, and was part of Justice League Dark.

Constantine

AKA: John Constantine

The leader of Justice League Dark, Constantine is an occult detective who was recruited by Batman to put together the team of supernatural superheroes.

Katana

AKA. Tatsu Yamashiro

Katana is a deadly samurai superhero who wields a sword that contains her murdered husband’s soul. She is best known as a the member of the Outsiders, but also joined Amanda Waller and Steve Trevor’s New 52 JLA in return for information about her husband’s killers.


Kasumi

AKA. Cassandra Cain

Kasumi is a deadly, mysterious assassin reputed to have killed over 200 men–and who might just be a legend. In order to keep an eye on the covert Justice League Elite, Batman recruited Cassandra Cain (aka Batgirl) to pose as Kasumi within the team.

Killer Frost

AKA. Caitlin Snow

Originally an ice-controlling supervillain and one-time member of Suicide Squad, the reformed Killer Frost was recruited by Batman for the Rebirth version of the Justice League.

Jesse Quick

AKA. Jesse Chambers

The super-fast, super-strong Jesse Chambers is the daughter of Golden Age heroes Johnny Quick and Liberty Belle. She was a member of both the Teen Titans and Justice Society of America, and joined the JLA in 1996.

Lex Luthor

Superman’s greatest nemesis joined the New 52 Justice League after he helped defeat the evil Crime Syndicate. Despite the reluctance of some members about his involvement, he was a key player in a variety of successful missions with them.

Lightray

AKA. Sollis

A powerful New God with a cheerful demeanour and ability to fly at incredible speeds, Lightray was a member of the 1980s Justice League International.

Lobo

The legendary intergalactic bounty hunter Lobo started life as a pastiche of Marvel’s Wolverine, but has since become a DC fan favorite. He is part of Batman’s Rebirth JLA.

L-Ron/Despero

L-Ron is the robotic assistant to intergalactic trader Manga Khan, and member of Justice League Task Force. His consciousness was swapped with that of the evil Despero in an attempt to defeat him, and for a time the villain could control his robotic body.

Madame Xanadu

AKA. Nimue Inwudu

A sorceress and member of Justice League Dark, Madame Xanadu was stripped of her powers by Merlin but granted immortality by Death. She now operates primarily as a spiritual advisor.

Major Disaster

AKA. Paul Booker

Major Disaster has been both a hero and a destructive villain in his time. He was sent off to the frozen wastes as a part of Justice League Antarctica, but later became a proper member of the covert Justice League Elite.

Manitou Raven

This Native American hero can grow to incredible heights. He joined the Justice League in 2000 and was also apart of Justice League Elite.

Manitou Dawn

The wife of Manitou Raven, Dawn was recruited into Justice League Elite along with her husband. Like Raven she has powers of size-alteration, astral travel, and teleportation.

Martian Manhunter

AKA. J’onn J’onzz

One of the original members of the first Justice League, the towering precognitive, shape-shifting Martian has also appeared in Justice League International and the New 52 JLA.

Maxima

AKA. Maxima of Almerac

The morally ambiguous Maxima came to Earth in search of a mate and spent much of her time lusting after Superman. She was part of Justice League International in the 1980s.

Maya

AKA. Chandi Gupta

Having escaped from a deadly Indian cult who wished to sacrifice her, Maya joined Justice League Europe for protection. Her powers include energy projection and enhanced speed and strength.

Menagerie

AKA. Sonja

Sonja and her sister Pamela were both hosts for an alien symbiote that provided them with a variety of abilities. Pamela was the first Menagerie, but after her death, Sonja took on the identity and joined Justice League Elite.

Mera

AKA. Mera of Xebel

The Queen of the Sea and the wife of Aquaman, Mera was part of the new 52 Justice League in 2011.

Metamorpho

AKA. Rex Mason

Also known as The Element Man, Metamorpho can transmute his body into a wide variety of compounds. As well as being a founding member of The Outsiders, he was a member of both JLA and JLE. He was under consideration for the New 52 JLA, but ultimately not chosen.

The Mighty Bruce

A small-time criminal who shared a prison cell with Major Disaster and joined him in the villainous Injustice League after they were released. Part of Max Lord’s Justice League Antarctica.

Mindwarp

AKA. Jay Young

Mindwarp was chosen by Madame Xanadu to join Justice League Dark. He is able to project himself into a visible astral form known as a “seizure soul.”

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Let’s Play Resident Evil 7 Part 3

As part of the continuing saga of Resident Kinevil 7, Mary Kish makes her way down to the basement, solves a puzzle, confronts a few moldeds, and takes a bunch of drugs.

In the video above, you can join Mary and Mike Mahardy in their quest to complete every numbered Resident Evil game. The show airs every Saturday at 3 p.m. PT, here on GameSpot, and on YouTube.

You can catch up on the series here on the show’s homepage, or over on this YouTube playlist. The duo has been through their ups and downs throughout the Resident Evil franchise, and they want you to join in on the fun…and misery.

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Target’s Cyber Monday Deals Run All Week, Including 15 Percent Off Sitewide

If you missed out on Black Friday yesterday, don’t worry. For Cyber Monday on November 27, every item on Target’s website will be 15 percent off, and even more deals will run throughout the week.

Target’s Cyber Week will begin on Sunday, November 26. Each day will have different online-only deals, such as $100 off the Gran Turismo Sport PSVR bundle and a $20 giftcard with the purchase of BeatsX or Beats EP headphones.

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Continuing throughout the week, daily deals will begin on Tuesday, November 28. The best day for gaming will be Friday, December 1 as the whole day will be dedicated to electronics. Target has not yet detailed exactly what will be marked down just yet, but specifics will be shown in its weekly ad releasing on November 26.

For the rest of Target’s Cyber Week deals, head on over to its website. For more Cyber Monday discounts, check out GameStop’s deals.

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Exploring The Secret Psychology Of Gambling With Battlefront 2’s Loot Boxes

Despite the influx of great games hitting recently, most of the conversation has been dominated by Star Wars Battlefront II’s microtransactions and the debate on whether Loot Boxes should fall into the same category as gambling. And it’s reached further than just internet chatter: the Belgium Gaming Commission is currently in the middle of an investigation into the systems used by games like Battlefront II and Overwatch, and Hawaii state representative Chris Lee has announced that he’s working towards the prohibition of manipulative mechanisms in games.

In the latest episode of The Dive, we talked to psychology professor Ronald Riggio and psychologist Jamie Madigan about the affects gambling has on our minds and the concepts that make us feel better about spending money. We also talked about how these might apply to loot boxes and ask them both whether they feel Battlefront 2 and Overwatch’s systems could constitute gambling. You can watch it for yourself in the video above.

Much has happened during the recent and somewhat ongoing Battlefront 2 fiasco, including the slashing of Hero costs, the temporary removal of microtransactions, and the dropping of EA’s stock. We cover the whole situation extensively in our video titled, “Star Wars Battlefront 2’s Loot Box Controversy Explained.”

Despite the accusations, Battlefront 2 publisher EA has said that its game does not contain gambling, while Overwatch developer Blizzard believes there’s “absolutely nothing wrong” with its loot boxes and doesn’t think its game should be a part of the controversy.

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Xbox One X Has Power, But Lacks The Games To Be A Worthwhile Purchase

Four years after its current-gen console first launched, Microsoft has released the upgraded Xbox One X. The software giant heralds its latest device in the Xbox One family as “the most powerful console ever”–and its 4K capabilities make Xbox games look better than before. But, with the new console’s release, I’m left wondering which of its games are compelling enough to make me rush out and buy one.

There’s third-party stuff, sure: Assassin’s Creed’s year off has helped remove some of the fatigue surrounding that franchise, and Origins has been well-received. And Middle-earth: Shadow of War, which has been heavily marketed on Xbox, is, mostly, a worthy successor to Shadow of Mordor. But in terms of exclusives, Xbox fans have been left wanting this year.

The delay of Crackdown 3, the only major Xbox One exclusive scheduled to launch around the Xbox One X, has left a gaping hole in the console’s lineup. Combined with an already sparse exclusive release schedule for Xbox One’s holiday season, this offers little incentive to buy an Xbox One X outside of possessing power for power’s sake.

Sea of Thieves was scheduled for launch this year, but now it’s not coming until early 2018. And Scalebound–a relatively niche but much-anticipated game–isn’t happening at all. That leaves Cuphead, Forza Motorsport 7, Super Lucky’s Tale, and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (sort of) as Microsoft’s console exclusives for the end of the year. A somewhat uninspiring lineup in itself, it’s also not exactly a serving that makes me want to invest US $499 / £449 / AU $649 on an upgraded console. Of those four games, only Forza feels like one that could meaningfully benefit from the Xbox One X’s greater horsepower: Cuphead is more about style than performance, PUBG looks a little rough on any hardware (as you would expect from an early access game), and as a 3D platformer, Super Lucky’s Tale is not something I feel I desperately need in 60 FPS.

The platform’s growing list of backwards compatibility gamesnow including original Xbox titles–bolsters its library, too, and that’s a big advantage Microsoft has in the battle against Sony. But it strikes me as a little pointless to buy a brand-new Ferrari only to stick to 30mph roads.

There was a time towards the start of this generation where I believed the Xbox One–despite its problems–had a better exclusive lineup than the PS4. Sunset Overdrive felt fresh, Halo 5 was superb, Titanfall reinvented the FPS formula, and the Forza Horizon series is a joy compared to the more stilted Gran Turismo. The selection easily outshined a Last of Us remaster, the uninventive Infamous: Second Son, and a dull Killzone: Shadow Fall, and it was what convinced me to buy an Xbox One.

2017, however, has been a different story. Horizon Zero Dawn was an unexpected hit, Yakuza 0 and Persona 5 brought some much-needed variety, and Crash Bandicoot’s N. Sane Trilogy made me nostalgic like only an orange marsupial (or purple dragon) can. Compare that to Xbox’s past year and there’s a clear divide.

For what it’s worth, I haven’t rushed out to buy a PS4 Pro either, so maybe I’m just not the type to want to shell out wads of cash for smallish gains in performance, and perhaps there’s nothing Microsoft could ever do about that. But Sony’s exclusive lineup over the past couple of years–with The Last of Us: Part II on the horizon–made me at least stop and consider it. We don’t know what the next couple of years may hold for Xbox, but we do know at the very least that Naughty Dog’s apocalyptic adventure game is on its way, and that’s likely to be a bigger selling point for PS4 Pro than anything currently announced will be for Xbox One X.

So is there any hope for the Xbox One X?

Possibly. Right now, even if you look into next year, Microsoft’s exclusive roster looks slim. However, the company no doubt has unannounced projects in the pipeline. Halo 6 will come sooner or later, and even if Gears 4 wasn’t as groundbreaking as the games that came before it, the next in the series will surely be a worthy exclusive.

However, it wasn’t just exclusives that helped Sony to dominate this generation: the fact that third-party games often look and run better on PS4 than Xbox One helped, too. With Microsoft’s new console, that will no longer be the case–but with a first-party library looking so thin for now and the majority of gamers without a desperate need for updated hardware, who will buy an Xbox One X?

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Rive Review

Backed into a corner by curtains of laser fire, I hop and twist, curling my shots and grinding foes into nuts and bolts. After hacking a support drone to bring in some extra muscle to the fight, I battle my way out and continue my maelstrom of destruction. These moments are common in Rive, and they’re emblematic of how the game melds sharp design and challenging encounters to reinvigorate the shoot-em-up genre. It’s a chaotic game backed by explosive action, snarky cracks, and an affection for the ridiculous.

You play as a no-name, space-salvaging badass in a robust spider tank. It’s an armored, all-terrain machine with a giant machine gun for its basic weapon. As you progress, you’ll earn more upgrades like new weapons and armor, plus some gadgets that let you take control of everything from turrets to trains.

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In the beginning, you stumble across a gargantuan derelict vessel ready for plunder. But, of course, there’s a catch: As you explore, you’re accosted by countless drones and bots programmed to put you down. You’ll learn to shoot, move, and use some other basic skills, but then Rive situationally limits how can use your newfound abilities by forcing you into a corner or into a zero-g bubble. These moments are as tense as boss battles, asking you to utilize your skills in novel ways, all while under the duress of constant, high-energy action.

Despite that, Rive rarely feels overwhelming. It’s intense and taxing, but it doesn’t often feel like it’s asking too much. It’s common nowadays to herald difficult games as intrinsically “good,” but that trend belies that fact that there’s a tenuous balance between difficulty and frustration. Rive is challenging, but even if you die, you can instantly jump back into the action. You never lose more than about 30 seconds of progress, and death doesn’t drain resources or knock down your overall score. The game includes plenty of tough spots, but it doesn’t take too long to acclimate to the challenge and wriggle through.

Along the way, you’ll find some rather strange locales, given that the majority of the game takes place on a spaceship. Between giant lava lakes, oceans, zero-G bubbles, and the like, Rive gives you plenty of playgrounds to explore. Each area is bright, colorful and gorgeously animated. Creatures skitter along the floor while lights and backgrounds hum with life. That’s all window dressing, sure, but each level is also distinct, presenting new sets of challenges every few minutes.

One of the few solid knocks against Rive comes from its protagonist. He’s got all the corn and cheese of classics like Duke Nukem (without the crass misogyny). He has all the personality of a brick, and only a couple of his jokes hit their mark. It’s a strange addition that doesn’t seem necessary given the game’s focus on action over storytelling, and is borderline cringeworthy.

Rive is demanding, but it pushes the kind of near-thoughtless play that shoot-em-ups strive to achieve. When faced with an onslaught of enemies and environmental hazards, you’ll have to think fast or die. Rive also doesn’t run all that long, but what’s here is excellent, top-notch action, and the game delivers some of the most memorable moments in a shoot-em-up in years.

Editor’s note: After a few additional hours of testing Rive: Ultimate Edition, GameSpot has updated the score to reflect the Switch version of the game. – Nov. 25, 2017, 7:00 AM PT

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