Black Friday 2021: the PC gaming deals you can expect in Australia

Posted on October 18, 2021 by

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Look, we know it's not even November yet, but if you wait for the final Black Friday PC gaming deals there's a good chance you're going to be very disappointed come November 26. Availability may be the watchword this year, rather than the almighty 'deal', and tech especially is only going to become more scarce as we approach the end of the year.

Not to be a doom-monger about it, but this is a year unlike almost any other—yes, even the blighted days of 2020—where stock isn't even the only thing standing between you and your Christmas wishlist. Shipping is going to be another nightmare, and even a month ahead of time may not be enough to ensure delivery before Santa's sleigh leaves the elves' workshop this year.

That's why we're recommending taking a look at potential tech purchases earlier than ever, and why we're putting all our efforts into digging up both the best early Black Friday PC gaming deals, and on finding out where there might be a GPU restock or gaming PCs without a three month lead time.

But trust us, there will be deals. Maybe not on a new RTX 3080, but there will definitely be other components with potentially large price drops. With plenty of stock out there we're confident there will be SSDs on offer this year, and system memory too. We would expect to see monitors and TVs with healthy discounts too.

So, it's not all stock nightmares and chip shortage doom and gloom.

When is Black Friday 2021?

Black Friday 2021 will be on November 26, one full day ahead of last year’s date. That means Cyber Monday will fall on November 29 after a retail-heavy weekend.

Last year Black Friday almost lasted from the end of the delayed Prime Day in October. It will be a similar story this year, with everyone, from Amazon to MWave keen to lock in sales early to avoid shipping problems. So expect specific Black Friday deals and offers to start earlier than ever.

Where will the best Black Friday PC gaming deals be?

What deals can I expect on Black Friday 2021?

Obviously Black Friday graphics card deals are off the table for another year. I mean, being able to buy one for anything near RRP would be a start. But you will be able to find the latest GPU silicon in either a pre-built gaming PC or a new gaming laptop, and we fully expect there to be deals on those, especially with newer Intel Alder Lake PCs potentially making last-gen models more ready for discounts.

Along with the news there will be new Ryzen CPUs early next year, last-gen Intel and AMD processors could be cheaper too, in order to clear older stock from the inventory of retailers. With an imminent price correction on memory expected soon, we might see some other component deals, too. 

The arrival of DDR5 might also make DDR4 kits more affordable, and there seems to have been a glut of great SSDs recently too. 

Screens are another regularly discounted commodity around Black Friday, and we doubt this year will be any different. Which means both the best gaming monitors and the best TVs for gaming could get some tasty deals, too.

And there will always be gaming mice and keyboards on sale come Black Friday too.

What should I avoid buying on Black Friday 2021?

Anything you don’t need. It’s distressingly easy to be duped into dropping cash on something just because there’s a hefty discount attached to it… even though you have absolutely no use for it. 

If you’re considering making a purchase around Black Friday, have a plan of attack. That probably sounds needlessly aggressive, but you need to know what you actually want to buy first or you’ll end up with no end of crap. Cheap crap, maybe, but crap nonetheless. 

Do some research on the products you’d like to pick up in the sales (we offer detailed hardware buying guides), and maybe some alternatives in case those don’t pop up, and set yourself a strict budget too. 

Products like graphics cards and processors have obvious tiers (though the different companies work damned hard to make product names as confusing as possible), and SSDs have rated speeds, but for peripherals it’s tougher to tell from the specs whether they’re worth the money. Checking for reviews, from such luminaries as ourselves, should guide you on your way, and checking price comparison sites like our sibling site Getprice will let you know if a deal’s more than just skin deep.

Are there any Black Friday tips and tricks?

If you haven’t already used it up during a credit card splurge around Amazon Prime Day, then you ought to take the opportunity to sign up for a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime. That will get you early access to the Lightning Deals, and help you grab some of Jeff’s best deals of the day. It will also net you free shipping on a host of products and speedy delivery too, and at the very worst it’ll be handy when it comes to bagging some last-minute Christmas gifts for that aunt you always forget about.

But whatever happens around Black Friday 2021, we'll be on hand to see you through and make sure that you're told about the best PC gaming deals going down around the event, and hopefully put a stop to any potential buyer's remorse.  

We're also deploying the full bot-powered might of our price comparison engine, to check for the best deals on the key PC gaming product categories every hour of every day.

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Guardian’s of the Galaxy system requirements demand 150GB of disk space

Posted on October 18, 2021 by

System requirements for Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy have appeared on its Steam page, and some of the specs aren't that high for a game that's going to launch with a bunch of PC-specific graphical improvements. The minimum GPU requirement calls for a GTX 1060 or a Radeon RX 570, while the recommended GPU is a GTX 1660 Super or an RX 590. On the other hand, you'll need to have 150GB free to install what is probably not a hugely long singleplayer game.

To put that in perspective, it's just ahead of Hitman 2 with all the DLC, which is basically the entire first game as well and comes in at 149GB. Looking at some of the other biggest install sizes on PC, it's still well behind the combined Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone at 231GB, but ahead of Microsoft Flight Simulator, which includes the entire planet Earth and yet is still only 127GB.

Here are the Guardians of the Galaxy system requirements.

Guardians of the Galaxy minimum system requirements 

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Windows® 10 64 bit Build 1803
  • Processor: AMD Ryzen™ 5 1400 / Intel® Core™ i5-4460
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 / AMD Radeon™ RX 570
  • DirectX: Version 12
  • Storage: 150 GB available space
  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Windows® 10 64 bit Build 1803
  • Processor: AMD Ryzen™ 5 1600 / Intel® Core™ i7-4790
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1660 Super / AMD Radeon™ RX 590
  • DirectX: Version 12
  • Storage: 150 GB available space

Guardians of the Galaxy will be out on October 26. 

Five new Steam games you probably missed (October 18, 2021)

Posted on October 17, 2021 by

On an average day, about a dozen new games are released on Steam. And while we think that's a good thing, it can be understandably hard to keep up with. Potentially exciting gems are sure to be lost in the deluge of new things to play unless you sort through every single game that is released on Steam. So that’s exactly what we’ve done. If nothing catches your fancy this week, we've gathered the best PC games you can play right now and a running list of the 2021 games that are launching this year. 

Despot's Game

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Release:‌ October 15
Developer:‌ Konfa Games
Launch price:‌ $13.49 ‌|‌ ‌£10.25 |‌ ‌‌AU$19.35

Despot's Game is a roguelike with an autobattler rhythm: You optimize the arsenal of a group of people who have found themselves suddenly in a strange murder labyrinth, and the goal is to ensure they're strong enough to smite the weird monstrosities they'll encounter along the way. These helpless people won't stay helpless for long, as you'll be able to equip them with all manner of lootable tools to turn them into, say, ninjas or cultists. Interestingly, reaching the end of the labyrinth will trigger an encounter with another real player's end game build. Despot's Game is in Early Access, and will stay there for “no more than a year” while it gets the usual polish and additional content.

Chasing Static

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Release:‌ ‌October 15
Developer:‌ Headware Games
Launch price:‌ ‌$12.74 ‌|‌ ‌£9.68 ‌|‌ ‌AU$18.27

Chasing Static is a first-person horror game set in Wales, specifically in a rundown old roadside café where coffee has been replaced with scariness. Inspired by “80s sci-fi horror and contemporary surrealist cinema,” Chasing Static definitely travels in the modern retro horror orbit: Its graphics look a tad more advanced than the usual PS1-inspired fare, but it still has that discomforting early 3D graphics vibe that makes this new subgenre so exciting. With a runtime of around two hours, it looks like something fun to add to your Halloween binge pile.

Negative Nancy

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Release:‌ October 14
Developer:‌ FEED
Launch price:‌ ‌$12.74 |‌ ‌£9.68 ‌|‌ ‌AU$16.95

Here's a visual novel / adventure hybrid about saying “no” to things. You play as an employee at a soulless big box department store where, in keeping with the erroneous adage that “the customer is always right,” you're expected to say “yes” all the time. But screw that! Negative Nancy is about the joy of not giving a damn. A customer wants you to fix a faulty product? Just say no. The game is a bit more complicated than that—there's a branching narrative and the opportunity to abstain from saying “no”—but it's all about the catharsis of subverting expectations.

The Good Life

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Release:‌ ‌October 15
Developer:‌ White Owls Inc.
Launch price:‌ ‌$30 |‌ ‌£24 |‌ ‌AU$42.95

The Good Life is an RPG and life sim by Hidetaka 'Swery65' Suehiro of Deadly Premonition fame. Protagonist Naomi is a journalist who has just moved to a small English town in order to investigate why people are turning into cats and dogs. Sounds idyllic, but apparently some people don't want to be animals, so The Good Life is in part about solving that mystery with a trusty camera. But! Naomi herself can also transform into a cat or a dog, and she can also maintain a garden, and cook, and hang out with friends. Reviews are typically mixed on this one, as they always are for Deadly Premonition games.

Stolen Realm

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Release:‌ October 15
Developer:‌ Burst2Flame Entertainment
Launch price:‌ ‌$18 |‌ ‌£13.94 |‌ ‌AU$26.05

Another Early Access launch, Stolen Realm blends turn-based strategy with an action RPG, which seems oxymoronic if action RPG puts you in mind of Diablo. It's a gorgeous looking game though, with its bright hexagonic maps and low-poly art style, and there's a lot of opportunity to specialise here with eight skill trees and more than 240 skills. The game supports six-player online cooperative play, which features a “simultaneous team turn system” which should make encounters more brisk and enjoyable.  The game will stay in Early Access for “around one year.”

These games were released between October 11 and 18 2021. Some online stores givers.  us a small cut if you buy something through one of our links. Read our affiliate policy for more info. ‌

27 seconds of Elden Ring gameplay footage has leaked

Posted on October 17, 2021 by

A now-defunct YouTube channel called Games Anime and More posted a 27-second clip of Elden Ring gameplay that made it around the internet before being taken down. (You can probably still find it on Twitter or the Elden Ring subreddit.) The footage doesn't show much, just an armored character on a cliffside looking at a glowing tree, jumping over some rocks, and scaring a couple of eagles. They leave feathers behind when they fly off, which is a nice detail.

The most notable thing about what's shown is that the player-character can pull off a standing jump, rather than needing to do a run-up as in the Dark Souls games. While it doesn't suggest full-on Sekiro wallhopping agility, it's at least something different. 

Of course, the eagle-eyed already figured out this would be a thing from the trailer. Observant players have also figured out where the leaked footage takes place; a small slice of the landscape shown in the official gameplay reveal.

The leaker anticipated complaints about the graphics, explaining that “It's couple weeks old but it's from a Xbox One and not from a new Gen console. Also, the quality downgrades even more due to capturing it using external tools.” That hasn't stopped some people from being cranky about how the grass doesn't measure up to their exacting standards for videogame foliage, obviously.

Elden Ring is due out on Steam from January 21.  

Lina gets a bit heated in the trailer for Dota: Dragon’s Blood season 2

Posted on October 17, 2021 by

Valve and Netflix have debuted the trailer for season 2 of Dota: Dragon's Blood, and it's chock full of what we might be seeing in the coming season. First off is hero Lina the Slayer, a classic Dota hero whose command of fire and lightning are infamous. Of course, she's not the only new thing to show up in the Dragon's Blood season 2 trailer: Such as, for example, “a lot of fucking dragons.”

Other scenes include a lot: Mirana at the head of an army. An army burning alive. Terrorblade, possessing an old man, threatening Fymryn and Davion—who are locked in a jail cell. Fymryn being traumatized over some magic flowers. There's also something going on with blue-fire-breathing black dragons who have crystals growing on them. So that's pretty neat.

Given the theme of the series it's no surprise to see Lina make an appearance: One of her powers is the Dragon Slave, which is literally the controlled breath of a dragon. The real question: If Lina's showing up, will we see her icy sister and rival Rylai the Crystal Maiden make an appearance too? And if we're seeing dragons breathing blue, and the elemental eldwurms are already showing up in this series, will we see Dota hero Winter Wyvern as well?

In other news, this year's new Dota hero is going to be Marci, straight out of the anime.

The illustration studio behind Dragon's Blood is Studio Mir, and they're also behind recent Witcher animated movie The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf.

Team Spirit wins $18M Dota 2 championship in close finals

Posted on October 17, 2021 by

Dota 2's Aegis trophy has come back to Eastern Europe for the first time since the inaugural tournament in 2011 as Team Spirit has won The International 2021 and been crowned world champions. After blowing a 2-0 lead early in the best of 5 finals, including a brutal fourth-game loss that left the record at 2-2, Team Spirit took the team to championship a win in the final game.

Based in Moscow, Team Spirit will now received the single largest prize payout in esports history: $18,208,300. They're also the first team from Eastern Europe to win since Ukrainian team Natus Vincere (Na'Vi) won the very first Dota 2 International in 2011. 

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The last four years of competitive Dota 2 were defined by teams based in the European Union. Team Liquid won in 2017, then OG won back to back victories in 2018 and 2019. The 2020 tournament was cancelled, and the prize pool transferred to this year. 

Team Spirit was knocked into the lower bracket of the tournament by Team Secret in their first match, but it was only up from there. On the way to their win, Team Spirit first eliminated the defending champions OG before taking down fellow Russians Perhaps most surprising was their win over 2012 champions Invictus Gaming, who had been favored as one of the strongest teams in the tournament after going 6-2-0 during the group stages—only PSG.LGD did better, at 7-1-0.

Nonetheless, despite playing an amazing final series, Chinese team PSG.LGD couldn't take the win. They'll have to be content with the runner up's prize of $5,202,400.

Dota 2's championships, The International, are the most lucrative events in esports. Each of the last six events has set a new world record for tournament prize pool. This year's event was held in Bucharest, Romania after some shakeup regarding event location. The event did not have a live audience, but it did have some weird fake cheering.

Ubisoft may have leaked the Rainbow Six Extraction release date

Posted on October 17, 2021 by

It looks like Ubisoft may have accidentally given us an insight as to when Rainbow Six Extraction, its upcoming, oft-delayed PvE co-op game, may launch.

The game – previously known as Rainbow Six Parasite, then Rainbow Six Quarantine before the publisher changed it in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic – may be set to arrive on January 20, 2022, per a recently updated page on Ubisoft’s website (thanks, VGC).

Extraction – in case you’ve forgotten – is an expanded version of the 2018 Siege limited-time event called Outbreak, where three players were pitted against mutated monsters.

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FIFA issues statement taking shots at EA’s dominance of football games

Posted on October 17, 2021 by

The on-going fracture between EA and FIFA seems to have widened over the weekend, as the football body issued a statement seemingly directly targeted at EA, noting that it believes football gaming and esports “must involve more than one party controlling and exploiting all rights”.

It’s been a pretty electric week in the world of football games – after EA suggested that the FIFA series may drop its now-classic branding, the publisher has trademarked EA Sports FC – hinting at what the future of the series may look like.

This apparently happened because FIFA was apparently looking to more than double the cost of its licence, looking at charging EA over $1 billion per every four-year World Cup cycle to retain the FIFA branding.

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Minecraft Dungeons is getting seasons, a battle pass and more

Posted on October 17, 2021 by

Hack-and-slash dungeon-crawling Minecraft spin-off, Minecraft Dungeons, will be getting even more new content later this year – with plenty more set to be added further down the line.

“Heroes, the adventure continues!” announced the official Minecraft Dungeons Twitter account during this year’s Minecon Live. “Seasonal Adventures are coming to Dungeons! Advance through an all-new progression system to earn pets, flairs, emotes and skins!”

There will also be a non-paid, free Battle Pass track that will unlock various in-game currencies, alllowing you to pick up various items without having to splash out on the premium pass. At the time of writing, it has not been revealed how expensive the battle pass will be.

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Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League trailer has a bunch of callbacks to the Arkham games

Posted on October 17, 2021 by

The latest trailer for Rocksteady Studio's Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, which debuted at DC FanDome, does not include any gameplay footage. It does, however, have some shout-outs to the Batman: Arkham games, which it's weirdly a kind of sequel to. (It also has some banging music, decent editing, and some of the jokes land.)

For starters, the opening recreates the beginning of Arkham Asylum with the drive past the “hitchhikers may be escaping patients” sign, and the scene of Amanda Waller recruiting the squad is set in the game's first combat area. (Waller isn't played by the same voice actor as she was in Arkham Origins, but instead is voiced and mocapped by Debra Wilson, who voiced Waller in Telltale's Batman: The Enemy Within. You may also know her from Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order or Mad TV.)

During the sequence where the Suicide Squad gears up with help from Gizmo, a kind of evil MacGyver from the comics, a couple of items from the Arkham series appear. King Shark puts on the bowler hat the Riddler wore in Arkham City, and Harley Quinn fires Batman's grapnel gun. Seems like Gizmo has a collection of trophies and gadgets belonging to Arkhamverse characters, including a bat-glider and the super-speed boomerang Captain Boomerang uses to zip around.

Later on there's a junker Batmobile with a repurposed Batsignal for a headlight, which has the same X shape across its face as the version on top of the GCPD building in Arkham Knight, though there's no hint as to who's driving it. Two more villains from the series also return: Poison Ivy is apparently alive and well if her vines appearing at the 2.10 mark are anything to go by, and the Penguin's regrown some of his hair but still has that beer-bottle monocle embedded in his eye.

Last year, Rocksteady creative director Sefton Hill described Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League as a hybrid between the Arkham games and some “powerful, awesome gunplay” in an open-world Metropolis. It'll have drop-in/drop-out co-op for up to four players, but can apparently be played solo too, with AI controlling whichever characters you don't pick. It's due in 2022.