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FIFA 22, Madden NFL 22, And More Sports Games Are $26 For Black Friday
The perfect opportunity to snag a few of the year’s big sports releases to play with your family over the upcoming holidays.
A group of annual sports titles are just $26 at Walmart as part of the retailer’s Black Friday week sale, including FIFA 22, Madden NFL 22, and NBA 2K22. NHL 22 can be purchased for the same price on Amazon. The discount applies to the PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch versions (if available) of each game, and lasts until November 28.
FIFA 22 is arguably the highlight of the sale, which scored 8 in our review earlier this year. Sure, FIFA 22 doesn’t change much compared to FIFA 21, and we aren’t thrilled with the microtransactions in Ultimate Team mode, but the footy is fun, matches are well-paced, and the player animations look great thanks to EA’s HyperMotion tech.
As for Madden NFL 22, we gave it a 7 in our review and called it “a recent high mark for the series,” thanks to better and more varied AI teams, new features like Gameday Atmosphere and Gameday Momentum, and an overhauled Franchise mode that makes the downtime between games more interesting than last year’s outing.
We didn’t review NBA 2K22 or NHL 22, but both games racked up decent reviews from critics this year. NBA 2K22 is sitting at a 78 on Metacritic, and the general response is the gameplay is solid but held back by technical issues and microtransactions for some of the modes.
NHL 22, on the other hand, was received less favorably, averaging a 71 on Metacritic. As noted in our review roundup for NHL 22, most critics are high on the hockey, but low on the lack of innovation. The move to EA’s Frostbite engine gives NHL 22 a visual bump over previous iterations, however.
Grabbing the latest yearly sports games for $60 at launch can be a gamble, but $26 for each game makes this sale an excellent way to add the latest versions of each franchise to your library. The are other Black Friday discounts from Walmart to take advantage of this week, too, such as grabbing the extreme sports open-world sandbox Rider’s Republic for just $25.
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