As the price of games seems to forever be rising, the gaming community has to find alternatives to find enjoyment out of video games without going into debt for them. If you love gaming, but not breaking the bank, then this list is perfect for you. I will go through my choice of top 10 PC games for under $20, all available on Steam.
1. Portal / Portal 2
Portal is a comedic puzzle game where you have to reach the end of each area in Aperture Science Labs using portal guns, physics, and momentum. This game is a ton of fun especially with GLaDOS’ murderous jokes to keep you entertained. If you ever heard the saying “The cake is a lie,” this is where it came from. This game also features a two-player cooperative mode with its OWN separate campaign, different test chambers, and characters, which is not done often in multiplayer games. Portal and Portal 2 are only $11.49 CDN each on steam as of now.
2. Borderlands Series
I can’t praise this series enough. If you want an open world, RPG loot and shoot, with comedic characters and awesome story, this series is for you. You start off each game as a vault hunter (you can choose which one you would like to play, each having a different skill set and optimal weapon choice), and go through the story on your way to find a vault. There are both story missions and side quests, each will take you through baddies, bosses, environmental challenges, etc. Along the way, there is tons of loot you can collect to upgrade your characters – from bazillions of guns, class mods, grenades, shields, etc. to help you on your quest towards the vault. To make this even better, Borderlands: The Handsome Collection (contains ALL DLC for Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-sequel) for under $7 CDN (that’s 97% savings on the original $248 price tag).
3. The Witcher® 3: Wild Hunt
This is another story-driven, open world RPG set in a fantasy universe. In this game, you encounter meaningful choices, each with their unique and impactful consequences. You are playing as monster hunter that has been given the task of finding a child of prophesy by scouring the open world. This game itself has won various awards for Game of the Year, best RPG, etc. I would highly recommend picking this game up if you can, it is well worth it. It is going now for $16.79 CDN (70% off) on Steam.
Rust is a survival/crafting game where you have to survive either by yourself or with friends in the wild. In this game, you have to build a sustainable base, hunt your own food, and watch out for other predators – human and beast alike. There are many towns and places to explore in the post-radiated world of Rust, and many places to loot or set up base. If you like survival games, this one is for you! It is recommended to go into this game with a friend, as safety in numbers is for sure prevalent here. Rust is on sale for $9.99 CDN (75% off) on Steam.
5. Dying Light
This list wouldn’t be complete without at least ONE zombie ridden game. Dying light is an open world story line game (similar to the Borderlands series and Skyrim alike) where you will have to choose loyalties on your secret mission. This game brings into effect a big parkour element, where you can scale every building to reach any remote area you wish. the combat is quite awesome as well, as you can use kick/punch/grapple techniques to rid yourself of the un-dead fleabags. Beware of the night cycle however, as after sundown, YOU become the hunted. Dying Light is currently on Sale for $16.99 CDN (66% off) on Steam.
6. Torchlight II
This top-down action RPG, hack and slash, loot Co-op is perfect for those that enjoy dungeon crawlers and looting alike. That’s pretty much all that needs to be said about this one – if you like killing as many mobs as possible, on a quest to being a hero, then this is the game for you. Torchlight II is currently on sale for $10.99 CDN (50% off) on Steam, while you can also pick up the original – Torchlight – for $16.99 CDN.
7. Fallout 4
Here is another open world, post apocalyptic RPG style game that packs some punch. In this game, you play as the sole survivor of Vault 111, where you are thrown into a world ravaged by nuclear war. Fight to survive, rebuild, and determine the fate of the Wasteland before you. Looting and savaging is of course required (as in any post apocalyptic world.) Fight against various baddies, all the while making impactful decisions along the way towards salvation. Fallout 4 is going for $19.99 CDN (50% off) on Steam
8. Cities: Skylines
Do you remember Roller Coaster Tycoon back in the 90’s? Even Simcity?This game is similar to these 2 games in that you get to create your own world. Cities: Skylines a modern take on the classic building management simulation city building genre. This game even boasts realistic transportation systems (and problems) to tackle. As the Mayor of the city, you will be tasked with the equilibrium of education, water electricity, police, fire fighting, healthcare and much more along with your city’s real economy system. This game is on sale for only $8.24 CDN (75% off) on Steam.
9. Dead by Daylight
Into horror games? Want to be the bad guy instead of the hero all the time? Dead by Daylight is a 4v1 horror game where one plater is the Killer, and the others have to try to survive and escape without being caught and killed. The Survivor’s goal is to escape the Killing Ground without getting caught by the Killer.The Killer, however, is simply trying to do as the name suggests: Kill. An interesting twist to the generic jump scare horror games out there nowadays. This game is still coming out with new expansions, with new killers and survivors alike. Dead by Daylight is on sale now for $10.99 CDN (50% off) on Steam.
10. XCOM 2
Finally, the turned based tactical strategy game we have been waiting for. A game ALSO in a Sci-fi setting, with ALIENS? Perfect! For those of you who love turn based games and planning 2 steps ahead of the enemy, this is the game for you. Your mission is to wipe out the Alien race with the help of newly rebuilt XCOM to rebuild global resistance to reclaim the world and save humanity. That’s all that needs to be said, try it for yourself! XCOM 2 is on sale for $19.99 CDN (75% off) on Steam.
There you have it, my list of 10 recommendations for great games under $20. Let me know in the comments below if you think another great game should have been mentioned here.