Today is 4/20, so I thought it would be fitting to present you with a list of 4 games that can be had for under $20. This idea came to me naturually and I totally didn’t borrow it from anywhere else. I’ve intentionally stuck to disc-based console games that have dropped in price over time, as downloadable titles are typically less than $20 in the first place. All four of these are excellent games that I had a wonderful time with, each for different reasons, and they all offer a pretty decent chunk of content at a low price.
The original Bioshock was creepy and hauntingly beautiful. If you’ve never played it before, you should really correct that right now. In hindsight, it has its flaws, but I was incredibly enthralled in the atmosphere and story when I first played it.
Batman: Arkham Asylum
Rocksteady proved that superhero games based on licensed properties could be amazing. The brawler-style fight mechanics were easy to do, but slightly more complicated to master and turned fighting into something almost akin to a rhythm game. Nothing’s more satisfying than watching the caped crusader pull off that final punishing blow in slow-motion at the end of a big fight.
The Orange Box
Half-Life 2 is one of the best games ever made. It’s kind of a no brainer that when you toss it, the two follow-up episodes, Portal, and Team Fortress 2 all into one package, what you end up with is an icredible gaming experience for an excellent price. Now that you can get the entire thing for $20 (or less), you have no excuse whatsoever to have not played these games.
Just Cause 2
Very few games allow the player to leap out of a helicopter mid-flight, free fall toward the ground, then latch onto something with a grappling hook at the last second. Just Cause 2 lets you do that and tons of other ridiculously unrealistic things, which is why it was so damn fun to play. I’ve yet to play another game whose grappling-hook-and-parachute-based locomotion comes anywhere close. Oh, and the in-game world is freaking enormous too.
Now… if instead of 4 games for $20, I was looking to spend a full $420 on upcoming games, my list would look more like this:
Ugh… I better start saving.
If you’ve got a favorite game that can be found on cheap these days, drop us a note in the comments!