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Four games under 20 dollars

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:

Dragon’s Dogma
Far Cry 3
Borderlands 2
Bioshock Infinite
Assassin’s Creed III
Halo 4

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!


  1. Alan Rappaport
    Alan Rappaport April 20, 2012

    Singularity is another great, under $20 game. Had a great time with that one. Reminded me a bit of Bioshock.

    • Matt Kernan
      Matt Kernan April 20, 2012

      Yeah, that’s a good choice too. I’m only about a third of the way through it though… need to get back to it and finish it one of these days.

  2. Erik Kubik
    Erik Kubik April 22, 2012

    Far Cry 2 could go on that list, is Orange Box less than $20 for ps3 these days? 

    • Matt Kernan
      Matt Kernan April 22, 2012

      Yeah, Far Cry 2 is another good choice… just had to keep myself to a list of four games.

      The PS3 version of The Orange Box didn’t sell well compared to the 360 version and is quite a bit harder to find these days. If some random retailer happened to have an unopened copy in stock, it would probably be $20 or less. The used copies are hard to find and a little pricey as a result. Also, the PS3 port had performance issues at release, but most of them were fixed in patches from what I understand.
      If you’ve got a capable PC or Mac, that’s probably the best way to play all the games in the Orange Box though.

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