Nobody has infinite money, and very few people come close enough for it to not matter. With that in mind we wrote our previous articles about games under $5 and games under $10.

This time we increase the price range, with $20 as the upper limit. Mind, the following games are just a select few that qualify based on their price. The G2A Marketplace has thousands of games you could buy for $20 or less, so if you don’t find what you’re looking for on this list, feel free to look for something more to your liking on G2A.COM.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This article was written in late September 2019. It’s possible the prices will change over time.

List of best steam games under $20

Game Genre Release year Developer Check price below
15. Football Manager 2019 Football Manager 2019 box Sports Simulation 2018 Sports Interactive Buy now!
14. Middle-Earth: Shadow of War Middle-earth: Shadow of War - fighting Action RPG 2017 Monolith Productions Buy now!
13. Risk of Rain 2 Risk of Rain 2 box Roguelike 2019 Hopoo Games Buy now!
12. Call of Duty: Black Ops II Call of Duty: Black Ops II box FPS 2012 Treyarch Buy now!
11. Nier: Automata Nier: Automata - box Action RPG / Hack’Slash 2017 PlatinumGames Buy now!
10. Conan Exiles Conan Exiles - characters Survival / RPG 2018 Funcom Buy now!
9. Planet Coaster Planet coaster - box Construction simulator 2016 Frontier Developments Buy now!
8. PUBG PUBG box Battle Royale 2017 PUBG Corporation Buy now!
7. Civilization VI Sid Meier's Civilization VI box Turn-based strategy 2016 Firaxis Games Buy now!
6. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim the-elder-scrolls-v-skyrim-box-23-10-2019.jpg Action RPG 2011 Bethesda Game Studios Buy now!
5. Hearts of Iron IV Grand Strategy 2016 Paradox Development Studio Buy now!
4. Fallout 4: Game of the Year Edition Fallout 4: Game of the Year Edition box Action RPG 2015 Bethesda Game Studios Buy now!
3. Kingdom Come: Deliverance Action RPG 2018 Warhorse Studios Buy now!
2. Grand Theft Auto IV Grand Theft Auto IV - box Action RPG 2008 Rockstar North Buy now!
1. Total War: Warhammer 2 Total War: WARHAMMER II box RTS / Turn-based strategy 2017 Creative Assembly Buy now!

15. Football Manager 2019

PC
Nintendo Switch
Release year: 2018
Developer: Sports Interactive

Football Manager is one of the very few franchises with a title that explains exactly what the game is about. If when playing FIFA or Pro Evolution Soccer you always felt that it would be fun, if instead of controlling players, you focused mostly on transfers and tactics, then FM is the game for you.

Football Manager 2019 - screen view

In the 2019 edition you can use a revamped training system with more detailed options available. Some tournaments can also benefit from having video assistant referees, to make sure the rulings are fair. Finally, as usual, the 2019 edition updated the teams to make sure every transfer and new talent from the previous year was reflected accurately.

Key features
  • New feature: video assistant referees
  • Simulation of managing a football team
  • Teams and players updated relative to the 2018 edition
  • Now has the license to include Bundesliga

14. Middle-Earth: Shadow of War

PC
PlayStation 4
Xbox One
Release year: 2017
Developer: Monolith Productions

Shadow of War builds on the momentum generated a few years prior by Shadow of Mordor. It takes special glee in expanding on the Nemesis systems introduced by its predecessor. Now you get to build a proper army by brainwashing orcs into being loyal to you, and you can establish them as commanders of fortresses you conquered. Good stuff.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War - fighting

Surprisingly, it deviated form the first game’s dedicated equipment in favour of classic loot with different stats, including equipment sets conferring unique bonuses. Although the game initially included lootboxes, they have since been removed, making playing the game the only way to get better stuff.

Key features
  • Continues the story of Talion
  • Plenty of diverse loot
  • Combat system expanded with new tools and manoeuvres
  • Build your own orc and troll army and lay siege to enemy fortresses

13. Risk of Rain 2

PC
PlayStation 4
Xbox One
Nintendo Switch
Release year: 2019
Developer: Hopoo Games

Risk of Rain 2’s major difference from the first game in the series is the addition of third dimension. It changes a lot about how the game is played, but the fundamental ideas remain roughly the same as before. It’s a third-person shooter with more than a few shades of a roguelike, and the core idea is this: kill aliens until your teleport off the map is ready, you die, or you decide you have had enough.

Risk of Rain 2 - characters

The longer you play, the more dangerous the enemies become, of course, but you also get more experience and currency to buy upgrades of all kinds. You also have several characters available, each with unique unlockable abilities acquired by accomplishing certain goals. If you played the first one, there are even some returning characters.

Key features
  • Distinctive visual identity
  • The matches can go on as long as you can stay alive
  • Several different player character classes
  • Improve your character mid-match with experience and money

12. Call of Duty: Black Ops II

PC
PlayStation 3
Xbox 360
Release year: 2012
Developer: Treyarch

One of the biggest game releases of its time, Black Ops II was a pretty substantial Call of Duty offering. Its singleplayer campaign cover two storylines: one taking place towards the end of Cold War, starring Alex Mason from Black Ops 1, and another, following his son in 2025. It’s a pretty tightly woven political fiction, with a great antagonist.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II - fighting

Black Ops II also had a Zombies Mode, by now virtually obligatory in any Call of Duty, following a group of people trying to survive a series of deadly scenarios involving zombies and machinations of one Dr. Edward Richtofen. If PvP (including team-based PvP) isn’t to your tastes, co-op Zombies may do the trick instead.

Key features
  • Interesting singleplayer campaign
  • Regular multiplayer as good as ever
  • Very fun Zombie co-op mode
  • Still holds up, seven years later

11. Nier: Automata

PC
PlayStation 4
Xbox One
Release year: 2017
Developer: PlatinumGames

Nier: Automata formally takes place long after the fourth ending of Nier, the second game in the Drakengard series. If that sounds a tad confusing: good, because the game isn’t going to be straightforward either. Automata has been lauded by critics and community alike for its philosophical themes, excellent combat, and complex story.

NieR: Automata - protagonist

N:A is also surprisingly diverse in terms of its gameplay, frequently mixing hack’n’slash battles with bullet hell segments, and story-relevant choices as well as chip-based upgrade system place it squarely in the action RPG genre. It’s a great game, one of PlatinumGames’ best.

Key features
  • Spectacular combat
  • Strong roots in philosophy
  • Captivating characters
  • Unusual true ending

10. Conan Exiles

PC
PlayStation 4
Xbox One
Release year: 2018
Developer: Funcom

In general, games based on Robert E. Howard’s Conan stories have been, historically, hit or miss. Conan Exiles is easily a hit, although if you don’t enjoy survival games you might not find it as compelling, as fans of the genre.

Conan Exiles characters

Exiles captures the harsh, but vibrant nature of the world of Howard’s invention very well, so much so that players can capture NPCs and put them to work as “slaves”. There is also a very good crafting system, allowing solo players and clans to build impressive, sometimes physics-defying bases.

Key features
  • Brutal combat
  • Best played with other people
  • Crafting allows you to build incredible bases
  • You are greeted to the game world by Conan himself

9. Planet Coaster

PC
Release year: 2016
Developer: Frontier Developments

Have you ever dreamt of running your own rollercoaster-focused amusement park? If so, then Planet Coaster is a good way to live out these fantasies a little bit without needing a large budget. Created by people with a lot of prior experience with the RollerCoaster Tycoon franchise, Planet Coaster was bound to be a commercial success that it became.

Planet Coaster - carousel

With Planet Coaster you can design your own theme part rides, with animatronics, and fully customisable coasters. Especially the creative mode with all options unlocked and infinite money allows you to go wild with your designs.

Key features
  • Three game modes to choose from, including a guided career and a freeform sandbox
  • A lot of post-launch updates and DLC with new content
  • Created by developers experienced in the genre
  • Support for community sharing and mods

8. PUBG

PC
PlayStation 4
Xbox One
Release year: 2017
Developer: PUBG Corporation

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds opened the season for battle royale games that lasted for a surprisingly long time. It wasn’t the first, and the idea isn’t completely original, but PUGB was the first that truly made it big, others following along the road it paved.

PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS (PUBG)

Graphically, PUBG doesn’t look very impressive, but the realism adds some gravitas to the matches, and since launch they’ve expanded with new maps, and occasional new mode. PUBG remains firmly in Steam’s top played games, never dropping below top 3 in terms of concurrent player count, alongside Dota 2 and CS: GO.

Key features
  • Realistic setting
  • One of the most popular games of this generation
  • Continuing support from the developer
  • Popularised the battle royale genre beyond all expectations

7. Civilization VI

PC
PlayStation 4
Xbox One
Nintendo Switch
Release year: 2016
Developer: Firaxis Games

Civilization is one of the most venerable video game series out there. Sid Meier’s most famous creation, this 4X series has been the foremost cause of the “just one more turn” syndrome for three decades now. While hardly historically accurate, being able to pick a culture and see it grown from a tribal stage to a leading power on the continent or the world always has felt great.

Sid Meier's Civilization VI - the latest instalment

Civ6 introduced city unstacking, which means that most upgrades to a given city are represented by separate districts occupying their own hexes, rather than being abstracted onto the city’s hex. There were also changes made to research bonuses, and the road towards cultural victory was smoothed to be as feasible, as that towards other victories.

Key features
  • Hex-based, like its immediate predecessor
  • Cultural victory is now more achievable
  • Cities redesigned
  • Revamped research

6. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

PC
PlayStation 3
PlayStation 4
Xbox 360
Xbox One
Nintendo Switch
Release year: 2011
Developer: Bethesda Game Studios

One of Bethesda’s biggest successes, Skyrim has enjoyed huge popularity since its release in 2012. The province of Skyrim is inspired by Scandinavian landscapes and the popular perception or early-Medieval Norse culture.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - fight

It has semi-free form progression, which covers combat as readily as various forms of crafting, and non-combative magic. It’s largely a sandbox, letting the players travel the world and pursue any of a number of possible activities. And when well-modded, it can look quite amazing.

Key features
  • Combat skills help, but you can level up without them
  • A large world full of locations to discover
  • Two main storylines, and plenty of smaller ones
  • Extensive crafting

5. Hearts of Iron IV

PC
Release year: 2016
Developer: Paradox Development Studio

The Hearts of Iron series is one of the best and the most complex strategy games on the market. Each instalment revolves around World War II, and takes place fully on a strategic map of Europe. The series deals with movements of armies and large-scale decisions which affect entire regions and countries.

Hearts of Iron IV map

You can pick from a huge number of possible countries, and try to lead their way to victory. You can save a country that historically was swallowed by the theatre of war, or defeat the big winners, if you play your armies, economy, and diplomacy right. Hearts of Iron IV is an excellent and complex generator of “what if…” scenarios about World War II, as well as year leading up to it, and those immediately following it.

Key features
  • Difficult to get into, and well worth the time spent learning the ropes
  • Complex simulation of World War II
  • ”What if…” scenarios generator
  • Unmistakably a Paradox game

4. Fallout 4: Game of the Year Edition

PC
PlayStation 4
Xbox One
Release year: 2015
Developer: Bethesda Game Studios

Fallout 4 was the second Fallout game developed by Bethesda, and one that strayed further from the franchise’ RPG roots, but seemed more at ease with itself, committing to ideas more familiar to Bethesda: open world exploration, crafting (including creating settlements), and action-focused combat.

Fallout 4: Game of the Year Edition

The GotY Edition includes all DLC content and expansion released for F4 post-launch. That means stuff like the Far Harbor investigation on a whole new island, or Nuka-World letting the player have the run of a theme park and join raiders.

Key features
  • All post-launch content is included
  • Build your own settlements from scratch
  • A huge world to explore
  • An entirely new progression system

3. Kingdom Come: Deliverance

PC
PlayStation 4
Xbox One
Release year: 2018
Developer: Warhorse Studios

Kingdom Come: Deliverance is an RPG for people, who don’t enjoy the fantasy genre. It takes place in a historically accurate slice of medieval Bohemia, and follows the fate of a virtual nobody, a son of a small-village blacksmith, who, through various lucky and unlucky events, gets to rub elbows with important people of the region.

Kingdom Come: Deliverance - fighting

The realism goes to an extent where the game comes close to having one leg in the survival genre. In addition to various meters to manage, your character can’t even read until he (the protagonist is preset) actually learns the skill. Melee combat is also crunchier and more accurate that we usually see in video games.

Key features
  • Largely realistic melee combat
  • The world lives and moves on even if the player isn’t there to participate
  • Historically accurate setting
  • Multiple ways to solve many quests

2. Grand Theft Auto IV

PC
PlayStation 3
Xbox 360
Release year: 2008
Developer: Rockstar North

Although GTA5 is one of most popular, bestselling games of the decade, it would be unfair to forget about Grand Theft Auto IV, especially now that you can get it under twenty bucks. And since the story and the protagonist are really good, all the more reasons to check out the game that was followed up with crime city epic with three protagonists.

Grand Theft Auto IV

The protagonist of GTA4 is Niko Bellic, a war veteran, who arrives in the United States to turn over a new leaf, and maybe, just maybe, find a man who betrayed his squad long ago. Despite the best efforts of Niko’s cousin, the game’s story is really good, and the return to Liberty City is satisfying.

Key features
  • One of the best urban open worlds of last generation
  • Complex protagonist
  • Return to Liberty City
  • Two endings

1. Total War: Warhammer 2

PC
Release year: 2017
Developer: Creative Assembly

Creative Assembly’s Total War series has always been known for being strategy games taking place in various eras and regions, such as ancient Rome, or feudal Japan. However CA teamed up with Games Workshop to create a Total War based on GW’s Warhammer Fantasy license. It was great, and when Total War: Warhammer 2 rolled along, it turned out to be even better.

Total War: WARHAMMER II

TW:WH2 increased the differences between each factions, and the factions themselves go beyond the typical humans-elves-dwarves. This time in addition to Dark and High Elves we also get ratlike Skaven, lizardfolk, and undead pirates. There is also a very clear end goal: using the magical Vortex, and every faction has its own mechanic towards tapping its power.

Key features
  • Unique factions diving deep into Warhammer Fantasy lore
  • Unique mechanics devised for each faction
  • A clear end goal in sight: the vortex of magic
  • One of the finest Total War games to date


Complete transaction

That concludes the list of our suggestions for games you can get under 20 buck at the time of writing, but it only barely scratches the surface. So go and browse, you’re bound to find interesting games for any budget.