Looking for some fun games to play, but your budget is a tight one? No worries: we’ve picked a whole bunch of fantastic titles that you can get under €10/$10. No need to thank us, just read on and see if there’s anything you like!
Some of these games are slightly older, others are fresher, but the one thing they have in common is that they’ll surely give you hours of fun if you give them a chance. Alright, let’s take a look at the best games, shall we?
Please note that these prices are subject to change, so they may vary from day to day.
Risk of Rain 2
|Developer:||Hopoo Games, LLC|
While similar to its predecessor, the main thing Risk of Rain 2 changes is the fact that it’s now all in 3D. Your task is to survive being stranded on an alien planet (you can do that in a group of up to four players). Since it’s a roguelike, dying will effectively end your playthrough!
There are several levels to complete here. Your task is to kill the aliens attacking you, locate a teleporter to the next stage, defend it for a certain amount of time, get transported to the next mission, rinse and repeat.
Obviously, it’s not so simple as it seems. The longer you play, the more difficult Risk of Rain 2 becomes. Of course, you unlock new characters throughout the game (with two available through the Survivors of the Void expansion pack). All in all, it’s a nice little title for some fun co-op sessions with your friends.
Middle-Earth: Shadow of War
The sequel to Shadow of Mordor, Shadow of War once again puts you in the shoes of the ranger Talion who happens to have his body shared with Celebrimbor, an elf lord. Together, they forge a new Ring of Power in order to fight Sauron.
The Nemesis system from the previous installment is back and better than before! You can gain followers from various races that inhabit the Middle-earth. It’s a fascinating, complex mechanic that produces some interesting, often unpredictable results.
There’s even a multiplayer mode which lets players conquer each other’s fortresses. A word of warning here, though: if you choose a ranked match, you risk losing some of your followers for good. Are these losses acceptable for you?
Grand Theft Auto V
Rockstar’s megahit from 2013 is still alive and kicking! Controversial and violent, this best-seller offers a compelling story of one of the most recognizable trios among video game characters.
In GTA V you play as either Trevor, Franklin or Michael and do bad things. Heists, especially. You can also roam the city of Los Santos and the state of San Andreas freely.
There’s shooting, there’s driving, there’s completing all sorts of missions. All in all, it’s a well-made crime simulator that is certainly not for kids (if they want GTA, they’d better go for LEGO City Undercover). You can also try out the game’s multiplayer version, Grand Theft Auto Online.
Hearts of Iron IV: Cadet Edition
|Developer:||Paradox Development Studio|
One of Paradox’s most popular and most incredible grand strategies, Hearts of Iron IV lets you relive and even change the course of World War II. You can start in either 1936 or 1939 and choose any of the available nations to lead it to glory (or a glorious defeat).
It’s a pretty complicated matter, but once you get the gist of it, it becomes pretty darn addictive. You’ll get to command the military, oversee your country’s economy and embark on daring campaigns against other nations, with your victory depending on a wide variety of factors: your generals’ talent and experience, technological advances and so on.
There’s even a complex diplomacy system whose inner workings might make your hair turn gray. All in all, if you’re looking for a massive, complicated strategy game, this one is a good pick. The Cadet Edition features some interesting goodies, including a free DLC that adds extra content .
There’s even a complex diplomacy system whose inner workings might make your hair turn gray. All in all, if you’re looking for a massive, complicated strategy game, this one is a good pick. The Cadet Edition features some interesting goodies, including a free DLC that adds extra content related to Poland.
A survival game set in the Hyborian Age? Why not? Conan Exile is where you play as a convict who is rescued by the titular Cimmerian himself and sets out to start a new life. And it’s not going to be easy, since the Exiled Lands are full of dangers!
Freedom comes at a great cost, it seems. As an exile, you must of course do all the stuff that survival entails, including managing your thirst and hunger levels, crafting useful tools and weapons, fighting all sorts of enemies, including beasts of all kind, the undead and humans, etc. There’s plenty to do here.
You can also capture human NPCs for a whole set of benefits, all thanks to the game’s thrall system. There’s plenty to do here and it’s best if you discover what Conan Exiles has to offer on your own!
|Genre:||Action & Shooter|
Superhot was, well, super hot back in the old days of 2016, when it saw its full release. Developed as an entry in the 7 Day FPS Challenge, a contest for aspiring and established developers to create an interesting FPS game in a week, it quickly found people interested in it thanks to a unique gameplay mechanic.
See, in Superhot time moves at normal rate only when your character does. Stand still and time slows down so much that it might as well be halted completely. This means that you can watch bullets coming at you, and your own will only reach their intended targets when you stop standing still. It fun, it’s fairly challenging, it’s as much as puzzle game as it is a shooter.
Superhot is well worth getting, if you don’t have it already.
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
|Genre:||Action & Shooter|
Borderlands was a fun sci-fi romp with diverse guns and wacky characters. Borderlands 2 added a rather charismatic villain, Handsome Jack, to the mix. And all was good in the world of Pandora.
The Pre-Sequel is more or less a retroactive interlude, developed after Borderlands 2, but taking place between 1 and 2. It’s all about Jack’s rise to power, seen from the perspective of a captured operative, Athena, interrogated by the first game’s playable characters who now act as NPCs.
As far as gameplay gimmicks are concerned, the Pre-Sequel adds things like low-gravity combat and laser weapons, so it has its share of fun upgrades in addition to a new story about familiar characters. Great stuff.
|Genre:||Action & Shooter|
One of Call of Duty’s main contenders, Battlefield 4 rocks as a multiplayer shooter.
Yeah, it does feature a campaign which works well as a tutorial introducing the player to improved bullet physics, tagging enemies and so on, but the online component is where it’s at.
Matches in Battlefield 4 can handle up to 64 players and the game even reintroduced the Commander Mode, providing one player on the team with a view of the strategic map and the ability to give other players tactical orders. Battlefield 4 remains a great team-based shooter despite its age.
|Developer:||Colossal Order Ltd.|
Cities: Skylines is another game which lets you build a city from scratch only to see it devolve into unmanageable madness before you even get to erect the monuments commemorating your benevolence and wisdom. Bummer.
Cities: Skylines is a brilliant city-planning game originally launched in 2015 on PC and later even ported over to Xbox One and PlayStation 4. With several large expansion packs adding elements which let players flesh out their cities even further, Skylines can easily rival classics like SimCity.
And if you get tired of the city you just build, you can always let disasters from a DLC ravage it in a very satisfying way.
Fallout: New Vegas
Fallout: New Vegas launched in a little shoddy state, but it didn’t take long for people to realize that it’s perhaps the best Fallout game since 1998.
Built on the skeleton provided by Bethesda’s Fallout 3, New Vegas takes you to the interesting and politically fraught Mojave Desert, with several factions competing for control.
Go anywhere, do anything, change the political landscape of the area forever by being the one person able tip the scales. New Vegas doesn’t look pretty, but it’s a testament to Obsidian Entertainment’s skills as creators of narrative-focused cRPGs.
|Developer:||Red Hook Studios|
If you played XCOM and thought “gee, my soldiers have it too easy. They should start suffering from mental problems,” then Darkest Dungeon is for you.
Darkest Dungeon boasts an exceptionally gloomy setting, which translates to a gameplay mechanic entirely about giving your warriors quirks and disorders. These inhibit their ability to explore the dungeons in the most effective way. You can heal them, of course, but that takes time, money, and removes them from your roster for the therapy’s duration. Can you afford to do it? Can you afford not to?
It’s worth noting that DD looks very stylish, with beautifully drawn 2D sprites, or rather very nicely drawn horrible things.
Far Cry 3
|Developer:||Ubisoft Montreal, Massive Entertainment, and Ubisoft Shanghai|
Far Cry 3 is when Ubisoft turned the franchise (originally created by Crytek) into open world mayhem simulators that are now recognizable upon a first glance.
In FC3 you play as Jason Brody, a guy barely into his twenties, who, through numerous unlucky circumstances finds himself fighting a band of modern-day pirates.
It’s a remarkably pretty game and one of the antagonists, Vaas, has become a fan favorite. Gameplay-wise, it gives you a huge island to explore, plenty of wildlife to hunt, plenty of bad guys to kill, and even a progression system.
|It’s very fun, even if the protagonist is a bit of a tool.