Most of us use a decimal system to count things. Therefore a classic tenner, ten bucks, ten Euro, or whatever local currency there is where you live is probably a popular denomination.
For that reason, we compiled a list of some of the coolest games you can get for 10 dollars (to pick one currency) on the G2A Marketplace. There are hundreds more you could find, so consider this just some hors d’oeuvre, rather than the full course.
We want to remind, that the prices of video games included in this article are correct as of Nov 22, 2019
The best games you can get for less than $10
|Game||Release year||Developer||Check price below|
|ARK: Survival Evolved||2015 (Early Access), 2017 (Full Release)||Studio Wildcard||Buy now!|
|Blood Bowl 2||2015||Cyanide||Buy now!|
|Borderlands: The Handsome Collection||2015||Gearbox Software||Buy now!|
|Cities: Skylines||2015||Colossal Order||Buy now!|
|Dark Souls II||2014||FromSoftware||Buy now!|
|Dead by Daylight||2016||Behaviour Interactive||Buy now!|
|Don’t Starve Together||2014 (Early Access), 2016 (Full Release)||Klei Entertainment||Buy now!|
|DOOM||2016||id Software||Buy now!|
|Euro Truck Simulator 2||2012||SCS Software||Buy now!|
|Europa Universalis IV||2013||Paradox Development Studio||Buy now!|
|Grim Dawn||2016||Crate Entertainment||Buy now!|
|Mafia III||2016||Hangar 13||Buy now!|
|Slay the Spire||2019||MegaCrit||Buy now!|
|Space Engineers||2019||Keen Software House||Buy now!|
|Stellaris||2016||Paradox Development Studio||Buy now!|
ARK: Survival Evolved
|Release year||2015 (Early Access), 2017 (Full Release)|
ARK: Survival Evolved is easy to spot among other survival games, mostly thanks to having dinosaurs in it. It also has its share of other prehistoric beasts, and even some legendary beasts for good measure. Many of them can not only be hunted, but if you’re persistent or have good help, you can also tame them, and in some cases: ride them to battle.
If ARK isn’t at the given moment in the top 10 Steam games with most concurrent players, it’s just outside the list, bidding its time, with peak player counts over 50 thousand. All of that is to say that if you fancy playing with others, you’ll easily encounter servers you can start your new virtual life on and have players to team up with, or to feud over land and resources.
Blood Bowl 2
Blood Bowl, including the modern version by Cyanide, doesn’t get nearly enough recognition, even though it’s the finest sports game on the market. Humour aside, Blood Bowl is a great idea: a bunch of Warhammer Fantasy peoples drop their usual warfare and decide to settle their differences through a match of American football.
Originally a board game by Games Workshop, Blood Bowl as a video game first came in 1995, but in 2009 developer Cyanide revived it. Blood Bowl 2 is a sports game played like a turn-based strategy, with a few thematic options, like brawls between teams, or random events like goblin crashing into the middle of the field. It’s great fun, when rolls are fair.
Borderlands: The Handsome Collection
Borderlands: The Handsome Collection includes Borderlands 2, a sequel to the original looter shooter, as well as Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, which does exactly what it says on the tin: it fills the story gap between Borderlands 1 and 2. It also includes a ton on additional downloadable content in a neat package covering the full extent of Handsome Jacks’ career.
If you don’t know Borderlands, it’s a hectic first-person shooter series, known for its cel-shaded graphics, humour that’s all over the place, and tonnes upon tonnes of guns of all shapes, sizes, and affixes. Recently the third instalment of the series launched, so it’s a perfect time to catch up with series.
Cities: Skylines created good competition to a once uncontested SimCity. It’s a complex, but quite easy to get into city-building simulation. It, of course, comes complete with managing the daily operation of your creation. You’re in charge of zoning, placing roads, taxes, and everything else a city needs. It follows up on the developer’s Cities in Motion, which dealt mostly with traffic.
Watching your growing city bustle with life as you set up new districts and draw new roads is as satisfying an experience as it has ever been. The developer’s experience with simulating traffic might also make you sympathise with people designing these systems in your own actual city. It turns out running a metropolis is hard!
Dark Souls II
A sequel to one of the most influential games of the generations, Dark Souls II has some big shoes to fill. A follow-up to a famously difficult game couldn’t be easier after all, could it? So DS2 turned the difficulty up a notch. It didn’t sit well with some, but as usual the community rose the to the challenge and before long first perfect playthroughs started coming in.
It’s a big game, that would take you quite some time to finish even if you weren’t stomped on by the bosses. Thankfully this long journey is full of Dark Souls’ atmosphere, subtle storytelling, and great music. The Scholar of the First Sin version also expands on the possible endings and adds new areas to explore and characters to interact with.
Dead by Daylight
Dead by Daylight is a rare asymmetrical multiplayer survival horror. Four survivors need to work together against one powerful killer, chosen from several options drawn from horror archetypes. It’s a tense, stressful game, and the entity overseeing the dreamscape where it all takes place is a Lovecraftian horror in its own right, trapping people and monsters alike for its sick games.
DbD also likes to borrow survivors and killers alike from popular horror-related media. It has guests from legendary movies like A Nightmare on Elm Street and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. New and timeless characters also pop in, like a cooperation with Netflix’s hit show Stranger Things, or Ash Williams in his Ash vs. The Evil Dead incarnation.
Don’t Starve Together
|Release year||2014 (Early Access), 2016 (Full Release)|
Klei Entertainment’s Don’t Starve is a stylish, interesting, and engaging game, but it can get a little bit lonesome after a while. As a result Klei has come forth with a Don’t Starve Together, a standalone co-operative mode you play with your friends or other people found on any of the servers set up by the developers or regular players.
Of course some things had to be rebalanced for the purposes of multiplayers. Some character abilities and stats, while perfectly fine for singleplayer, wouldn’t interact well with other character’s ones, or would make the game easier or harder than intended. But otherwise, it’s more of what you know from the singleplayer version, crafting, surviving, risking your sanity.
Who could have expected such a gloriously gory and intense revival of the classic franchise after so much time? DOOM, launched in 2016 turned out to be fast, brutal, and immensely satisfying. The intense gameplay, full of dismemberment, learning how to bob and weave between demon attacks, and how to manage your ammo and health pickups, wasn’t the only strong point.
Doom also has a fantastic heavy metal soundtrack, with the main theme, Rip & Tear basically becoming the game’s tagline. There’s also a surprisingly interesting storyline, which even uncovers some story of the Doomslayer himself. The game has a ton to offer, and becoming the demons’ worst nightmare is extremely rewarding. Doomslayer really is too angry to die.
Euro Truck Simulator 2
Euro Truck Simulator 2 isn’t usually what one considers when looking for a fun game to play, but clearly this game puts the smile on many people’s faces. Getting to travel across Europe in a mighty truck, delivering cargo, and managing stuff like your NPC drivers can be a surprisingly captivating loop, possibly even a relaxing one, depending on what you enjoy.
ETS2 gives its players access to over 70 cities in twelve countries, and tonnes of truck choices you can make when building your own fleet. There’s even a degree of customisation, including paint jobs and exhausts. ETS2 probably won’t get you the adrenaline high an action game might, but it has its own set of features you may well find appealing.
Europa Universalis IV
|Developer||Paradox Development Studio|
You may have heard of the Hearts of Iron series, a simulation of World War II on the scale of entire regions and armies, rather than units and soldiers. Europa Universalis is Hearts of Iron’s older brother, and deals with years between 1444 and 1821, covering a lot of European history. There are dozens of nations to pick for your campaign, so choose wisely.
Of course, like most Paradox games, Europa Universalis IV is a complex, slow-paced, and very hard to get into. However once you get the gist and learn to game the systems, you’ll find EU to be a fascinating, detailed, and utterly absorbing. One of the best examples of Paradox’s particular brand of gameplay philosophy.
Diablo clones aren’t a rare breed in general, but there were relatively few of them released in recent years. Grim Dawn is one of the best among them, and it even has a good measure of backstory and plot to contextualise its gameplay. Set in a dying world, ripped apart by a war between humans and invaders from outside the material reality, Grim Dawn is no shinier than Diablo.
As usual with this type of game, the player gets a lot of freedom in building their character through skill trees, class system, and plenty of equipment dropped by the slain enemies. There’s also a crafting system, and a way to mix and max any two of the game’s six classes to create a hybrid fitting your playstyle.
Mafia games don’t come out often. The second one came eight years after the original, and after that we had six years of waiting for Mafia III. Once again the timeline of the franchise moved further, to the late 1960s, and its protagonist is a Vietnam veteran, who came back home and reunited with his adoptive family, which also happens to be tied to the local mob world.
Mafia III plays out across the map of a large town inspired by the New Orleans, and each district is under control of one of the factions, at least until you start undermining their operations and set up shop yourself. You can then assign your allies to rule a district in your stead.
Slay the Spire
Slay the Spire is an interesting mix of genres. It’s very clearly a rogue-like, with randomised paths leading to the final confrontation, shops selling useful items, and going back to square one on defeat. But it’s also a collectible card game, with battle relying more on your ability to manage your deck and your character’s quirks, rather than on reflexes and learning enemy patterns.
And it’s a surprising card game, because it openly says what your enemies are going to do on the next turn. It may seem weird, but it doesn’t necessarily make the game easier. Knowing you’re going to be hit by a brick is one thing, being able to avoid it is another. It’s not at all guaranteed that even with this perfect knowledge you’ll make it to the top of the Spire.
|Developer||Keen Software House|
Space Engineers spent six years in Early Access, but the game finally launched fully this year, and it turned out to be really good! Although not as friendly and pastel like Astroneer, it’s very much a sandbox game with substantial freedom given to the player in terms of construction of space ships and outposts. It’s not necessarily Minecraft-level freedom, but it does just fine regardless.
You can build fairly complex structures involving a variety of static and dynamic pieces, such are keypads or conveyor belts, and you can design spaceships big and small. For a game that’s more TPP, hands-on construction rather than Kerbal Space Program’s more abstracted approach, the possibilities are huge, including managing thrusters for manoeuvring.
|Developer||Paradox Development Studio|
Another Paradox game on the list, Stellaris, as one could assume based on the title, takes the grand strategy gameplay into space, among the stars. This time, instead of picking an existing nation, you can fully customise the dominant species in your space-faring nation. You create your own nascent empire, from parts provided by developers and modders.
Stellaris is still complex, because it’s part of Paradox’s brand, but it’s easier to get into than productions such as Europa Universalis or Hearts of Iron. The game also looks great, ditching roughly period-appropriate maps for beautiful visualisations of space. There is also plenty of small and big DLCs, as well as a robust mod support, for even more content.
…and many more
This concludes our list of the best picks, but we couldn’t possibly cover every genre and theme, so if nothing here is of much interest to you, we encourage you to browse the Marketplace, there are games of every sort, and the filtering tools will help you narrow them down to a price range you’re willing to spend.