Attention, Gamers: 20 Best Video Games for Under $30

Best Video Games for Under $30

Contrary to popular belief, video games don’t always break the bank. We can, in part, thank the growing video game culture for this: companies have since tried to make their games more economical. And many have succeeded. 

Coming up are 20 of the best video games for under $30.

20. Best Video Games for Under $30: Halo 5: Guardians Standard Edition – Xbox One

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A first-person shooter video game, Halo 5: Guardians is the tenth overall in the Halo series. Featuring a new (and intense) story, individuals can play as the Master Chief and Spartan Locke. Play individually, or challenge friends and rivals in multiplayer modes: 24-player battles, Warzone, and 4-vs-4 competitive combat.

Pros of Halo 5: Guardians include the graphics, the story, the degree of entertainment, and versatility in gameplay. Some find the game to be repetitive, and the characters hard to understand, but it seems from a gamer perspective, there are more positives than negatives. And it helps that individuals can buy the game for less than $20. You win some; you lose some.

19. Best Video Games for Under $30: Batman: Arkham Knight

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Released in 2015, Batman: Arkham Knight is an action-adventure game. It is the fourth main installment in the Batman: Arkham series. Individuals in the game can drive around in the Batmobile —this is the first time players can do this in the series—while fighting off the various threats in Gotham City, from the Scarecrow to Penguin, and helping save the citizens of the dreary city.

Many believe this version of the game takes it to the pinnacle of the series. It’s hard to put down, the graphics are fantastic, and there’s a lot of cool add-ons, such as changing the color of the car and the suits. Oh, and Kevin Conroy is the voice of Batman. Need we say more?

Individuals can buy this game for under $25.

18. Best Video Games for Under $30: Battlefield 1

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Launched in 2016, Battlefield 1 is a first-person shooter video game. It’s also the first main entry in the series since the release of Battlefield 4. Players fight their way through open plains and cities, participating in one of the greatest battles in the series. Fight on your own, or squad up and enter an epic multiplayer battle.

Battlefield 1 is an excellent option for fans of the game, as well as newbies. It’s the icing on the cake in the series, and with an intense storyline, it’s not hard to get addicted, regardless of your past relationship with the series. And sure, some claim it can be boring at times, but considering the game is available for under $25, we think even the shortest bit of entertainment on a Saturday afternoon is worth the price.

17. Best Video Games for Under $30: Bloodborne

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Launched in 2015, Bloodborne is an action role-playing game for PlayStation 4. Deemed intense, atmospheric, and the mark of a new generation of Action RPG, players participate in fast-paced strategic combat, in hopes of becoming the ultimate hunter.

There are a lot of pros to this game, such as beautiful graphics and ambient music. Perhaps, however, the most attractive compliment this game has received is its difficulty. Bloodborne is not a game for the simple-minded: it requires players to use their wits to get through the game. But don’t worry, all the challenges have rewards. One might even consider the price of the game a bonus, too: less than $25.

16. Best Video Games for Under $30: Ratchet & Clank

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Launched in 2002, Ratchet & Clank is a third-person shooter game. Individuals can go back to the beginning of this game on PlayStation 4, experiencing a deepened origin story and new planets. Players can explore the galaxy and battle their enemies, all while watching the game play out like a Pixar movie. Fluid gameplay and beautiful graphics make it a fun game set in a cartoon world.

The game is available for less than $25.

15. Best Video Games for Under $30: Until Dawn

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A modern Silent Hill. Not in the sense that the story is the same, but the game plays out as intense as Silent Hill does. I mean, that’s expected when eight friends go on a remote mountain retreat only to discover they are not, in fact, alone.

Tensions run high as individuals play as each of the eight characters, opting for specific actions that ultimately decides who survives the game. And you can do all of that for less than $25. A steal? We think so.

14. Best Video Games for Under $30: StarWars Battlefront II

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Players can explore a galaxy far, far away in this game for PlayStation 4. Play as a trooper, or a starfighter pilot, or even your favorite Star Wars character, as you storm through waves of enemies. The game has an excellent story mode that is extremely easy to lose yourself in—and only for $20, might we add.

13. Best Video Games for Under $30: Fallout 4

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An epic action role-playing game with solid graphics and adrenaline-pumping action, Fallout 4 is the fifth installment in the Fallout series. For those who tend to play first-person shooter and esports games, this is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a change of pace: there’s so much to do in the game, and it presents itself as a leading open-world game. And for Xbox users, it’s only $20.

12. Best Video Games for Under $30: Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

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Fortune hunter Nathan Drake returns in Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. A dynamic RPG that is full of action, players take on the role of Drake as he sets off on a globe-trotting journey, one that tests not only his physical limits but his morals: how far will he go to save his loved ones? For PlayStation 4 users, get ready to enter a captivating storyline, all for under $20.

11. Best Video Games for Under $30: The Last of Us: Remastered

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For less than $25, PlayStation 4 users can buy the remastered version of The Last of Us, an action-adventure game that explores an unmerciful post-pandemic world. The story is well-written, the characters are likeable, and it’s thought to be one of the most immersing game experiences the gaming world has had access to in several years.

Note, however, that some believe the game’s violence is a little too disturbing, a criticism that has come about mainly due to the inability to filter specific scenes. Keep this in mind, but also remember that the game is only $20 for PlayStation 4 users: you can’t always get what you want.

10. Best Video Games for Under $30: God of War

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Released in 2018, God of War is an action-adventure game franchise. PlayStation 4 users can buy the game for less than $25. With a dramatic story, amazing graphics, and great fight scenes, many consider this to be a must for every PS4 game collection.

9. Best Video Games for Under $30: Grand Theft Auto V Standard Edition

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Xbox 360 users can buy this installment in what is one of the most popular gaming franchises for less than $25. Take on an open-world by participating in online multiplayer action or mission-based gameplay, and get the best possible experience in a full world. You can do so by switching characters and setting up specific missions, all while watching a great storyline and gameplay play out in front of your eyes.

8. Best Video Games for Under $30: Need for Speed: Most Wanted: Limited Edition

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Another game Xbox 360 users can buy for less than $25 is Need for Speed: Most Wanted. Even better: it’s a game for everyone. The kids love it; the parents love it. Outrun the cops and your friends, and outsmart rivals while you explore a world in the latest installment in the franchise. The game has excellent graphics, gameplay, and music. Just don’t be surprised if you finish the game and feel the urge to go out and buy yourself a fast car!

7. Best Video Games for Under $30: Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration Standard Edition

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For less than $20, PlayStation 4 users can buy the 20-year celebration edition of Rise of the Tomb Raider. With excellent graphics, storyline, and gameplay and game action, we like to consider this a significant steal for PS4 gamers worldwide.

6. Best Video Games for Under $30: Need for Speed: Rivals Standard Edition

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BestBuy prices this game for Xbox 360 at $20, and good thing it does: it’s an epic racing game that satisfies various people, from risk-takers who want to live life on the edge, to citizens who wish to help others and uphold the law. It’s fun, and the gameplay is intense, the graphics are beautiful, and, most importantly, it’s cheap.

5. Best Video Games for Under $30: Midnight Club: Los Angeles Complete Edition Platinum Hits

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Available for less than $20 for Xbox 360 users, Midnight Club: Los Angeles is an exciting racing game that features a beautiful recreation of Los Angeles. Graphics are realistic, and individuals have the option to customize various things, including cars.

4. Best Video Games for Under $30: Watch Dogs Standard Edition

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Available on Xbox One, Watch Dogs is an action-adventure game published by Ubisoft and Ubisoft Milan. Roam an open-world in Chicago, and hack into various types of technology. Many consider it to be a refreshing take on open-world games, a belief helped by the game’s beautiful graphics (and car chases). Players can buy this game for less than $25. 

3. Best Video Games for Under $30: Burnout Paradise Remastered

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A free-roaming driving game for Xbox One, Burnout Paradise Remastered is available for less than $25. It’s fast-paced, visually stunning, great for all ages, and brings back memories for those who remember the original game. Oh, and did we mention that it’s cheap? 

2. Best Video Games for Under $30: NASCAR Heat 3

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Available on Xbox One and priced at less than $20, NASCAR Heat 3 is a racing game that lets players act as members of their favorite racing team. The graphics are good, and the career mode is a blast to participate in. The dirt tracking race is also a nice bonus. 

1. Best Video Games for Under $30: Red Dead Redemption: Game of the Year Edition

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Players on Xbox 360 and Xbox One can experience an epic journey across the West, participating in several Western theme games like gambling and showdowns with Red Dead Redemption: Game of the Year Edition. And for less than $30, no less.

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