It’s a good thing this is the season of giving and forgiveness and what have you. I say that because last month I simply did not have the ability to bring you a Games For Budget Gamers. Hopefully, you will welcome it back with open arms and love as opposed to a pitchfork and a Molotov. The fun thing about this season is it is totally okay to expand your budget a bit and grab that newer game for the ones you love. Better yet give them a fantastic game they may have overlooked in the past few months. There is surely something for everyone on this month’s Games For Budget Gamers so let’s get to it.

Hunt: Showdown (PC, soon to Xbox One)

I fell in love with Hunt: Showdown from the moment I first played it at Twitch Con a few weeks back. I actually got to try out the new map which takes players out of the trademark dark swamp and thrusts them into a new and bright map. The most recent update also brought a ton of new content such as newer weapons, notably of which was the barb wire grenade. When setting up it has the power to block off entire pathways when fighting indoors. It actually helps a lot when defending the sacrifice areas when a demon is being banished by players.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the early access game. Players drop into a map and work against others to find three clues to either of the demons on the map and once the final clue is found the location of the demon is shown to the player that found it. At a certain point after that, the location is shown to all players on the map letting the chaos reach new heights as players converge on each other. Scattered around the map are regular zombie-like creatures, hell hounds (nasty little bastards usually in a pack), witch-like creatures that will launch a swarm bugs if they see the player and larger enemies will all assault the players.

Hunt: Showdown also features permadeath meaning after the safety of early levels characters killed will stay dead and any XP earned will go down the bloodline to a new character. If any of that made the game sound interesting I implore you to try the game now on Steam for thirty dollars.

Killing Floor 2 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

I find bliss in being knee deep in the blood of my enemies and I want to pass that bliss on to you this holiday season. Complete with some of the zaniest character customization I have seen in a game ( I like to kill demons while dressed as a goth princess), Killing Floor 2 offers that satisfying the feeling of being knee deep in enemies and still not being sure if you will survive to the next round. I also believe the game offers endless fun with a level download function. It is through a separate clientele as I understand it, but it brought a ton of new experiences forth. There was a level that forced players to drop down each new round making the map smaller and smaller as it went really bringing out the games amazing close quarters bloodshed. The game also offers a multitude of amazing slow-motion moments as players pop the heads off of invading hell spawns. Grab the game now for about thirty bucks.

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice ( PS4, Xbox One, PC)

This is a beautiful tale of a woman fighting her own mental illnesses and literal demons trying to get back the love of her life. Hellblade also features an amazing mechanic as the voices that play in Senua’s head are heard by the player in real time in an exact manner she would. Meaning an angry yell that starts strong in the left ear and fades to an angry whisper in the right will do just that so long as the player is wearing headphones. The combat is super simplistic and yet can play out wonderfully complex.

I am currently in this gauntlet scenario that has me constantly fighting new enemies so I am having to recall the exact parameters for every enemy and it is hard in the best way. I love that kind of challenge the game gives players, even the puzzles are superbly innovative requiring players to think outside the norm. If you know someone who is dealing with a mental illness or just looking for one of the best video games on the market today, please pick this up. It helped me deal with some of my own mental illness. The game can be purchased now in both digital and physical copies for thirty bones. Check out our review here.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

To say that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is a step in the right direction is an understatement. The multiplayer ditches the wall running and jetpacking for good old boots on the ground combat with a dash of mayhem. While the game is a little zombie heavy this time around there is a ton of great content revolving around it. New maps, classics re-imagined, and some new surprises will delight players for years to come. Blackout is a wonderful addition to the game, it’s also the first time I have been excited about a battle royal game. I haven’t been able to play it in weeks and it has been dominating my thoughts. The only time I get to play games is when I am streaming and since my capture card is buggy I haven’t been able to enjoy the game in my downtime.

To check out more of what the game brings to the table and to find out why so many people have returned to Call of Duty check out our review of the game right here. Get the game now for around sixty dollars OR grab the new version on PC for just 40 but I believe you have to give up access to zombies in that edition.

Pick of The Month: Mutant Year Zero: Road To Eden (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

Tactical games are a genre I never broke in to. I tried out the XCOM games and they really didn’t click with me. Mutant Year Zero is the first time I have actually been fully invested in a game like this. I can not get to into the game right now since I am currently trying to pump out a review for the game, but I will say this. I am wholly invested in the characters and I want to see them all live. I have made multiple saves so I can go back when losing a fight and try to find a new way to do a fight to make sure the characters live. They all have an amazing personality that makes the universe pop.

Alongside the game’s wonderfully delivered comedy it also has incredibly satisfying gameplay. Something innovative about it is the ability to let players lurk and roam each new area outside of combat. It allows players to find new items and level up a bit before big fights. I found a poker visor that somehow allows the character wearing it to have better accuracy. Then I found a top hat that’s description said something like “There really isn’t anything special about this hat, but whoever wears it at least has a top hat”. Things like that are what keep bringing me back to this game. Try it out for yourself for about thirty dollars and look for our full review on the site soon.

There are so many other games to splurge on this holiday season that are worth your hard earned money. Red Dead Redemption 2 is on top of many Christmas lists, God of War just won Game of The Year at the Video Game Awards, Fallout 76, Super Smash Bros all of these and so many more are worth your money.

So, if you absolutely aren’t sure if the ones you love want any of the games above by all means shop around. For the little ones since I left them off the list this year, I recommend snagging the most recent Paw Patrol or Crayola Scoot both of them are great introductions to the world of gaming for the younger gamers in your life