One of the things I consider when choosing a game to add to any Games For Budget Gamers is the amount of time that can go into it when compared to the actual price tag of the game. Take for instance the Pick of The Month for this month, the campaign of Gears 5 has taken me about sixteen hours alone. Factor in the multiplayer modes, the Escape mode, and the Horde mode that’s at least another eleven hours in total. Twenty-seven hours in total and that’s just in the first two weeks of the launch!

So what does that mean for this month’s list? Well in terms of the games below they offer a ton of enjoyable content, especially for their price tags. Money is sparse, these games will help you stretch out that budget just a little further.

If your party ain’t this lit, don’t invite me.

Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus (PC, Xbox One, PS4, Switch)

The long-running Wolfenstein series has been called tired until The New Order launched. The success of The New Order spawned the more recent entry into the series The New Colossus. This time around BJ is up to even more absurd Nazi killing shenanigans, including a trip to Venus to audition to play himself in the movie Hitler is making about BJ’s life and execution. That’s actually one of the most strange parts of the game, yet it somehow still doesn’t feel out of place or too far fetched for the series.

There is also a subplot of BJ coming to terms with his own mortality. He hides the fact that he feels like he is dying from his pregnant wife. He also goes on a trip to remember how terrible his life was growing up. Not to mention how big of a waste of oxygen his father was. The man sold out his damned wife (whom he abused) to the Nazis. Not to mention the trauma he put BJ through. BJ and his dad coming face to face years later lead to one of the most rewarding moments of the game. If you want to find out what that is, and see BJ survive his own decapitation, several places, including Game Stop, offer this game for twenty dollars or less.

Conarium (PC, Xbox One, PS4, Linux, Mac)

Conarium follows the tale of a man who wakes up after an experiment to find the station he is in abandoned. The short of it is the man was part of some experiment to “challenge the norm or what we believe to be absolute”. The game is meant to be presented in a Lovecraftian manner. Specifically, it is meant to follow his work At The Mountains of Madness.

The game overall is a solid one. The puzzles at times were great, specifically when you have to match these symbols to the correct order on what looks like a rough pentagram which I quite enjoyed. Exploring the opening area was fun and chilling. The Antarctic base being completely desolate of life outside of me gave the game a sense of foreboding and intrigue. The intrigue managed to stay pretty apparent through the time I spent with the game.

The only major drawbacks I had with the game were the fact that a lot of the lore, as well as the explanation as to what we were supposed to be doing, were often contained in notes. So parts of what was happening felt incredibly out of place until I went back and read them. Take for instance a puzzle that required me to find some stone that was in a room. That puzzle feels completely random mostly due to the fact that there was a specific symbol that tells you which one you need. It was actually one of the previous puzzles symbols but I didn’t catch that at first. It felt like it was completely random at the moment.

This is also the first time I have experienced motion sickness in a game. I recommend turning off motion blur in the menu. Transitions and scares are often capped with a screen wobble and some static, the wobbles and movements were so odd and jarring they made me feel nauseated. It was so bad at first that I almost ended my stream to go lay down. Thankfully it subsided about ten minutes after I turned off the motion blur. The game was free on Epic Games Store recently, if you didn’t snag it then it only costs about twenty dollars and regularly goes on sale.

Pick of The Month: Gears 5 (Xbox One, PC)

One of the biggest game to launch this month was Gears 5 and to no surprise, it is one of the biggest bangs for your buck on the market right now. If you want a more in-depth look at the game feel free to check out the full review here. It even mentions the multiplayer and lack of issues I happened to experience during my time with it. If you have trouble finding it, look for the word Multiplayer. It’s even in bold lettering for you.

Moving back to the point, Gears 5 offers a fresh entry that breaks the mold the series has fallen into. It is the first entry in the series to follow Kait as the focal main character, allowing players to play as her while she tries to uncover her link to the Locust and The Swarm. It also features levels with a massive open-world feel and optional missions that can help players in the long run, often granting needed upgrades for the player.

Not only did Gears 5 freshen up it’s multiplayer by effectively ending the shotgun heaviness the other entries were plagued with, but it also brought out the Escape mode. Escape has players fighting for their lives to leave Swarm dens before their bomb erupts, scavenging for supplies along the way. Gears 5 also allows players to create and share their own Escape levels, which is something console players like me rarely get to experience. This game is well worth the full 60 dollar price tag and for players like myself who only really get one or two big releases of the year, it definitely was worth splurging on. However, if you are on a budget, don’t forget that you can sign up for Xbox’ Game Pass to download it for free.

Saving money is important, especially with our country’s economic security getting more questionable by the day. Make sure to check Xbox Live and PSN for their monthly free games, as of the time of this writing Epic Games is giving away six stellar Batman games for free on their launcher. Regardless of how you feel about them that is a hell of a deal. Whether you want to bathe in the blood of Nazis for the sake of America’s freedom, get lost in a horror game, or feed your lancer some Swarm blood this month’s Games For Budget Gamers has more than enough to keep the existential dread at bay and not break your wallet.