DOOM Eternal and Animal Crossing are dominating the market right now and if you are like me you really can’t afford to swing a full-priced game right now. Everything is bleak right now and money is incredibly tight, however, some fun can be still be had for not a lot of money. If you are experiencing some sensations of loneliness due to the recommended social distancing then have no fear! There are a few games below that will help give you some human contact without the risk of a face to face.

Broomstick League (PC, PS4)

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to mix Quidditch from Harry Potter with the fun and flair of Rocket League? Blue Isle Studios has done just that with their newest release Broomstick League. Teams compete to score as many goals as they can in the given time period, the team with the most points at the end wins. What makes this game stand out is the spells players can use to push the ball away, pull it close as it flies by and even repulses enemies.

It takes a little bit to learn but it still works pretty well on PC with either a controller or a mouse and keyboard. It feels pretty addicting and can be hard to put down. The early access version of the game is live right now for fifteen dollars. As a bonus, the developers love their community and cosmetics are available to show the creators that play the game some love. Cape options that have creators like Cletus Bueford, as well as my logo and so many others are in the game. More cosmetics, as well as maps, are on the way soon.

DUSK (PC, Nintendo Switch)

Dusk is a fast-paced homage to old school shooters. The main protagonist jumps runs, slides, and murders backwoods, cultists in a gleefully satisfying manner. Featuring memorable locations, satisfying multiplayer and incredibly satisfying gameplay New Blood Interactive has built a fantastic game that is worth its’ price of twenty dollars.

Not only is the gameplay top-notch but the enemies are incredibly standout as well. Aside from the standard cultists, they also have demonic goats, giant skull-faced enemies, creepy ghost women, scarecrows and even more depending on what episode you are playing. Use an array of satisfying weapons to dispatch these foes, again, for just twenty dollars.

 

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero (PC, PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation Vita)

Shantae is the protector of her town and after her uncle’s plans are stolen she is thrust on an adventure filled with humor, challenge, and sweet dance moves. Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is a platformer that is wonderfully simple and brings a sense of nostalgia for a simpler time in games. One where boss fights fit patterns and could be solved by climbing up something to drop a bomb that will stun an enemy. That’s a direct description of the first boss in the game, good old P.O.O.P.T.O.O.T. the ship that throws a ton of pirates onto your enemy commanded by the fearsome Risky Boots. It’s cute, funny and will only run you about fifteen dollars if you don’t have Xbox Gold if you do the game is currently free for you.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (Mobile, PC, PS4, Xbox One)

PUBG has been around for quite some time and whether you haven’t played it yet or just haven’t played it in a while now is a great time to get into it. There is a new arcade mode to the game that is surprisingly enjoyable, not perfect but I would be lying if I said I did not have fun playing it. The new arcade mode is a team deathmatch style mode that pits players against each other in a fight to the death. Instead of scavenging for guns and ammo players pick a load out and go to war. Each round requires 50 kills to win or whoever gets the most in ten minutes. It’s also the best two out of three a loss isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

There are a handful of maps to play around on based on locations from the main battle royale mode. In my experience, there was only one negative match I had so far. We were playing on the map from the jungle location and most of my team had left. Since we were seriously outnumbered the enemy team just set up on ledges and killed us as soon as we spawned. Every other map and match had a much better feel to it. Grab the game now for thirty dollars OR wait a bit and try to get it on sale I know it’s a skosh more expensive than other games listed above but endless hours of entertainment for that price is a great deal.

Pick of the Month: Zombie Army 4: Dead War (Xbox One, PS4, PC)

This one is pricey and will run you about forty-five dollars but it is well worth it. Featuring a campaign that runs about ten to twelve hours given your skill level, as well as difficulty that scales with more players Zombie Army 4 is well worth the price point. Hitler is trying to claw his way back and take over as his leftover zombies run amok over the planet. With a fanatic cult trying to help him the new protagonists will have to claw and scratch to save their world for damnation.

I wrote a full review of the game which you can see here. Take yourself through the streets of Italy and the haunted forests, then to a quite literal hellscape for 45 dollars. Some of what is new to this game brings an almost arcade feel to the game, in a good way. Players can now level up and modify weapons like never before, they can also find elemental attachments to help them combat the hordes. The electric attachment helps during the numerous blood fountain sequences that require players to fill a fountain with zombie blood by killing enemies within a certain radius. Not to mention there are giant zombie sharks.

Zombie Army 4: Dead War” is an arcade-style third-person shooter where you play through a series of levels of zombie slaying mayhem. (Contributed)

Things are more than crazy lately, but you can find comfort in staying in with a nice video game. The ones listed above are well worth their money. Feel free to check out the other Games For Budget Gamers on the site or list down below some games that you think are worth their money that won’t break the bank.