There are some months, such as this one, that I find this article particularly difficult to write and curate. I’ve been doing my best to not repeat myself super often with the same games, but as my budget gets tighter and tighter whilst I am out of work that isn’t the easiest task. I could pull from my backlog but the problem with that is a lot of those games were gifted to me. I didn’t pay the retail price, and some of those still cost a pretty penny, running around forty dollars or more. It wouldn’t be a Games For Budget Gamers if all those games cost forty or more dollars. I generally try to keep a bulk of the games below thirty dollars, aside from the pick of the month. With that in mind, I did manage to scrounge up some pretty decent deals. Below are the games I have been playing to pass my free time. Apex Legends (Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, PS5, PC, Nintendo Switch, Mobile) I’ve mentioned many times how I quite fancy Apex Legends. It is a very important game to me. It launched its’ twelfth season a few weeks ago and it’s been a pretty great one so far. The LTM and season launched with minimal issues aside from a frame rate issue on consoles which has been updated and is continuing to be worked on. Mad Maggie is a great addition to the roster. In a game that rewards aggression she can thrive with the right player. One of the best maps in the game also makes a return here. Olympus is finally back and feels notably better than the maps that flank it in rotation. If for some reason you haven’t checked out Apex Legends go grab it. It is completely free to play and Respawn Entertainment does the lore and story building to this universe exceptionally well. It is genuinely the best shooter experience on the market right now. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (PlayStation 4/5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch, PC) I am brand new to the Witcher universe. For a long time, I avoided The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt because I hadn’t really touched the series at all and was trying to not have another massive open-world game in my backlog. Once I booted the game up though The Witcher 3 pulled me in with open arms and phenomenal cutscenes. I’m playing it on lower difficulty settings and it has really pulled me into the story. I want to know where Yennifer is, I want to watch Ciri become a badass Witcher. I loved the first fistfight outside the bar with the locals. The combat is gratifying even if the controls are a little wonky to learn at first. The great thing is there is a minimal fee for entry on this game. It frequently drops down to seven or nine dollars for the full game and all DLC. Even if you end up not liking it as much as I did the cost of entry makes the entire thing feel pretty worth it. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (PlayStation 4/5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PC) I mentioned how much I love Respawn Entertainment and Apex Legends earlier, but for those unaware, the studio slays at making single-player games as well. As someone who isn’t much of a Star Wars fan, I was completely sucked into Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. For the first time, I was pulled into that magic that only an adventure in a place far, far away can create. Cal Kestis’s story is a fantastic one that sees the best parts of the Star Wars universe. Cal has been laying low on a mining planet until he is forced to use his Jedi abilities to save a friend. The Second Sister and her Sith friends show up and start hunting Cal from there. His whole story revolves around building his crew and trying to find a way to rebuild the Jedi Order with a list of Force-sensitive kids that can be trained as Jedi. He also gets the best companion in video game history BD-1, a lovable robot that is the most adorable buddy ever. Not to mention the combat is pretty satisfying and brings the truest Jedi experience we have had. It has this great mix of force abilities with souls lite combat that focuses on parrying and blocking to get the right moment to strike. I highly recommend grabbing it now for as low as thirteen dollars. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order first launched in 2019 and received next-gen patches in June 2020 Bullets Per Minute (PlayStation 4/5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PC) I am not a fan of roguelikes. I just don’t like resetting every single time I die nor have I ever found them particularly enthralling enough to try to finish. Bullets Per Minute broke through that with a pretty satisfying loop. The soundtrack is tight. The gunplay is superb. I love being only able to fire on the beats of the music, having to time reloads, and ability usage. There is also an adorable bird merchant that sells health. If that isn’t enough to pull you in you’re heartless. Buffs and armor are hidden around the levels. You can go to various altars and place the gold coin currency on them to get damage, speed, etc buffs to make the game easier. The game is 20 bucks and it has been well worth the money. Pick of the Month: Ghost of Tsushima (PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5) Ghost of Tsushima tells the story of Jin, a Samurai warrior trying to fight off the Mongol invasion. Jin has to go against everything he was trained and raised to believe in order to stand a chance against the horrors the Mongols bring to the island. The opening where one warrior walks to the leader of the Mongols to try to initiate an honorable dual, just to be dowsed in alcohol and set on fire is one that will sit with the player for a long time after. Jin’s rise to infamy among his people is one of the greatest swansongs for a console generation, ever. I really clicked with his inner struggle, especially when it came to his turmoil with his uncle. Much like Jin, I viewed my uncle as a father figure. He taught me how to lay pave stone, shoot pool, lessons in humility. When my mom got out of the hospital and I had saved enough to move into an apartment and stop crashing on people’s floors and couches he gave me my first car. We grew apart over the years for a number of reasons. The path I chose as Jin reminded me that even though family can’t always see eye to eye we can still matter to each other. The story of Tsushima’s ghost along with the gameplay surrounding it is a fantastic one and I highly recommend it to anyone with a PS4 or PS5. The price on this ranges from $30 to full price depending on where you shop. All the games I have listed and talked about above are fantastic. If you are like me and you can’t grab the massive releases that are Horizon Forbidden West or Elden Ring, they are well worth picking up. Whether you’re in the mood for a bunch of shooting, or something with a ton of exploring and sword fighting there is something for you in the list above. Let us know what you are playing down below!