Great Video Games Under $20

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Video games can be expensive.

With a new game costing $60 or more, how can someone on a college budget enjoy the wonderful world of gaming without paying more than $20 per game?

Easy.

With my suggestions you could go to the nest, fire up your favorite gaming console, enjoy some great games, and have money to spare!

Rare Replay, ($13.99 used, $29.99 new)

This is the game that made me think of this topic. Rare Replay is the best example I can think of for gaming on a budget. Rare Replay is a collection of iconic games from the game studio Rare that is exclusive to the Xbox One. Rare is responsible for titles such as Banjo-Kazooie, Battletoads, and Conker’s Bad Fur Day. Although it is possible to find these games on retro consoles, the prices for these games range from $30 – $100. This disk contains 30 games that will bring back fond memories from your childhood, and create new ones, all for a fraction of what these games would cost on their own.

EVOLVE, ($6 used, $9.99 new)

If Rare Replay is too childish for you really want to experience everything next gen gaming has in store then Evolve is for you! Created by Turtle Rock Studios, in this game, you are the top of the food chain: a giant, fire breathing, Godzilla-like monster. The only thing that can stop you is a team of four highly trained galactic monster hunters. Evolve focuses on 1v4 gameplay meaning you can either play as one large monster, or one of four highly trained hunters. With each character being unique and fun to play, this game can keep you entertained for hours. With the price being ten dollars new, and being on PS4, Xbox One and PC, this game is a great way to test out what the next generation of gaming has to offer.

Shovel Knight, ($17.09 used, $19.99 new)

What is Shovel Knight? Created by Yacht Club Games, Shovel Knight is a beautiful 8-bit Mario style side-scrolling game, available on the PS4, Amazon Fire TV, Wii U, PC, Mac, PS3, and 3DS. You play as the silent, but somehow interesting protagonist Shovel Knight. Wielding a shovel and a variety of other useful tools, you conquer the forces of evil though boss battles, puzzles and fun quests. With an original score that hooks you from the first note, to the visuals that look like they’re from the 80s, this game is nothing short of a masterpiece. With multiple paths to take, this game is appealing for casual and hardcore gamers alike. You may think that $20 is too much for a weird, blocky-looking game, but this game is actually two games in one. Once you finish the game, you can replay the whole game from the perspective of one of the villains from the game and have a new experience for free. With more updates on the way, this game will be bringing new content all year long, for no extra charge.



Rocky Polimeni is a junior at Nazareth College with a double major in political science and legal studies. Born and raised in Canandaigua (can-an-day-gwa), New York, Rocky has been a part of the greater Rochester community all his life. He is involved in clubs and the Nazareth College Relay for Life. When (and if) Rocky grows up, he wants to go to law school and become a lawyer. When he is not at his law internship, Rocky is probably making tacos and/or playing a video game.


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