What would $20 get you in your preferred gaming genre?

Discussion in 'General Gaming Discussion' started by FAST6191, Jul 11, 2019 at 7:02 PM.



    Most of us can probably rattle off crazy expensive examples of some of the best and most hard to come by games in our preferred genres of games, and gaming itself has a bit of a reputation for being an expensive hobby. The question here though is to pick something that can be had for not a lot but still might interest people in your given genre, or get them started in it (though you need not do the "gentle introduction" approach for this -- suggest Dark Souls if you want to introduce someone already versed in gaming to the Souls approach to the world). It still wants to be active in some capacity if you are suggesting a multiplayer game. For instance many would hold up the Sega Saturn version of Bomberman as one of the finest ever made, however even assuming someone has a working Saturn then a non Japanese copy of that game frequently clocks hundreds. Far more agreeable would the XBLA versions of Bomberman, or maybe Bomberman 2 on the DS if you can get past the gangly beanpole bombers.

    This is part of a series on GBAtemp where we contemplate various game industry concepts, aspects of computer game culture, discuss ways games might improve, share interesting technical concepts and otherwise ponder things that are of interest to games but not necessarily news, reviews or analysis of current events.

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    Or if you prefer "What hobby can you pick up for not much money, gaming genres/gameplay styles edition?". Name a genre/gameplay style and a game someone might be able to pick up for it for fairly common, or easily emulated, hardware, and give a few lines on why you picked that one. What might they progress to afterwards if they like it? If it is a free game by all means suggest a good controller for it instead.
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  1. ScarletDreamz

    ScarletDreamz [Debug Mode]

    Feb 16, 2015
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  2. leon315

    leon315 POWERLIFTER

    Nov 27, 2013
    Usually I could get a AAA steam key from any key shops like G2A with just 20bucks, but recently I read an article about "game developers: pirate my games instead buy STEAM KEY from G2A", then I realised how dark could be the gamindustry.
  3. Sonic Angel Knight

    Sonic Angel Knight GBAtemp Legend

    May 27, 2016
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    Umm sonic mania? :P
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  4. Missingphy

    Missingphy Pokémon Master, Console Bricker, and more...

    Oct 7, 2018
  5. TJHeartnote

    TJHeartnote GBAtemp Regular

    Sep 22, 2007
    United States
    Some goods for pokemon Go. gotta need those raid passes and incubators.
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  6. Godofcheese

    Godofcheese GBAtemp Regular

    Dec 31, 2016
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  7. MythicalData

    MythicalData GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    May 11, 2017
    United States
    Big post here
    I love strategy games like tactics and card games and such. Here's what I'd recommend with $20 if I just got a new steam account


    There are a ton of great workshops for Tabletop and Killing Floor 2 and they're also great for multiplayer
    Shadow Run is a great tactical rpg series with a lot of content
    I just love Gemcraft
    On the free side of things there's
    1) Thug Pro for Tony Hawk's Pro Skater Underground 2 (you do need a copy of it though) and that incorporates levels from across the whole series
    2) Clone Hero if you're into a guitar hero/band hero/whatever
    3) GZ Doom which can run old doom games and others in iwad format
    4) Pokemon Showdown for competitive/casual Pokemon battling with a lot of fun tiers to play
    5) Duelingnexus.com or ygopro 2 for competitive/casual yugioh
  8. Jayro

    Jayro MediCat USB and Mini Windows 10 Developer

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    Jul 23, 2012
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    Octo Canyon
    The Octo Expansion for Splatoon 2. :wub:
  9. RedoLane

    RedoLane GBAtemp Maniac

    Sep 16, 2016
    Really hard to say what i recommend the most, but i'll recommend one of them:
    Enter the Gungeon.
    An excellent dungeon crawler mixed with bullet hell elements, and plenty, PLENTY, of weapons, enemies, unique-looking bosses, NPCs, items, did i already mention weapons?
    It's pretty hard, but awfully fun for over 100 hours.
    It received it's final major update not too long ago, so there's enough content for a long time.
    Last edited by RedoLane, Jul 11, 2019 at 7:37 PM
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  10. sup3rgh0st

    sup3rgh0st Top Tier Ghost

    Apr 22, 2010
    United States
    If you're using G2A, you might as well just pirate the game... You're already using a stolen copy of the game.
  11. Jiehfeng

    Jiehfeng Netti Netti

    Aug 15, 2012
    United States
    Where my feet lie on the ground
    Visual Novel: Ace Attorney Trilogy for the 3DS is $12 on the eshop. It's a great example how not much gameplay but a very good story can still make a great game(s), and how it makes you figure everything out is great. I will keep recommending it to everyone.

    Action-adventure: Uncharted 4. I would've said God of War 2018 but that's not $20 yet. This game blew my mind, there's nothing like it on any other platform. Movie like CGI and effects, destruction, I've never seen this kind of animation in videogames. And the story is all great fun.

    Role Playing: Undertale. The best retro like music I've ever heard, a beautiful story, excellent characters, actually great humor, all made mostly by a genius. Everyone should play this.

    There's much more but that's all for now probably.
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  12. kumikochan

    kumikochan GBAtemp Psycho!

    Feb 4, 2015
  13. NoNAND

    NoNAND Just a GBAtemper thriving in his natural habitat

    Aug 22, 2015
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    Well... it depends.
    Usually I could go for some virtual console releases and re-releases of my good ol' RPGs and platformer games.
    When I get the opportunity to get a game on sale that's something nice too.
    Indies wete something at first walked away from and thought of them nothing more than shovelware, but I ate my words many times on different occasions.
    There's plenty of great indie games out there which I got to enjoy with shovel knight and Celeste being my all-time favorite indies.
    there's this one odd side-scrolling indie game called Miles and Kilo, a fun 2D platformer on the switch I'd recommend you to play if you like old style Adventure Island platformers.
  14. swabbo

    swabbo Wot u doin readin dis m8?

    Mar 9, 2011
    East Yorkshire/ A Bin
    Depression probably
  15. LiveLatios

    LiveLatios Profesionnal Scalie

    Nov 16, 2015
    that requires an initial $70 purchase so i don't think it counts
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  16. swabbo

    swabbo Wot u doin readin dis m8?

    Mar 9, 2011
    East Yorkshire/ A Bin

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  17. AceX

    AceX Advanced Member

    Mar 18, 2019
    United Kingdom
    Rocket Legue
    Not really, I've sold keys on G2A for games that were gifted to me that I didn't want.
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  18. DeoNaught

    DeoNaught I'm here to steal memes and break dreams

    Aug 22, 2016
    United States
    Constant Fear
    If we are talking platform fighters definitely Rivals of Aether --> https://store.steampowered.com/app/383980/Rivals_of_Aether/
    Fast fighting, smoothe controls, and the skill level to use tech in the game is rather low.

    Adventure game/Metroidvania definately Hollow Knight, one of the best Indie games I've played, it's open world has pros and cons, I can get all the relics and stuff before doing early bosses, and then the bosses are too easy, and then sometimes I don't have enough gear, and defeat the boss before I am supposed to. But other than that I love the game link --->https://hollowknight.com/
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  19. Foxi4

    Foxi4 On the hunt...

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    Sep 13, 2009
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    God forbid users resell the codes they legally own, the developer should get paid twice for the same code for some reason, that sounds fair. :lol:

    Anywho, $20 will get you Rainbow 6 Siege, which is basically Counter Strike on steroids. It's one of those "git gud" games that's hard to put down, I can wholeheartedly recommend it. The developers are keeping it fresh every season with new operators, maps, weapons and events, so it's always interesting and competitive. 10/10.
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