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

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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.

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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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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

https://www.g2a.com/en-us/gemcraft-chasing-shadows-steam-key-global-i10000000543003
https://www.g2a.com/en-us/killing-floor-2-steam-key-global-i10000000195012
https://www.g2a.com/en-us/monster-slayers-steam-key-global-i10000035564004
https://www.g2a.com/en-us/shadowrun-returns-steam-key-global-i10000042893004
https://www.g2a.com/en-us/shadowrun-dragonfall-directors-cut-key-steam-global-i10000000697003
https://www.g2a.com/en-us/shadowrun-hong-kong-extended-edition-steam-key-global-i10000013842003
https://www.g2a.com/en-us/tabletop-simulator-steam-key-global-i10000004362004

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
 

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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.
https://store.steampowered.com/app/311690/Enter_the_Gungeon/
 
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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

https://www.g2a.com/en-us/g
https://www.g2a.com/en-us/k
https://www.g2a.com/en-us/m
https://www.g2a.com/en-us/s
https://www.g2a.com/en-us/s
https://www.g2a.com/en-us/s
https://www.g2a.com/en-us/t

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
If you're using G2A, you might as well just pirate the game... You're already using a stolen copy of the game.
 

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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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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.
 

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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

https://www.g2a.com/en-us/gemcraft-chasing-shadows-steam-key-global-i10000000543003
https://www.g2a.com/en-us/killing-floor-2-steam-key-global-i10000000195012
https://www.g2a.com/en-us/monster-slayers-steam-key-global-i10000035564004
https://www.g2a.com/en-us/shadowrun-returns-steam-key-global-i10000042893004
https://www.g2a.com/en-us/shadowrun-dragonfall-directors-cut-key-steam-global-i10000000697003
https://www.g2a.com/en-us/shadowrun-hong-kong-extended-edition-steam-key-global-i10000013842003
https://www.g2a.com/en-us/tabletop-simulator-steam-key-global-i10000004362004

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


 

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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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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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