The Best 21 Budget Games for the PC

21 Great PC Games That Can Be Found at Bargain Prices

If you're looking for a cheap gift or just an inexpensive game for yourself this list of games for under $10 is a great place to start. The list of games under $10 includes some very highly rated games from years past as well as some newer video games that may have been overlooked or underrated by many critics. Prices are subject to change without notice but at $10 or less it's hard to go wrong if it's a game you've always wanted to try.

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Battlefield 2

Battlefield 2
Battlefield 2. © Electronic Arts

Battlefield 2 is a modern military shooter that puts you in the midst of modern urban combat playing online battles in some of the most dangerous locations in the world. Combatants include the United States, Chinese or Middle East Coalition. Games can be played on dozens of maps with up to 64 other people connected via the Internet. While the complete collection is around $30 the original Battlefield 2 release can be found for under $10.

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Defcon: Everybody Dies

Defcon Everybody Dies
Defcon Everybody Dies. © Introversion Software

"Would you like to play a game?". Defcon is somewhat of a throwback to the movie War Games in which you control your nation in Global Thermonuclear War. In Defcon, you'll attempt to destroy your enemies through the use of nuclear weapons while trying to avoid complete destruction yourself. Up to 6 global superpowers can complete for world domination at the same time.

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Brothers In Arms: Road to Hill 30

Brothers In Arms: Road to Hill 30 Screenshot
Brothers In Arms: Road to Hill 30 Screenshot. © Ubisoft

Road to Hill 30 is the first game chapter in the Brothers In Arms series of World War 2 games. Based on a true story players take on the role of Sgt Matthey Baker a paratrooper with teh 101st Airborne Division. Players will engage in actual missions and battles in Normandy, France during D-Day and the week that follows.

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Delta Force: Black Hawk Down

Delta Force: Black Hawk Down
Delta Force: Black Hawk Down. © NovaLogic

In Delta Force Black Hawk Down, players take on the role of a Delta Force special forces operative during Operation Restore Hope set in war torn Somalia in 1993. Partially based on a true story missions and battles take place in various locations including the capital Mogadishu.

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Tron 2.0

Tron 2.0
Tron 2.0. © Buena Vista Interactive

Tron 2.0 is a sci-fi first person shooter that is the sequel to the 1982 movie Tron. In it players are "transported" inside a computer where they battle all sorts of digital enemies. Players will take on the role of Jet Bradley, son of the hero from the movie, as he tries to save computer systems from threatening viruses. Tron 2.0 has plenty of action and game play with over 30 levels, mini-games (including light cycles), and more.

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Star Wars Republic Commando

Star Wars Republic Commando
Star Wars Republic Commando. © LucasArts

Star Wars Republic Commando is a squad based first person shooter with more than a dozen missions and three different campaigns. Players take are a part of a three man squad of Republic Commandos who must accomplish missions behind enemy lines. All your favorite weapons and enemies from the Star Wars universe are here for you to fight with and against. The game also includes a multiplayer portion with 4 different modes and support for up to 32 players over the Internet.

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Battlefield 1942 The Complete Collection

Battlefield: 1942
Battlefield: 1942. © Electronic Arts

Battlefield 1942 The Complete Collection includes two full games and two expansion packs. Included are the award winning Battlefield 1942, Road to Rome Expansion and Secret Weapons of World War 2 expansion which put you in control of a soldiers from either the Axis or Allied forces in online multiplayer combat. Also included is Battlefield Vietnam which takes players into the Vietnam War with all the firepower and vehicles to fight with.

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Jade Empire Special Edition

Jade Empire Special Edition
Jade Empire Special Edition. © Electronic Arts

Jade Empire Special Edition is an action role playing game set in ancient China in which players develop their character with various fighting styles such as martial arts, weapons, magic and more. Combat is real time and players have a great deal of flexibility to employee the various styles they have developed. The Special Edition is unique to the PC version and includes enhanced graphics, new martial arts styles and much more.

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Tom Clancy Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield

Tom Clancy Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield
Tom Clancy Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield. © Ubisoft

Rainbow Six 3 Raven Shield is a tactical first person shooter in which players control an elite counter terrorism task force assigned to investigate terrorists attacks against Oil and financial interested in Europe and South America. Players will control logistics and planning as well as execution of each operation which include hostage situations and other terrorist threats.

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Spiderman Friend or Foe

Spiderman Friend or Foe
Spiderman Friend or Foe. © Activision

Spiderman Friend or For is inspired by the Spiderman movies in which players can team up with other Marvel universe comic book heroes to fight villains and encounters from the movies. In all there are more than a dozen heroes and villains from the Marvel universe. The game also includes a multiplayer co-op mode.

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The Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth 2

The Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth 2
The Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth 2. © Electronic Arts

Release Date: Mar 2, 2006
Genre: Real Time Strategy
Theme: Fantasy
Rating: T for Teen
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer
The Lord of the Rings Battle for Middle Earth 2 is a real time strategy game in which players can control armies of Orcs, Elves, Humans and more as they battle for control of Middle Earth.

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X3 Reunion

X3 Reunion
X3 Reunion. © Deep Silver

X3 Reunion is an open ended space combat and trading game in which players control a space craft performing tasks of their choosing. Players can control scout ships, freighters or battleships to complete the various missions and tasks. The game world presented in X3 Reunion is quite impressive with 160 sectors to explore, each containing space stations, resources and more.

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XIII

XIII
XIII. © Ubisoft

XIII is a first person shooter in which players take on the role of a mysterious man who wakes on the day the President has been assassinated with amnesia and a mysterious tattoo of the Roman numeral 13 on his arm. The game's graphics are done in cel-shading that gives teh game a great comic book and almost film noir feel to it.

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Medal of Honor Airborne

Medal of Honor Airborne
Medal of Honor Airborne. © Electronic Arts

Release Date: Sep 4, 2007
Genre: Action First Person Shooter
Theme: World War 2
Rating: T for Teen
Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer
Medal of Honor Airborne follows the 82nd and 17th Airborne Division of the US Army. In it players will parachute into missions including real life/historical operations in Italy, France, the Netherlands and Germany. The game opens with the invasion of Sicily in 1943.

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Soldiers: Heroes of World War II

Soldiers: Heroes of World War II
Soldiers: Heroes of World War II. © Codemasters

Take control of American, German, British or Soviet armies in this real time tactical strategy game set during World War 2. Soldiers: Heroes of World War II includes both single and multiplayer game modes and many World War 2 era vehicles and weapons.

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Age of Empires Collectors Edition

Age of Empires Screenshot
Age of Empires Screenshot. © Microsoft Games

The Age of Empires Collectors Edition contains two classic RTS games and their expansions. Included are Age of Empires, Rise of Rome Expansion, Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings, and Age of Empires II: The Conquerors. It's a great introduction if you're new to RTS games and a must if you've never experienced any of the Age of Empires games.

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Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. © Rockstar Games

Grand Theft Auto Vice City is third person sandbox action adventure game set in 1986 in the ficticous Vice City. Players take on the role of mobster member Tommy Vercetti, who after being released from prison, is looking to move up in the Mafia and sinks into the world of crime once again.

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Codename: Panzers Commander's Edition

Codename: Panzers Phase One Screenshot
Codename: Panzers Phase One Screenshot. © cds Software Entertainment

Codename Panzers Commander's Edition includes Phase One and Phase Two games from the Codename Panzer series. Phase One includes three campaigns set in Poland, France and the Soviet Union while Phase Two goes through campaigns in North Africa and Yugoslavia. Both games offer a wide variety of vehicles, troop types and weapons.

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Baldur's Gate 2 - The Collection

Baldur's Gate 2
Baldur's Gate 2. © Interplay Entertainment

Baldur's Gate 2 Collection contains the original Baldur's Gate 2: Shadows of Amn role playing game as well as the expansion pack titled Throne of Bhaal. Create and customize your character as you build up your party of six characters for a grand adventure in the Dungeons and Dragons world of the Forgotten Realms.

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Call of Duty Game of the Year Edition

Call of Duty
Call of Duty. © Activision

Developed by some of the same people who created Medal of Honor Allied Assault, Call of Duty helped launched a new wave of World War 2 first person shooters. In it players will play through multiple campaigns that have become familar to the Call of Duty series. There is a single player American, British and Soviet campaign. Call of Duty also includes six multiplayer game modes.

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Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Ultimate Edition

Tom Clancys Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow
Tom Clancys Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow. © Ubisoft

This budget bundle pack includes two great titles from the Tom Clancy Splinter Cell series of games. In it players take on the role of Sam Fisher as he uses stealth to accomplish missions that range from hijackings, hostage situations and diffusing terrorist activities.