Best cheap PC games: the best games to play without breaking the bank (2022)

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You don’t need to spend a whole lot more money to justify your big PC purchase. Some of the best cheap PC games on Steam, EA and other platforms should be enough to test the prowess of that new gaming PC or gaming laptop you just spent a lot of money on. Many of these titles are remarkable and demanding enough to push the best graphics card to their limits.

These cheap PC games are just as entertaining and challenging as their expensive AAA counterparts. Plus, they also run a gamut of genres, from shooters and RPGs to real-time strategy and racers. That means you’ll never be bored, really run out of things to play, or resort to blowing more than a Benjamin for just a couple of expensive PC games.

To help you save money while still having fun, we found the best cheap PC games out there. These titles have everything that makes a game great – great gameplay, creative visuals regardless of age and high replay value – without breaking your piggy bank.

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Dead By Daylight

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If you’re looking for some serious asymmetrical survival horror, look no further than Dead By Daylight. Released in 2016, the game has evolved into one of the most unique multiplayer experiences in gaming. Four survivors try to evade a seemingly indestructible killer looking for a human sacrifice. Though the main game cost a dub, there is plenty of DLC content available to purchase including some inspired by films like Halloween to even other survival horror franchises like Resident Evil. However, the main game content is definitely enough to last several terrifying nights.

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Overwatch

Blizzard’s wildly popular “hero shooter” may have a sequel on the way but the original team based multiplayer romp still has legs left. In Overwatch, two teams of six battle over various objectives including escorts, securing various map points and attack/defend. Besides the well realized cast of characters that feel like fighting game characters, the visual style itself is definitely noticeable. The competitive nature of the game was also good enough for Blizzard to create the Overwatch League in case players have esports aspirations. PC gamers with console owning friends will be happy to know that Overwatch will eventually support crossplay real soon.

Valheim

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Valheim proves you don’t have to pay AAA prices to gain access to a huge open-world environment. This co-op game, which marries survival, building, and adventure gameplay elements with Norse mythology, drops you into a procedurally generated world that can be shared with up to 9 other players. Whether you focus on building up your own fortress, limited only by your imagination, or exploring the various landscapes to battle all sorts of monsters, Valheim is a joy to play. And, don’t worry if you’re not using the latest GPU, you won’t need the latest and greatest specs to get this game up and running.

Street Fighter V

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Capcom’s fifth mainline entry in its Street Fighter series may have had a rocky launch due to a lack of content. Nearly five years later, it’s a fully fledged fighter with a slew of characters, costumes, grand online options and a pretty solid story mode. Besides a fighting system inspired more by Street Fighter III through the EX gauge, the "V-Gauge" system allows for some pretty clever offensive and defensive options during combat. Launched alongside the Playstation 4, Street Fighter V also looks pretty impressive due to its unique water-colored inspired visuals.

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Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition

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Age of Empires III features a ton of new features outside of the new coast of audio/visual polish. Celebrating the 15 anniversary of the original real-time strategy classic, Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition feels like it’s worth more than $20. This edition of the real-time strategy classic also features some UI enhancements, AI improvements, all of the previously released expansions, new modes and two new civilizations. PC gamers looking to step their toes into the real-time strategy realm have a great place to start.

Diablo III

While PC gamers around the world wait for Blizzard to provide some type of release date information for Diablo IV, Diablo III wasn’t considered the fastest selling PC game of all time for nothing. The latest release in Blizzard’s isometric hack-n-slash actionier features an amazing eight-ten hour storyline spread across five acts and five character classes. Most importantly, that attributes to some incredibly fun drop-in multiplayer as well. Gamers who enjoy the main quest and have some extra dough may also get some extra mileage through the Reaper of Souls expansion.

Hotshot Racing

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Inspired by the best arcade racers of the 80’s and 90’ from OutRun to Daytona USA, Hotshot Racing, Hotshot Racing features a rock solid driving engine that matches its unique aesthetic. One of the most entertaining indie games within the genre released in a while, it features over a dozen racing circuits and a cast of eight racers with a handful of unique vehicles each. Besides offering fun single-player content, there’s also an eight player online mode. Taking things a bit further, those who want some old-school couch competition with nearby friends can enjoy a two-to-four split-screen mode as well.

Worms Reloaded

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One of the most underrated series in gaming, Worms has earned acclaim as a quirky turn-based-tactics game featuring militarized earthworms of utter destruction. An extension of one-time 2009 console exclusive Worms 2: Armageddon, Worms Reloaded expands on combat scenarios alongside new customization options of the cute little critters. The strategic back-and-forth between combatants is still a sight to see and offers tons of depth past the simple design despite the lack of real overhauls to the base gameplay.

Doom (2016)

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It took over a decade between the release of Doom III and the Bethesda backed reboot of Doom. Thankfully, it was more than worth the wait regardless of how lackluster the multi-player was. Considered one of the best single-player first-person-shooters released within the past several years alongside its newer (and more expensive sequel), Id Software left the more survival horror inspiration behind for a whiteknockle fight against the hordes of hell. Besides the fast paced combat, Doom (2016) provided some unique twists on modern shooter conventions due to its “glory kills'' system.

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege - Standard Edition

Day one Rainbow Six fans were disappointed by the idea of the first game utilizing the name since 2008’s Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 would go the multiplayer online route. However, the end result maintained the tactical spirit of the original games with a serious competitive lean. Two teams of either attackers or defenders engage in objectives ranging from bomb defusing to hostage rescue. The slower paced combat leads to some tense moments over the 11 base maps. Though the standard edition offers a lot of content, there are several seasons of new operators and maps too.

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If you don’t want to take the monthly subscription plunge of games like World of Warcraft or Final Fantasy XIV, you may find some real enjoyment out of Elder Scrolls Online. Matching ten different races with six classes, the MMORPG has maintained a serious player count since its initial 2014 release. Free of a subscription model since 2015, Elder Scrolls Online can be played in the base version for $20. And if you want to go farther than that, there’s a plethora of expansions and DLC available to purchase.

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FAQs

Which is the No 1 game for PC? ›

Top Games on PC in August 2022

In August 2022, the top PC games in the world by monthly active users were Minecraft, the Sims 4, and Fortnite.

Which game is best for low end PC? ›

In no particular order, let's dive in.
  1. Gunpoint. Gunpoint minimum requirements: ...
  2. FTL: Faster Than Light. FTL: Faster Than Light minimum requirements: ...
  3. Don't Starve. Don't Starve minimum requirements: ...
  4. Minecraft. Minecraft minimum requirements: ...
  5. Stardew Valley. ...
  6. Slay the Spire. ...
  7. Into the Breach. ...
  8. Disco Elysium.

What is the best free game to play right now? ›

The best free games, starting with...
  1. Fortnite. (Image credit: Fortnite)
  2. Warframe. (Image credit: Digital Extremes) ...
  3. Genshin Impact. (Image credit: MiHoYo) ...
  4. Apex Legends. (Image credit: Respawn) ...
  5. Call of Duty Warzone. (Image credit: Activision) ...
  6. Final Fantasy 14. (Image credit: Square Enix) ...
  7. Valorant. ...
  8. Dauntless. ...
22 Jul 2022

What free games made the most money? ›

In 2020, Honor of Kings was the top grossing F2P title worldwide. The MOBA title, developed by TiMi Studios and published by Tencent Games, grossed more than 2.45 billion U.S. dollars. Second-ranked Peacekeeper Elite generated 2.32 billion U.S. dollars in revenues during the measured period.

Is Minecraft free on PC? ›

You can play Minecraft for free on your web browser by heading to classic.minecraft.net, with no need to download or install anything.

What's the most played game right now? ›

The 10 Most Popular Games Right Now
  • Minecraft.
  • Fortnite.
  • Fall Guys.
  • League of Legends.
  • PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds.
  • CrossFire.
  • Roblox.
  • Lost Ark.
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Is my PC low end? ›

You can know if a PC is low-end or high-end by looking at its specs. A typical low-end PC has a weak Ryzen 3 or Intel i3 processor, less than 16 GB of RAM, and it sometimes doesn't even have a graphics card. A high-end PC has all the latest bells and whistles available to consumers.

How many GB is Fortnite? ›

The Fortnite file size on Windows and macOS is the same: 29.2 GB. If you intend to play Fortnite on your Xbox, you can expect it to be much smaller than macOS and Windows. The installation size is only 13 GB, and you may need an extra 5 GB after installing the game, making a total of 18 GB.

How many GB is Far Cry 3? ›

Far Cry 3 size is at least 15 GB so players will need to free up that much of disk space to install it.

Where can I get free PC games? ›

What are the best sites to download free PC games?
  • Origin.
  • Steam.
  • G2A.
  • Mega Games.
  • Battle.net.
  • Epic Games Store.
  • Acid Play.
  • AllGamesAtoZ.
23 Mar 2022

What games can I play free? ›

Here are the top (most popular) free online games to play right now.
  • Mahjongg Dimensions. Mahjongg Dimensions is a 3D take on the popular tile-based game. ...
  • Sudoku is a classic logic puzzle that first appeared in Japan in 1986. ...
  • Spider Solitaire. ...
  • Bubble Shooter.

What is the most fun free online game? ›

17 Best Free Online Games You Can Play With Your Friends During The Lockdown
  • 17 Best Free Multiplayer Online Games 2021.
  • Gartic Phone. Image from Gartic Phone. ...
  • Among Us. Image from Steam. ...
  • Skribbl. Image from Skribbl. ...
  • Board Game Arena. Image from Board Game Arena. ...
  • Psych! Image from Psych! ...
  • Tabletopia. ...
  • Sky: Children Of Light.
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What is the #1 game in 2022? ›

Top 10 Selling Video Games (Retail and Digital), July 2022
RankRank Last MonthTitle
1NEWMultiVersus
21Elden Ring
32LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
4NEWXenoblade Chronicles 3*
6 more rows

What games pay Bitcoins? ›

All the games listed in this article let you win bitcoin.
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The best bitcoin games to play on PC (Windows and Mac) are:
  • Taboo.
  • Battle Royal.
  • Sugar Glider.
  • Crystal Clans.
  • Max Quest: Wrath of Ra.
  • Street Magic.
  • Hot Shots.
  • Knockout Football.
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Who is the highest paid video gamer? ›

Top 100 Highest Overall Earnings
Player IDPlayer Name
1.N0tailJohan Sundstein
2.JerAxJesse Vainikka
3.anaAnathan Pham
4.CebSébastien Debs
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Is Oculus Quest 2 free? ›

QuestCraft is available now on the Meta Quest and Meta Quest 2 via SideQuest. The game itself is free to download though as previously mentioned you'll need an account in order to play.

Is Minecraft 1.19 out? ›

When did Minecraft 1.19 launch? Minecraft 1.19 launched on June 7, 2022. We were expecting to wait for a release later in the year, but Mojang dropped the June date by surprise right at the end of May. The Wild Update is currently available on both Java and Bedrock editions of Minecraft.

Can I get Minecraft on PS4 if I have it on PC? ›

The last holdout on the block-builder's platform-agnostic ambitions, Sony has finally agreed to whatever terms it needed to. Minecraft: Bedrock Edition is now on PS4, which means that PC, Xbox One, Switch, mobile, and PlayStation 4 fans can all play together like the great big happy family they are.

What is the 5 most popular video game? ›

filters
  • Super Mario Bros. 62%
  • 2 Sega51%
  • 3 Call of Duty46%
  • 4 Candy Crush Saga45%
  • 5 Mortal Kombat45%
  • 6 Grand Theft Auto45%
  • 7 Marvel's Spider-Man45%
  • 8 The Legend of Zelda44%

What's the biggest game in the world? ›

Infinite Warfare – 101 GB.

Who is the best game in the world? ›

Top 10 Online Games in The World
GameOnline PlayerLaunch Year
Minecraft91 Million2011
DOTA 25 million2015
The Division 2N/A2019
The Splatoon 25 million2015
6 more rows
11 Sept 2021

Is 3060 TI high end? ›

The RTX 3060 Ti can run most high-end games that are released today at 1080p 60 FPS or higher. There are several exciting games out or set to be released in 2022 by Canadian developers. Some of these titles include the likes of Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course, Gotham Knights, and Rainbow Six Extraction.

How long can a gaming PC last? ›

With the proper care, a gaming PC can last forever if you're willing to continually update the hardware and parts. Without changing or updating any parts, a gaming PC will last around 10 years before you start to see performance degrades.

Is my PC outdated? ›

Your PC Becomes Extremely Slow

Slowness and lags are common signs of an outdated PC. This also applies to the usage of some applications and games. Another example is if your computer takes a very long time to boot after a restart or during a shutdown. However, some of these issues can be rectified by software updates.

Can Fortnite run on 4GB RAM? ›

Yes, if you have 4GB of RAM on your PC or laptop, you can run Fortnite.

Does my PC run Fortnite? ›

Fortnite requires a Core i3-3225 3.3 GHz and the system information file shows a Core i7-7600U 2.8GHz, which meets (and exceeds) the minimum system requirements. Click the + sign next to Components to expand the list. Click Display to show your video card(s).

Can you put Fortnite on a USB? ›

Installing fortnite to USB - YES, IT CAN BE DONE.

Who is the villain in Far Cry 3? ›

Vaas Montenegro (The mo-hawked villain on the cover of Far Cry 3) has a series of YouTube videos, demonstrating his favorite torturing methods on a Hollywood movie star. Vaas, the game's most notorious antagonist, was almost not in the game at all.

Which farcry is best? ›

Far Cry 6

Developed by Ubisoft Toronto, Far Cry 6 is undoubtedly the best looking and feeling game in the series to date. While it doesn't have the same narrative hooks as the best Far Cry game of all time, it does do an excellent job of getting you lost in a truly gorgeous open world.

Is Far Cry 3 still free? ›

The game can be downloaded for free using the Ubisoft Connect app (formerly known as Uplay). First, you'll need to download Ubisoft Connect from Ubisoft's official website. After downloading and signing in, head to the games library and scroll down to the Free Games section. Here you'll be able to see Far Cry 3 listed.

What is the 1st game in 2022? ›

1. GTA V (Grand Theft Auto V) Grand Theft Auto V is the world no. 1 mobile game and reimagines the open-world game in a number of ways.

What is the most played game 2022? ›

Here are the List of Top 15 Most Popular PC Games of 2022
RankGamesConcurrent Player
1Fortnite1,163,886
2Minecraft972,259
3Roblox123
4League of Legends1,105,882
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Can you get GTA V for free? ›

GTA Online is included free with all copies of GTA 5, which is also known as Grand Theft Auto 5. This applies to both the PS5 and PS4 versions of the online crime caper. Ultimately, what this means is that you'll need to own a copy of Rockstar's game to play online. You'll also need an active subscription to PS Plus.

What is #1 game in the world? ›

What is the #1 Game in the World in 2022? The top #1 most played popular game in the world right now is Minecraft. Released back on 18 November 2011, Mojang Studios was able to sell above 238 million copies of the game across all platforms, with around 600 registered players.

Which is the No 1 online game in world? ›

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GameNumberPublisher(s)
PUBG: Battlegrounds1,200 million downloadsKrafton / Tencent
CrossFire1,000 millionSmilegate / Tencent
Dungeon Fighter Online850 millionNexon / Tencent
Minecraft738 millionMojang / NetEase
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What's the biggest game in the world? ›

Infinite Warfare – 101 GB.

Who is the best game in the world? ›

Top 10 Online Games in The World
GameOnline PlayerLaunch Year
Minecraft91 Million2011
DOTA 25 million2015
The Division 2N/A2019
The Splatoon 25 million2015
6 more rows
11 Sept 2021

What is the most sold game in the world? ›

Minecraft

What game has most active players? ›

Top Games By Current Players
NameCurrent Players
1.Counter-Strike: Global Offensive834,571
2.Dota 2686,759
3.PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS265,935
4.Apex Legends264,226
21 more rows

How expensive is GTA? ›

How Much Does GTA+ Cost? GTA + costs $5.99 a month, and you'll need to have a copy of Grand Theft Auto V or GTA Online. The price is standard for monthly gaming subscriptions, but you may want to weigh up whether the benefits are worth the price tag.

How much does GTA Online cost? ›

Rockstar Games has announced it's offering a new subscription service to GTA Online players. Dubbed GTA Plus, the subscription service grants players exclusive perks for $5.99 a month.

How do you get GTA 5 online for free 2022? ›

GTA 5 for free
  1. Step 1: Login/ Signup into Epic games.
  2. Step 2: Install the epic game launcher in your system.
  3. Step 3: Search for GTA 5.
  4. Step 4: Download it in your system using the launcher.
  5. Step 5: It's done, you will also get the receipt in your email address.
10 Jul 2022

What games are trending on YouTube? ›

Top live games Auto-generated by YouTube
  • Mobile Legends: Bang Bang 26K watching worldwide.
  • Apex Legends 22K watching worldwide.
  • Minecraft 18K watching worldwide.
  • Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 18K watching worldwide.
  • Splatoon 3 16K watching worldwide.
  • Grand Theft Auto V 12K watching worldwide.

What is the most popular game in the world right now 2021? ›

Top 12 Popular Video Games You Can Play In 2021
S.NOPopular Video Games Of 2021Platforms
1Call Of Duty WarzonePC, Xbox One, PS4
2MinecraftMobile, Xbox One, PS4, Windows, PS3, Xbox 360, macOS, Linux
3Animal Crossing: New HorizonNintendo Switch
4Grand Theft Auto 5PC, PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360
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Is Fortnite still popular? ›

For that information, we can look to a website like PlayerCounter. According to their figures, Fortnite sees between 2.9 and 4 million concurrent players at any one time (just under 3 million at the time of writing), which means there are still millions of players logging in every day in 2022.

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