Words For The Weekend: The Best PC Gaming Bang For Your Buck

By Adam Ames

Here at TPG, we strive to present our readers with the best PC gaming choices especially when it comes to your money.  We complied a list of games currently ten dollars or less which we feel offer superior value in terms of play time, story and fun factor.  Keep in mind these are just a few of many fantastic titles available at the ten-dollar price point so we recommend shopping around before throwing down your cash.  Sure, you could go out and grab some burgers from the local fast food joint, but why not play it safe, stay indoors and bask in the greatness that is PC gaming on the cheap.

Half Life 2 – November 16th, 2004 – Valve Corporation – 13 Hours/$9.99

In any genre, in any time frame, on any platform, Half Life 2 is one of the best single player games ever released.

Fallout 2 – January 29, 1999 – Black Isle Studio – 40 Hours/$5.99

Fallout 2 is simply one of best PC role-playing experiences of all-time.  Anyone remotely interested in PC gaming needs to play this game.

Deus Ex – June 22, 2000 – Ion Storm – 25 Hours/$9.99

Deus Ex is considered by many to be the best PC game released over the last 12 years.   It is a game filled with conspiracy theory and cyber punk themes along with an augmentation system which lets the player decide how the game will be played.  You can play Deus Ex three different times, three different ways and get the feeling you have played three different games.

Peggle – February 27, 2007 – PopCap – 10 Hours/$9.99

My first game of Peggle lasted 2 1/2 hours.  PopCap could very well be considered gaming drug dealers.  An episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation entitled, “The Game”, is a prime example of what can happen to a person who decides to play Peggle.

Audiosurf – February 15, 2008 – Dylan Fitterer – 13 Hours/$9.99

Do you have a collection of MP3s?  Do you like PC games?  If you said yes to even one, you must play Audiosurf.

Knights of the Old RepublicNovember 3, 2003 – BioWare – 23 Hours/$9.99

Arguably the best Star Wars game ever produced.  Even non-Star Wars fans will love the story, characters and meaningful morality choices.

Baldur’s Gate 2 – September 24, 2000 – BioWare – 35 Hours/$9.99

BG2 is an example of probably the best story PC gamers have ever experienced.  You simply have to play the game.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City – May 13, 2003 – Rockstar North – 21 Hours/$9.99

Vice City vividly captured the 1980s South Beach atmosphere.  With the addition of a great soundtrack and story to match, Vice City is considered to be the best GTA game.


Max Payne – Jul 25, 2001 – Remedy – 10 Hours/$9.99

A film noir style game with a fantastic story and tons of atmosphere.  Although the average playtime is around 10 hours and there is little replay value once you are done, Max Payne stands as one of the great stories of this generation.

FEAR –  Oct 17, 2005 – Monolith – 14 Hours/$9.99

FEAR brought back the survival horror genre to PC gamers after a long absence.  At 10 dollars, the ratio of value to dollar spent is through the roof. -End

The time listed on each game is an average of TPG staff playtime along with the playtime of friends and family.

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7 thoughts on “Words For The Weekend: The Best PC Gaming Bang For Your Buck

  1. With regard to the original Max Payne, interesting that you posit that the game has no replay value. I probably replayed the entire game start to finish a good ten or more times, drawing out the enjoyment of each gunfight.

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