5 great games under $30 to get today [2020 Guide]

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A hard copy of a game is always better than just a digital copy, just how live music is always better than music from a MP3 file.

So, if you are looking for the best deals for a hard copy of a game on Amazon this holiday season, then check out the list below. All of these games are new and below $30!

Also, there is a wide variety of genres so you can find something that is appealing to your taste.

Best games under $30 to buy before the year end

  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Legendary Edition 
  • Sonic Sega All Stars Racing
  • Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops
  • Halo Reach

1. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Legendary Edition 

Freely roam and adventure through the rich Elder Scrolls’ universe. Be the master of your own fate as you choose your race, quests, and adventures. Furthermore, in this legendary edition, you are given three more official DLCs: Dragonborn, Hearthfire, and Dawnguard.

Dragonborn lets your character explore the coast of Morrowind and islands of Solstheim. Grow in power as you traverse these lands to learn magic that even dragons bend to.

In Hearthfire, you can taste how it is like to become a residence in this massive fantasy world. You can buy land and build your very own home. You can build huge, complex castles or small homey cottages.

The Dawnguard expansion is more story oriented. You play the hero that must vanquish the powerful Vampire Lord called Harkon. Of course you can decide to the darker path instead and replace the Vampire Lord yourself.

All in all, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Legendary Edition is a perfect buy before 2017 ends. The game is available on PC, Xbox.

You can check it out on Amazon here.

2. Sonic Sega All Stars Racing 

If you are looking for that perfect casual game to play when your friends or family come over, then you will want to try out Sonic Sega All Stars Racing. That’s right, you can relive the good old days of 4 player split screen games with Sonic Sega All Stars Racing. Furthermore, you can compete online with up to 8 players! 

You have a wide variety of racers which are all from the SEGA universe. Each racer has their unique stats, abilities, and vehicles. In fact, players get to play with vehicles such as planes, monster trucks, bikes, giant bananas, etc.

You will also not be disappointed by the numerous maps that show intricate, stunning visuals. Race through these maps in games modes such as arcade, time attack, and Grand Prix.

Overall, Sonic Sega All Stars Racing is the perfect game for when you are having a party over at your place. The best thing about it is that literally everyone of any age can pick up the controller and play the game. 

You can buy this game from Amazon.

3. Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition 

Fallout 3 may not be the newest game out there, but it certainly has earned the right to be the best game of its year. Set in world that has moved on, a dystopian futuristic version of the United States.

You play as a character trying to survive in a land ravished by mutants, monsters, and more. It is an open world, and it is up to you to make your name in this twisted world.

The Game of the Year edition includes numerous official add ons, which are Broken Steel, The Pitt, Operational Anchorage, Point Lookout, and Mothership zeta.

In Broken Steel you have a increased level cap, which helps you fight with the Liberty Prime against the Enclave.

In The Pitt expansion you become involved in a revolution of slaves trying to free themselves from their abusive masters.

The Operational Anchorage add on lets you fight for the freedom of Anchorage, Alaska and steal victory away from the Chinese communist army.

Point Lookout gives you access to the bleak, swampy lands on the coast of Maryland.

Finally, Mothership Zeta allows you to fight off hordes of aliens on an spaceship floating above the capital wasteland.

Purchase Fallout 3 from Amazon

4. Call of Duty: Black Ops 

It is the seventh installment and arguably one of the best Call of Duty games ever released by Activision. Call of Duty: Black Ops is available on Amazon for just $19.99.

In this game you visit the Cold War era in the jungles of Vietnam to the white landscapes in Soviet controlled regions as you fight off hordes of enemies in missions that scream moral ambiguity.

Furthermore, Black Ops added a new game mode called Gun game. In this game mode, you are forced to use one weapon which can only be upgraded if you kill an opponent.

Overall, the game introduces new mechanics, guns, and locations while still keeping the overall feel of a Call of Duty Franchise.

Download Call of Duty: Black Ops

5. Halo Reach 

Play as a member of an elite group called Noble Team, which is composed of Spartan soldiers that have unique abilities and talents. Fight your way with new weapons and vehicles as you make your way through the intense campaign which is set on Earth’s last line of defense, planet Reach.

You won’t be disappointed with the PvP modes also, as the multiplayer experience is both highly competitive and satisfying. The maps are both numerous and unique.

There are also a number of ways where you can play with your friends in co-op modes.

All in all, this award winning game will not disappoint.

Get the Xbox version on Amazon .


As you can see there are quite a few affordable new hard copy games available on Amazon this holiday season. All of the games mentioned in this list are immensely popular and acclaimed. Therefore, you will undoubtedly have a lot of fun with them.

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in November 2017 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.