Best Budget Game on PC
A significant percentage of PC games debut with a suggested retail price that's significantly lower than average. These budget-priced games are often aimed at casual gamers looking to purchase a game impulsively at a bargain price, and as such, these games aren't generally the most impressive or complex you can find. Yet some budget games are surprisingly good. The winner of Best Budget Game on PC is:
Publisher: Gathering of Developers
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Serious Sam: The Second Encounter takes the award for best budget game because it raises the bar not only for budget games, but also in some ways for the whole first-person shooter genre. It has huge outdoor environments that look terrific on both low-end and high-end graphics cards. Yet the game engine still manages to throw tons of enemies at you without bringing your system to a crawl. The game doesn't take itself too seriously and has many humorous hidden secrets to find. You'll also find a solid multiplayer mode with both deathmatch and cooperative play. All of this is wrapped up in a package that costs less than $20. What more could a gamer ask for? Serious Sam: The Second Encounter is the sequel to GameSpot's 2001 PC Game of the Year, and we couldn't have asked for a better follow-up to one of last year's most surprisingly great games.