It's that time of the year again — time to get gearing up for school. That means minding your budget, grabbing games for dorm parties and tailoring your video game purchases to the school experience. The games, accessories and hardware on this list perfectly fit that bill.
However, these selections aren't just great for the upcoming back-to-school rush. They're stellar choices that offer a big bang for your buck and quality entertainment year-round. Do you want a killer party game for you and your co-workers? An exhilarating platformer that's fun for the whole family? A cheap GPU that'll keep your PC gaming activities looking good for years to come? No matter what your goals, we have a recommendation for you.
This older mouse is a gaming dream. It's perfectly shaped, ultrasensitive and loaded with customization options (including three memory profiles and nine programmable controls) so that PC aficionados on a tight budget can get the premium experience they want without making any sacrifices. Plus, its design is relatively subtle, meaning it won't stand out against your other hardware.
It's BioShock, Dishonored and Alien: Isolation rolled into one spectacular action-horror first-person shooter — what more could you want? Prey has shape-shifting aliens, a massive space station, superpowers — you name it, and it's here. Couple that loaded platter of visuals and gameplay mechanics with Prey's ritzy art-deco aesthetic, and this game is a visual and sensory tour de force, built to be played and admired.
If you want an inventive, artsy and absolutely terrifying third-person horror experience reminiscent of the earlier Resident Evil games, then The Evil Within 2 is an inexpensive game dying to meet you. It has a wacky assortment of villains, incredibly inventive monster designs and gameplay that's built to highlight each. Few horror titles are quite as smart about their terrifying aims as TEW2.
If you've got a dorm full of friends who want to get together and beat the snot out of each other in a quirky fighting game, there's no better option than Gang Beasts. Combining the physics of I Am Bread with the easy-to-play enjoyability of Super Smash Bros., Gang Beasts is an experience like no other. It's not great for solo play, but if you take things online or play with friends, it's a blast.
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Asus' version of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 is a great way to keep the latest PC games playable and shiny-looking without breaking the bank. With 6GB of VRAM, it'll get you 60 frames per second on high settings on a variety of modern AAA games. For those with a GTX 960 or below, it's worth eyeballing as a potential GPU upgrade.
This carrying case is a cheap, chic, sturdy and practical way to bring your Switch with you on the go. It features a good assortment of storage pockets that comfortably fit up to eight cartridges and six Joy-Con controllers, allowing you to pack everything you need for a multiplayer game marathon inside a single carrying case.
If you don't want to shell out big bucks for a new pair of Joy-Cons or a Pro Controller, this affordable, stylish and form-fitting wired Switch controller will serve as a fine substitute. Because the design is akin to that of Xbox's controller, some players might feel even more at home with this in their hands than traditional Joy-Con controllers.