Licensed games need not cost so much.
You can find licensed software at Datablitz which has several branches. The ones which have boxes marked "Asia-Pacific Editions" start at PhP995/US$20 (i.e Flanker 2.0) and reach up to PhP1495/US$30 (Jane's F/A-18) for surprisingly low prices.
MS titles have no Asia Pacific Edition, which result in higher prices like PH1750/US$35 for MSFS2000 Standard and PhP1650/US$33 for Starlancer.
The ones actually pack here with boxes printed in the local dialect like Tiberian Sun, Red Alert II, Lara Croft something go for Ph700/$15 and the are Interactive Magic budget releases (no box no printed manual) like Jane's F-15 PhP295/$6.
Despite the rampant piracy, Datablitz is doing well. They have about 7 or 8 branches in Metro Manila.
The only game a got from the States was Falcon 4.0 which cost US$19.95 to buy and US$37 (ouch) to ship in. That did cost an arm an a leg.