December 2016 is here and that means more free games for all of us thanks to both PlayStation Plus and Games With Gold. Both services gave some good and bad games in November but now that Sony and Microsoft have announced their lineup for December which one is better? What games are worth more? What games were loved by the media more? That is what we are here to discuss in our December 2016 edition of PlayStation Plus vs. Games With Gold.
Bang for your buck
One of the best things about both services is when you can save some money by getting the game for free. While I’m not a huge fan of using the digital prices of games seeing as how you can usually find any retail games cheaper at various stores I will use them here. For example Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition is listed at $29.99 but it’s much cheaper at retail and is usually under $10 digitally pretty frequently as well. Despite that lets begin with the values of the Games With Gold games for December.
Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition – $29.99
Outlast – $19.99
Outland – $9.99
Burnout: Paradise – $14.99
Total value – $75
Not a bad value this month as you’re getting more than you pay for the whole year. Now let’s take a look at the PlayStation Plus values.
Invisible Inc: Console Edition – $19.99
Stories: The Path of Destinies – $14.99
Hyper Void – $9.99
Color Guardians – $14.99
Tiny Troopers: Joint Ops – $7.99
VVVVVV – $7.99
Total value – $76
How about that PlayStation Plus comes out $1 ahead of Games With Gold this month but you have to consider it does give two more games. It’s worth nothing that 5 out of the 6 games on PlayStation Plus this month are on PS4 so you get 5 games on that platform. Not bad. Clearly value wise both services will be saving you some money in December if you wanted any of these games.
Value Winner: PlayStation Plus
Now that we looked at the value part of the equation let’s look at how the games were scored by the critics. Again this doesn’t mean anything if you don’t care about reviews but it’s part of the picture so I include it. For this I will pull all data from Metacritic and I will use the score of the version that has the most reviews. For instance if Sleeping Dogs has 10 scores on the Xbox One version and 50 on the PS4 version it wouldn’t be right to use the Xbox One version score. Most games like that are usually reviewed on PS4 so that is why I say that. So once again let’s start with the Games With Gold lineup.
Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition – 77
Outlast – 78
Outland – 84
Burnout: Paradise – 88
Average Score – 82
As you can see December 2016 is one of the best months we’ve see from Games With Gold when it comes to how the games scored. With the two Xbox One games scoring in the high 70’s and the Xbox 360 games scoring in the mid to high 80’s it brings the average score out to be a 82 which is pretty impressive. One of the better months from them for sure. Now let’s take at look at the PlayStation Plus lineup.
Invisible Inc: Console Edition – 82
Stories: The Path of Destinies – 73
Hyper Void – 70
Color Guardians – 62
Tiny Troopers: Joint Ops – 62
VVVVVV – 83
Average Score – 72
So how about that a 10 point higher average score for Games With Gold compared to PlayStation Plus this month. Take into account that Plus does offer 6 games so the chance to have a lower score is higher but you could say that the other way as well. Both services are offering some good games either way so gamers on both services should find something good to play.
Scores Winner: Games With Gold
So with PlayStation Plus barely edging out Games With Gold in the value department and Games With Gold winning by 10 points in the score average I would have to say Games With Gold is the better pick this month. However It’s ultimately up to each gamers own personal taste. Maybe you don’t care for certain types of games so one service is better in your eyes. No one can say for certain which is better but in the regards stated here I’d say Games With Gold is the winner in December 2016. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.