February 2017 is here and now that both Microsoft and Sony have announced what games you’ll be getting for free via Games With Gold and PlayStation Plus it’s time to look at which is offering the better value for gamers. As always we’ll look at several different areas and compare such as the price value, how well the games were received by press, and how old the game are. Keep in mind this is just our opinion on which is better for the month as every person has different tastes and may like certain games better than others.
Games With Gold Price Values
Games With Gold in February 2017 is offering 4 games as always. Two Xbox One games and two Xbox 360 games which are also playable on Xbox One. On Xbox One you’re getting Lovers In A Dangerous Spacetime and Project Cars. That gives you a mix of both indie and AAA this month. On Xbox 360 you’re getting Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. Now in terms of value let’s take a look at what each game is worth.
Lovers In A Dangerous Spacetime – $14.99
Project Cars – $29.99
Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge – $9.99
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed – $19.99
Total Value: $75
So for the second month of 2017 you are getting $75 in value in free games with Games With Gold. Now I do want to mention a few things. As always that is only the value of the games digitally as some of these can be obtained cheaper at retail and digital prices are sometimes higher than what you would normally find the games for. It’s a good value overall this month and a nice mix of some good indie games and some AAA as well which I think people enjoy. Now let’s look that PlayStation Plus.
PlayStation Plus Price Values
As usual you get six free games this month with two on PS4, two on PS3, and two on PS Vita. However just like last month several of the games are Cross-Buy which means you actually get 5 games on PS4, two on PS3 and two on PS Vita. On PS4 you are getting LittleBigPlanet 3 and Not A Hero which is a good mix of a good AAA game and good indie game. On PS3 you get both Anna: Extended Edition and Starwhal which is cross-buy with PS4. On the Vita you get Ninja Senki DX which is Cross-Buy with PS4 and TorqueL which is also Cross-Buy with PS4. Now let’s look at the value of them.
LittleBigPlanet 3 – $19.99
Not A Hero – $12.99
Anna: Extended Edition– $9.99
Starwhal – $11.99
Ninja Senki DX – $4.99
TorqueL – $9.99
Total Value – $70
So PlayStation Plus is also giving you good value for the month with $70 worth of free games. For PS4 owners in particular you’re getting a lot as you once again get five games to play which is amazing value. However the other games on PS3 and Vita aren’t particularly great in the value department and might be some of the worst we received yet.
So both services are offering almost the same amount of value but Games With Gold edges out PlayStation Plus this month in this area $75 to $70. This month is even more in favor of Games With Gold as they are offering more value yet two less games. I’d argue that the PS4 games match up with the Xbox One games pretty well but the rest of the PlayStation Plus lineup this month just isn’t worth very much.
Price Value Winner: Games With Gold
Now we have looked at what each service is giving you in terms of money value but are the games any good? In this area we are going to look at how each game was received critically and see which lineup comes out on top. I’ll be using Metacritic to pull the scores from and for multiplatform games I will use the platform that had the most review scores. However for games that only have scores of a PC version I will not use them as PC versions can differ greatly from console versions.
Games With Gold Scores:
Lovers In A Dangerous Spacetime – 82
Project Cars – 83
Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge – 85
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed – 73
Review Average – 81
So looking at the Games With Gold lineup you are getting some pretty good games once again. The game this month average out to a 81 following January 2017 where they had an 80 average. For sure Games With Gold is off to a great start in 2017. You get three games scoring in the low to mid 80’s as Lovers In a Dangerous Spacetime, Project Cars, and Monkey Island 2 were all received very well. The low ball this month comes from Star Wars: The Force Unleashed which has a 73 which brought the average down. That game had some frustrating controls when it released and It’s probably even more frustrating for those who are going to play it in 2017. Props to Microsoft for starting 2017 off with some good games. Now let’s look at PlayStation Plus.
PlayStation Plus Scores
LittleBigPlanet 3 – 79
Not A Hero – 74
Anna: Extended Edition– 75
Starwhal – 78
Ninja Senki DX – 64
TorqueL – 60
Review Average – 72
So the PlayStation Plus lineup comes in with solid not great scores for the second month in 2017. Four of the games scored in the mid to high 70’s which there is nothing wrong with. A 70 or above is a good score. The two Vita games which are also playable on PS4 are the low scores this month with Ninja Senki DX scoring a 64 and TorqueL scoring a 60. In January 2017 the average was 74 and this month PlayStation Plus walks away with a 72 average which is a bit of a slip. You’re still getting some good games but there is plenty of room for improvement.
So when comparing both services Games With Gold blows past PlayStation Plus in February 2017 by a good amount with an average score of 81 to 72. This makes it two months in a row to start 2017 that Games With Gold has been quite a bit better in this area as last month it walked away with a 80-74 victory Now you have to take into account as always that PlayStation Plus is offering six games versus four which has a big impact on that average. Really it’s up to each gamer to look at the lineup themselves and judge it as this here doesn’t really tell the whole story.
Review Score Winner – Games With Gold
Third Round: Game Newness
Once again we will be looking at and comparing how new are the games that each service is offering. Some gamers prefer to get newer games versus older games so we like to look at when each of these games came out and see which is better in this area.
Games With Gold Release Dates:
Lovers In A Dangerous Spacetime – September 9, 2015
Project Cars – May 12, 2015
Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge – July 7, 2010
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed – September 16, 2008
Looking at the Games With Gold lineup you are getting two games released in 2015, one in 2010, and one in 2008. That gives two games that are less than two years old, one game that is almost seven years old and one game that is a little over eight years old.
PlayStation Plus Release Dates:
LittleBigPlanet 3 – November 18, 2014
Not A Hero – February 2, 2016
Anna: Extended Edition– March 31, 2015
Starwhal – February 24, 2015
Ninja Senki DX – February 23, 2016
TorqueL – August 11, 2015
So once again PlayStation Plus is handing out some pretty new games as two of the games are right around a year old, three are less than two years old and one is a little over 2 years old. If you like to get more recent games for free PlayStation Plus doesn’t disappoint in this area.
So comparing both in this area PlayStation Plus is the clear winner when it comes to giving newer games for free. Games With Gold this month gave two games that are anywhere from 6 to 8 years old but PlayStation Plus’s oldest game is LittleBigPlanet 3 on PS4 which just a little over two years old. That makes PlayStation Plus the winner for both months of 2017.
Game Newness Winner – PlayStation Plus
So with a score of 2-1 Games With Gold comes out the winner in February 2017. It beats out PlayStation Plus in both the value and score department. All of this doesn’t really mean anything though and as always it’s up to each gamer to decide which lineup is better to them. You may not like certain game genres and such so you may like the games on PlayStation Plus this month more or vice versa. Be sure to come back next month to see what each service is offering in March and how they stack up.