April 2017 is almost 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 games 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. Our previous three months of this year have seen PlayStation Plus with the 2-1 lead right now. Can Games With Gold tie it up in April? Let’s compare.
Games With Gold Price Values
Games With Gold in April 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 Ryse: Son of Rome and The Walking Dead: Season 2. That gives you a a great Telltale game and a AAA game once again this month. On Xbox 360 you’re getting Darksiders and Assassin’s Creed: Revelations. Now in terms of value let’s take a look at what each game is worth.
Ryse: Son of Rome – $19.99
The Walking Dead: Season 2 – $24.99
Darksiders – $19.99
Assassin’s Creed Revelations – $19.99
Total Value: $85
So for the fourth month of 2017 you are getting right at $85 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. Now if you don’t like indie games this is a pretty good month as you are getting 3 AAA titles and a pretty good Telltale game that I don’t consider as an indie game. Now lets look at 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. Now April is returning to that Cross Buy trend that Sony likes to do sometimes with both of the Vita titles being Cross Buy on PS4 so you get four total free games on PS4 this month. On PS4 you get the brand new arena shooter from David Jaffe, Drawn to Death as well as the co op game Lovers In A Dangerous Spacetime. On PS3 you get Alien Rage and Invizimals: The Lost Kingdom and on Vita you get 10 Second Ninja X and Curses ‘n Chaos. Now let’s look at the values.
Drawn to Death – $19.99
Lovers In A Dangerous Spacetime– $14.99
Alien Rage – $14.99
Invizimals: The Lost Kingdom – $14.99
Curses ‘n Chaos – $9.99
10 Second Ninja X – $9.99
Total Value: $85
So PlayStation Plus in April is giving you $85 worth of free games. This is a good month but only about half the value of what we got for free in March. The most valuable game here is the brand new Drawn to Death game and then followed by some $15 games and the $10 Vita games. None of these games are available at retail either so this really is $85 worth of value this month.
So when looking at the value of both services in April you are getting a tie with both offering $85 worth of free games. To me it’s hard to complain about this for either one as you are still getting more value in one month then what you pay for the full year.
Price Value Winner: Tie
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:
Ryse: Son of Rome – 60
The Walking Dead: Season 2 – 78
Darksiders – 83
Assassin’s Creed Revelations – 80
Review Average – 75
So looking at the Games with Gold lineup you are getting some pretty good games once again this month but a bit lower then some other months this year due to one game. While both of the Xbox 360 games scored in the low 80’s and Walking Dead was a high 70 the one game that drags the average down this month is Ryse: Son of Rome. Now a lot of people have been asking for this one but this game was not received well when it launched with the Xbox One back in 2013 with it ending up with a 60 average. Still a 75 average overall is good and right in line with what you usually see every month. Now lets look at PlayStation Plus.
PlayStation Plus Scores
Drawn to Death – 54
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime – 82
Alien Rage– 46
Invizimals: The Lost Kingdom – 50
10 Second Ninja X – 76
Curses ‘n Chaos – 70
Review Average – 63
PlayStation Plus in April comes in with maybe one of the worst review averages for the service yet ending up at a 63. Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime on PS4 is the gem this month with a 82 average and the Vita games are OK too with one in the high 70’s and another in the low 70’s. It’s really the PS3 games this month that ruin the whole thing with Alien Rage having a 46 and Invizimals having a 50. Both of those are some of the worst games we’ve seen offered for free and really disappointing to see. The brand new Drawn to Death also didn’t get great scores ending up with a 54. The first three months of the year saw PlayStation Plus with a 74, 72, and 76 average so this is the worst of the year so far for sure due to the poor PS3 games and Drawn to Death.
When comparing both, Games With Gold walks away with a 12 point win in this area this month. It always is a little bit unfair in this area for PS+ as there are more games in their lineup which usually ends up with a better chance of hurting the average. The same can be said about Games With Gold in the value area though as PS+ has more games so the value has a better chance of being higher. Last month Games with Gold won with a 79-76 where this month the poor PS3 games give Games With Gold a much bigger victory. As always it is up to the gamer to decide how much they like each game.
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:
Ryse: Son of Rome – November 22, 2013
The Walking Dead: Season 2 – October 21, 2014
Darksiders – January 10, 2010
Assassin’s Creed Revelations – November 15, 2011
Looking at the Games With Gold lineup you are getting one game that released with the Xbox One in November 2013, one game in late 2014, one game in early 2010 and one game in late 2011.
PlayStation Plus Release Dates:
Drawn to Death – April 4, 2017
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime – February 9, 2016
Alien Rage – October 22, 2013
Invizimals: The Lost Kingdom – September 30, 2014
10 Second Ninja X – July 19, 2016
Curses ‘n Chaos – August 18, 2015
So once again PlayStation Plus stays consistent with offering fairly newer games for free. One game is brand new, two games are less or just barely over a year old, one game is less than two years old, one game is around two and half years old and one game is around three and a half years old.
So comparing both in this area PlayStation Plus is the clear winner once again when it comes to giving newer games for free. You are once again getting a brand new day 1 title and the oldest game is around three and a half years old. On Games with Gold you have two games that are around six or more years old. Again this area might not mean anything to you but some gamers like getting newer games for free and PlayStation Plus continues to be the leader in this area having won all four months of this year.
Game Newness Winner – PlayStation Plus
So in April 2017 we have a tie as both PlayStation Plus and Games with Gold offer the same value and each of them won one of the other two rounds. 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 genres or you may have already played some of the games thus making a lineup less appealing to you. I personally have played everything on Games with Gold this month but have only played one of the PlayStation Plus games so I’m looking forward more to that lineup. Be sure to let us know in the comments which lineup you like better in April.
Overall Winner: Tie