July 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 them 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 six months of this year have seen PlayStation Plus leading Games With Gold with a 3-2-1 right now. Can Games with Gold tie it up in July or is PlayStation Plus going to stretch the lead?
Games With Gold Price Values
Games With Gold in July 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 Grow Up and Runbow. On Xbox 360 you’re getting Kane & Lynch 2 and Lego Pirates of the Caribbean. Now in terms of value let’s take a look at what each game is worth.
Grow Up – $9.99
Runbow – $14.99
Kane & Lynch 2– $14.99
Lego Pirates of the Caribbean – $19.99
Total Value: $60
So for the seventh month of 2017 you are getting right at $60 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. Overall though it’s a pretty weak month for value on Games with Gold in July. Now let’s looks at the PlayStation Plus values.
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 one of the Vita games is Cross-Buy with PS4 so you get three games. Then there is a bonus game for PS4 players as well so in total you get four free games on PS4 this month. On PS4 you get Until Dawn and Telltale’s Game of Thrones as well as That’s You. On PS3 both Tokyo Jungle and Darkstalkers Resurrection are free and on Vita both Element4l and Don’t Die Mr. Robot are free with Mr. Robot being Cross-Buy on PS4. Now let’s look at the values.
Until Dawn – $19.99
Telltale’s Game of Thrones – $19.99
That’s You – $19.99
Tokyo Jungle – $14.99
Darkstalkers Resurrection – $14.99
Element4l – $9.99
Don’t Die Mr. Robot – $3.99
Total Value: $104
So PlayStation Plus in July is giving you $104 worth of free games. This is another incredible month for value for Plus members as you are getting a total of seven games with over $100 in value. The biggest contributors here are the three $20 PS4 titles while the Vita offerings are actually on the weak side of things. Still this is one of the best month’s this year for sure.
So when looking at the value of both services in July PlayStation Plus blows Games with Gold away with a $104-$60 win comparison. The three main PS4 titles are worth as much as the entire Gold Lineup. Once again both are still giving you more than what you pay a year for the services so you’re getting good value regardless.
Price Value Winner: PlayStation Plus
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:
Grow Up – 70
Runbow – ?
Kane & Lynch 2 – 63
Lego Pirates of the Caribbean – 73
Review Average – 69
So looking at the Games with Gold lineup it actually is maybe one of the worst scoring lineups we’ve seen in some time. One game is in the low 60’s while two others are in the low 70’s. Runbow has yet to release on Xbox One so I can’t include a score here yet but once some reviews arrive I’ll come back and update this. For now though with a 69 average for July this is a somewhat letdown month for the quality of free games. Now let’s look at PlayStation Plus.
PlayStation Plus Scores
Until Dawn – 79
Telltale’s Game of Thrones – 69
That’s You – ?
Tokyo Jungle – 74
Darkstalkers Resurrection – 80
Element4l – 62
Don’t Die Mr. Robot – 76
Review Average – 73
PlayStation Plus in July comes in with a 73 average overall which is a good score. Overall most of the games scored pretty highly with one game in the 80’s, two in the high 70’s, one in the low 70’s and one in the low 60’s. That’s You has yet to release so I will have to come back and update this when some reviews for that arrive. So far this year PS+ has had a 74, 72, 76, 63, 70, 71, and now a 73 for July. The average can be a little misleading though as half of the games this month scored much higher than the average.
When comparing both, PlayStation walks away with a 4 point win in this area this month. It always is a little bit unfair in this area for PlayStation Plus though as they typically have two more games than Games with Gold does and that means the average is always factored different. 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. As always it is up to the gamer to decide how much they like each game.
Review Score Winner – PlayStation Plus
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:
Grow Up – August 16, 2016
Runbow – July 16, 2017
Kane & Lynch 2 – August 17, 2010
Lego Pirates of the Caribbean – May 10, 2011
Looking at the Games With Gold lineup you are getting a brand new game in Runbow, Grow Up which is almost a year old, Kane & Lynch 2 that is almost seven years old and Lego Pirates of the Caribbean that is around six years old. Now let’s look at PlayStation Plus.
Until Dawn – August 25, 2015
Telltale’ Game of Thrones – November 17, 2015
That’s You – July 4, 2017
Tokyo Jungle – September 15, 2012
Darkstalkers Resurrection – March 12, 2013
Element4l – April 7, 2015
Don’t Die Mr. Robot – October 29, 2014
Looking at the PS+ lineup you are getting That’s You which is brand new, Until Dawn that is almost two years old, Game of Thrones that is around a year and a half old, Tokyo Jungle that is almost five years old, Darkstalkers that four years old, Element4l that is two years old and Don’t Die Mr. Robot that is almost three years old.
When comparing both lineups I think PlayStation Plus continues to give the newer games. Both are giving you a brand new game but Games with Gold has two games that are six and seven years old while PlayStation Plus has nothing that is older than five years old and most of them are two or less. Again this area might not mean anything to you but some gamers like getting newer games for free as there is a lesser chance that they have played them. PlayStation Plus continues to be the leader in this area having won all seven months in 2017.
Game Newness Winner – PlayStation Plus
So in July 2017 PlayStation Plus comes out as the overall winner with a 3-0 win over Games with Gold in the compared areas. PS+ has better value, better scored games, and newer games than the competition in July. All of this doesn’t really mean anything though and as always it’s up to each gamer to decide which lineup is better for their individual tastes. Be sure to let us know in the comments which lineup you like better in July.
Overall Winner: PlayStation Plus