December 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 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 eleven months of this year have seen PlayStation Plus leading Games With Gold with a 8-2-1 right now. Which is better in December? Let’s find out.
Games With Gold Price Values
Games With Gold in December 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 Warhammer The End Times: Vermintide and Back to the Future: The Game. On Xbox 360 you’re getting Child of Eden and Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death. Now in terms of value let’s take a look at what each game is worth.
Warhammer The End Times: Vermintide – $39.99
Back to the Future: The Game – $19.99
Child of Eden – $29.99
Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death – $14.99
Total Value: $105
So for the final month of 2017 you are getting $105 in value in free games with Games With Gold. Warhammer and Child of Eden are the biggest contributors this month. With $105 in value December matches the same value that you got in November which was one of the better months of 2017. Now let’s look at the PlayStation Plus lineup.
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. In addition Sony is still offering a bonus VR game for free. On the PS4 this month you are getting Darksiders 2: Deathinitive Edition and Kung Fu Panda: Showdown of Legendary Legends. On the PS3 both Syberia Collection and Xblaze Lost: Memories are free. Finally on the Vita both Forma.8 and Wanted Corp are free with Forma.8 being Cross-Buy with the PS4. Also if you haven’t grabbed the bonus VR game, Until Dawn: Rush of Blood, it is still free. Now let’s look at the values.
Darksiders 2: Deathinitive Edition – $29.99
Kung Fu Panda: Showdown of Legendary Legends– $9.99
Syberia Collection – $29.99
Xblaze Lost: Memories – $39.99
Forma.8 – $9.99
Wanted Corp – $11.99
Total Value: $132
So PlayStation Plus in December is giving you $132 worth of free games. All of the titles this month range from $40 in value down to $10 in value. It’s one of the best months of the year for value. It’s also of of the best months in terms of value on the PS4 front with those two titles contributing $70 of value. Also I didn’t include the bonus game this month since it was factored in last month but if you haven’t grabbed it yet or are new to the service then you are getting even more value.
So when looking at the value of both services in December, PlayStation Plus beats Games with Gold again with a $132-105 comparison. 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.
Warhammer The End Times: Vermintide – 73
Back to the Future: The Game – 66
Child of Eden – 84
Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death – 66
Review Average – 72
So looking at the Games with Gold lineup it comes in with a 72 average. To be honest most of the titles this month delivered pretty low scores but one of them really helped bring the average up. Back to the Future and marlow Briggs both have a 66 while Warhammer Vermintide has a 73. Child of Eden is the best of the bunch with an 84 which really did help the overall average. Now let’s look at PlayStation Plus.
Darksiders 2: Deathinitive Edition – 72
Kung Fu Panda: Showdown of Legendary Legends – 63
Syberia Collection – 60
Xblaze Lost: Memories – 63
Forma.8 – 78
Wanted Corp – 59
Review Average – 66
PlayStation Plus in November comes in with a 66 average. Looking at the full lineup this is one of the lowest in terms of scores of 2017. There were only two games with scores in the 70’s with pretty much everything else scoring in the 60’s. The current scores by month of 2017 for PlayStation Plus are as follows: 74, 72, 76, 63, 70, 71, 73, 74, 75, 79, 72 and now a 66. It’s a disappointing way to end 2017 but there are a couple good games here worth checking out.
When comparing both services, Games with Gold takes it with a 6 point win in this area this month. 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.
Warhammer The End Times: Vermintide – October 4, 2016
Back to the Future: The Game – October 13, 2015
Child of Eden – June 14, 2011
Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death – September 20, 2013
Looking at the lineup you have games ranging from the following years old: one year, two years, six years, and four years. Now let’s look at the PlayStation Plus lineup.
Darksiders 2: Deathinitive Edition – October 30, 2015
Kung Fu Panda: Showdown of Legendary Legends – December 1, 2015
Syberia Collection – October 27, 2015
Xblaze Lost: Memories – August 11, 2015
Forma.8 – February 23, 2017
Wanted Corp – November 17, 2016
Looking at the Plus lineup you have one game that is less than a year old, one game that is a year old, and everything else is two years old.
When comparing both lineups I think PlayStation Plus continues to give the newer games. PlayStation Plus has two games that are exactly a year or less than a year old. Everything else is at the most two years old. Games with Gold meanwhile has one one year old game and everything else is either two, four, or six years old. 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 twelve months in 2017.
Game Newness Winner – PlayStation Plus
So in the final month of 2017 PlayStation Plus comes out as the overall winner with a 2-1 win over Games with Gold in the compared areas. PlayStation Plus has more value and newer games in their lineup compared to Games With Gold which has the better scored games. 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 December.
Overall Winner: PlayStation Plus