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PlayStation Plus vs. Games With Gold – Which Is Better? February 2018 Edition

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February 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. Which is better in February? Let’s find out.

Games With Gold Price Values

Games With Gold in February 2018 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 Shadow Warrior and Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India. On Xbox 360 you’re getting Split Second and Crazy Taxi. Now in terms of value let’s take a look at what each game is worth.

Shadow Warrior – $29.99

Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India – $9.99

Split Second – $19.99

Crazy Taxi – $9.99

Total Value: $70

So for the second month of 2018 you are getting $70 in value in free games with Games With Gold. Shadow Warrior is the biggest value here being a $30 game. Overall though it’s one of the lower valuable months for Games with Gold that we’ve seen. Now let’s look at the PlayStation Plus lineup.

PlayStation Plus Price Values

RiME – $29.99

Knack – $19.99

Spleunker HD – $9.99

Mugen Souls Z – $19.99

Exiles End – $9.99

Grand Kingdom – $29.99, $39.99 on PS4

Total Value: $160

So for the second month of 2018 you are getting a whopping $160 in value. This is easily one of the most valuable months for PlayStation Plus ever. Now normally I don’t list Cross-Buy games as contributing separate values. However, Grand Kingdom isn’t Cross-Buy thus you are essentially getting two different games so It’s only right to include both versions in the total value.

So when comparing both services in the Value category PlayStation Plus easily wins this month with a $160-$70 difference. Both services continue to give you more in a single month than you pay for a whole year though so still not too bad.

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.

Shadow Warrior – 70

Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India – 63

Split Second – 82

Crazy Taxi – 59

Review Average – 68

So looking at the Games with Gold lineup you end up with a 68 average which isn’t great. The overall lineup is on the weak side as Shadow Warrior has a 70 while AC Chronicles India has a 63. Crazy Taxi is the worst of the bunch with a 59 while Split Second helps bring the average up with an 82. Overall not a great month as at least critically most of these games weren’t considered great. Now let’s look at the PlayStation Plus lineup.

RiME – 80

Knack – 54

Spelunker HD – 56

Mugen Souls Z – 57

Exiles End – 63

Grand Kingdom – 78

Review Average – 65

So looking at the PlayStation Plus lineup you end up with a 65 average which just like the Games with Gold lineup isn’t great. It’s a shame too as there are some good games in the lineup this month but the PS3 games really drag the average down and of course Knack being included didn’t help either. Rime and Grand Kingdom are the best of the bunch with a 80 and 78 respectively. Then you have Exiles End with a 63. The last three games: Mugen Souls Z, Spelunker HD, and Knack are scored in the 50’s with a 57, 56, and 54. Overall some good games but some pretty mediocre ones as well.

So looking at both lineups Games with Gold wins this month with a 3 point win. Neither lineup is really great outside maybe one or two games in both lineups but again it’s up to each individual to decide what games appeal more to them.

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.

Shadow Warrior – October 21, 2014

Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India – January 12, 2016

Split Second – May 18, 2010

Crazy Taxi – November 24, 2010

Looking at the lineup you have games ranging from the following years old: three years, two years, eight years and eight years. Now let’s look at the PlayStation Plus lineup.

RiME – May 26, 2017

Knack – November 13, 2013

Spelunker HD – November 23, 2010

Mugen Souls Z – May 20, 2014

Exiles End – October 25, 2016

Grand Kingdom – June 21, 2016

Looking at the lineup you have games ranging from less than a year up to seven years. One title is less than a year old, two titles are around two years old, two titles are around four years old and one title is around seven years old.

So when comparing both lineups PlayStation Plus again seems to give more recent games. RiME isn’t even a year old yet and they only have one title that is seven years old. Games with Gold’s newest title is two years old and they have two games that are seven and close to eight 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

Game Newness Winner – PlayStation Plus

So for the second month of 2018 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 February.

Overall Winner: PlayStation Plus

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Justin Oneil
One of Head Writers and PR here on ThisGenGaming.com. I've been playing games for over 20 years now and play everything from AAA blockbusters to Indie games. You can find me on all the current consoles and on my twitter account.
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Justin Oneil

One of Head Writers and PR here on ThisGenGaming.com. I've been playing games for over 20 years now and play everything from AAA blockbusters to Indie games. You can find me on all the current consoles and on my twitter account.