October is here and now that both Microsoft and Sony have announced their free games lineup for the month, 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 critics, 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 October? Let’s find out.
Games With Gold Price Values
Games with Gold is offering four titles as always with two on Xbox One and two on Xbox 360. Overcooked and Victor Vran are your free Xbox One games this month. Stuntman Ignition and Hitman: Blood Money are your free Xbox 360 games. As always you can play the Xbox 360 games on your Xbox One thanks to backward compatibility. Now let’s look at what the games are worth.
Overcooked – $16.99
Victor Vran – $19.99
Stuntman Ignition – $14.99
Hitman: Blood Money – $19.99
Total Value: $72
So looking at the lineup you get $72 worth of free games in October. All of the games are around the same value hovering around the $20 price. Now let’s look at the PlayStation Plus lineup.
PlayStation Plus Price Values
In October, PlayStation Plus members are getting 6 games for free. On the PlayStation 4, you are getting both Laser League and Friday the 13th: The Game. On the PlayStation 3, both Master Reboot and The Bridge are free with The Bridge being Cross-Buy on PS4 and PS Vita as well. Rocketbirds 2: Evolution and 2064: Read Only Memories are the free Vita games and round out the lineup. Both of those Vita games are also Cross-Buy on the PS4. Now let’s look at the price values.
Friday the 13th: The Game – $39.99
Laser League – $14.99
The Bridge – $9.99
Master Reboot – $6.99
Rocketbirds 2: Evolution – $9.99
2064: Read Only Memories – $19.99
Total Value: $102
So for the tenth month of 2018 you are getting a total of $102 in value. Friday the 13th: The Game is the highest this month as a $40 game but several of the others are in the $10 to $20 range as well. Overall not a bad month on the value side.
So when comparing both lineups, PlayStation Plus wins with a $102-$72 difference. Regardless, you’re getting more value this month on both services than what a year of membership costs so it’s a win for both services.
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
Overcooked – 78
Victor Vran – 79
Stuntman Ignition – 75
Hitman: Blood Money – 82
Review Average – 78
So looking at the Games with Gold lineup you end up with an 78 average score between the titles which is three points higher than the average last month. All of the games scored pretty well with the scores being between a mid 7 and an 8. Overall, you’re getting some good titles on Games with Gold in October. Now let’s look at the PlayStation Plus lineup.
PlayStation Plus Scores:
Friday the 13th: The Game – 61
Laser League – 82
The Bridge – 76
Master Reboot – 62
Rocketbirds 2: Evolution – 67
2064: Read Only Memories – 76
Review Average – 71
So looking at the PlayStation Plus lineup you end up with a 71 average which which is down from the 75 average the lineup had in September. The whole lineup is kind of mixed in October with several games scoring in the 6 range while others had a high 7 or a low 8. Overall it’s a pretty solid lineup of games and I’m sure you can find something in there to enjoy.
So when comparing both lineups in October Games with Gold comes out better with a 78-71 win. In this area Games with Gold usually has an advantage regardless due to there being more games on PlayStation Plus which usually results in a lower average. The same can be said in the value category however. Either way both lineups offer some good games this month and it’s up to the gamer to decide which games look more interesting 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.
Overcooked – August 2, 2016
Victor Vran – May 30, 2017
Stuntman Ignition – August 28, 2007
Hitman: Blood Money – May 30, 2006
So looking at the Games with Gold lineup we have one title a little over a year old, one title over two years old, one title over eleven years old, and one title over twelve years old. Now let’s look at the PlayStation Plus lineup.
Friday the 13th: The Game – May 26, 2017
Laser League – May 10, 2018
The Bridge – August 18, 2015
Master Reboot – March 4, 2014
Rocketbirds 2: Evolution – April 26, 2016
2064: Read Only Memories – January 17, 2017
Looking at the PlayStation Plus lineup, you have one game that released five months ago, two games around a year and a half old, one game that is a little over two years old, one game that is three years old and one game that is over four years old.
So when comparing both lineups PlayStation Plus comes out as the winner. The PlayStation Plus lineup doesn’t only have a game that released this year but also no games that are more than four years old. Games with Gold has two titles that are over a decade old at this point. 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.
Game Newness Winner – PlayStation Plus
So for the tenth 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 wins in the Value and Game Newness categories while Games with Gold won in the Score category. 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 October.
Overall Winner: PlayStation Plus