Sony announced their PlayStation Plus free games lineup earlier today and as usual people are unhappy with the results. This month on PS4 Plus members get the brand new Dead Star plus Zombi which was originally a Wii U launch title from Ubisoft. The game finally made it’s way to PS4 and Xbox One late last year. On PS3 both I Am Alive and Savage Moon are free. Finally on the Vita members get the brand new A Virus Named Tom and Shutshimi which is also free on PS4 since it is Cross-Buy. I personally look at this lineup and say there is no reason to be angry.
Many people are comparing the free PlayStation Plus game to the Games With Gold over on the Xbox One. Yes they are getting Sunset Overdrive for free this month but let’s not act like they have been getting the better games. Just a few months ago they were getting games like Zheroes which has a 57 on Metacritic and was pretty broken for a good while. Knight Squad, Lords of the Fallen, and Sherlock Holmes were also just ok games and nothing special. But all of a sudden they get Sunset Overdrive for free and Microsoft is the good guys? By the way you can go buy a copy of Sunset Overdrive for $10 new so it’s not like you’re getting a really valuable game cost wise.
Looking at the PlayStation Plus side a common complain I see month after month is that people want retail/AAA games on PlayStation Plus for PS4. Well you got one this month with Zombi yet people are still complaining. I guess because it isn’t the game they wanted but you can’t say Sony didn’t give you what you asked for. Whether you like it or not Zombi is a AAA game. It was made by Ubisoft and was a $60 Wii U launch title. It came out on PS4 and Xbox One for a cheaper price but it’s still a AAA game. Is it a great AAA game? That is debatable but the AAA games on Games with Gold haven’t been great either for the most part. Thief, Lords of the Fallen, and Sherlock Holmes are all average games so it’s pretty even here. I even had someone argue with me that Zombi doesn’t count as retail because it didn’t get a retail copy in North America. That argument doesn’t hold up because I can go and purchase a physical copy of Zombi on the internet right now and put it in my PS4 and play it. That means it is retail. Zombi has a 71 metacritic score and a 77 on Wii U. To compare that to some of the recent retail GWG on Xbox: Theif has a 67, Lords of the Fallen has a 68 and Sherlock Holmes has a 73. Looks like we got just a good a retail game as some of their recent ones have been.
Looking at the rest of the lineup you are getting 2 brand new Day 1 releases on PlayStation Plus in April. Dead Star is a multiplayer game for up to 20 players made by former Metroid Prime developers. A Virus Named Tom I don’t know much about but hey it’s brand new and it’s free. On the PS3 side you get Savage Moon which was one of the best tower defense games on the PS3 and has some great visuals as well. I Am Alive is yet another Ubisoft game that is getting some negativity this month. People are upset that it is in the lineup this month when it was free for a day last month. This is because someone at Sony messed up and listed it free instead of Super Stardust HD and a lot of people grabbed it. However, at that time Sony had probably already made the deal for I Am Alive to be free in April as these things are done well ahead of time. It’s not like Sony could just ditch including I Am Alive for a whole month because someone screwed up and made it free for a couple days.
The last free game Shutshimi is a pretty fun shmup that is free on both the Vita and PS4. I played it quite a bit on PS4 last year and thought it was pretty cool. Overall could the PlayStation Plus lineup be better? Yes it could as both services could be. I don’t think it is fair to bring the backwards compatible games into the argument when comparing Plus and Gold however as PS4 doesn’t offer backwards compatibility. In my opinion people got what they were asking for with Zombi when they asked for a retail/AAA game. Yes it isn’t the best one to choose but it is progress and who knows we may get another one next month. I also think people need to try the free games before they call them trash as most haven’t even tried Dead Star yet. I seen many people calling Broforce trash last month only to see the same people come back and say it was pretty fun after they tried it. Who knows you may sink a lot of hours into the online matches in Dead Star.
Those are my thoughts on why the hate towards PlayStation Plus this month are unwarranted. Do you agree with my statements? What do you think of the lineup this month? Tell us in the comments below.