October 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 eight months of this year have seen PlayStation Plus leading Games With Gold with a 6-2-1 right now. Can Games with Gold close the gap in October? Let’s find out.
Games With Gold Price Values
Games With Gold in October 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 Gone Home and The Turing Test. On Xbox 360 you’re getting Rayman 3 HD and Medal of Honor: Airborne. Now in terms of value let’s take a look at what each game is worth.
Gone Home – $19.99
The Turing Test – $19.99
Rayman 3 HD – $9.99
Medal of Honor: Airborne – $19.99
Total Value: $70
So for the tenth month of 2017 you are getting right at $70 in value in free games with Games With Gold. We don’t have a title this month that generates more value than the others as three of the four games are all valued at $20 while Rayman gives you $10 of value. It’s not one of the highest valued months of 2017 but at $70 you still are getting your money’s worth. 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 That’s You and RIGS for PlayStation VR are still in the lineup for those who haven’t grabbed them yet or those who may just be signing up for the service. On the PS4 this month you are getting Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and Amnesia Collection. On the PS3 both Monster Jam: Battlegrounds and Hustle Kings are free. Finally on the Vita both Hue and Sky Force Anniversary are free and both are Cross-Buy with the PS4 giving you two more PS4 games. Sky Force Anniversary is also Cross-Buy with PS3 giving you three PS3 games. Now let’s look at the values.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain – $19.99
Amnesia Collection – $29.99
RIGS: Mechanized Combat League – $29.99
That’s You – $19.99
Monster Jam: Battlegrounds – $9.99
Hustle Kings – $9.99
Hue – $14.99
Sky Force Anniversary – $9.99
Total Value: $145
So PlayStation Plus in October is giving you $145 worth of free games if you still count That’s You and RIGS. Even if you take those two out since they have been in the lineup that past couple months you would still have $95 in value. The biggest contributors are RIGS and Amnesia Collection with both having $30 of value. Metal Gear Solid V and That’s You are both $20 values and Hue is $15 of value. All the rest are valued at $10 giving you a nice spread of valued games.
So when looking at the value of both services in October PlayStation Plus beats Games with Gold again with a $145-70 comparison. That’s over double the value you get with the PlayStation Plus lineup this month which is pretty incredible. 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.
Gone Home – 85
The Turing Test – 80
Rayman 3 HD – 69
Medal of Honor: Airborne – 73
Review Average – 77
So looking at the Games with Gold lineup it is a little bit lower than last month but still respectable with a 77 average. The Xbox One titles lead the charge with Gone Home having an 85 and The Turing Test having an 80. The Xbox 360 titles drag the average down a little bit with Rayman 3 HD having a 69 and Medal of Honor: Airborne having a 73. Overall a pretty good month with all of the games having good to great scores. Now let’s look at PlayStation Plus.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain – 93
Amnesia Collection – 78
RIGS: Mechanized Combat League – 78
That’s You – 70
Monster Jam: Battlegrounds – ?
Hustle Kings – 81
Hue – 77
Sky Force Anniversary – 77
Review Average – 79
PlayStation Plus in October comes in with a 79 average if you count all the titles or an 81 if you only count the October games.Either way this is the highest average PlayStation Plus has had in 2017. I have to mention that there are no reviews for Monster Jam: Battlegrounds so it was not factored into the average. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is a big reason for the high average as it is one of the highest rated games of the generation with a 93. The Amnesia Collection has a 78 as does RIGS for the PlayStation VR. Hustle Kings has an 81 and Hue and Sky Force Anniversary have a 77. That’s You is the lowest rated of the bunch with a 70. This is probably the best lineup of games across all three platforms that we have seen in awhile. The current scores by month of 2017 for PlayStation Plus are as follows: 74, 72, 76, 63, 70, 71, 73, 74, 75 and now a 79.
When comparing both PlayStation Plus walks away with a 2 point win in this area this month. This is even more impressive seeing how PlayStation Plus has more games in the lineup meaning the average usually has a greater chance of being lower. 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.
Gone Home – January 16, 2016
The Turing Test – August 20, 2016
Rayman 3 HD – March 21, 2012
Medal of Honor: Airborne – September 4, 2007
Looking at the Games With Gold lineup you are getting Gone Home which is almost two years old, The Turing Test which is just over a year old, Rayman 3 HD which is five and half years old and Medal of Honor: Airborne that is over ten years old. Now let’s look at the Plus lineup.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain – September 1, 2015
Amnesia Collection – November 22, 2016
RIGS: Mechanized Combat League – October 13, 2016
That’s You – July 4, 2017
Monster Jam: Battlegrounds – July 14, 2015
Hustle Kings – January 28, 2010
Hue – August 30, 2016
Sky Force Anniversary – September 6, 2016
Looking at the PlayStation Plus lineup you are getting Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain that is two years old and Amnesia Collection that is less than a year old. RIGS is less than a year old and That’s You is three months old. Monster Jam Battlegrounds is a little over two years old and Hustle Kings is almost seven years old. Hue and Sky Force Anniversary are both just over a year old.
When comparing both lineups I think PlayStation Plus continues to give the newer games. PlayStation Plus has five games that are either a year old or less than a year old. Two titles are two years old and the oldest is seven years old. Games With Gold only has one title that is less than a year old and one of their games is over ten 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 ten months in 2017.
Game Newness Winner – PlayStation Plus
So in October 2017 PlayStation Plus comes out as the overall winner with a 3-0 win over Games with Gold in the compared areas. PlayStation Plus has more value, better scored games and newer games in their lineup compared to Games With Gold in October. 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