November 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 ten months of this year have seen PlayStation Plus leading Games With Gold with a 7-2-1 right now. Which is better in November? Let’s find out.
Games With Gold Price Values
Games With Gold in November 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 Trackmania Turbo and Tales From the Borderlands. On Xbox 360 you’re getting Nights: Into Dreams and Deadfall Adventures. Now in terms of value let’s take a look at what each game is worth.
Trackmania Turbo – $39.99
Tales From the Borderlands – $14.99
Nights: Into Dreams – $9.99
Deadfall Adventures – $39.99
Total Value: $105
So for the eleventh month of 2017 you are getting $105 in value in free games with Games With Gold. Both Trackmania Turbo and Deadfall Adventures are the biggest contributors here with each being a $40 game. However both are clearly overpriced titles digitally. Overall though just looking at the number value it’s one of the highest of 2017 on Games with Gold. 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 offering another bonus game for those who have a PlayStation VR headset. On the PS4 this month you are getting Worms: Battlegrounds and Bound. On the PS3 both R-type: Dimensions and Rag Doll Kung Fu: Fists of Plastic are free. Finally on the Vita both Dungeon Punks and Broken Sword 5: The Serpent’s Curse (Episodes 1 & 2) with Dungeon Punks being Cross-Buy with the PS4. The bonus game is Until Dawn: Rush of Blood for the PlayStation VR. Now let’s look at the values.
Worms: Battlegrounds – $24.99
Until Dawn: Rush of Blood – $19.99
R-type: Dimensions – $9.99
Rag Doll Kung Fu: Fists of Plastic – $9.99
Broken Sword 5: The Serpent’s Curse (Episode 1 & 2)– $24.99
Dungeon Punks – $14.99
Total Value: $125
So PlayStation Plus in November is giving you $125 worth of free games. All of the titles this month range from $25 in value down to $10 in value. Overall it’s yet another month where you are getting double the value of what a year of PlayStation Plus costs.
So when looking at the value of both services in November PlayStation Plus beats Games with Gold again with a $125-105 comparison. The bonus VR game Sony is offering is the difference this month otherwise both would be giving you the exact same value. 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.
Trackmania Turbo – 81
Tales From the Borderlands – 86
Nights: Into Dreams – 72
Deadfall Adventures – 43
Review Average – 70
So looking at the Games with Gold lineup it is one of their lowest of 2017 with a 70 average. The Xbox One titles are actually very good with Trackmania Turbo having an 81 and Tales From the Borderlands having an 86. It’s the Xbox 360 titles this month that really drag the average down with Nights: Into Dreams having a 72 and Deadfall Adventures having an atrocious 43. Now let’s look at PlayStation Plus.
Worms: Battlegrounds – 71
Bound – 71
Until Dawn: Rush of Blood – 72
R-type: Dimensions – 82
Rag Doll Kung Fu: Fists of Plastic – 68
Broken Sword 5: The Serpent’s Curse (Episode 1 & 2) – 72
Dungeon Punks – 71
Review Average – 72
PlayStation Plus in November comes in with a 72 average. Looking at the full lineup they all pretty much have the same scores which is why you got a 72 average. Two games have a 72, three have a 71, one has an 82, and the lowest has a 68. The current scores by month of 2017 for PlayStation Plus are as follows: 74, 72, 76, 63, 70, 71, 73, 74, 75, 79 and a 72.
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.
Trackmania Turbo – March 22, 2016
Tales From the Borderlands – October 20, 2015
Nights: Into Dreams – October 5, 2012
Deadfall Adventures – November 15, 2013
Looking at the Games with Gold lineup you have Trackmania Turbo that is around a year and a half old and Tales From the Borderlands that is two years old. Nights is five years old and Deadfall Adventures is four years old. Now let’s look at the Plus lineup.
Worms: Battlegrounds – June 3, 2014
Bound – August 16, 2016
Until Dawn: Rush of Blood – October 13, 2016
R-type: Dimensions – May 20, 2014
Rag Doll Kung Fu: Fists of Plastic – April 9, 2009
Broken Sword 5: The Serpent’s Curse (Episode 1 & 2) – May 6, 2014
Dungeon Punks – August 16, 2016
Looking at the PlayStation Plus lineup you have three games that are a year old, three that are three years old and one that is seven years old.
When comparing both lineups I think PlayStation Plus continues to give the newer games. PlayStation Plus has three games that are only a year old and three more that are only three years old. Games with Gold has one game that is a year and a half old and the others are two, four, and five 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 eleven months in 2017.
Game Newness Winner – PlayStation Plus
So in November 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 this month. 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 November.
Overall Winner: PlayStation Plus