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

August 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 August? 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. Forza Horizon 2 and For Honor are your free Xbox One games this month. Dead Space 3 and Disney’s Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two 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.

Forza Horizon 2 – $19.99

For Honor – $59.99

Dead Space 3 – $19.99

Disney’s Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two – $19.99

Total Value: $120

So looking at the lineup you get $120 worth of free games in August. This is a big step up from some of the recent months. All of the titles this month are valued at $20 except For Honor which still carries a $60 price tag digitally. Regardless, it’s great to see a good month for Games with Gold finally in this department. Now let’s look at the PlayStation Plus lineup.

PlayStation Plus Price Values

In August, PlayStation Plus members are getting 8 games for free. On the PlayStation 4, we are getting Mafia III and Dead by Daylight. In addition, both Knowledge is Power and Here they Lie are also free. On the PlayStation 3, both Bound by Flame and Serious Sam 3 are free. Draw Slasher and Space Hulk are the free Vita games and round out the lineup. Now let’s look at the price values.

Mafia III – $39.99

Dead by Daylight – $29.99

Here They Lie – $19.99

Knowledge is Power – $9.99

Bound by Flame – $19.99

Serious Sam 3 BFE – $19.99

Space Hulk – $19.99

Draw Slasher – $5.99

Total Value: $166

So for the eighth month of 2018 you are getting a total of $166 in value which is just $2 less than last month. There is good value here across the entire lineup with games ranging from $40, $30, and quite a few $20 titles. It’s a great month overall for value and one of the highest the service has ever seen.

So when comparing both lineups there is no contest here as PlayStation Plus wins with a $166-$120 difference. That’s not as big as some recent months as Games with Gold did better in August but it’s still a $46 different. Regardless, you’re getting more value this month on both services than what a year of membership costs so.

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

Forza Horizon 2 – 86

For Honor – 78

Dead Space 3 – 78

Disney’s Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two – 59

Review Average – 75

So looking at the Games with Gold lineup you end up with an 75 average score between the titles down from an 81 last month. For the most part though the games scored well with Forza Horizon having an 86 of course and two of the others having a high score in the 70’s. It’s really the 59 from Epic Mickey 2 that brings the average down this month. Overall, you’re getting some quality titles on Games with Gold in August. Now let’s look at the PlayStation Plus lineup.

PlayStation Plus Scores:

Mafia III – 68

Dead by Daylight – 64

Here They Lie – 62

Knowledge is Power – 71

Bound by Flame – 56

Serious Sam 3 BFE – 63

Space Hulk – 51

Draw Slasher – 69

Review Average – 63

So looking at the PlayStation Plus lineup you end up with a 63 average which which is down from a 74 last month. While there is a good quantity this month the quality isn’t quite there as only one title had a score in the 70’s. Mostly everything else had a 60 something score with a couple in the 50’s. Having eight titles in the lineup also goes against them as the overall score is divided by a bigger number. Still some people really enjoy a few of these titles so don’t write them off just based on the critic scores.

So when comparing both lineups in August, Games with Gold wins this round with a 75-63 difference. Microsoft simply had higher quality games this month with things like Forza Horizon 2 and Dead Space 3. 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.

Forza Horizon 2 – September 30, 2014

For Honor – February 14, 2017

Dead Space 3 – February 5, 2013

Disney’s Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two – November 18, 2012

So looking at the Games with Gold lineup we have one title a little over a year old, one title almost four years old, one title that is over five years old and one title that is almost six years old. Now let’s look at the PlayStation Plus lineup.

Mafia III – October 7, 2016

Dead by Daylight – June 20, 2017

Here They Lie – October 13, 2016

Knowledge is Power – October 24, 2017

Bound by Flame – May 6, 2014

Serious Sam 3 BFE – May 13, 2014

Space Hulk – September 1, 2015

Draw Slasher – April 23, 2013

Looking at the PlayStation Plus lineup you have one game that is less than a year old, one title that is one year old, two titles that are almost two years old, one title that is almost three years old, two titles that are four years old and one title that is five years old.

So when comparing both lineups PlayStation Plus comes out as the winner. They have two games that are either less than a year or exactly a year old where Xbox’s newest game is almost a year and a half old. The oldest game on PlayStation Plus is five years while Games with Gold has a five year old title and a six year old title. 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 eighth 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 takes the Score category. Honestly though I’m just giving the win to PlayStation Plus because it did win in the areas we compared. In my personal opinion the lineup on Games with Gold probably is the better lineup in terms of quality. 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 August.

Overall Winner: PlayStation Plus

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