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PS Plus Underwhelming, Games With Gold Just Whelming

Stephen Welsh

Stephen Welsh

Stephen (or Steve(or Tojeka Steve)) is a kind young man who cares more about games, fiction, sleep and chicken than is probably healthy.
Stephen Welsh

Subscribers to Sony’s PlayStation Plus service have another mediocre line-up of games coming to their Instant Game Collections in October. Since the launch of the PlayStation 4, PS Plus has moved away from offering popular retail releases to subscribers such as Bioshock Infinite and Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, in favor of niche indie games and port. With each update, many subscribers will lament the service’s drop in value for games offered, with the main draw for PS4 owners being the ability to play online. Those hoping for a change of pace in the Instant Game Collection will be disappointed to find October’s line-up consists of yet more indie ports.

PlayStation Plus and Games With Gold

Leading the pack is Broken Age for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. Originating as a Kickstarter project by Double Fine Productions and Tim Schafer, this point-and-click adventure game raised over $3.3 million from crowdfunding. But another notable addition to the line-up is Super Meat Boy by Team Meat. First released in 2010, this ultra-hard platformer was one of the poster children for indie games, and comes to PS4 and Vita subscribers. 2.5D puzzle game Unmechanical: Extended will be available to PS4 and PS3 subscribers, and rhythm-action beat-em-up Kickbeat is added to Vita and PS3 collections. Physics-based platformer Chariot will only be free to PlayStation 3 owners. Finally, mobile game Kung Fu Rabbit is an addition to Vita and PS3 collections.

Headlining the Xbox Live Games With Gold selection for October is Telltale’s acclaimed adventure game The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season. This will be free to Xbox Live Gold members from October 16th until the 31st on Xbox 360, while the Xbox One version will be free from October 16th until November 15th. For the entire month of October, 2D World War I tale Valiant Hearts: The Great War will be free to Gold subscribers to purchase on Xbox One. From the 1st to the 15th of October, Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes will be free on Xbox 360 (keep in mind it was already free on Xbox One back in August). Hope you’re not sick of Camp Omega yet.

Games With Gold

In general, I have to say this is an underwhelming selection for subscribers. It’s stuff that either most gamers have already played, or had no interest in playing to begin with. On the PS Plus side of things, there’s been nothing on the scale of Games With Gold’s addition of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag this year. I hate to be all negative about this, but I wanted to give some reasoning as to why a lot of commenters are bitterly disappointed or angry each month when PS Plus and Games With Gold line-ups are announced. Keep in mind these aren’t actually free games: these collections are rewards for subscriptions whose main draw is access to online play. But in the case of PlayStation Plus, many gamers are feeling the pain of remorse for annual subscriptions that seem to get less and less worthwhile with each passing month.

PlayStation Plus in October

  • Broken Age (PS4/PS Vita)
  • Super Meat Boy (PS4/PS Vita)
  • Unmechanical Extended (PS4/PS3)
  • Kickbeat (PS Vita/PS3)
  • Kung Fu Rabbit (PS Vita/PS3)
  • Chariot (PS3)

Xbox Live Games With Gold in October

  • Valiant Hearts: The Great War (Xbox One)
  • The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season (Xbox One)
  • Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (Xbox 360)
  • The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season (Xbox 360)

About Stephen Welsh

Stephen (or Steve(or Tojeka Steve)) is a kind young man who cares more about games, fiction, sleep and chicken than is probably healthy.

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  • Mr0303

    Those rewards are underwhelming. I mean people paid good money to access online play and receive that bonus – the monstrous price 3.5 quid a month. You could buy a mediocre pint of ale for that money! /s

    For a while PS+ and recently GWG have been some of the best deals in gaming. They are providing games you wouldn’t normally play. For me chances are that I wouldn’t like 80% of the games in IGC, but it is still worth it for discovering the few that I would’ve missed. If you want AAA title X, you should’ve already bought it and not hope to random chance that it will magically appear on one of the reward programs.

  • Daniel Pina

    The problem isn’t the presence of Indies in the IGC. It’s the absence of anything else.

    2 years in and the PS4’s Plus titles have been nothing but indie platformers, save for 3 months or so.

    If 2D Indies were all we wanted, we would instead pay $100 for an Intel Compute Stick (or just use any desktop/laptop left around) and buy Humble Bundles. For a fraction of the PS Plus price, we would get 5x more indies.

  • Sevuz

    And this is why I don’t and never will pay for XBL or PSN GOLD again. Cut it down to half price for people who only wants Online play and Party Chat and full for them who also wants this broken “so called” deal with “free games” each month.

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