So we now know what the free PS+ and XBox Live Gold games are… and well… it’s a mixed bag.
PS Plus Free Games
This month the PS+ features the following lineup:
- Grid Autosport, PS3
- Helldivers: Democracy Strikes Back , PS4, PS3, PS Vita
- Lemmings Touch, PS Vita
- Nom Nom Galaxy, PS4
- Nova-111, PS Vita
- Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, PS3
My thoughts: Not bad actually. Helldivers is a game that has received some praise, not just because it’s a pretty good game, but because it’s supposedly pretty difficult and grindy, but also just good co-op fun.
The other game that stands out is Persona 4 Arena Ultimax. I never played the original Persona 4 Arena, a fighting game based on the popular JRPG series, anime, and manga, but it fits the mold of a Blazblue type of game.
The third game that might be interesting is Grid: Autosport, a racing game by Codemasters, the same folks who do the F1 games. I’m not into racing games by any streetch unless they feature explosions, but it’s a familiar name that was pretty well-received by critics.
The rest of the freebies are the usual indie-looking fluff and random forgettable Vita games that are on there to keep the meager interest in Vita from flatlining.
Verdict: Not bad…
Xbox Games with Gold
And Xbox has these four games:
- Gears of War 2 (Xbox 360)
- Hand of Fate (Xbox One)
- Sacred: Citadel (Xbox 360)
- Styx (Xbox One)
This month’s games are pretty miserable, all things considered.
Styx on Xbox One is some sort of third person stealth action game where you play the role of some Goblin (wtf?). Hand of Fate looks intriguing as weird card battle game but with real-time fighting, but it also looks like a game I’ll spend an hour with, and then forget I even owned it afterwards.
I generally ignored the Sacred, games but I knew about them tangentially… except for this one, Sacred Citadel, which just judging by the cover art looks really unappealing.
To round things off is Gears of War 2. On it’s own, this is a great freebie, but a couple of things really mar this addition. 1) Everyone that has an Xbox likely has this game already, and 2) Everyone that owns the recently released Gears of War Ultimate on Xbox One owns this game already.