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Submitted by typoknight 697d ago | opinion piece

Games with Gold vs. PlayStation Plus: March 2014

GamerFitnation: It seems that Games with Gold may be catching up with PlayStation Plus — for Xbox 360 owners, at least. (Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition, Dungeon Defenders, PS3, PS4, Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution, Tomb Raider, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

dp277407  +   697d ago
Yea besides meta score I dont see how this is Xbox live catching up and is PS Plus only getting Tomb Raider on the PS3 this month dont we usually get two or three games a month not including vita. Like last month wasnt it Metro Last Light, Bioshock Infinite and DMC or am I mixing.
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jacobvogel  +   697d ago
PS+ still have great weekly free games too.
GameNameFame  +   697d ago
Ps plus is constantly newer game compared to that ancient game from game for gold.
xJumpManx  +   697d ago
@GameNameFame, and the games are owned by the xbox people even if they stop xbox Gold, both have their positives.
xHeavYx  +   697d ago
I'd rather "rent" games like UC3, Bioshock Infinite or Tomb Raider until my PS+ runs out (in 2 years and of course I'll renew) than keeping the games you get with Games With Gold
Foxhound922  +   697d ago

I'm so sick of hearing this Xbox fanboy damage control. It's the most idiotic rebuttal I hear from these comparison threads. Who cares if you don't get to keep them, as long as you have ps plus you own them. It's like saying I'd rather own a ford, than perpetually drive a ferrari for free. 99% of ps subscribers renew their subscriptions, and even more so that it's required to play competitively. I'll take top notch games that I will always have, over shitty games that I can take with me.
GameSpawn  +   697d ago
PlayStation Plus is a great deal for anyone who owns at least ONE of the supported systems (PS3, Vita, PS4), but it REALLY pays for itself in spades when you have two to all three platforms.

Myself, I've had it for a few months before the PS4 launched to use with my PS3 and claim up Vita games in the future hope I would get a Vita (and I am BTW when the slim hits the US). Just 3 months in I was dumbfounded why the hell I never got Plus sooner -- seriously 3 months with one system basically pays for the entire year in value that you receive and everything beyond that is just gravy.

It's sad that Xbox players are getting stiffed with bargain bin games that make you feel like you just received a re-gifted item that has already passed between three to four people in a vicious re-gifting cycle. It's not that what they are giving you is bad, just that it is SO cheap at this point that it disheartens the favor and makes it seem tawdry and thoughtless.

Microsoft can easily copy Sony's "rental" model by requiring you keep your Gold membership (as few Xbox owners will be dumping their Gold membership ANYWAY since it is required for damn near everything else) to keep the games accessible and offer much newer games. Microsoft probably DOESN'T follow this model in order to maximize what profits they already do receive for Gold memberships -- they've already had a taste of that revenue, why give it up now.
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DemonChicken  +   697d ago
I believe we had in the EU, 1x PS4, 2x PS3 & 2x PS VITA:

Dead Nation Apocalypse Edition (PS4)
Tomb Raider (PS3)
Brothers A Tale of Two Sons (PS3)
Pixeljunk Monsters Ultimate HD (PS VITA)
Smart As (PS VITA)

Whereas in NA:
Dead Nation Apocalypse Edition (PS4)
Tomb Raider (PS3)
Thomas Was Alone (PS3/PS VITA)(cross-buy)
Lone Survivor: The Director's Cut (PS3/PS VITA) (cross-buy)
Unit 13 (PS VITA)
Monster Hunter: Freedom Unite (PSP)

So technically not just Tomb Raider =p

For those that don't know or get their games through the consoles, it's best to get online. Just sign in and click instant game collection/free games on the left:

EU region (direct link)-

NA/CAN Regions (direct link) -
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assdan  +   697d ago
PS plus at one point had metro LL, Bioshock infinite, and payday 2 all at the same time. All of them valued at 40 or 50. PS plus on the ps4 isn't even that good yet, and it's already more than paid for itself. Then when you factor in the value you get with the ps3 and vita, it's unbeatable. Sorry, but xbl costs more, gives out fewer games, gives out cheaper games, doesn't have any other perks, and games with gold is only on one console vs three. PS+ is still a far better value.
geddesmond  +   697d ago
Lol dungeon defenders is 3 or 4 years old, maybe three cause I think that's when I played it and Civ rev is 5 or 6 years old. Catching up but still a few years behind
H0RSE  +   697d ago
DOOM is over 20 yrs old, I guess it means it's a crap game...

Regardless of the age, fun games are fun games. Despite how many times I have played and beat it, if DOOM was offered as a free game for GWG, I would be happy to download it and play it, if I didn't already buy it off the marketplace years ago.
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Magnes  +   697d ago
Games with gold is not even in the same league with PS+ you can't even compare. It's like comparing kids football with pro football. Even if the kids win they aren't catching the pros.
H0RSE  +   697d ago

- Funny how you state this:

"I'm so sick of hearing this Xbox fanboy damage control."

- and than this:

"Who cares if you don't get to keep them, as long as you have ps plus you own them....99% of ps subscribers renew their subscriptions, and even more so that it's required to play competitively."

- in the same post...oh the irony.

So it's "damage control" to bring up a completely valid claim, yet not so for claiming most PS+ subscribers renew their subscriptions, so who cares anyway?...

Sounds to me that you are sick of hearing this because you can't argue against it, so you try to either downplay it, or up-play PS+, while never addressing the actual claim. Bringing up the "quality" of the games offered, is largely irrelevant and subjective, since it's ultimately different strokes for different folks.

Many talk about GWG offering games that everybody already played, yet I would argue that the new big hit releases, are the games everyone has played (or will,) and the less known games, like arcade titles for instance, are the games less people have been exposed to. Most of the games from GWG that I 1) haven't played prior, and 2) have enjoyed, have been such titles, such as Iron Brigade, Toy Soldiers, and Shoot Many Robots, while the bigger titles (regardless of age) have been games I either 1) already played (Halo 3, GoW, Crackdown) or 2) I have no interest in playing (AC2, RS:V, Sleeping Dogs.

99% of XBL users renew their subscriptions too, except in the case of GWG, they don't need to keep that subscription to play their games, and in the case of those who have a service like Gamefly, (like me) they essentially just made the free game aspect of PS+, obsolete.
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Foxhound922  +   697d ago
Wow...just wow. I usually enjoy reading your wall of texts because they are usually pointless and do little to push across your point. In short, they are entertaining to say the least.

How did my quote about subscription renewal have anything to do with irony?Perhaps you should check the definition of irony because I don't think you know what it means. No where did I even imply that Xbox users don't renew their subscription, I was making a point how keeping them is no different than owning them with ps plus. Saying that people renew their subscriptions is not damage control either, saying one would rather own shitty games is damage control. Therefore, there's no irony either. Also, your mindless rant about the subjectivity of the games offered is hilarious. Sure, not every game offered on Xbox live is garbage. The fact of the matter is it is a wildly known fact, and a gaming consensus, that the games offered on ps plus are of higher quality. The quality of the games is "irrelevant"? That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard, especially since it's the only relevant topic in this self titled article. Even most Xbox users agree that games with gold is becoming more and more eclipsed by ps plus in terms of quantity and quality games being offered.

Try in spin my post all you want but your comment is invalid. There is no damage control in my statements, and it seemed my car analogy went way over your head.
TooHigh2Die  +   696d ago
LOL this article is a joke Gold is not even close. In the past 2 months I've downloaded Borderlands 2, Metro Last light, Binary Domain, Brothers:TO2S, Remember Me, Outlast,Dead Nation and countless discounted games like Tales of Xillia,and Ni No Kuni.

The 50$ fee just payed for itself with the first 3 games on my list and I could of had more if I didnt already own them on Disc (Bioshock).
ltachiUchiha  +   697d ago
I dunno, ps plus has spoiled me for my ps vita/ps3/ps4 that its going to be hard to top the games they offer & thats not even including all the early beta's, demos, free dlc, free themes, & great prices off games. U definitely get more bang for your buck for what u pay for.
BakPAin  +   697d ago
Off topic....Hey are you still able to use your own themes on PS4 aswell like on PS3? Dude I have so many awesome themes, dynamic ones to! Thats one of the things I love about my PS3 you can have awesome dashboard!
-EvoAnubis-  +   697d ago
Unfortunately no.
ltachiUchiha  +   697d ago
Unfortunately no but hopefully sony can give us an update with features lacking that the ps3 has. Im sure it will come.
BakPAin  +   697d ago
Hopefully man..its a great feature!
Major_Glitch  +   697d ago
I have both. It's no contest. Plus beats Gold. End of story.
demonddel  +   697d ago
Hey like we expected anyone on this site to say anything differently
SoulSercher620  +   697d ago
It's obvious you're bitter that PS Plus CLEARLY has better value
ShinnokDrako  +   697d ago
I don't know if you're sarcastic or just a blind M$ fanboy, but it's clear that PS+ >>> GwG.
People know it, gamers know it, blind fanboys don't (and it's just sad).
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xJumpManx  +   697d ago
@demonddel, You are not allowed to like the X1 on N4g. Luckily we have a ton of games to play, the sony fans are busy patting each other on the back.
Boody-Bandit  +   697d ago
Is someone keeping you here against your will?

On topic:
I have been a member of both since their inception and without question PS Plus is significantly the better value.
avengers1978  +   697d ago
@jumpnan if you XDF's have so many games to play why are so many of you consistently on this site... Doing what you do best, damage control, spin, and defend MS and XB1.
demonddel  +   697d ago
Hey friends it's all luv and fun I just bought a ps4 (hype) still waiting on Microsoft to drop that price before I buy the X1
Funky Town_TX  +   697d ago
Ps+ on the PS3 has been great. PS+ on PS4 is crap. I guess since you need PS+ to play online on PS4 there is no reason for Sony to offer full retail games on the PS4.
dp277407  +   697d ago
I dont see how its crap especially if you already have it for PS3. Paying for online sucks but at least we get it free on PS3 and Vita but Plus is worth the cost 2 most
Funky Town_TX  +   697d ago
Name on Full PS4 game on PS+.
aceitman  +   697d ago
ShinnokDrako  +   697d ago
Well, i consider full game Outlast, Dead Nation, all of those MMOs and... well, maybe next one will be some AAA game, who knows.
Maybe, as a surprise, April game will be Drive Club? ;P I hope so (but i doubt it).
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trenso1  +   697d ago
These consoles only came out 5 months ago there isn't any games to give away. Ps+ on ps3 came late into the generation giving them a bunch of games to choose from. They can't just give away new games. Use some common sense and reason.
MasterCornholio  +   697d ago
OK sounds like fun.

Name one game thats offered with Xbox Live gold on the Xbox One.
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Mac420  +   697d ago
Name 1 Gwg for X1
Irishguy95  +   697d ago
They can't just go giving away new 50 quid+ games on PS+, you;ll have to wait for another 2 or 3 months before AAA games start hitting it, I expect Killzone SF first because of the amount of trade ins it had.

Ps3+ has been amazing for about 2 years, getting AAA games less than a year after their release.

Well, MoB, I do agree that the console civilisation is pretty meh, but the civilisation series is well of higher quality than the Tomb Raider one. Civ is one of the greatest strategy games out. I know console gamers practically miss out on the genre but still.
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Nocando  +   697d ago
I hope MS adopts a similar model, they will have to because PS+ is clearly a better deal. My membership with Gold has not lapsed since 2006, so it doesnt matter to me if I have to keep my membership goi g to keep the games.Make it happen already MS.
MoB21  +   697d ago
Right I'm inclined to agree with you. The Civ series definitely has an excellent reputation among strategy gamers, I in no way intended to offend the game.

But yeah, when it comes to free console games, most would find more of a value in getting a game like Tomb Raider for free than they would in getting Civilization V for free
Magicite  +   697d ago
because PS4 havent been out long enough?
PrinceOfAllSaiyans  +   697d ago
I hope GWG gets better by the time I get a Xbox One. As for PS+ IGC on PS4 its been ok. Nothing special. Outlast and Resogun were beast. Even tho I can't finish Outlast yet. And I'm still trying to get into Dead Nation. I need someone to play it with. Non of my good friends own next gen consoles yet.
MoB21  +   697d ago
This article is a joke right? There is no way they just compared getting Civilization to Tomb Raider for free... and then have the audacity to say Games With Gold is catching up?

The disrespect lol
DemonChicken  +   697d ago
As it stands GWG sucks but for the sake of Xbox gamers, hope it improves as this is pretty piss poor but it's free as something is better than nothing.

From a article before on N4G in regards to Phil's comment on GWG getting more in tune with gamers, work is being done that's great. Plus depending on the competition sony may have to step up with PS plus so all in all, all gamers benefit.
MoB21  +   697d ago
Agreed, I would love for GWG to give PS+ a run for its money. I want every gamer out there to get the best value they can, because after all we are all on the same side here :)
SoulSercher620  +   697d ago
PS Plus wins completely.

INB4 the tired and worthless argument "With GwG you keep them forever."

And yet you still have to pay for XBL to access those games.
aragon  +   697d ago
actually its a godd point u keep them forever ive had prepaid gold for almost a year, its out in april and i might not get it back till october, all the games i downloaded i can still play, where as if ur plus runs out for 3 months the games u downloaded u wont be able to play right???? till u renew ur plus subscription. anyways plus is better but u keep them forever is technically a good point
Hicken  +   697d ago
Not much of a point if the games aren't worth much.
Kryptix  +   697d ago
Not really...

If you know the value of Plus then there's no way you're going to ever want to end your subscription. And if you're going to be paying for Plus every year then you got nothing to lose.
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aragon  +   697d ago
as someone that supports xbox live, ps plus is better hands down, no bias, no reluctance to be honest. I games with gold need better offerings if even some 2011 and 2012 games would help their cause just stop with the old games that i can bargain bin
combatcash  +   697d ago
Agreed I don't have an xbox one but the games they offer are always really outdated, it's a shame because their online service has always been really solid.
xReDeMpTiOnx  +   697d ago
One month dosent justify it "catching up"

Let me say this consistency is key here and that's the problem Microsoft has had since it came into the console biz.

Great games here and there and far Inbetween but yet to strike the consistency note
Relientk77  +   697d ago
PS+ is boss
koliosis  +   697d ago
Ps plus sucks balls!!!
AceBlazer13  +   697d ago
That's funny, thanks to ps+ I've gotten some of the best games of 7th gen either free or at an amazingly discounted price.Best 50 dollars I ever spent.
combatcash  +   697d ago
A few years ago that may have been the case but the value of ps+ vs live is really significant at this point. MS gives out outdated games that most people already own or have no interest in. It's sad really.
ltachiUchiha  +   697d ago
You must be a pro at it if u think ps plus sucks. Hey how does it feel to pay for xbl just to pay another fee to watch netflix? Oh wait ill wait until your done braiding MS hair balls with your teeth.
BakPAin  +   697d ago
I got both so Im good!
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Mac420  +   697d ago
I love how MS brags, "over 18million people downloaded so & so this month on 360."

Of course18 million did, you have left your console behind for the X1 . Only thing we have left is last years multiplats, an free games.

Game we got today IMO has the most
content, Dungen Defenders an that's sad considering it's only a &15 arcade title. Comparing our GWG to PS+ is a joke. GWG is a joke plain an simple. An that's coming from a 360 user.
Gamer666  +   697d ago
They haven't left 360 behind...

What is Fable Anniversary, Zoo Tycoon, World o Tanks, Halo Spartan Assault, Lococycle, and Titanfall? All new releases and all exclusive to at least MS platforms. And all released in the last 6 months. For a 9 year old platform that's excellent.

Dungeon Defenders is a very good game as well. Most of the games the companies give are only worth $20 anyhow so dropping to $15 isn't bad.
Mac420  +   690d ago
World of tanks is a already dated F2P PC game, An every other title you listed besides Halo Spartan Assault is mediocre at best.

Like I said Dungeon Defenders has lots of content, But optimistic thinking towards these titles is what has MS still shelling us shit every month. I Download them every month mainly out of principle. I feel like paying for XBL since Halo 2 days on the original box, I'm getting a little bit of my money back. Shit sometimes I DL the games just to delete them so if I ever do get that bored I have them.

But if more people complained an didn't download these games period, MS would definitely bring better games to the table.

5x48,000,000=240,000,000 off of XBL a month. An that is for $4.95 month sub fee(Old Xbox Live Price). Which really is now $9.99.An I believe they have more then 48million XBL users. Realize they have overheads, an cost associated with running XBL an tons of people buy 3month or 12month prepaid cards which is cheaper. But that's a quarter of a billion dollars an way more with the price going up with the launch of the 360. So money for discounts on the store front should not be a problem.

We as consumers have just let MS get way out of hand, Sony has already followed suit with Steam on the digital discount front. An was able to bring those discounts to games with PS+. XBL needs to bring something similar, Because this argument always get brought up to many times which gives better free games. But people always forget having PS+ gives you instant discounts on just about everything in the store on top of free games.

When on the other hand we are paying almost $20 more for a yearly subscription, getting shit for free games, the discounts we are offered on a weekly basis are mostly hand picked shit that just doesn't sell or the next best thing has already replaced it.

Sorry if this sounds like a rant, Just feel like we need to do something as consumers to make MS change. If not they will just continue to milk us.
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Gamer666  +   697d ago
Both PS+ and XBL Gold are worthwhile...

PS+ usually has better free games, but XBL Gold usually has better sales on games.
Sci0n  +   697d ago
this comparrison is a joke lol
kingPoS  +   697d ago
As of November PS+ covers three or six playstastion platforms, The PS3 Vita & PS4. Technically it's six when you factor in PS1 Minis & PSP titles, but whose counting anyway. If you see any still decking out a PSP, ask them if they have PS+.

Tekken 6 on the go... man that's a hard thing to put down.

Gateway MT6706 2008
DivineAssault  +   697d ago
Games w gold isnt even competition to ps plus.. No contest there.. Even though u need a ps plus membership to keep the games, there are plenty of them to continue the annual fee of only $50.. $30 sometimes with sales.. Im going to be a member regardless until i feel its no longer worth the money.. I doubt that will ever happen though.. I get plenty of free or discounted content for my PSV. PS3, & PS4.. Im staying a member
_FantasmA_  +   697d ago
With Games with Old, you get to keep them. But who wants to keep bargain bin games? Would you rather keep a tiny turd, or rent a flawless diamond? There shouldn't be a reason to ever let your Plus subscription expire, so technically you do get to keep them if you are always a member.
andrew171994  +   697d ago
too bad plus+ had DD like 2 years ago why would sony releas it again not to mention u could probably buy those games for that 10 bucks u spent on live n have 9 bucks left over, microsoft people want a gaming console with great games, netflix n the best graphics. Not some average 2010 pc. Sonys winning the war, the only way theyll lose if all of there consoles blow up.
xrachellouisex  +   697d ago
I prefer GwG at the moment - because It's cheaper than PS+, and I get to keep the games. Which buying even second hand (for the games that have a physical format - obviously- in b4 "da digital"). Adds up to more than I paid. Doesn't mean I wouldn't ge PS+, or dislike it. I don't really care that they're not as recent. It always seems to be that it's mostly the people that don't have xbox(or whatever) who seem to care so deeply about these things. Why not just get on with your own thing, rather than obsess over what someone else is doing/has. No one else seems to feel the need to 'justify' themselves. The time spent trying to put others down, or justify your choice could be time spent gaming.
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kingPoS  +   697d ago
There's a caveat! If MS are actually giving those games away, What's to stop someone from acquiring six games for $25 and then dropping xbox live? Nothing!
If I were a EA, Square Enix or Gearbox, would I want to outright give away titles to consumers or strike some other kind of arrangement?

Gateway MT6706 2008
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Picnic  +   697d ago
This article is grasping at straws. The Playstation games are far more well known and likely to be wanted by large numbers of people. And they don't apply to the Xbox One of course. The Xbox One is a cash cow. Maybe it's good enough to deserve to be but not likely to the extent that it is in comparison to the PS4.
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plaZeHD  +   696d ago
I like owning than renting, but you can't spell Gold without old.

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