It’s that time of the month again! Yes, that time. The time where Playstation Plus and Xbox Live Gold members rejoice as Sony and Microsoft give us our free games for the month. But which subscription service has the best offering for the month of September: Playstation Plus or Xbox Live Gold? There’s only one way to find out.. Read on below!
Velocity 2X (PS4) VS Super Time Force (X-One)
I bought Super Time Force for the Xbox 360 before I bought my Xbox One, so I’m glad to see I don’t have to pay for it again. And having played throughout it again I can gladly say that Super Time Force is the best game on Xbox One and is currently my frontrunner for game of the year. It looks great, has a fun soundtrack, has quirky characters and doesn’t take itself too seriously. Oh, and it’s also hard as nails. You’re guaranteed to have a great… time playing it.
I played Velocity and it’s upgraded version Velocity Ultra on the Playstation Vita and thought they were the perfect fit for Sony’s handheld. I was planning to do the same with Velocity 2X, but I actually ended up playing about 90% of it on the PS4. It just looked so good on the big screen and felt so right with the dualshock 4 that I couldn’t put it down. If you’re familiar with the Velocity series then it’s more of the same space shooter goodness, but this you can actually leave the ship, as platform elements have been added. I wouldn’t say Velocity 2X is Playstation 4’s best game, but I would say it would be up there in the top four or five.
Sportsfriends (PS4) VS Crimson Dragon (X-One)
Upside: you don’t need to like sports to play this game. Downside: if, like me, you’re predominantly a single-player gamer, then I’m you’re out of luck because this is local multiplayer only. If you do have friends though, (which I’m sure you do) then this game is an absolute blast. Possibly the most fun since Wii Sports, but perhaps a little too late in the Playstation Move’s lifecycle to make the save.
Full disclosure: I only played Crimson Dragon for around 15 minutes or so. So no, I can’t judge the full game. Why I only played 15 minutes though? Because it was a lifeless on-rails shooter that has got to be the worst looking game on Xbox One. So yes I am disappointed in Microsoft for overlapping it into this month’s Games With Gold – even though it was an offering from last month – and no I won’t be playing it again this month.
Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale (PS3) VS Halo Reach (X-360)
Can you believe it has been almost two years (November 20, 2012) since Playstation All-Stars first released? Sadly it was a game that came and went without much staying power from the Playstation faithful – and that’s a disappointment considering it’s essentially a dream game for hardcore Playstation fans. It makes me sad just thinking about it actually that the game only reached 1 million sales. And not to say that 1 million copies sold is a bad feat by any means, but in comparison to Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros series that sells in abundance, it’s no surprise we haven’t seen a sequel. But hey, on the upside it’s free, and here’s to hoping that one day we do see a sequel.
We’re just a little over two months away from Halo: The Master Chief Collection, so it was a real smart move by Microsoft to release the prequel to all four games included in the collection and wet the appetite even more for Halo fans. This month will also mark the four year point from when it was first released in 2010, and it feels just like yesterday that I was playing it for the first time in the multiplayer beta. Time just flies by some time doesn’t it? Given that it’s free this month, I wonder how many people will be playing multiplayer given that Destiny is out this month, too?
Hoard (PS3) VS Monaco: What’s Yours Is Mine (X-360)
Ok, hands up; who had never heard of this game before it was announced on this month’s PS Plus lineup? (My hand is raised.) Admittedly before writing this piece I only played about 10-15 minutes of Hoard to get a feel for it, but honestly that 10-15 minutes might be the only time I ever spend with the game. The short of it is this: It’s a top-down game where you play as a dragon and you have to wreck havoc on a village and collect as much gold as possible. What is it with dragons and bad games this month? It’s certainly the weakest of this month’s PS Plus lineup, but hey, 5 out of 6 isn’t bad and it’s certainly better than Xbox’s 3 out of 4.
I actually bought Monaco: What’s Yours Is Mine when it came out in May of last year, but I honestly can’t remember a whole lot about it. That may be a bad sign but actually I think I don’t remember much about it because it was a fairly short game that I completed in a few days and also just because I play a lot of games and have a bad memory. But having played through a bit of it to jog my memory, it’s a less difficult, less violent Hotline Miami, but with it’s own 8-bit blocky art style and ambient soundtrack. Don’t let this one go over your head, folks.
Playstation Vita: TxK, Joe Danger
Considering Microsoft doesn’t have a handheld console on the market and considering that Nintendo doesn’t offer a paid subscription service, the Playstation Vita has no real competition in regard to its two free (or more) games each month. As well as Playstation All-Stars and Velocity 2X being available to play on PS Vita, this month’s Vita exclusive game offerings are TxK and Joe Danger. TxK is a remake of Tempest 2000 and is a mechanically simple space shooter that you might play here and there for five minutes at a time, but honestly it isn’t meaty enough to hold on to for any longer.
There’s been so many iterations of Joe Danger across numerous platforms that at this point I’m losing track. What I do know is that Joe Danger Vita offers Joe Danger 1 and 2 and it’s the perfect fit for Vita. And you get to play as Sackboy from Little Big Planet and Iotah from Tearaway.
So once again Playstation offers three more free games than Microsoft does for the second straight month in a row, with the Vita having no handheld competition and also thanks to Microsoft disappointingly rolling over a game from last month’s GWG promotion in Crimson Dragon. We’re still waiting for Microsoft to make good on their promise and give us two free Xbox One Games each month instead of rolling one over from the previous month, but until then they’ve got a lot of catching up to do with Playstation’s superior offering. However, it is still a strong month for Microsoft with Super Time Force leading the charge on Xbox One and with Halo: Reach on the Xbox 360, and it rivals Sony’s two biggest offerings of Velocity 2X on Playstation 4 and Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale on the PS3.