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PlayStation Plus vs. Xbox Live Games with Gold for November 2016

by Kyle Hanson


It’s the start of another new month, which means it’s time for PlayStation Plus vs. Xbox Live Games with Gold for November 2016. Both Microsoft and Sony have put out their selections of free games that their subscribers can pick up. We have seen these things be very one sided in the past, with last month being a major PS Plus blowout of Xbox Live. This month is a bit more mixed, with some good titles across the board. We’ll have to really dive into the numbers to see who won, but this, as always, is just my opinion. Please give us yours in the comments below.

PlayStation Plus Free Games for November 2016

Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture (PS4) – 78%
The Deadly Tower of Monsters (PS4) – 72%
Dirt 3 (PS3) – 87%
Costume Quest 2 (PS3) – 74%
Letter Quest Remastered (PS Vita, Cross buy with PS4) – 73%
Pumped BMX+ (PS Vita, Cross buy with PS4 and PS3) – 76%

MetaCritic Average Score – 76.7%
Oldest Title – 2011
Newest Title – 2016

Xbox Live Games with Gold for November 2016

Super Dungeon Bros (Xbox One) – No reviews, brand new
Murdered: Soul Suspect (Xbox One) – 51%
Monkey Island: SE (Xbox 360) – 88%
Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon (Xbox 360) – 80%

MetaCritic Average Score – 73%
Oldest Title – 2009
Newest Title – 2016 (brand new game)

The Winner Is…

Alright, this was a tough one. By the numbers, PS Plus won it. They have more games, including extra ones for PS4, and their overall average is higher. However, Microsoft pulled the classic move of offering a brand new title in its bunch. Officially I would call this one a full blown tie, but personally I’m gonna side with Xbox Live Games with Gold.

With the highest rated game of the whole lot, a brand new game, and the stellar Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, it just intrigues me more. I also was always interested in Murdered: Soul Suspect, even if it turned out to be not so great. This is the perfect way to check it out, for free and with little investment.

PS Plus is still a good offering though, and I can easily see how many players would prefer it. Dirt 3 just narrowly lost the highest rated game award, and Sony tossed in a couple of extra PS4 games. This helps counter the fact that the Xbox 360 titles are available through Xbox One Backwards Compatibility.

Overall, I’d say this was a weaker month for both, but to me Xbox Live Games with Gold took the very narrow victory. Let me know if you agree or disagree in the comments below.

- This article was updated on:March 8th, 2018