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PlayStation Plus vs. Xbox Live Games with Gold for June 2017

by Kyle Hanson

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Microsoft and Sony have now announced the free games that their subscribers will be getting for June 2017. Xbox Live Games with Gold went first, announcing a nice selection of titles early on. Then Sony’s PS Plus hit, just a day before the games would become available for free. With both lists available, and the games already available for free, it’s time for our monthly take on which subscription service offers the best games to their customers.

As always, this is just my opinion. I offer some objective data, such as release dates and Metacritic average. Still, the winner is chosen based on my own thoughts. If you agree or disagree please let me know in the comments below. With that out of the way, here’s PlayStation Plus vs. Xbox Live Games with Gold for June 2017.

PlayStation Plus Free Games for June 2017

Killing Floor 2, PS4 – 75%
Life is Strange, PS4 – 85%
Abyss Odyssey, PS3 – 70%
WRC 5: World Rally Championship, PS3 – 62%
Neon Chrome, PS Vita (crossbuy with PS4) – 63%
Spy Chameleon, PS Vita (crossbuy on PS4) – 71% (on Xbox One)

MetaCritic Average Score – 71%
Oldest Title – 2015
Newest Title – 2016

Xbox Live Games with Gold for June 2017

SpeedRunners, Xbox One – 84% (on PC)
Watch_Dogs, Xbox One – 78%
Assassin’s Creed III, Xbox 360 & Xbox One – 84%
Dragon Age: Origins, Xbox 360 & Xbox One – 86%

MetaCritic Average Score – 83%
Oldest Title – 2009
Newest Title – 2017

The Winner Is…

Man, what a shift from last month. May 2017 was a terrible offering from both PS Plus and Xbox Live Games with Gold, with me giving it to PS Plus really just off it having one better game and more games overall. And that is a hurdle every month for Xbox Live Games with Gold to overcome. With the deck stacked against them by only giving away four games as opposed to six, they have to go the extra mile to earn a victory. Usually they don’t do this, giving members older games, often that they already got from PS Plus. June 2017 is not one of those months though.

Xbox Live Games with Gold is the better service for June 2017. This victory comes from Microsoft giving players some truly great games, including a brand new game for Xbox One, though SpeedRunners has been available via other means for a while. And while Xbox also has the oldest games, stretching all the way back to 2009, those games are good ones that offer tons of hours of great gameplay.

PS Plus fought back with Life is Strange, a fantastic episodic, story-driven game. The rest of the selection is kind of middling though, making it tough to top the big hitters that Xbox rolled out for June 2017.

So, Xbox takes it for PlayStation Plus vs. Xbox Live Games with Gold for June 2017. Do you agree or disagree?

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