March is here, and we finally have the confirmed selections of free games that subscribers will get from PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live Games with Gold. As usual, we’re going to take these two sets of games and pit them against each other in a massive battle royale. The winner gets nothing but admiration from all gamers around the world. It’s PlayStation Plus vs. Xbox Live Games with Gold for March 2017.
An interesting month, we’re getting some middle of the road games, with a couple of surprises that swing the whole competition toward one obvious choice. This is, as always, just my opinion, so take it as just one guy telling you what he thinks. The real fun should be in the comments, where I get to hear all the reasons why I’m wrong.
PlayStation Plus Free Games for March 2017
Disc Jam, PS4 – Brand New Game
Tearaway Unfolded, PS4 – 81%
Under Night: In-Birth, PS3 – 80%
Earth Defense Force 2025, PS3 – 69%
Lumo, PS Vita (crossbuy on PS4) – 73%
Severed, PS Vita – 82%
MetaCritic Average Score – 77%
Oldest Title – 2014
Newest Title – 2017, brand new game
Xbox Live Games with Gold for March 2017
Layers of Fear (Xbox One) – 78%
Evolve: Ultimate Edition (Xbox One) – 74%
Borderlands 2 (Xbox 360, Xbox One) – 89%
Heavy Weapon (Xbox 360, Xbox One) – 77%
MetaCritic Average Score – 79.5%
Oldest Title – 2007
Newest Title – 2016
The Winner Is…
PlayStation Plus, pretty easily actually. Sure, getting Evolve: Ultimate Edition is nice. The game changed to free-to-play and sort of went through a rebirth. The community came back, but some later decisions have left the game in shambles once again. So aside from a well-made shooter from 2012, the Xbox Live Games with Gold side has little for most players.
PlayStation Plus on the other hand is giving us Disc Jam, a possible Rocket League successor that we’ve loved every time we played it. Getting it out for free on PS Plus is a fantastic idea. It will build up the online community and help spread worth of mouth, much like how Rocket League went from unknown to one of the biggest games in the world right now.
The rest of the PlayStation Plus free game lineup is solid as well, though with few standouts. However, it is a far newer selection of games, meaning most have likely not bought all of them yet. I doubt there is anyone out there who is willing and waiting to play Borderlands 2 who hasn’t picked it up in one of its many sales already.
So, an easy win for PlayStation Plus in my book, but what do you think?