It's been a busy year for video games, especially if you subscribe to Xbox's Games with Gold or PlayStation's Plus programs. While both services offer all sorts of bells and whistles for the price of a single new game, what keeps folks coming back for more are the rotating rosters of free games. But which service offered the best collection of titles in 2016?
Games With Gold
We begin by taking a look at what was on offer from Microsoft and its Games with Gold program. Each month, Games with Gold shells out a quartet of new titles for players to add to their collection, including indie games, Xbox One titles, as well as Xbox 360 games that are typically backwards compatible on the new console.
According to Polygon, the Gold program spanned 48 games this past year, totaling about $930 in value. Considering the fact that you're only shelling out $60 for the service, that's an insane amount of bang for your buck. This past year's games average a 76 on Metacritic, too, so you're not just getting games, you're getting good games to boot.
The 2016 Games with Gold calendar started with a bang, offering titles like Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Killer Instinct Season 1 Ultra Edition. Gears of War 2, Lords of the Fallen, and Saints Row 4 were other notable entries for the first quarter, with Xbox One exclusive Sunset Overdrive causing a big splash in April.
Things slowed down a bit heading into the summer, but games like XCOM: Enemy Unknown, a launch day arrival of The Banner Saga 2 and Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate helped keep things interesting.
Working through the fall and into the home stretch, Gold saw even more great titles added to the list including the OG Forza Horizon, the launch-day arrival of Super Dungeon Bros. and December's Burnout Paradise and Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition.