Microsoft's March Games With Gold may have leaked a little sooner than to be expected, but it got gamers talking. Sony wanted to steer that talk away from Xbox and toward the PlayStation brand by announcing their own PlayStation Plus free games for March.
Shacknews picked up the story where they revealed the six free games being made available across the PS3, PS4 and PS Vita. There's a video showing which two free games PS4 owners will be able to get their hands on next month.
The six free games include:
? Broforce (PS4)
? Galak-Z (PS4)
? Super Stardust HD (PS3)
? The Last Guy (PS3)
? Flame Over (PS Vita)
? Reality Fighters (PS Vita)
Only Broforce and Galak-Z will be available for the PS4. The response on YouTube is resoundingly negative. It's not too hard to understand given that people are paying $44.99 a year to play games online. The free games are supposed to be an incentive to stay with Sony and the PlayStation Plus service. However, a lot of the people in the comment section have expressed discontentment with the fact that they're getting a lot of indie pixel games for free and still paying premium prices for multiplayer.
This is especially in comparison to what Xbox Live subscribers are getting in March with Games With Gold. There's the eighth-gen only action-RPG Lords of the Fallen and Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments. Those aren't bad games, and what's more is that the Xbox 360 Games With Gold are backwards compatible, so technically even if you don't own an Xbox 360 you get four free games on the Xbox One, including a free copy of Borderlands.
Hands down Microsoft already has March won as far as content goes with their premium services.
This isn't a knock against Broforce or Galak-Z, but it's a pretty big gap comparing free $19.99 indie titles to $59.99 AAA titles.
What's more is that some PS Plus subscribers aren't really feeling the multiplayer. It's interesting because there are people in the comment section talking about how they supported Sony with PS Plus even though they aren't big on playing online, and only play a few titles online anyway. It's weird that people would subscribe to the service when most of the games on the PS4 are also available on PC... and the multiplayer is free on Steam.
Even still, I wonder how Sony plays to recoup the trust of wavering PS Plus subscribers? Many of the games they're giving away for free can usually be purchased during a mid-week Steam sale for the price of what PS Plus subscribers pay on a monthly basis for the service. It's not hard to see why some subscribers would be disgruntled, but it could be that Sony is either saving up for a really big year with amazing games on the horizon or they're just going to coast at this point.
Either way, Sony shouldn't get too comfortable because the last time that happened we had the PS3 and Xbox 360 rivalry, and the Xbox 360 came out on top.