Last week, Xbox Live announced its schedule of Games With Gold for December , bringing to 48 the number of free games it offered in 2016. Were they a bit of good, What would they cost otherwise, In short, exactly what do the numbers say about the worth of this Xbox Live Gold benefit,
We'll make an effort to answer that question this year even as we hold the past 3 years To that, however, we've added more questions: How old may be the game, Did Microsoft publish it, What publisher did Games With Gold use the most, Did these appear earlier on PlayStation Plus,
These questions may shed light on where these free games programs are headed, particularly because previous console generation ages as well as the Xbox One's backward compatibility program will continue to accumulate old titles.
In all, there were 48 games in Xbox Live Games With Gold for 2017, by having an average Metacritic score of 77.19 and a combined market price (before the offer) of $1,029.52 The Metacritic average is 1.19 points a lot better than 2016 as well as the total dollar value is almost $100 better, however a year ago the analysis took the price tag on the overall game at the time of publication (in December 2016).
All Xbox 360 games in Games With Gold are compatible with Xbox One. So we also noted those games which are playable only on Xbox One.
World of Van Helsing: Deathtrap (Xbox One only)
Total value: $89.96
Skinny: Microsoft led off 2016 with Killer Instinct: Season One so anyone who picked that up effectively got nine more characters, which sort of weakens the gaudy $39.99 shop price. Do you want to bet they start 2018 with Killer Instinct: Season 3,
Project Cars (Xbox One only)
Monkey Island 2: Special Edition
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
Average Metacritic score: 81.25
Average age: 5 years
Total value: $74.96
Skinny: This is an excellent month — and surprisingly, not the most effective one by average score. The lowest-rated game of this bunch, the unloved Star Wars: The Force Unleashed still carries big-name cachet.
Turtle Rock Studios/2K Games
Total value: $99.96
Skinny: Evolve sort of dropped off the map nevertheless it had been a big-name launch from 2015 as well as a neat multiplayer concept. If that's not your cup of tea, Borderlands 2 was a great game, however it went up on PlayStation Plus four years before.
The Walking Dead: Season Two (Xbox One only)
Assassin's Creed Revelations
Total value: $84.96
Skinny: Strangely, Darksiders 2 was offered on Games With Gold (in 2014) before Darksiders. Assassin's Creed Revelations and Ryse may have been underwhelming however are still AAA-caliber titles thus, making this a powerful value month regardless of whether it is not critically acclaimed.
Lara Croft and also the Temple of Osiris (Xbox One only)
Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2
Average Metacritic score: 73.25
Average age: 6 years
Total value: $74.96
Skinny: Going back on the Star Wars well gives May some big name-brand glamor, though the Force Unleashed 2 was reviewed more poorly than its predecessor even though Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga means exactly what it says, it's really a and a large amount of repetition and puzzle-solving.
Assassin's Creed 3
Total value: $79.96
Skinny: Man, does Phil Spencer have compromising photos as someone at Ubisoft, No publisher gave more on the Games With Gold cause and listed below are two open-world franchises in the same month. Dragon Age: Origins is a little long within the tooth but who can reason that a big role-playing game doesn't give a great deal of gameplay value,
IO Interactive/Square Enix
Runbow (Xbox One only)
Average Metacritic score: 73.5
Average age: 3.5 years
Total value: $59.96
Skinny: I'll never not manage a picture of Kane & Lynch 2 if you find a chance. Man, I remember struggling to learn that S..B. at E3 2010. I wouldn't pay money because of it but, hey, it's actually a free look at a poor franchise that somehow got a sequel. The Xbox One offerings are some art-house games, creating this the 1st real meh month overall.
Total value: $89.96
Skinny: Though this will be the third of four months averaging over 80 around the metascore, the tastes are somewhat acquired. Bayonetta needs no introduction and could be the best rated game one of the 48, however, if you have not played it inside the past eight years, why could you start now. Red Faction has become a go-to series during these free game subscriptions for decades but, again, people that haven't gotten into its dense canon may have taken a pass.
Oxenfree (Xbox One only)
Total value: $94.96
Skinny: Forza Motorsport 5 may be the lowest rated version with the main series, but it's still a huge driving game and was an Xbox One launch title. It's also Microsoft published so it will be definitely not skin off anyone's time for create it for you, either. Battlefield 3 remains going strong but EA put that on EA Access at the beginning of the year, blunting its value for people who subscribe to that, too. I adored Hydro Thunder Hurricane. It had a mean difficulty spike at the top level but damn if I didn't race the hell away from that this season.
The Fullbright Company
The Turing Test (Xbox One only)
Medal of Honor: Airborne
Total value: $69.96
Skinny: Ubisoft comes through with Rayman for people who don't maintain Gone Home, our 2013 GOTY, or The Turing Test, an over looked puzzle game from Square Enix. Medal of Honor: Airborne is one of 4 free games offered in 2017 which might be ten years old, and three turn out on Games With Gold.
Trackmania Turbo (Xbox One only)
Total value: $104.96
Skinny: What the hell is Deadfall Adventures, Nights into Dreams is often a high-definition remaster of the 21-year old game. All of this month's critical appeal is Tales from your Borderlands, in case you aren't down for a lot of narrative choices, it absolutely was an eminently skippable month.
Warhammer: The End Times — Vermintide (Xbox One only)
Child of Eden
Average Metacritic score: 73.25
Average age: 4.25
Total value: $104.96
Skinny: Games with Gold closes out with a whimper. Back on the Future: The Game looks her age and poorly reviewed. Unless you're a huge Warhammer fan — and that's a multiplayer-only game — this month is, as the saying goes in West Texas, el pass-.
Wrapping it up
Dollar figures are nice but they're always the least valuable little bit of information because the MSRP is often inflated to begin with, and peeling off a free download of the four-year old game is really not too much of a large favor from all of these companies. What does feed the bulldog, however, are four months in which the average Metacritic score is over 80. And the two 79-rated months would have been 80s without the lone dogs of their midst.
Games With Gold had better year, certainly, than PlayStation Plus. Its average score is actually six whole numbers better (77.19 to 71.3) and when you merely compare PlayStation 3 and PS4 to Xbox 360 and Xbox One, the disparity is even larger (77.19 to 70.5). But Games With Gold also began several years later, as evidenced with the fact nine of these games have been completely on PlayStation Plus.
Still, Microsoft is leveraging backward compatibility with techniques PlayStation cannot to continually deliver big-name games that will make the user seem like they're getting something of worth. And Xbox One-only games are dramatically better this season over last in terms of Metacritic score — 78.5 to 70.6, from worst to first among all platforms. Closing out 4 seasons with two who-cares months — particularly when each goes back for the Killer Instinct well to open up 2018, is not a good sign, though.
Highest dollar value months: November and December ($104.96)
Month with newest games typically: November (several years)
Lowest average Metacritic month: November (69.75)
Lowest dollar value month: July ($59.96)
Month with oldest games on average: May (6 years old)
Published by Microsoft: Four titles (Killer Instinct Season 2 Ultra Edition, Ryse: Son of Rome, Forza Motorsport 5, and Hydro Thunder Hurricane)
Publisher most abundant in titles: Ubisoft with nine (Rayman Origins, Assassin's Creed Revelations, Watch Dogs, Assassin's Creed 3, Grow Up, Trials Fusion, Rayman 3 HD, Trackmania Turbo and Child of Eden).
Appeared on Games With Gold earlier: None, however Killer Instinct: Season 1 Ultra Edition was offered in 2016.
Appeared on PlayStation Plus earlier: Back on the Future: The Game (in 2012); Rayman Origins, The Cave, Borderlands 2, Darksiders, Battlefield 3 (2013); The Walking Dead: Season Two, Lara Croft as well as the Temple of Osiris (2015); Dragon Age Origins, Gone Home: Console Edition (2016); Tales From the Borderlands (May 2017).
Total value: $1,029.52
EA DICE/Electronic Arts
Xbox 360: 75.8 Metacritic average, 6.6 years old, $18.74 per title.
Xbox One: 78.5 Metacritic average, 2 years, $24.16 per title.
Highest rated Xbox 360 game: Bayonetta (90).
Highest rated Xbox One game: Tales in the Borderlands (88).
Highest price Xbox 360 game: Deadfall Adventures ($39.99).
Highest price Xbox One game: Evolve: Ultimate Edition ($49.99).
Lowest rated Xbox 360 game: Deadfall Adventures (43).
Lowest rated Xbox One game: Ryse: Son of Rome (60).
Lowest price Xbox 360 games: Monkey Island 2: Special Edition, Heavy Weapon, Nights Into Dreams and Rayman 3 HD ($9.99).
Lowest price Xbox One game: Grow Up ($9.99).
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