Whose Lineup Is Better? Free Game Showdown September 2015




This month’s free game showdown is a matter of quality vs. quantity. Sony is bringing 6 games to the table (4 on PS4) with solid average quality, but Microsoft is unleashing some big guns the quality of which is rarely seen in the freebie realm.

So whose lineup is best this month? Let’s examine the particulars.


Playstation Plus


Super Time Force Ultra (Vita x-play) ($14.99)

  • Metacritic score: 80

Grow Home ($7.99)

  • Metacritic score: 75

Teslagrad (PS3 x-play) ($14.99)

  • Metacritic score: 78

Xeodrifter (Vita x-play) ($9.99)

  • Metacritic score: 76


Twisted Metal ($14.99)

  • Metacritic score: 76


La-Mulana EX ($19.99)

  • Metacritic score: 76


Total Value: $82.94

Average Value: $13.82

Average Score: 76.8

6 games for free? Sony’s focus lately has been squarely on variety, and we’ve got that here – so long as variety involves 2D platforming. 3 of the 4 PS4 games are 2D platformers, but all are of admirable quality. Super Time Force in particular has a distinctive gameplay hook, while Xeodrifter is uniquely 8 bit in style. Grow Home is a 3D (OOOOH!) platform style game, but is a gorgeous and well-paced experience. Twisted Metal is a blast from the past, but is a solid car combat game. All are of impressive quality, but variety is somewhat lacking.


Games With Gold

Xbox One:

Tomb Raider Definitive Edition ($34.99) — September 16 – October 15

  • Metacritic score: 86

The Deer God ($14.99) — September

  • Metacritic score: 58 (PC)


Crysis 3 ($19.99)

  • Metacritic score: 76

Battlestations Pacific ($24.99)

  • Metacritic score: 76


Total Value: $94.96

Average Value: $23.74

Average Score: 74

Tomb Raider – one of the best games of 2013 – for free? Nice! The Metacritic score speaks for itself, and this one freebie makes the whole month worthwhile. One of the best games I’ve seen for free! The Deer God is a little more questionable, but offers a pixel art survival experience that may appeal to some. The 360 lineup is great, with 2 very substantial and gameplay filled titles.


Head 2 Head:

Matching up values as best I can, which is the better offering? Excludes Vita titles, because, well, Microsoft doesn’t have a handheld. *yeah, this is an opinion*

Tomb Raider v. Super Time Force Ultra & Grow Home & Teslagrad

Advantage: Microsoft

The Deer God v. Xeodrifter

Advantage: Sony

Crysis 3 & Battlestations Pacific v. Twisted Metal

Advantage: Microsoft



Microsoft swung for the fences, and hit a home run with the incredible Tomb Raider. Add in a solid 360 lineup, and all the platformers in the world can’t touch this lineup. Both companies have provided great value, but Microsoft takes this round handily.

Come back next month for another vicious grudge match! Which games turn your crank? Let us know on Twitter @COGconnected. Suggestions for this feature? Get in touch with me @yvr_paul!


  • IamTylerDurden1

    How in the bleep do u get $35 for Tomb Raider definitive? It’s definitely cheaper than that, it’s $14.99 on ms for xbone right here http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/en_US/pdp/Tomb-Raider-Definitive-Edition-for-Xbox-One/productID.296006200
    In fact, Crysis 3 can be had for way less as well, $7 at Gamestop.

    Battlestations Pacific is a terrible addition, it released in 2009, i kid u not. It’s 6 almost 7 yrs old while 3 of the 6 PS+ games are new releases. PS+ gives u 6 games and 4 PS4 games while xbox gives u 4 games and 2 xbone games.

    How do u not include the “2 Vita games” in your head to head? U do realize there is only 1 actual Vita-only game right? Xeodrifter is available on PS4 and Vita, to not include it in your head to head is idiotic.

    All 6 games on PS+ in September are quality, while xbox has 2 quality titles unless u want to include a game from 2009 then it’s 3. PS+ wins easily.

  • IamTylerDurden1

    PS+ wins easy, 6 games, 4 PS4 games, 3 new releases. Every game is quality and we got to vote in one of them so u know many are pleased with that game. STFU is a new release and it’s terrific, Teslagrad is outstanding, Twisted Metal is awesome, ppl are happy about Grow Home bc they voted it in, Xeodrifter is a new release and it’s good, and La Mulana Ex is phenomenal. This a spectacular month imo, even if u only own a PS4 u still get 4 great games .

  • J.j. Barrington

    What did you base those Tomb Raider and Battlestations prices on?