It's that time of month again. Sony has revealed April's PlayStation Plus games and it looks as if we're in for another great month, especially coming off the back of March's Broforce-shaped puncture wound.
As the service enters its 6th year PlayStation Plus' free games have been rising steadily in quality (barring Hardware Rivals of course), but some gamers have been lambasting the service's constant parading of indie titles. Because, it seems, supporting non-AAA devs, the few people making truly original games, is... erm... a bad thing?
Will Exchange Plus For Gold
Most of the heat seems to be coming from Sony's aforementioned willingness to highlight the wares coming from indie developers, with big name favorites like Xeodrifter and Never Alone being two of the stand-out titles to release on the instant game platform.
But after Microsoft's Games With Gold service offered Sunset Overdrive to Xbox One owners this month, gamers began making an even bigger furore over PS+'s lack of AAA titles, just like last month and the month's before that. Take a look at last month's fallout on PlayStation's YouTube channel:
This month's Plus line-up is actually pretty solid, especially on PS4, with massive online space shooter Dead Star and Zombi, which first found life on Wii U and just happens to be a AAA game hailing from the lairs of Ubisoft, landing comfortably.
Not to mention I Am Alive, Savage Moon, A Virus Named Tom and Shutshimi releasing on PS3 and PS Vita respectively! Is throwing hands to the sky and ruing the lack of AAA titles a good look? Especially when gazing at the list of AAA titles released on Games With Gold: Sunset Overdrive, Tomb Raider, Rayman Legends and The Walking Dead: Season One are the Xbox One games of note to write home about. Over a 9 month period.
Whereas the PS+ had Grow Home, Rocket League, Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, Broken Age, Grim Fandango Remastered and Galak-Z to chew on. And these are all very, very good PS4 games from independent or smaller developers (excluding Grow Home which is an Ubisoft creation)!
Going For Gold
With the abundance of fairly samey AAA titles releasing, like your (not so annual anymore) Assassin's Creeds, (now sure to be annual) Far Crys and Call of Dutys, being gifted a few indie games every month for free isn't a bad deal whatsoever, especially when combined with the constant sales on AAA titles over on PS Store.
The indie games released on PS+ come as a great break from the norm, don't you think? Isn't it great that we can get to learn about the heritage of the Iñupiat people in Never Alone when tired of venturing through the wilds of The Witcher 3? Or ascending a seemingly never ending tree with the cutest robot mascot in Never Alone after a tense round of games in FIFA 16.
We're spoilt, and with this deluge of choice naturally everyone won't be pleased with the offers on hand. It's kinda like going to a free bar, asking for a peaty single malt scotch and learning they only have blended. Then you cause a ruckus and tear the bar up, only to later try the free whiskey and find that it's actually pretty nice!
We live in a golden age of video games. Enjoy it whilst it's there.