PlayStation Plus gave out more than $1,500 in free games. Were they worth it?

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Sony delivered 76 video games for all of its platforms to PlayStation Plus subscribers in 2018 — PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita. Were they any good? What would they cost otherwise? What do the numbers say about the value of this PlayStation Plus benefit?

We’ll try to answer that question this year as we have the past four years. To that, however, we’ve added a few more questions: How old is the game? Did Sony publish it? What publisher did PlayStation Plus use the most?

These questions may shed light on where these free games programs are headed, especially as Sony will no longer offer free PlayStation Plus games for the PS3 or the PS Vita in March 2019.

Getting Started

In all, there were 76 games in PlayStation Plus’ instant game collection for 2018, with an average critical score of 69.5 and a combined retail price (as of yesterday) of $1,508.74. The review average of this year’s free games is 1.8 points lower than 2017 but the monetary value is $221.49 more.

Batman: The Telltale Series Episode 5 screenshot Telltale Games

January

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (PS4)
  • Batman: The Telltale Series (PS4)
  • Sacred 3 (PS3)
  • The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 (PS3)
  • Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness (PS4, PS Vita)
  • Uncanny Valley (PS4, PS Vita)
  • Starblood Arena (PSVR)

Average score: 66

Average age: 1.74 years

Total value: $157.93

Knack 2 Sony Interactive Entertainment

February

  • Knack (PS4)
  • Rime (PS4)
  • Spelunker HD (PS3)
  • Mugen Souls Z (PS3)
  • Exile’s End (PS Vita)
  • Grand Kingdom (PS4, PS Vita)

Average score: 65.8

Average age: 3.75 years

Total value: $96.94

Bloodborne From Software/Sony Interactive Entertainment

March

  • Bloodborne (PS4)
  • Ratchet & Clank (PS4)
  • Mighty No. 9 (PS4, PS3)
  • Legend of Kay (PS3)
  • Claire: Extended Cut (PS4, PS Vita)
  • Bombing Busters (PS4, PS Vita)

Average score: 69.7

Average age: 2.24 years

Total value: $106.94

Mad Max tips e 1920 Avalanche Studios

April

  • Mad Max (PS4)
  • TrackMania Turbo (PS4)
  • In Space We Brawl (PS4, PS3)
  • Toy Home (PS3)
  • 99Vidas (PS4, PS3, PS Vita)
  • Q*Bert Rebooted (PS4, PS3, PS Vita)

Average score: 60.5

Average age: 3.93 years

Total value: $98.94

Beyond Two Souls Quantic Dream/Sony

May

  • Beyond: Two Souls (PS4)
  • Rayman Legends (PS4)
  • Risen 3: Titan Lords (PS3)
  • Eat Them! (PS3)
  • King Oddball (PS3, PS Vita)
  • Furmins (PS4, PS Vita)

Average score: 69 (nice)

Average age: 4.75 years

Total value: $106.44

June

XCOM 2 - flamethrower Firaxis Games/2K Games
  • XCOM 2 (PS4)
  • Trials Fusion (PS4)
  • Zombie Driver HD (PS3)
  • Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier (PS3)
  • Atomic Ninjas (PS3, PS Vita)
  • Squares (PS Vita)
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 (PS4)

Average score: 72.1

Average age: 3.98 years

Total value: $123.94

Heavy Rain - Madison at nightclub Quantic Dream/Sony Computer Entertainment

July

  • Heavy Rain (PS4)
  • Absolver (PS4)
  • Rayman 3 HD (PS3)
  • Extreme Exorcism (PS4, PS3)
  • Space Overlords (PS4, PS Vita)
  • Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma (PS Vita)

Average score: 69.2

Average age: 3.97 years

Total value: $179.93

Mafia 3 artwork 2K Games

August

  • Mafia 3 (PS4)
  • Dead by Daylight (PS4)
  • Bound by Flame (PS3)
  • Serious Sam 3: BFE (PS3)
  • Draw Slasher (PS Vita)
  • Space Hulk (PS Vita)
  • Here They Lie (PSVR)
  • Knowledge is Power
  • Destiny 2 (PS4)

Average score: 67.6

Average age: 2.7 years

Total value: $205.91

foul play hero Meditonic

September

  • God of War 3 Remastered (PS4)
  • Another World – 20th Anniversary Edition (PS4)
  • QUBE Director’s Cut (PS4, PS3)
  • Sparkle 2 (PS4, PS3, PS Vita)
  • Foul Play (PS4, PS Vita)

Average score: 68.4

Average age: 3.72 years

Total value: $55.95

Roll7/505 Games

October

  • Friday the 13th: The Game (PS4)
  • Laser League (PS4)
  • Master Reboot (PS3)
  • The Bridge (PS4, PS3, PS Vita)
  • Rocketbirds 2: Evolution (PS4, PS Vita)
  • 2064: Read Only Memories (PS4, PS Vita)

Average score: 68.8

Average age: 2.47 years

Total value: $81.94

In this screenshot from Yakuza Kiwami, main character Kazuma Kiryu is shirtless, with his large back tattoo of a dragon partially visible as he faces away from the camera. He has his fist up, preparing to fight, and appears to be in a cage with one other Sega

November

  • Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition (PS4)
  • Yakuza Kiwami (PS4)
  • Jackbox Party Pack 2 (PS3)
  • Arkedo Series (PS3)
  • Burly Men at Sea (PS4, PS Vita)
  • Roundabout (PS4, PS Vita)

Average score: 75.3

Average age: 2.47 years

Total value: $140.94

Codemasters/Deep Silver

December

  • SOMA (PS4)
  • Onrush Standard Digital Edition (PS4)
  • Steredenn: Classic (PS3)
  • SteinsGate (PS3)
  • Iconoclasts (PS4, PS Vita)
  • Papers, Please (PS Vita)

Average score: 82.8

Average age: 3.2 years

Total value: $152.94

By the Numbers

Average score: 69.6

Average price: $19.85

Average age: 3.2 years

Highest scoring month: December.

Highest dollar value month: August ($205.91)

Month with newest games on average: January (1.74 years)

Lowest scoring month: April (60.5)

Lowest dollar value month: September $55.95

Month with oldest games on average: May (4.75 years old)

Published by Sony: 10

Publisher with the most titles: Sony, 10.

Platform score averages

PlayStation 3: 70.7

PlayStation 4: 64.98

PlayStation Vita: 79.6

Review score ranges

90 and up: 3

80 to 89: 16

70 to 79: 17

60 to 69: 26

59 and below: 14

Price ranges

$40 and up: 4

$30 to $39.99: 6

$25 to $29.99: 9

$20 to $24.99: 2

$15 to $19.99: 19

$10 to $14.99: 7

$5 to $9.99: 27

$4.99 and under: 2

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