Septembers Playstation Plus lineup is being herald as the worst that the service has seen. However it would seem that many of these complaints have been made without much awareness of the quality of the games it features. If we recall Sony previously stated that they would be trying to keep the Playstation Plus lineup to games exclusively to those that have scored above 80 on metacritic, and with this in mind the lineup does not disappoint, at least not on Playstation 4 or Vita.
The lineup for September is as follows
- Velocity 2X(PS4 / Vita)
- Sports Friends (PS4)
- Hoard (PS3)
- Playstation All Stars Battle Royale (PS3)
- Joe Danger (Vita)
- TxK (Vita)
For the most part these titles have been very well aclaimed. On the Playstation 4 we have Sports Friends and Velocity 2X, with the former title holding a 82 on metacritic it’s one of the most critically acclaimed titles available on the Playstation 4. Velocity 2X on the other hand is the sequel to acclaimed Vita title Velocity Ultra, which holds a score of 87 on metacritic.
The Playstation 3’s offerings are where things get a little weaker, with Hoard and Playstation All Stars. Although Hoard is considered a good game, it’s critical performance is lesser than either of the PS4 titles available in September. However it’s not a bad title by any means, being awarded as IGNs ‘best quick fix’ in their Playstation 3 awards in 2010, as well as a nominee for best competitive multiplayer. Then of course there’s Playstation All Stars, which has earned itself a similar metacritic to Hoard of 74. However the title isn’t bad by any means, and proves to be of particular fun in local multiplayer.
Finally we have the Vita titles for the month in Joe Danger and TxK, two outright fantastic games. Joe Danger was previously available on the Playstation 3 and received high critical acclaim – 86 on metacritic – and proves to be one of the most enjoyable pick-up and play arcade experiences on the Playstation 3. TxK is has a slightly lower critical reception with 84, but is an incredibly solid title, and provides its consumers the best experience of a re-imagined Tempest that they could ever hope for.
If we take the critical reception of these 6 titles and average it out it equates to 80.6. It should be noted this is higher than the previous month of Playstation plus which featured Fez, Crysis 3, Dragons Crown, Metrico and The Road Not Taken. Although this average was calculated with Joe Danger on PS3 and Velocity Ultra rather than Velocity 2X, it’s unlikely to sway in the opposing direction, at best possibly making the aggregate scores near equal across the two months of Plus.
Anyone an keen eye for high quality video games can see that this month isn’t a bad month on Plus at all, in fact far from it. However what it is is a month of different video game experiences, this month is very much focused on titles developed by independent studios, or those featuring local multiplayer. So indeed it’s liable to miss the appeal of gamers usually frequenting the likes of Call of Duty, or Battlefield, but nevertheless it’s clear that Sony’s commitment to providing high quality content through the service hasn’t lapsed.