Each month Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation Plus subscribers get access to a handful of complimentary games as a perk of their premium subscription plan. Going back and reviewing all of the games given out in 2015, I thought I’d share with you what I found when it came to the two consoles and their distribution of indie games within these monthly promotions.
Let’s start with Xbox Live Gold first:
In 2015, Xbox Games with Gold gave out 47 games across 2 consoles, 9 of which were indie games (19% of the total games given out). Xbox Games with Gold clearly favored the bigger franchises, giving away games like Bioshock Infinite, Tomb Raider, Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag, and Gears of War 3 pretty regularly. January, March, August, and October saw no indie games included in the Games With Gold promotions, while April and November saw two indies each. For the other five months of the year, one indie game was included in the promotion per month.
April: Terarria, Pool Nation FX
May: CastleStorm: Definitive Edition (Xbox One)
June: Massive Chalice
July: So Many Me
September: The Deer God
November: Pneuma, Knight Squad
December: The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing, CastleStorm (Xbox 360)
PlayStation Plus on the other hand:
In 2015, PlayStation Plus gave out 72 games across 3 systems, 31 of which were indie games (43% of the total games given out). Clearly PlayStation Plus was the winner regarding who distributed the most indie games for free in 2015. Except for December, at least two games out of the six distributed each month were indie games. February and September even had indie games as four of the six games offered.
January: The Swapper, Whoa Dave
February: Apotheon, Transistor, Rogue Legacy, Kick and Fennick
March: Papo and Yo, OlliOlli 2
April: Tower of Guns, Never Alone, Aaru’s Awakening
May: Guacamelee! Championship Edition, Ether One, Race the Sun
June: Skulls of the Shogun, Super Exploding Zoo, Futuridium EP Deluxe
July: Rocket League, Mousecraft
August: Limbo, Stealth Inc. 2, CastleStorm
September: Super Time Force Ultra, Xeodrifter, Teslagrad, La Mulana
October: Super Meat Boy, Broken Age, Chariot
November: Magicka 2, Dragon Fin Soup
December: Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken
With games like Rocket League, Transistor, Rogue Legacy, and Super Meat Boy, it’s clear that Sony is focused on ensuring that their monthly PlayStation Plus lineups are well-stocked with some quality indie games.