PlayStation Plus in 2016: $1,175 Worth of Games Offered

Now that the December 2016 PlayStation Plus free games have been revealed, Polygon has taken a look back at the year that was for PlayStation Plus members.

In total, the 72 games offered this year had a combined price of $1,175 (using the current regular USD price on the PlayStation Store). This is more than $100 higher than 2015’s total, but it’s nearly $175 less than 2014. Using the score from the lead platform on each title, Polygon says the average Metacritic score for the 72 games was 74.1, down 1.5 points from 2015.

Some other PlayStation Plus highlights from 2016 include: a $10 price increase for the yearly membership in September, the removal of Dead Star from the PlayStation Store after the servers went offline on November 1, the average age of games offered on PS3 was over five years old, June had the highest average age of games at 4.8 years, the highest-priced games were NBA 2K16 on PS4 and Persona 4 Arena Ultimax and Yakuza 5 on PS3 at $39.99, four of the games were for PlayStation Portable, and seven of the games were new releases (italicized below).

Here’s a recap of the PlayStation Plus free games in 2016, complete with the total value of the games offered each month:

January 2016 – $114.94

  • Grim Fandango Remastered (PS4, PS Vita)
  • Hardware: Rivals (PS4)
  • Dragon Age: Origins (PS3)
  • Medal of Honor: Warfighter (PS3)
  • Legends of War: Patton (PS Vita)
  • Nihilumbra (PS Vita)

February 2016 – $124.94

  • Helldivers (PS4, PS3, PS Vita)
  • Nova-111 (PS4, PS3, PS Vita)
  • Nom Nom Galaxy (PS4)
  • Persona 4 Arena Ultimax (PS3)
  • GRID Autosport (PS3)
  • Lemmings Touch (PS Vita)

March 2016 – $76.44

  • Broforce (PS4)
  • Galak-Z (PS4)
  • Super Stardust HD (PS3)
  • The Last Guy (PS3)
  • Flame Over (PS Vita)
  • Reality Fighters (PS Vita)

April 2016 – $84.94

  • Dead Star (PS4)
  • Zombi (PS4)
  • I Am Alive (PS3)
  • Savage Moon (PS3)
  • A Virus Named Tom (PS Vita)
  • Shutshimi (PS Vita)

May 2016 – $88.94

  • Table Top Racing: World Tour (PS4)
  • Tropico 5 (PS4)
  • Switch Galaxy Ultra (PS4, PS Vita)
  • Bionic Commando Rearmed 2 (PS3)
  • LocoRoco Cocoreccho! (PS3)
  • God of War: Ghost of Sparta (PSP; PS Vita)

June 2016 – $118.44

  • Gone Home (PS4)
  • NBA 2K16 (PS4)
  • Echochrome (PS3)
  • Siren: Blood Curse (Episodes 1-12) (PS3)
  • Little Deviants (PS Vita)
  • God of War: Chains of Olympus (PSP; PS Vita)

July 2016 – $104.94

  • Furi (PS4)
  • Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell (PS4)
  • Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood (PS3)
  • Fat Princess (PS3)
  • Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines (PS Vita)
  • Prince of Persia: Revelations (PSP; PS Vita)

August 2016 – $82.94

  • Rebel Galaxy (PS4)
  • Tricky Towers (PS4)
  • Ultratron (PS4, PS3, PS Vita)
  • Retro/Grade (PS3)
  • Yakuza 5 (PS3)
  • Patapon 3 (PSP; PS Vita)

September 2016 – $82.94

  • Lords of the Fallen (PS4)
  • Journey (PS4, PS3)
  • Badland (PS4, PS3, PS Vita)
  • Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands (PS3)
  • Datura (PS3)
  • Amnesia: Memories (PS Vita)

October 2016 – $129.94

  • Resident Evil (PS4)
  • Transformers: Devastation (PS4)
  • Mad Riders (PS3)
  • From Dust (PS3)
  • Code: Realize Guardian of Rebirth (PS Vita)
  • Actual Sunlight (PS Vita)

November 2016 – $89.94

  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture (PS4)
  • The Deadly Tower of Monsters (PS4)
  • Letter Quest Remastered (PS4, PS Vita)
  • Pumped BMX+ (PS4, PS3, PS Vita)
  • Dirt 3 (PS3)
  • Costume Quest 2 (PS3)

December 2016 – $75.94

  • Invisible, Inc (PS4)
  • Stories: The Path of Destinies (PS4)
  • Hyper Void (PS4, PS3)
  • Tiny Troopers Joint Ops (PS4, PS3, PS Vita)
  • Color Guardians (PS4, PS Vita)
  • VVVVVV (PS Vita)

As mentioned above, the total price of the games is taken from the current regular price. Many titles have seen discounts before/after being offered in the Instant Game Collection, including Amnesia: Memories, which is currently $5.99 (80% off).

What did you think of the PlayStation Plus lineup in 2016?

[Source: Polygon, PlayStation Store]