There are few Sony fan boys bigger than myself. Okay… that’s not entirely accurate. While I do have an Xbox 360 and Wii, I prefer my games to be on the PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, or the Vita. One thing I was never keen on was the PlayStation Plus service. Now I’m not your average “play online every day” type of person but I enjoyed a game of Halo every once in a while so Xbox Live was pretty essential. This declined with the removal of the choice to play as an Elite so now a days, it’s pretty much a waste of money. PlayStation Plus doesn’t allow the player to hop online seeing as how this feature is standard for PlayStation 3 (something Microsoft could take note of); instead, it offers a large amount of savings on PSN titles and even free games at times. The thing is, if you ever tire of PlayStation Plus and do not renew the service, the games you received for free are taken away. This practice always rubbed me the wrong way until recently.
I have yet to play Borderlands, either of them, though I do own it for Xbox 360. Recently, PlayStation Plus offered the first game for free. Seeing as how I do want to play the sequel and there is a bonus for having a save from the first game, my interest was piqued. A moment later and I then owned Borderlands, Double Dragon Neon, Ratchet and Clank All 4 One for free, and saved a few dollars on Tokyo Jungle and a preorder for Doom 3 BFG Edition on PSN. Let’s look at this another way; $20 for Borderlands, $60 for Ratchet and Clank, $10 for Pac-Man… We’re already up to $90 worth of content just for $50 for an entire year. I’m not even counting all of the games like Infamous 2, Little Big Planet 2, Bloodrayne, and Scott Pilgrim which I would have downloaded if I did not already own them. In just those few minutes, the idea of PlayStation Plus went from being stupid to one of the best ideas ever!
Some will say that the online service that Microsoft offers is worth it. I can’t dispute that. For someone who plays Halo online all the time, it’ll be worth the money. There’s the catch, did you see it? I mentioned Halo. This applies only for exclusive titles. There is no reason why a gamer should not own a PS3 and play the latest Call of Duty with free online. I have played many fighting games with PS3’s online service and every time, I get my butt served to me on a silver platter with a flawless online experience. In this day and age, a company that charges to play online, when it is such a staple (as much as I hate to admit), is just down right criminal. Perhaps if they offered a basic online service for free and a premium service that never went down, never lagged even though a players connection is awful then yes, $60 a year to play online would be worth it.
Sony went the different route and thank goodness they did! They offer a subscription service that nets a player a ton of savings and now, perhaps not a few years ago, is easily worth the price, if not a complete gift to any PlayStation owner. Hop on and see for yourself! While Ratchet and Clank All 4 One may not have been a game I would’ve ever purchased, but seeing as how I received it for free, your damn right I’m going to check it out!