PS Plus Vs Xbox Live, Battlefield 3 Vs Defense Grid in July

By Alan Ng - Jul 3, 2013

It is that time of the month again, where happy PS3 users can look forward to another big game landing on their console, as part of Sony’s going Instant Game Collection. This month, it’s a little more exciting as Microsoft has also entered the free game bandwagon, giving away select titles to Xbox Live Gold members each month.

Unfortunately though, the first game that Microsoft are giving away is hugely disappointing and bears no similarity as to what Sony will be offering to both EU and US PS Plus subscribers. If you don’t already know, the big game for the July 2013 PS Plus update is none other than Battlefield 3 – yours to keep as long as you are a PS Plus subscriber, which you probably will be as you move over to PS4 later this year.

While this is obviously awesome news for those that subscribe to the service, it’s a little less exciting for Xbox Live Gold members, as the free game for July is Defense Grid – a tower defense based game. To make matters worse, we and everyone else were under the impression that the first two games that would be offered would be Assassin’s Creed 2 and Halo 3.

Major Nelson has since apologized for the confusion, but at the same time stated that he was unsure as to why gamers were getting the wrong impression. Almost embarrassingly, this wrong impression had come from Microsoft’s own Xbox Support Twitter account, who were happily messaging everyone saying that Assassin’s Creed 2 and Halo 3 would be the games for July, as you’ll see in the evidence below.

Back to Battlefield 3 though, what an amazing free game for PS Plus members to enjoy. That is not the only game either on offer, as you can see what else will be coming to PS3 and PS Vita in July here. We think it’s great that Microsoft has finally stepped up to the plate to offer free games, but they really need to communicate better with their customers to avoid a repeat of similar situations in the future.

Battlefield 3 Vs Defense Grid is obviously no contest this month. If you are an Xbox Live Gold member, let us know if you are feeling a little hard done by after expecting Assassin’s Creed 2 and Halo 3 to release.

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  • Blastergamer

    I loved playing defense grid. I see nothing worse about.

    btw. Now AC2 is free, because it’s july 16!

  • Glenn Harris

    It’s both funny and sad that this is a reason people hate Microsoft. They’re old games anyways. Who cares?

  • seeafish

    I find it interesting that you didn’t mention the other stuff you also get this month besides BF3. Really your article should read
    “Battlefield 3, Payday the heist, Saints row the third, Ninja gaiden sigma and Unit 13………… vs Defense Grid.

    MS, you’re a joke. Go home.

  • Josh101

    Oh wow i’m surprised it hasn’t gotten more widespread coverage. Is it becoming almost a running joke that Microsoft has messed up soo much lately that people are starting to not care? It’s almost sad. Make sure you remember this crap come christmas lol.

  • StonyK

    M$ should be investigated. It shouldn’t be legal to state one thing, get everyone to buy gold membership then do another. If not illegal its just plain lying. How anyone could ever purchase something from this company again is ridiculous.
    Admittedly though I’m not fussed about Halo and AS2 as have played them and can buy them for £2 anyway and would much prefer Defense Grid. Just hope my 4G hard drive can fit it on!

  • MSNonPlussed

    I got PS Plus last month when I found out you needed it for PS4. Even though I had to pay AUD69.95, was well worth it. Kinda glad PS4 will require it, otherwise I probably would have skipped it.

  • Jason Graham

    Just another reason why I’m jumping ship to ps4 at the end of the year.

  • Dawestsiderocks

    Lmfao.. Microshit! What A Joke -_-
    Imma getting outta here.. PS4 Heree I Come!!!!