The two free comics for PS Plus Subscribers for April 2019 are :
Two games I had not heard of!
Reddit was down at the time I originally checked so I had to rely on Polygon for the news.
According to them, Conan Exiles is an open world game staring everyone’s second favorite Conan, and The Surge is an action role playing game in the style of Dark Souls (or Bloodborne as that’s the only one in the genre I’ve played).
No other game, I was hoping after the State of Play that came out, we would get a free VR game to continue the VR hype machine but they are really sticking to the only two free games a month status.
From what I can see from the official PlayStation store :
Conan Exiles is a $50 game with four additional DLC packs all for $10 each, and The Surge has an Augmented Edition (that I’m sure the free game is just the base game). The Augmented Edition is $59.99 and includes the five DLC packs and an expansion (not sure why that isn’t also considered DLC?). The base game is also $50, so for only ten more dollars, you can get all of the DLC. Neither game has a theme, so that’s pretty disappointing, or any avatars. The Surge has three DLC that costs money, one for $10, another for $15, and yet another for $3. The Cutting Edge Pack, the Fire & Ice Weapon Pack, the Cobalt Control Rod, and the CREO PS04 Limited Rig DLC are all free and I’m currently in the process of downloading those! I do like free DLC and will download it for any game that I might remotely be interested in.
As I’m in a research sort of mood, here is some more information I’ve found.
Conan Exiles came out just last year on May 8, 2018, so that’s a fast turn around! Conan is a survival game which I haven’t really played one of those, I rather not worry about feeding my character. I attempted a Fallout 4 playthrough on Survival to get ready for Fallout 76 but then I decided I will play the long game wait with Fallout 76 and never really got that far into that playthrough of Fallout 4. Like, I barely got two hours in and wasn’t really loving it.
It reads like we don’t play as Conan which is an interesting idea. We can pick our gender and I usually like to play as a lady, as who doesn’t enjoy a strong female lead? I know I sure do! Plus, maybe my wife would be interested in watching me play but I doubt she’ll take the time.
Hopefully there is a gauge for how much of a survival game I’ll have to deal with or the mechanic for drinking and eating is basic enough to not get in my way of enjoying the game.
I’ve been meaning to get back into Bloodborne, as I just got killed by the wolf and then picked a main weapon and hadn’t left that initial location yet.
I hadn’t heard of Lords of the Fallen, Deck13 Interactive’s first game, either.
Apparently a sequel is supposed to come out this year, so that’s pretty smart to make this one free. The Surge originally came out on May 16, 2017. Found out we’re getting two May games from two different years.
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Here are the videos from my usual peeps :
PlayStation Access –
Nathan brings us his quick review of the games. I like the entire team so much that I started following everybody on Twitter and nearly everybody through the PlayStation Friends app, I couldn’t find Rosie or Dan, so if you know their gamer tags, please let me know so I can follow them. I couldn’t follow Hollie due to her settings which I completely understand.
The games do look great, I’m not sure how much I’ll commit to either of them. Conan has a settlement building mechanic that I’m not sure I’ll be too into as I didn’t quite love it in Fallout 4. I built what I needed and then moved on. There is PVP which also doesn’t interest me but I’ll attempt the single player campaign.
PlayStation Grenade –
Adam provides the review this time and he informs us that there is some free Fortnite and H1Z1 exclusives available now. I didn’t see the H1Z1 item but there are several other exclusives including two themes that I scooped up. H1Z1 might come out on Tuesday.
Platinum Chasers –
Ben gives us his great trophy hunter perspective on the games. He briefly mentions how Conan Exiles’ trophies can be completed within an hour or it can be done upwards of 50 plus hours. The game has 1 Platinum, 7 Gold, 6 Silver, and 12 Bronze trophies. Conan Exiles is a 7 out of 10 difficulty.
Sounds like he’s more interested in The Surge, with its 6 out of 10 difficulty and also 50 hours to complete. It has 1 Platinum, 1 Gold, 13 Silver, and 32 Bronze trophies. Which seems like a more rewarding experience, literally. We shouldn’t expect any videos from him regarding the game in the short term, regarding this game.
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Here is Turbostrider27’s thread from Reddit discussing the games :
Some are saying Surge is a short game, with some problems but overall, a decent game.
Conan is an okay game.
I can see me making more of an attempt at playing Bloodborne during the month of April. Maybe I should reinstall it this week and give myself some proper experience before Surge is available to download.
If you played Ark, you might have a better grasp of Conan, but I’ve never played Ark. I guess Fallout 76 will be the closet I ever get to playing it. Well, until I play Conan, I suppose.
“Average” is being thrown around to describe both games, with some saying the one game is better than the other.
Conan has a multiplayer aspect I’ll never know. Apparently the PC version allows you to go full nude and strangely, Sony didn’t allow that for their version. Strange indeed.
Here is the PlayStationPlus subreddit discussion for the games :
They seem less than impress, and usually they are a more positive bunch over the PS4 subreddit crew. Sony would go a long way with just adding a third game to the list. I keep hoping one day The Impatient would get added then I’ll have both Until Dawn spinoffs available to me once I eventually get VR, which is still a year or two away. I imagine that might happen whenever Man of Medan is available or the month prior.
Once Walker Dennis is of an age where he can safely play VR, I’ll get one, as I’m not going to play with something in front of him that he can’t also play with. That’s just cruel, plus I don’t need VR right now.
But I also get Sony’s idea that sometime next year, they are going to start giving away free PS5 games so it will make up for it but ooof, PS5 is still a future concept that we don’t know when it will eventually get dropped. But for $40 subscription to PS Plus (if you buy during a Black Friday deal), it pays for itself as soon as you get two games you really want. For April, we are getting a $100 value in two games, which I’m fine with it. Plus, I paid $40 back in November, I no longer even think about that purchase. Well, my wife bought it for me, so even better!
I do miss getting the crossbuy Vita games, I wish we were still getting those as I was really enjoying the indie games more times than not.
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Amazingly, playstationtrophies.org doesn’t have a trophy guide for Conan Exiles.
So I’ll be using PSN Profiles’ trophy guide for Conan Exiles.
Which is nice that at least someone made a guide. Apparently there is an Admin Panel tool that makes the game’s platinum something you can achieve in an hour, which I’m not sure how I feel about that. Seems like one isn’t really playing the game the way the developers wanted, but then again, they made it possible to do so. I doubt I’ll use it but that is out there. It might be a 50 – 100 hour platinum the proper way.
Luckily, there is a playstationtrophies.org guide for The Surge:
I just prefer the way the site has an official template that everyone uses. Though lately, I’ve been having a real pain copying and pasting from their site into a Word document but that might just be for me.
This game has some missable trophies which is always disappointing.
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The XBox free games for April are : Technomancer and Outcast, which I’ve heard of Outcast, so maybe PlayStation Plus will get those games sometime soon (that seems to be the route some games take). Actually, I checked PlayStation Access and they did a Let’s Play of Outlast, so I have not heard of Outcast.
Expect a post from me, around mid-April, of my initial opinions of the two games. I’ll probably keep to playing my least interested to more interested schedule and start with The Surge and end with Conan Exiles.
These two games will be available for free starting on Tuesday, April 2.