The May 2020 Free Games through PlayStation Plus are : Cities Skylines and Farming Simulator 2019! Available on May 5.
Which I will commit to playing each one for a night, but my main complaint about these are that they are very similar games wherein we create and maintain. But I am pretty excited to try them out.
I played Real Farm for a night, and it will be fun to play its older brother.
I imagine these games are the price we pay for getting the Uncharted Trilogy and Journey for free. Then Namco was nice enough to give Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 for free, so we got five free games in the past week. I am wondering if there will be free games for May?
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Cities : Skylines is typically a $39.99 game, and goes as low as $9.99.
Farming Simulator 19 is typically a $39.99 game, and goes as low as $26.79.
So together, at their highest, the games are valued at $80, and at their lowest are $37. So our ongoing total is $89 plus $37, making PS+ value thus far, $126, so there is no denying the value of the service.
Both games have a slew of DLC, which I suppose makes them ripe for PS+.
I can only imagine Cities : Skylines will be the base game.
Coast to Coast Radio, $3.99
Content Creator Pack : Modern Japan $4.99
Sunset Harbor, $14.99
Carols, Candies and Candy, FREE, so I downloaded that right now
Downtown Radio, $3.99
Content Creator Pack : Modern City, $4.99
Content Creator Pack : University City, $4.99
Radio Station 3, $7.99
Pearls from the East, FREE, so I downloaded this as well
Synthetic Dawn Radio, $3.99
Radio Station 2, $7.99
European Suburbia, $4.99
Green Cities, $12.99
Mass Transit, $12.99
Natural Disasters, $14.99
Radio Station Pack, $7.99
Content Creator Pack, $9.99
A couple bundles are available :
Ultimate Content Bundle, $99.99
Downtown Bundle, $7.99
Season Pass, $39.99
Season Pass 2, $39.99
So that’s a lot of content, which reminds me of Sims 4, wherein, if you take to the game, and probably can envision a wishlist of content, that content is now available to you.
Farming Simulator 19 DLC includes :
CLAAS Dominator 108 SL Maxi, $0.99
CLAAS Torion 1914 Dev Mule, $0.99
Platinum Expansion, $19.99
John Deere Cotton, $4.99
Holmer Terra Variant, Free, so you know your boy downloaded this, real quick.
Anderson Group Equipment, $9.99
Season Pass, $49.99
Mahindra Retriever, $0.99
New Holland T6 Blue Power, FREE, so another instant download.
I do like how both games came with two free DLC items. That’s synergy I can get behind.
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Here are my three subreddits opinions, which pretty much match my disbelief, but with a lot more passion. I am glad that there are a percentage of people who are writing highly about the games, so that is reassuring.
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Here are my YouTube peeps :
Rob with PlayStation Access :
Adam with PlayStation Grenade :
Ben with Platinum Chasers :
In the middle of Rob’s review of Cities : Skylines, I did have the thought regarding if this is the lead game, what is the second title going to be? Then I was quite surprised to see Farming Simulator. I legit thought it was going from cities to small towns, but then I saw the title crept across the screen.
I love how Adam and Ben, the constant professionals that they are, just could not fake any enthusiasm for the games. Like, one of them would have been fine, but two simulator games is interesting. Though I do like how one is macro and the other is micro, I imagine that is how they justified it in the office.
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Here is PlayStationTrophies.org’s guide to Cities : Skylines :
Unfortunately, I could not find a trophy guide for Farming Simulator, so here is PlayStationTrophies.org’s trophy list :
Like Sims 4, I was hoping for some sort of direction to how to play the game. Funny how Real Farm has a guide, but not Farming Simulator. If you find a guide somewhere, please let me know.
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There are two big sales going on right now on the PSN.
The Big in Japan sale :
Games Under 20 sale :
For the Japan sale, I bought Omega Quintet for two dollars, I figure for two dollars, it is worth the risk.
We finally own all of the Lego games that are on sale. I was really hoping the Harry Potter set was going to be on sale, as I told Walker Dennis I would buy it for him once he started watching the films. Which my wife and he has started yesterday, but next time the set is on sale, I will snatch it on up.
Of the three one-dollar games listed for Under $20 sale, only Shalnor Legends : Sacred Lands has a trophy guide. I feel like Omega Quintet will satisfy that itch of buying a new game. Plus, I have all of those 2018 games to still play. So let’s get into the quick reviews of what I have been playing.
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I have been making some good strides with my backlog of games.
I earned my 31st Platinum with Life is Strange : Before the Storm. I really liked how it is only three episodes, with a bonus one that I will play next time it is in my cycle. I am not sure what will be my May platinum, I have two bonus ones that I can fall back on, if I cannot get close to earning another one. I like how grounded the game was, the characters really stood out, and there was no lousy stealth segments from the first game. It got a tad much for me in the first game, I get that it wanted to go bonkers with its finale, but I was glad to be over it when the final credits rolled. If Life is Strange 2 ever goes under $10, I will pick it up to complete my collection. The LiS2 is currently $16 for the current sale.
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I really enjoyed Pac-Man Championship Edition 2, I am clearly a B grade player, but I enjoyed my time in the game. Very interesting way to do a Pac-Man game. If they would remaster Pac-Man World, I would be totally okay with that.
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I did not take to In Space We Brawl, I made a list of all of the zones and the three subzones, and made a point of playing in each one for that specific trophy, then I also earned the 10 three-second matches trophy. So I feel like I experience it enough. I could not get pass one of the early tutorial levels, so that was pretty lousy.
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99Vidas, I was really enjoying playing Izzy on Izzy (easy mode). Right up until I got to the first phase of the final boss. Then I just got slaughtered, but I was in Stage Three (of six), and felt committed to beating the game, replaying stage six over and over again, to unlock the other characters, then I just hit a difficulty spike that killed all of my buzz. But I had a great time in the first five levels and the two bonus stages.
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While playing King Oddball, I finally got over the hump of my final ten percent (that always feels like it takes over) and earned my PSN Player Level 19. King Oddball is like Angry Birds, but without the precision. It is still there, but instead of controlling our own trajectory, King Oddball’s tongue (that we use to throw the rocks), is in a constant state of swinging, so we have to time our release to attack the tanks, helicopters, and little soldiers. I have been really enjoying the game, and I am committed to playing all of the levels, as it is pretty fun. It can be frustrating at times, but there is a part of me that really wants to commit the level until I beat it, and then I want to try the next one to see if I can do it on my first try, then failing that, just keep playing until I can beat it. Then repeat that process until it is 12:34 in the morning, and that is my hard cutoff time.
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I also decided to start playing Injustice again, and finished Aquaman’s levels of storymode. Which really annoyed me about my past self, and how he really should have finished that at the time. So next time I play, I will be starting Joker’s story chapters. I really hope the second game’s story mode lets me choose my character, as I really want to play as the TMNT. So much so, that I feel compelled to finish the first game’s story mode.
I essentially am only doing the five or six moves that the quick guide tells me, and just button smashing, so I am the worst, and the fights do not feel as satisfying as they should, but that is clearly on me and my inability to be good at fighting games, but I am trying to learn the different combos.
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Since I was in the mood to play a Ninja Turtles game, I picked up TMNT : Mutants in Manhattan, the character designs are still not to my liking, but the game play feels pretty nice. A lot of sameness, but it is only nine levels, I think, and I completed the second level with Rocksteady. The levels do not feel too long, but I think playing one level in my game cycle, is good enough.
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So my current gaming plans for May are :
Playing Life is Strange : Before the Storm’s Fourth Episode, I suspect there are no trophies, but it has Max, and that will be nice to see her again.
Play my three active Lego games : DC Supervillians, City Undercover, and Jurassic World. I need to rearrange my cycle so it is not the three games back to back to back, but I also sort of like the of having it all be in one big chunk, but I will think about it.
Play Joker’s chapter of Injustice.
Complete the third level of TMNT : Mutants in Manhattan.
Chip away at King Oddball, just playing a night’s worth of game.
Committing to playing the first chapter of Omega Quintet. It looks fun, and I really want to experience a JRPG again.
Making time for both Cities : Skylines and Farming Simulator 19.
My big commits are to Omega Quintet, and the Lego games, as the Lego games are probably what my next platinums will come from. I already know I will not be getting the plat for Omega Quintet, but I am hoping I enjoy it enough that completing the first chapter is not a chore.
I want to get back into Uncharted 4 and God of War, so I will probably sprinkle in chapters (Uncharted) and story segments (God of War), into May, which I know is so dumb, as those games are legendary, so I will probably put some major focus into completing those two as well. I recommitted to them in the middle of that sentence.
I hope you are all doing well and keeping sane during this heighten time we are all in together.