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Conan Exiles and The Surge are your PlayStation Plus games for April

Survive brutal exile in ancient civilisation or fight for your life in an uncompromising dystopian future

Two new titles join the PlayStation Plus monthly games line-up on 2nd April, each distinct but offering their own unique spin on what it means to survive. Let’s dive in and take a closer look.

Conan Exiles

 

Drawing inspiration from classic barbarian tales, survival adventure Conan Exiles winds back the clock to the very dawn of civilisation, casting you as a forgotten exile abandoned alone in the desert for crimes unknown.

Starting out with nothing but a loin cloth, you’ll have to explore this vast, hostile world, gathering materials, crafting tools and carving out a new life for yourself.

Exploring a shared online space, you’ll have the chance to meet other players, build settlements and bases together, and even raise your own armed fortresses as you advance your mission to dominate this treacherous environment.

The Surge

 

From the creators of brutal medieval action-adventure Lords of the Fallen comes a challenging sci-fi spin on the hardcore action RPG genre.

Take on the role of new staff member Warren who, following a trying first day on the job, awakens to the aftermath of some unknown cataclysm to find his new workplace devastated by out-of-control machines.

Explore the twisting maze-like environment of the CREO research facility, fending off haywire tech, scavenging new parts and weapons, rescuing survivors and unlocking the secrets of this vast, abandoned facility.

Both titles will be available to download from PlayStation Store on 2nd April.

In the meantime, you still have a few days left to pick up March’s two PlayStation Plus titles.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered is a great chance to revisit one of the grand-daddies of the FPS genre, while The Witness is a mesmerising slow-burn of smart puzzle design.

If you haven’t tried them, there’s time yet: both will be available to download for PS Plus members until 1st April (no foolin’!).Let us know how you get on with March and April’s titles over on Twitter and Facebook and we’ll see you again next month.

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Not even a “top story”. No faith in the games? EDIT: O_O

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So, I’ll be one of the first to say it, this is an April fool’s joke? Yes? Please let it be!

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What a load of rubbish. There was me thinking quality would rise when the amount of games went down . No such luck.

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Which games would you have wanted?

They could have given at least one of their oldies – Killzone or Order. It is time actually.

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Not a janky survival mmo and a rubbish souls like. Something which is more than 75 on metacritic rated would be nice. The line up this month is trash.

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ihadalifeb4this 27 March, 2019 @ 16:35
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THIS is for the players?

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I want them, Im a player. Which games do you mean they could have chosen that would appeal all players?

BTbuster2010 27 March, 2019 @ 18:12
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Ones that are currently not up for sale, ridiculous totally conning people who think they are getting a good deal for conan and not even 2 weekks later it is on ps plus.

@BTBuster2010 they did something like this before with shatter on the PS3 if you contact Sony customer support they may actually refund it of course they might not but you don’t know unless you ask

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Terrible month.

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Very poor month, 2 mediocre games… Thanks sony… Absolutely rubbish!

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Conan Exiles – 68 score on Metacritic

The Surge – 72 score on Metacritic

If you’re going to remove PS3 and Vita games at least add another PS4 (could be indie) title.

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People actually look at metacritic, that site is a joke. Anyone can get their “review” on there. And yes, both user and critic. Why would anyone listen to people there, who only give 10 or 0. Try reading some of the reviews and you will never listen to them again :)

DoYouLikeMyID 27 March, 2019 @ 18:34
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@Maaden_Swe Then don’t look at the user reviews and just look at the critics’ reviews instead?

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@Maaden

For all I know you may be a very nice person, so please don’t take this the wrong way, but why do you feel it’s your job to take on everyones’ frustration at Sony? I’m not saying this is the case, but you must understand your over enthusiasm for Sony’s progressively poor offerings makes you look like a Playstation employee (yes, we all know staff at PS use the comments sections), or that you really wish you worked for Sony.

When popular opinion is so anti-anything, there’s usual heavy merit towards it. The two games on offer this month are widely regarded as poor, ‘average’ is relatively complimentary. For those of us who are long time subscribers the value for money has deteriorated beyond recognition. Around a year ago £40 a year would have got you 2 PS4, 2 PS3, and 2 Vita games, cross-plays often included. Since PS+ ditched the other consoles and increased the annual price by 25% popular expectation inevitably increased, but instead the PS4 games have actually become far ...

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@Maaden

For all I know you may be a very nice person, so please don’t take this the wrong way, but why do you feel it’s your job to take on everyones’ frustration at Sony? I’m not saying this is the case, but you must understand your over enthusiasm for Sony’s progressively poor offerings makes you look like a Playstation employee (yes, we all know staff at PS use the comments sections), or that you really wish you worked for Sony.

When popular opinion is so anti-anything, there’s usual heavy merit towards it. The two games on offer this month are widely regarded as poor, ‘average’ is relatively complimentary. For those of us who are long time subscribers the value for money has deteriorated beyond recognition. Around a year ago £40 a year would have got you 2 PS4, 2 PS3, and 2 Vita games, cross-plays often included. Since PS+ ditched the other consoles and increased the annual price by 25% popular expectation inevitably increased, but instead the PS4 games have actually become far less appealing. Personally, I love The Witness, but I appreciate that 80% of gamers probably wouldn’t enjoy what is essentially a ‘line puzzler’ on a high-res Proteus island. COD is just a rehash micro-transaction money-grab, albeit with definite playability, but this month is worse and exceptionally bland.Playstation believe that this current deal is in keeping with current trends, despite direct rivals offering (currently) far superior incentives (and more of them). This was also an opportunity for Sony to replace PS3 and Vita with a game to help push a department that needs it, such as the Indie scene (PS+ used to be excellent at introducing players to niche titles they wouldn’t normally delve into) or VR (if a VR game was offered every month or two I for one would almost certainly get a headset), but just like so many before Playstation have reduced their support (ask Vita owners how ‘great’ things have been for them…). Also, don’t forget the huge influx in games released per month, on the PS4 alone there are between 50-100 games released (digitally and on disc), so it really isn’t a case of them ‘running out of good games’ they can add, the back catalogue is very extensive.The addition of extra cloud save storage is great, but anyone with a computer, tablet or smartphone will know 50gb a month is never more than a quid a month.

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Here I was expecting quality over quantity. Neither of these even mustered 75% on metacritic. Pathetic offering.

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Stop deciding what you think of a game from metacritic, lol. Play the games and then decide, I would never let anyone else decide what I think.

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For the record I don’t care about metacritic reviews, I don’t actually read reviews I’m more than capable of deciding whether a game is right for me from trailers & previews. However, when Plus was in its infant years we were promised quality games, never dipping below a certain standard. & Sony themselves used to use metacritic as a benchmark which is why I just did, it’s ironic. When I first decided to subscribe I had demons souls/kingdoms of amalur/dragons dogma/Team Ico HD Collection. Open your eyes dude, standards have clearly dropped… don’t preach to me that these two games are anywhere close to that value for money.

This guy is going through here like a militant zealot, criticising everyone who feels disgruntled at the quality of games we’re being offered. The good old early days of PS+ are gone forever. They know people who want to play online will pay because they have to, not because they want to like the PS3 days.

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PLEASE tell me this is an April fools!! What a massive let down…

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It’s not Sony cutting back . They aslo not makeing anymore psn cards since Sony don’t want them anymore

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ScooterMix, who said anything about PSN cards ? Sony has forbidden digital voucher on other stores, nobody said anything about PSN cards.

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Wa wa waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah

Glad my sub has run out. Although my son wants a free Fortnite skin via Plus so, sorry son, but you’re going to have to wait a bit longer as I’m not resubbing for this!

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You dont need Ps Plus to play Fortnite? Thats pretty cool actually, I like that, guess thats another reason why they got sooo many players :) Which games would you have wanted to resub to plus?

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I believe all ‘Free to Play’ titles on PS4 don’t require Plus to play them, although I may be wrong. Fortnite certainly doesn’t because I let my Plus lapse back in November I think.

With regards games that would have made me resub, none really. I don’t play online and I have an active PS Now sub (got it for £59.99 in a sale) which seems to get most of the Plus games anyway, so I can’t see a reason to get it again. If there were two AAA games I never had before I may resub for a month just to get the Fortnite skin for my son.

I’m seriously thinking about unsubscribing from PS+. Would be better to buy 2 good games for this money instead of getting bunch of trash. And these games will be mine forever.

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So which games would you have wanted?

Captain__Chunk 27 March, 2019 @ 18:24
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As sure as night follows day, Maaden_Swe is here doing his tiresome shill thing. Again. And again.

Are you employed on a pay-per-post basis, or does your being a crashing bore come naturally?

Embarrassing.

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@Captain__Chunk , hehe, well nobody actually write which games they want. Nope, not employed. Are you employed by Xbox for whining on every post?

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Hahaha, not even even the augmented edition for The Surge. Also, it’s on sale right now, so that’s gonna [DELETED] people off for sure!

Happy april fools in advance!

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Of course, the DLC alone costs 2x more than the “deluxe” edition currently does, and people wont be able to buy it once they redeem the game.

X_Blood_Curse_X 27 March, 2019 @ 16:44 Edited
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You’re resting on your laurels Sony. Remember what happened the last time you did that

Plop!

blacksheepwall_ 27 March, 2019 @ 16:53
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Checked out Conan a while back and didn’t look for me but The Surge is a good game. Kinda glad this month is a quiet one, been trying to clear through the backlog.

Carnivius_Prime 27 March, 2019 @ 16:53
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At least give us PlayStation Now included to make up for the lack of games here…

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At LeAsT gIvE uS PlAyStAtIoN nOw

Change the record already

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Lmao no point, ps now is trash too

true, we do need ps3 backwards compatibillity and the ability to download said games, but you get the last of us, uncharted, until dawn, red dead 1, MGS and way more, the new selection is rubbish and i really needs to be fixed, also where is gta san andreas but beswide that, think of the classic gems

it still needs downloads

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the_chog_whisper 27 March, 2019 @ 16:54
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Well I’m happy, been thinking of getting conan for a while

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Just had the email through – “£79 of games for you this April…..”

Erm, no, actually at current prices it’s £27.23 of games, and I’m not sure they are worth even that….

craggyisland 27 March, 2019 @ 17:01
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They love this quote, one month it was “The PS4 games are worth £85” and you could get both for less than £20 the pair on Amazon.

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Think I’ll ask for the store credit instead!

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there indie games i have nothing against indie games because I buy them sometimes but shouldn’t be on ps plus lineup . Sony want lose against Xbox . It’s time playstation owner to go and put someone better in charge

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I honestly wish I’d waited to renew PS+ I already have both of these.

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Same bought the 25% plus on the sale

craggyisland 27 March, 2019 @ 16:59
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So, two more games where you wander around hitting stuff, collecting some stuff, hitting some more stuff, collecting some more stuff, getting very bored after half an hour of fighting the same things again and again. Although can’t possibly be as bad as doing the same puzzle over and over again like The Witness this month. Just had a 12 month Plus voucher for my birthday, would have preferred the £50 if Sony keep this up.

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So which games would you have liked?

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More than 2 for the price increase and the removal of 4 games

Kinda just paying for online play at this point, and I’m not sure I’m even up for doing that since I’m in such a RPG kick right now anyway…

Bruuuhh.. I was expecting a much much better lineup.

Next month just give us 20 or £30 and let us buy what we want.

MiseryPrincess 27 March, 2019 @ 19:06
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Not sure why you’d expect more, we’ve been used to this level of…”brilliance” for a while…

I’ve been thinking that for a while. They could either offer “their” selection or the option of 5 Euros of store credit.

That way they’re encouraged to not make it terrible. Also if the two junky games have no appeal, then we can get something more to our liking.

Im big fan of R.E. Howard’s Conan books so i’ll give it a chance, however Funcom is really bad developer. Surge is dark souls wannabe with machines.

Crap two indie games for free . How about lowering the price for ps plus because you should because ninendo Online is cheapma year than ps plus for online. Sony you got enough cash and PS4 and PSVR sold like hot cakes 🍰 and all you doing cutting back on things E3 cut , PSN Cards your axeing . Aslo you did playstation experience since last one was boreing. It’s like saveing money for a raining day plus owner of playstation 4 it letting Xbox win but why ? And plus state of play should been better. If can’t give us better ps plus games cut the price for online that all I have say . Plus Telling truth The PS3 PS plus games are way better than the PS4 Ps plus free games

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What do you think indie mean?

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Low budget games

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No, indie does not mean low budget. And these games are not even low budget. If its indie it does not have finacial support of a publisher. These did.

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Change to 2 games per month and you throw us this rubbish? I only have plus for online these days. ‘The player’s’ are obviously not your focus these days and just lining the pockets of your overpaid executives.

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They should lower price for online so

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So you have played these games, what didnt you like about them?

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Coming from the guy who defended Anthem as a great game but had only earned 1 trophy from playing it. Jog on Troll.

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Okay, The Surge isn’t bad, however down to 2 games now and this is all we get?

I’m sorry, but whoever thought this will be better, is seriously out of touch…

Can we go back to the 4-5 games from before with PS3 and VITA? At least then the chances were actually better to get something cool for most people. Now it’s so easy to be disapointed…

Suck them in for another year by running a reduced 12 month sub promotion, then throw crap at them the day after it ends…

 all the way to the bank. My sub is up next month. Glad I didn’t fall for it!

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Thats mature

Why thank you. Cynicism comes with maturity. Of course I sense a hint of sarcasm in your two word reply but we’ll ignore that!

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Cynicism does not come with maturity, its just a sad way to look on life. A mature person simply would never write “then throw crap at them the day after it ends”

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Since we’re only getting 2 games, 2 games I’m never going to play, can we get a dlc with it or a free dlc for a random game?

Am I the only one who actually feels like it’s an ok month? I’ve actually wanted to check out Conan. Surge is also tempting, though it feels like a mediocre cash grab on Dark Souls, but in Sci-Fi. Still, might give it a try.

berimbolofred 27 March, 2019 @ 17:28
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yes, you are probably the only one.

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Make it two

MiseryPrincess 27 March, 2019 @ 19:00
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The surge is made by the people who made the utterly terrible Lords of the Fallen. A boring lazy Dak Souls ripoff, lacking all of the fun, memorable cast, and monster designs, with boring/bad combat against boring/bad AI enemies…

This is basically the same…in space…

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I got a friend who play Conan alot so Im definately gonna try that out. I think I bought The Surge on a Black Friday sale, havent tried it tho. Damn the backlog is getting huge.

TankedThomas 02 April, 2019 @ 16:34
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So you admit you haven’t even PLAYED most of these games and yet you keep shilling for Sony? Wow, you have as much shame and humility as they do (zero).

Surge looks okay. I thought the demo was good. Conan on the other hand looks like a bad, baaaaad knock off of AC Origins. And I didn’t even like Origins.

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Knocking of Origins? It came out before Origins. It’s also a online survival title. If it’s knocking anything of it’s the likes of Ark Survival Evolved and 7 Days 2 Die ect.

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ocelot07 is right , Conan Exiles is much much closer to those which he mentioned..

No Conan is a convoluted tower defence, spend time building a base and a monster runs through it, destroy the base, forage more supplies to rebuild it etc according to the trailer. That’s what put me off buying it.

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This is why I continue my subscription, getting to play titles I wouldn’t ordinarily.

Thanks PlayStation!

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Deluded

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@BBbossness 53.1 Deluded (adjective) believing something that is not true.

Please explain your response. I’ll wait.

TankedThomas 02 April, 2019 @ 16:33
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Easy: you are delusional to thank Sony for basically conning you out of your money. Even if they were giving us good games, that’s not something to say “thanks” for, as they are ultimately a business providing a service.

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On the bright side it makes going through all the plus games backlog from 11/02/11 to now a bit easier. I’ m not interested in playing online and I would personally rather have plus offerings of something I can’t buy outside shops and online retailers.

I don’t get the need to have AAA games as plus games. Just because millions are spent to make a game doesn’t mean it’s good. I guess next month will be Fallout 76 and whatever other AAA game that’s past it’s sell by date.

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🤮🤮

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I never got around to buying The Surge, so i’m happy with the offering. Conan Exiles i will definitely try out.

Happy about the surge as I so very nearly bought that recently. The thing is, I so very nearly bought it for £8 from CEX so Sony emailing me to tell me I’m getting £80 worth of games is laughable 😂 unless Conan is worth £72? 😂🤣

BTbuster2010 27 March, 2019 @ 18:13
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Conan is on sale as we speak in the march sale,do you guys have no shame?

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Both games are in the sale.

What makes it worse is Conan has a bonus 5% off for being a Plus subscriber.

So they actively tried to get Plus subscribers to buy it knowing it was part of the months offerings.

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when you tolerate mediocrity, you get more of it..

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Which games would you have chosen?

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It’s because of people like @Maaden_Swe that we get trash games every month and sony are able to get away with it

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@Maaden_Swe

God of War, Grand Theft Auto 5. Are you happy that you finally got an answer?

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Looks like I’ll be skipping my subscription yet another month. Disgrace to remove the PS3 + Vita offerings and then come with these games.

MiseryPrincess 27 March, 2019 @ 18:52
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It’s got to the point where it’s difficult to even bother redeeming the games…

Unsubscribing from plus will just hurt your experience, they have bundled it this way for a reason.

if you want to make a point, wait for Sony new releases to drop in price before you buy them.

I’ve set my PS Plus to not renew when it expires in July. I haven’t played a plus game for ages.

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Then you have missed alot of fun games :)

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And avoided lots of [DELETED] ones.

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I’m just gonna pretend that Path of Exiles was this months PS Plus game

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Well I suppose there’s that free pack for PS+ subscribers, so it’s technically very slightly true!

(randomly they haven’t bothered with free themes or anything for while)

FIght_Club_13 27 March, 2019 @ 19:58
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I would never buy those games , so I suppose it is good to try them.At least The Surge combat looks good!!

However , the fact that both of them are in sale during the announcement,shows that the decision making of PsPlus games is done without much effort…Another poor planing after the first disappointing State of Play…

Let’s hope upcoming announcements will be better!!!

P.S. If I were to give a title that is already on sale , I would at least choose Nioh (14.99€) instead of Conan Exiles (22.49€) , because it has an actually good Season Pass that players would probably buy after playing the game!!

This is an utter joke of a service. Disgraceful.

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State of Play clearly showed that Sony wanted to push the psvr… so add some game to psplus why won’t you!?

The surge is pretty good though for those immediately dismissing it as a “crap souls like”

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Terrible.

Surge or any souls like game is divisive straight away because only a select audience have the skill or patience to play them.

And Conan. Pfft.

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Well Im one of those select audience

But first… SEKIRO

ziggy-mandias 27 March, 2019 @ 20:39
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…… Erm…… I’ll pass. I sadly have PsPlus till January next year so there is nothing I can really do except add them to the library of previous “Poop Stuff Plus” games that keep growing. I’ve barely played on the PS4 the last 6 months (especially on the PS+ games), I mean I’ll download give them a try but then end up deleting them 30 mins later. I’ve spent more time on the Nintendo Switch or on the Laptop playing Minecraft. Granted things could change with plus and the quality of games they put up but when you pay for a service you no longer play online with and are basically paying for the Plus games and not all the other stuff tacked on. If it continues and I don’t get much from the plus games then my renewal will be cancelled come January.

nukualofaperson 27 March, 2019 @ 20:59
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I am easily pleased. Sometimes when I have written comment here on PS Plus post, other users have criticised me for being too easy to please, which is fair, I guess. I’ve always found something positive about the monthly games. When the major offerings weren’t of my taste, there would always be a pleasant little indie game that could entertain me for a couple of hours, and that was enough for me. This month it’s different, sadly. While the games might not be utter crap, they have received mixed reviews at best, I have no interest in playing any of them. I really wish they would throw in an indie game on top of these two main games. There such an enormous library of less known games on this system. For me personally, this is the worst month on PS Plus ever.

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Im excited for Conan since a friend is playing it. But I agree with the indie titles. I buy alot of games so to get indie games at release would be fantastic :)

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This is as uninspiring as the state of VR play the other day

vacation imulator would like to have a word with you

tbf that was the only good vr game shown

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