This addition to the subscription service offers a unique opportunity for players to experience these games before committing to a full purchase.
The Lord of the Rings: Gollum – A Controversial Trial
First up is the trial for “The Lord of the Rings: Gollum.” Fans of the LOTR series can delve into this game for an hour, which might be sufficient given the game’s less-than-favorable reception. “Gollum” holds a disappointing Top Critic Score of just 37 on OpenCritic, and only 4% of critics recommend it.
The game’s release in May 2023 was met with such criticism that Daedalic Entertainment, the publisher, subsequently shut down its Hamburg studio and scrapped plans for another Middle-Earth themed game. This trial presents a chance for PlayStation players who were deterred by the negative reviews to form their own opinions.
Baldur’s Gate 3 – A Critically Acclaimed Trial Experience
In stark contrast to “Gollum,” “Baldur’s Gate 3” has emerged as one of the most acclaimed games of the year. Developed by Larian Studios, this massive CRPG has captivated players since its debut in August. It received eight nominations at The Game Awards, including Game of the Year and Best Game Direction.
The game’s depth and engagement level are so profound that even after hundreds of hours, players find themselves immersed in its world. The two-hour trial on PlayStation Plus Premium offers just a glimpse of the expansive adventure, but it’s enough to potentially convert trial players into dedicated fans.
Both game trials are currently available through the PlayStation Store, providing easy access for PlayStation Plus Premium members. This initiative not only allows players to sample the games but also serves as a strategic move for the developers and publishers to attract a broader audience.