Game Box: Is PS Plus Premium Worth It?

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Returnal – Game of the Year (pic: Sony)

The Friday messages page discusses the death of E3 and its limited alternatives, as one reader celebrates hitting Elden Ring’s Fire Giant.

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Definite fan
Well, while not really worried about the new PlayStation Plus, I jumped straight to the mid-tier as soon as it became available. It turned out to be a win, too, because the first game I downloaded as part of my new subscription was Returnal, which I loved before it came out but was put off due to difficulty when the ratings arrived.

I spent a few hours playing it once I was ready and absolutely love it, it’s a game I really wouldn’t have picked and tried if it wasn’t for free! There are also a few other games in the catalog that I was familiar with as well, so suddenly I’m not worried about summer games drying up much anymore.

Not having first-party versions available on day one means it’s not as good as Game Pass, but there are plenty of decent games in the catalog, so I’ll stick my head over the barrier and say I’m a fan!

GC: We have always said Returnal is the best game of 2021.

First day
Now a revamped PS Plus is available in the UK, we can see the range of games available, and I’d be thrilled to hear what readers think of Sony’s offerings.

If I don’t really have a long backlog of games to get past, I’ll at least try a month or two of extra level. I was looking forward to trying out games that didn’t quite convince me to make a purchase even though I knew they were critically acclaimed. These are, for the most part, down to high difficulty or being game genres that I haven’t had much experience with, so the likes of Celeste and Dead Cells come to mind.

If Sony can consistently get AA and indie game releases on the service on day one, like Game Pass, I can see that working for them, even without first-party games releasing on day one there. Microsoft has done a great job setting the launch schedule for the first (sometimes, barren) party with new high-quality indie and AA game releases on Game Pass, like the recent addition to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge, and I think Sony needs to replicate this on PS Plus. Whether they do, only time will tell…

GC: Indie Stray will be day one on PlayStation Plus, so they’re already thinking along those lines.

under control
I’ve been hearing a lot of criticism of Sony lately, so I wanted to share a positive experience. After 120+ hours of Elden Ring, the right stick on my DualSense is starting to drift badly. This made an already difficult game almost impossible. With only one console, I’ve delayed bringing it back for as long as possible.

Eventually though I gave up and sent the DualSense back to Sony. That was last Tuesday and on Thursday I received a new console. I was expecting I won’t be able to play for at least another week, so well done Sony.

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Very excited
I saw a previous article about how Sony’s State of Play and Nintendo Direct updates got more YouTube views than any of their E3 shows. Reader comments were split between whether they were pro-E3 or happy with its demise.

I decided to watch some E3 reveal videos of some of the games, and I must say I have never been envious of the more conservative journalists who had to sit next to people literally crying over the reveal or yes endlessly. – Hysterical (verb by me and all rights reserved).

He’s almost acting as if the clouds have separated and started going up the escalator to heaven because we’re going to play a game. This god of war is almost too excited. Of all the positives that GC experienced at E3, what are the worst negatives?
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GC: But didn’t Sony and Nintendo have any equivalent offers for E3 this year? There are no significant downsides to E3, we can’t imagine why anyone would want its demise.

Not-so-super, man
Yes, that’s a big deal to me, as far as Sega’s Hyenas game is concerned. I really don’t see how they expected anyone to be excited about this trailer or even the concept. And a multiplayer only game that isn’t free? Yes, I think Sega is a little behind the times there.

I’m only relieved that this is not one of the promised “super games”. Regardless of the Sonic cycle, I think anything that has to do with Sega goes through the same race of anticipation and then disappointment and gradual realization. Instead of a sequel to the big-budget Panzer Dragoon Saga, I’d bet the super games are just other attempts to jump on the bandwagon of one kind or another. The first will be either battle royale or an Assassin’s Creed-like open world. Book it.

Giant achievement
I finally beat the Fire Giant at the Elden Ring after about 45 to 50 attempts and thought it was an amazingly deep boss battle. I was amazed by the sheer size of this slave, and his devastating reach always put me on edge.

Giant Ginger’s second stage was a bit annoying because he was too excited to get the rolling pin whenever I got close enough to him to get a happy stab, but +18 Roger’s Rapier helped me with Ash Of War poison, and +6 Mimic Ash withstand the grueling battle of attrition . Mouth first belly was a truly sinister thing!

Fast forward a bit and now I seriously suspect I’m in the final zone – which is impressive – and if I have to be honest, after nearly 100 hours of playing time, Elden Ring might be my favorite of all FromSoftware’s games. I’ll need at least another 50 hours of rumination while I finish the game and do everything else to make sure the absolute truth but yeah, this game is really really special man.
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The first is free
Andrew J. said: Halo TV started on Channel 5; Unfortunately no. They’re airing one episode as a connoisseur, hoping you’ll be interested enough to subscribe to Paramount+ to watch the entire series.

Something similar was done by Xbox, they offered a months free subscription to Paramount+ but Halo was released weekly, so you needed to be really careful when you started your free month so you could watch it without a subscription.

Budget constraints
I really enjoyed the interview with the creator of Tenchu ​​and some of the points made about Japanese games in general. It never occurred to me that all Japanese games are made on a relatively low budget but I suppose they are. I imagine Final Fantasy games to be very expensive, I think something like Elden Ring – but even that doesn’t have the highest graphics, so I imagine it’s lower than things like Assassin’s Creed or a Bethesda game.

I don’t know why this happens, especially with an established franchise, but I suppose once you get used to making a certain amount of money by spending a certain amount of money, you don’t want to rock the boat and change the balance. To be honest, it makes me wish Microsoft would go ahead and buy a Japanese developer and start pouring money on them. I’m more interested in what that will achieve than any studio they have right now.

I don’t have much confidence that this will ever happen. It is quite clear that Microsoft is not interested in Japan and never has been. And now Sony is the same, perhaps because they are just trying to copy their competitor. It’s a shame, but good luck to Mr. Endo and his small budget games, I’ll be looking for Kamiwaza and whatever he does next with great interest.

Inbox also rans
Referring to reader JB, that’s fine, I’m glad my alerts about amiibo helped you, I’m always looking for alerts I might want to get.
Andrew J.
note. I just ordered A Plague Tale: Requiem on PlayStation 5 because I enjoyed the first game so much and wanted to support the developer on day one this time.

I still don’t understand why we can’t get the original soundtrack for Sonic 3. It’s not like they banned all regular Michael Jackson music or something. Seems a bit overly cautious to me.

Hot topic for this week
The Inbox theme for the weekend was suggested by reader Gunsch, who asks what’s the easiest video game you’ve ever played?

The debate about unusually difficult games will never end but what about the other end of the spectrum and games that are a lot easier than usual? What do you consider the easiest game you’ve ever played and is it easy to believe in general or were you extraordinarily good at it?

Do you enjoy easy games and what problems, if any, did the hard level cause? Did you enjoy the game and do you think it would have been better or worse had it been harder?

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