It’s another whistlestop tour approach for our April 2019’s PS Plus games post this month – it’s been a pretty hectic month between catching up on Dangerous Driving, Dawn of Survivors, plus checking out the double $ and XP missions on GTA Online for the first time this year.
I’d never played either of the April PS Plus games before, so I was eager to try them out.
Set in the Conan the Barbarian universe, Exiles is an open world survival game. I managed to put a decent number of hours into the game so far, but it really feels like I’ve just scraped the surface in terms of exploring the map and navigating the crafting options.
There’s nothing in the way of a proper tutorial; the game simply drops you unarmed and unclothed into the desert and lets you fend for yourself and figure out the mechanics. A pretty unforgiving experience, but it’s a survival game after all…
There are a series of ‘Chapters’ of increasing difficulty which serve as a progression in your journey to escape the Exiled lands. Combat is pretty solid and the map features a variety of biomes to explore. At times the game does have a slightly empty feel , akin to many unfinished ‘early access’ games. Conan is probably best played as part of a Co-op experience to get the most out of the gameplay.
Worth checking out if you’re a fan of survival games like Ark: Survival Evolved.
To be completely honest, for some reason I had The Surge pinned as some sort of futuristic robotic shooter when I first saw it advertised. I never watched any gameplay footage or paid much attention until it was announced as a PS Plus game. So, I was quite surprised to discover a Dark Souls-esque experience when I got into the action for the first time. Fight through enemies to receive XP and tech scrap to upgrade weapons and armour – however be careful not to die and lose that hard earned loot.
The Surge features a game mechanic allowing the player to target a specific area on an enemy during combat. Focusing on an area not covered by armour will make dispatching foes slightly easier.
I felt a sense of familiarity in terms of the gameplay whilst fighting through the various enemies, tactically dodging the rather powerful attacks.
A quick check of Deck13 Interactive’s previous released confirmed my suspicions – the developer also made the action-RPG ‘Lords of the Fallen’. (Which also happened to be a previous PS Plus entry in September 2016)
If you’re a fan of the Dark Souls / Bloodbourne type gameplay then I’d recommend giving The Surge some attention. As you’d probably expect for a game in this style, expect to grind certain areas repeatedly in order to achieve sufficient upgrades or learn enemy patterns in order to progress.
The Surge 2 is expected to be released later in 2019.
The PS Plus games often lie dormant on my PS4 harddrive as the months progress, however I can see myself giving a bit more playtime to both Conan Exiles and The Surge.
Check out our previous PS Plus posts here.