Two big-budget blockbuster games are coming to PlayStation Now this April.
In recent months, the importance of monthly subscription services, such as PlayStation Now, has increasingly come to light.
Nowadays, it's not just about which exclusives you offer, but equally, the line-up of current and past platform titles has to be top-notch. Without a robust library of games, player's interests may soon wane.
In today's world, our attention spans are short, and nostalgia runs deep. Every day, consumers contribute insane sums of money to their respective platforms, whether gaming on Steam, via a Sony Subscription, or through the Xbox Game Pass.
So now and then, something of value in return is always welcome. At least, in my eyes.
That said, if you happen to have a live PlayStation Now account, today's topic may be of interest. Effective, April, PlayStation Now will be adding both Borderlands 3 & Marvel Avengers to its list of playable games.
So, without further postponements, let's dive into today's news, starting with Borderlands 3.
I hope you like loot. Oh, and multiplayer games!
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PlayStation Now April Games | Borderlands 3
Hailed by many as the looter-shooter sub-genre king, Borderlands is a beloved series known for its quirky comedy and cooperative play.
As one of the last remaining of its breed, Borderlands 3 carries on the celebrated series tradition of endless loot, extensive customization, and more enemies than you can shake a bazooka at.
Whether you enjoy the old-style split-screen format with friends or you prefer to team up online, Borderlands 3 will provide plenty of entertainment. Hundreds of hours, in fact! But remember, this one is only available until Wednesday, Sep 29, 2021.
If you need more convincing, here's what Sony have to say via the PS Blog:
"The original shooter-looter returns, packing bazillions of guns and a mayhem-fueled adventure! Blast through new worlds and enemies as one of four new Vault Hunters, each with deep skill trees, abilities, and customization. Play solo or with friends to take on insane enemies, score loads of loot and save your home from the most ruthless cult leaders in the galaxy. Play with anyone at any time online or in split-screen co-op, regardless of your level or mission progress."
Next up is Marvel Avengers. Again, this is another limited release. Though this time, you'll have until Monday, July 5, 2021.
Marvel Avengers released in 2020 for Windows, PS4, Xbox One and Stadia.
But based upon the game's current scores on Metacritic, which amount to generally unfavourable player reviews across PS4 and PC, it's safe to say the game didn't meet initial expectations.
Nonetheless, if you like to don the cape and play your favourite superheroes' role, then Marvel Avengers provides some mindless brawler-based fun. Those are my thoughts, but here's a synopsis of the game posted via the PS Blog:
"Marvel's Avengers is an epic, third-person, action-adventure game that combines an original, cinematic story with single-player and co-operative gameplay. In a future with Super Heroes outlawed, a young Kamala Khan must reassemble the Avengers to stop AIM. Marvel's Avengers continues the epic journey with new Heroes and new narrative delivered on an ongoing basis, for the definitive Avengers gaming experience. Assemble into a team of up to four players online, master extraordinary abilities, customize a growing roster of Heroes, and defend the Earth from escalating threats."
PlayStation Now April Games | The Long Night
The dark horse of today's game list is, of course, The Long Dark. The survival genre has been one of the most popular in the video game industry in recent years.
Down to the wire, survival comes in many shapes and sizes. Sometimes, it pits you against hordes of undead. While at other times, we're forced to face the perils of nature alone.
The long dark fits into the latter camp. But along the way, you'll explore the mysteries of a frozen land in the wake of a devastating natural disaster.
If you like thought-provoking adventures mixed with a strong slice of survival, I can think of no better way to spend your time. By the end, I had a great time with this game, but if you don't believe me, here's how Sony describe The Long Dark on the PS Blog:
"The Long Dark is a thoughtful, exploration-survival experience that challenges solo players to think for themselves as they explore an expansive frozen wilderness in the aftermath of a geomagnetic disaster. There are no zombies — only you, the cold, and all the threats Mother Nature can muster."
So, that's the trio of games coming to PlayStation Now this April. But what's next for Sony? And why have they been in the headlines of late? I have a feeling it may be to do with those past PS stores, perhaps?
Let's take a look.
Recent Sony News
With news that Sony intends to close a handful of its storefronts on past consoles, the company seems firmly set on focusing its efforts on the future. Mainly with regards to its PS5 and PS4 systems.
With those store services ending this year, however, I will be keeping a close eye on how Sony intends to preserve video games from older times. Not just that, but how they hope to bolster their existing services with past titles.
As a Sony subscriber myself, I want to see games from Sony's legendary past roster see the light of day. As it stands, the future of PS One classics on PS3, alongside many PS Vita and PSP games, could be in jeopardy.
We'll just have to wait for what Sony has in store. But for now, please enjoy Borderlands 3, Marvel Avengers and The Long Dark.
That concludes today's news. As always, your views matter most. What do you make of April's line-up of games? Do you have a PlayStation Now subscription? And if so, how often do you make use of it?
Be sure to send in your thoughts down below. I love to read them all.