PS Plus Premium members can sample a selection of full games in time-limited trials, and the group of titles in that range has just folded in what are arguably this year's best and worst. If you're on PS Plus' highest tier subscription, you can now take Baldur's Gate 3 and The Lord of the Rings: Gollum for a test run.
The former is Larian Studios' wildly successful entry in the RPG series that has been heralded as one of 2023's top games, if not the best. While it's great for many reasons, the praise largely boils down to the sheer amount of choices offered to the player, pretty much recreating Dungeons & Dragons-style tabletop RPGs in digital form. Enormous in scope and accounting for an eye-watering number of variables, it's no wonder it's resonated so much with RPG fans.
The latter is an action adventure from Daedalic Entertainment that has you playing as Gollum, a character driven to madness by the power of the One Ring. It's an attempt to flesh out the scraggly little guy, whose mind has been shredded by his dual personalities. Unfortunately, the final game misses the mark in almost all areas, failing to be either a decent game or an interesting side story to Tolkien's beloved books.
With a PS Plus Premium subscription, you can check out Baldur's Gate 3 for two hours, and The Lord of the Rings: Gollum for one. Any progress you make carries over if you decide to buy, as with all the trial games.