As noted by Twitter account PlayStation Game Size, the trial for Baldur’s Gate 3 lets players try the game for two hours, while the Gollum trial lasts for one hour.
The timing of both games having trials added to the service is particularly notable given the critical reception to each game.
Conversely, with a Metacritic score of 34, Gollum is one of the lowest-rated high profile releases of the year.
Baldur’s Gate 3 has been nominated for eight prizes at The Game Awards 2023, with Alan Wake 2 being the only other game to match it.
Gollum was released in May and was critically panned, with The Guardian labelling it “a derivative, uninteresting and fundamentally broken stealth action adventure that fails to capture anything interesting about Tolkien’s fiction.”
Following the release of the game, developer Daedalic apologised for delivering what it called an “underwhelming experience” with the final product. The company said it “deeply regretted” that the game did not meet expectations, and pledged to improve it via future updates.
However, it was then claimed that the apology was written by AI program ChatGPT, rather than by Daedalic members.