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PlayStation Plus December Preview: Free Tomb Raider: Underworld and Marvel Pinball, More

Grace Chen's Avatar + Posted by Grace Chen on Dec 05, 2011 // Sr. Director, PlayStation Store

PlayStation Plus: December 2011

With the holiday season in full effect, we’re giving PlayStation Plus subscribers extra discounts and free games. The total value of all this month’s offers total over $250 with about $50 being free games.

This month’s free content includes the PS3 full game Tomb Raider: Underworld and PSN game Marvel Pinball. The free PSone Classic of the month will be Spyro Year of the Dragon. If anyone is keeping track this is the third PSone Classic from the Spyro franchise offered in Plus and since it’s the holiday, we’ll bring back the first two again to offer the full collection in December. To finish out the free games, take your pick from free early access to minis like Orbit, or mini favorites like A Space Shooter for 2 Bucks! or Mad Blocker Alpha.

We always look to give Plus subscribers extra discounts on top of existing PlayStation Store sales and promotions and this month is no exception. The Holiday Collection Sale will feature some great deals on PS3 full game bundles, with Plus subscribers getting an extra discount on top of these deals. With PlayStation Store promotions happening throughout the year, a Plus subscription always comes in handy. Check out the full list of discounts on titles like Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, Renegade Ops, Darksiders and more; and watch for more details on the Holiday Collection sale soon.

New PS3 full games releasing on PlayStation Store also means new Full Game Trials for Plus subscribers. Your access to sample this ever-growing library of titles gets even better with titles like Dragon Age II, Motorstorm: Apocalypse, and Alice: Madness Returns hitting this month.

Check the full list below and remember these are expected games and discounts for Plus. Some content and/or release dates outlined may change. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, or continue the discussion on the PlayStation Community forums in the Official PlayStation Plus Update thread.

PlayStation Plus: December 2011

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PS3 Full Game: Tomb Raider: Underworld (PS3 Full Game) – 12/6
Free PSN Game: Marvel Pinball (PSN Game) – 12/13
Free minis: Orbit (Early Access, Exclusive) – 12/6
Mad Blocker Alpha (mini) – 12/6
A Space Shooter for 2 Bucks! (mini) – 12/20
Free PS one Classics: Spyro the Dragon – 12/6
Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage – 12/6
Spyro Year of the Dragon – 12/6
Full Game Trials: Dragon Age II – 12/6
Need for Speed Hot Pursuit – 12/6
Alice: Madness Returns – 12/13
Call Of Juarez: Bound In Blood – 12/13
Red Faction: Armageddon – 12/13
Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Highway – 12/20
Carnival Island – 12/20
Motorstorm Apocalypse – 12/20
NCAA Football 12 – 12/20
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands – 12/20
Sports Champions – 12/20
Media: Qore Episode 43 – December – 12/6
Discounted PSN Games: Penny Arcade Adventures: Episode 1 and 2 (Bundle) – 80% off – 12/6
Beat Hazard Ultra – 50% off – 12/13
Renegade Ops – 25% off – 12/20
SEGA Bass Fishing – 30% off – 12/20
Sonic Adventure (Game + Add-On) – 30% off – 12/20
Sonic 4: Episode 1 – 30% off – 12/20
SONIC’S HOLIDAY BUNDLE– 25% off – 12/20
Space Channel 5 Part 2 – 30% off – 12/20
Tales of Monkey Island Bundle – 75% off – 12/20
Discounted PS3 Full Games: Assassins Creed 2 Bundle – 30% off – 12/13
Assassins Creed Brotherhood Bundle – 30% off – 12/13
Borderlands Bundle– 25% off – 12/13
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Bundle – 25% off – 12/13
Homefront Bundle – 30% off – 12/13
Red Dead Redemption Bundle – 30% off – 12/13
Red Faction Armageddon Bundle – 30% off – 12/13
Split Second Bundle – 30% off – 12/13
Warhawk Bundle – 25% off – 12/13
LA NOIRE Bundle/Complete Edition – 30% off – 12/20
Discounted minis: Snowy – 75% off – 12/6
Ikari Warriors II: Victory Road – 20% off – 12/13
Psycho Soldier – 20% off – 12/13
Prehistoric Isle – 20% off – 12/20
P.O.W. – Prisoners Of War- 20% off – 12/20
Discounted Add-Ons: Marvel Pinball: Captain America (Add-on) – 50% off – 12/13
Marvel Pinball: Fantastic Four (Add-on) – 50% off – 12/13
Exclusive Themes and Avatars: I am Alive Dynamic Theme – 12/6
Exclusive Games: Orbit (Early Access, Exclusive) – 12/6

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+ Yohmaru_EX on December 6th, 2011 at 7:14 am said:

Great update, but Spyro AGAIN???? It’s christmas sony come on, please give us some new ps1 games like metal gear, final fantasy or parasite eve!!! Why we never get a RPG??


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+ SilentShadowX2 on December 6th, 2011 at 7:44 am said:

PlayStation Plus is waste of money


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+ Phillyblunz on December 6th, 2011 at 8:17 am said:

@25 you dont belong here, go.

Why do people want a new XMB? Its the simplest most efficient dashboard a console could have and much better then the competition has. Try to wade through all the ads and find something you want, LOL.

XMB rocks, but I wish it was slightly customizable.

As in let me decide which icons I want to remove because I never use them, like the 4 mentions of PS-Store, or the new second video section is useless.


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+ JonJonXD on December 6th, 2011 at 8:38 am said:

Looks awesome to me.


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+ Phillyblunz on December 6th, 2011 at 9:09 am said:

I feel everyones pain.

I was the same way about QORE before PS+ came out.

You buy stuff, then they give it to you free, then they give it to you again 6 months later.

I propose a 20% refund for games purchased at full price then turn free for plus members.

I also think its unfair for Sony to lump everyone together and say “this is what they want”. there is too many of us to satisfy this way!!

Just list the free games you propose, and we either except them or trade our free offerings each month for either:
-a 20% discount on any single purchase of content we choose.
-a $2 credit towards any content we want, then we could save it up all year and get any one thing that we actually wanted that year.
Remember these options make us forfeit any free content that month.

Nobody could possibly complain by doing this, and likely Plus would have many more subscribers.


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+ Phillyblunz on December 6th, 2011 at 9:11 am said:

Its just that I have spent well over $1000 on PSN and this includes much of what you have given and are likely to give in the future.

Its almost like being punished for making purhcases on PSN, is that the message Sony wants us to take home? “Never buy anything, just buy Plus and wait” I dont know why they would send that message.

Its getting harder to love my PS3 these days, I still do but it is becoming a consious effort.


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+ race2winnet on December 6th, 2011 at 9:12 am said:

Wow, incredible update! Free Tomb Raider?!? One of the best updates in a long time! Many thanks guys!


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+ Phillyblunz on December 6th, 2011 at 9:12 am said:

-Remove my 3 activations, permanantly gimping my third PS3.
-Ditching PS2, permanantly gimping my collection of PS2 games.(my 3 Ps2′s have given out on me!!)
-Repeatedly giving me the same content for “free” which I already paid full price for.
-Forcing changes to my XMB which I cant use due to living in Canada.
-Spamming me with ads on the XMB for Netflix, video unlimited, music unlimited, oricity, etc.
-I just renewed my plus for a full year, then they announce the removal of 3 activations, what kind of deal is that?
Its like they sold me something, then immediately removed 60% of its value and I was not offered any form of compensation for this extreme loss of value!!!!!!!
-The five free games offered due to us being hacked I already owned and no backup offer was in place for customers like me.

Its like Sony would prefer its older, loyal customers to GTFO, while they cater only to new customers.
Consider me Sony, I’m worth it.


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+ Phillyblunz on December 6th, 2011 at 9:16 am said:

I heard that Tomb Raider game wasnt very good, guess I’ll find out for myself.

Thats the one nice thing about Plus, you get to try out the crappy games without getting as bad of buyers remorse afterwards.

You still get it about Plus in general sometimes though.

Crysis is an old ashed game, and its not gonna look like it should via Comp, I’m thinking this is ripe for a PSPlus game trial or discount.


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+ Dkeat on December 6th, 2011 at 10:06 am said:

Tomb Raider game isn’t very good from what I remember when I rented it a few years back. Still, I have only heard good things about that pinball game so looking forward to trying it out.
Philly, Ima add you later. I keep seeing your name pop-up in the confines of the internet.
Off-topic: finally got my blu-ray drive to read discs again yesterday. Who would have thought tilting it on its backside(where the cables connect to the system) would make it work? Need to find the forum i read that in so I can go and thank that guy.
Rage is a fun game.


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+ magicfan345 on December 6th, 2011 at 10:35 am said:

Unfortunately, I already have Tomb Raider: Underworld . Hopefully though, this is a sign that we’ll get more PS3 Full Games in the coming months! A good idea would be a choice like the Welcome Back program – pick 1 of 3 Full games as your freebie for the month.
I look forward to trying out the Marvel Pinball game, so at least there is 1 game for me this month. It would also be better if you gave us 3 PSN games and 1 PS1 classic, instead of the other way around, 1 PSN game (Marvel Pinball) and 3 PS1 classics (Spyro games). Most of the PS1 classics I’ve tried are not much fun, poor graphics and awkward play.
Anyways, PS+ is generally a decent deal most months, keep up the good work !
Merry Christmas to everyone at the PLUS team :)


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+ MitchSwordsman on December 6th, 2011 at 11:03 am said:

I want the 3 spyro on the European Store… please Sony!


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+ saab01 on December 6th, 2011 at 11:12 am said:

I hope Tomb Raider is good I read online that it got a B review so i am willing to take the risk of the 6GB install to play it. I love getting marvel pinball free for plus. I already have it on my 360 but I don’t mind getting it for free and racking up some trophy’s. This month seems to me to be the best month for Plus.


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+ FORMIK on December 6th, 2011 at 11:36 am said:

Good update! Great content, now hurry up and update the PlayStation store to resemble the Video Unlimited preview app.


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+ GT-420 on December 6th, 2011 at 12:44 pm said:

Awesome update for me! Can’t please everyone I guess. Plus has been very worthwhile to this gamer. TRU is ok I guess, but Marvel Pinball is a delighter. You gave us Zen Pinball last year and that was super addictive so I am really looking forward to the Marvel tables.

Ok, some constructive feedback, I find almost all the minis a waste, they suck, and only 1 or 2 of the dynamic themes have made it into my rotation. The avatar selection has been rather crappy as well. Please improve those.

How about dynamic avatars for a future firmware Sony? That would be a clear differentiator from the competition.


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+ NorthernLitez on December 6th, 2011 at 1:34 pm said:

Tomb Raider and Marvel….awesome! Two games I actually don’t own :-)


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+ Antic_Eridani on December 6th, 2011 at 2:22 pm said:

Is there typically a delay for this to trickle out to all the PSN servers ? I’m in the US, on the west coast, and I’m not seeing any new content listed.


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+ FORMIK on December 6th, 2011 at 2:44 pm said:

So the upcoming 30% off the Red Dead Redemption bundle is a good deal, but not as much as the one I missed before of 50% off for Plus members.


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+ WilburMonkey on December 6th, 2011 at 2:47 pm said:

Wow! Just wow! PS+ just paid for itself all over again! Now if only I could get my PS3 back from repair before the deal is out!


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+ HerbertGyraf on December 6th, 2011 at 3:23 pm said:

Tomb Raider & Spryo not showing for me to download???


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+ PigsGoMoo on December 6th, 2011 at 3:31 pm said:

hi


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+ AsiaGirls4Life on December 6th, 2011 at 3:53 pm said:

Nice stuff for PS+ in December, Tomb Raider: Underworld the full game for free awesome i’m definitely gonna download that! keep up the great stuff Sony!


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+ Lord_Cronqvist on December 6th, 2011 at 5:02 pm said:

My, oh my! Great update, shame I just bought Split Second at full price a couple of days ago. But still, some awsome games to enjoy this hollidays.


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+ mrpote on December 6th, 2011 at 6:54 pm said:

So glad my wife bought me a PS3 this year, also glad that I joined the PS+ network. You are giving me games that my wife can enjoy playing with me. Thanks for the cool offers.


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+ StingrayX on December 6th, 2011 at 10:08 pm said:

Quick question…Everytime i try to install the spyro games…thats all it lets me do, I install them, but it doesnt go to the hard drive, so it has be install the game again…and so on, any help?


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+ AizawaYuuichi on December 7th, 2011 at 12:55 am said:

Okay, now this is an awesome update.
I traded in the Tomb Raider collection after I finished it off, but I will totally download that digital version of Underworld just to have it hanging around on my HDD.
And I’ve been thinking about purchasing Marvel Pinball as I’ve been really getting into Pinball Heroes on my PSP, but now I get it free, and some of the add-ons for it at a nice discount. This is awesome.
My only issue is that the PSOne games have all already been given for free with PS+ in the past. I guess it’s nice for newer subs that didn’t get them before, but meh. The only PSOne game I’ve purchased was Breath of Fire IV, as I’m pretty sure that’ll never make it into the PS+ Free category.
*just jinxed himself, as it’ll be free come the new year* :D


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+ rjejr on December 7th, 2011 at 8:35 am said:

Whats the date the first year people expire? I want to know what happens when people let their subscription run-out and then re-subscribe. I got in on the $17 Target ad mistake but I’m not going to use it unless I see a reason.

And yes, all 3 Spyro games were previously issued for PS+, they are all still on my HDD. Marvel Pinball is new as is TR:U (I wonder if TRU paid them for that name?).

I really thought Sony would do something special to get people to renew but I guess not. Not exactly sure what, but something that said “thank you” for being an early adapter.

What they did in Europe was a total FU. They basically said – wait until next Dec. to sign up for a year and then you can get every game at once and have a year to play them. It makes no sense.

Oh well, $50 for about 17 months was still worth it, even with all the lies and double talk and repeat games. I really don’t understand what people expect for $50 where they could say it wasn’t worth it, unless you already owned all the games beforehand, in which case, yeah, Sony took you for a fool, twice.


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+ marriedonce on December 7th, 2011 at 9:06 pm said:

I love being a PLUS member : )

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+ Genshrooms on December 9th, 2011 at 9:38 am said:

Playstation plus is so good.


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+ z3-pain-3z on December 9th, 2011 at 5:58 pm said:

hi i need to know when i got my new ps3 i tried to put in my promo code for the free 30 day plus, but it said my code was not valid? so can you give me some info on why it would say that? and can i still use it now with this deal you got going on to? thanks please help tyvm. a true ps3 fun.


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+ kolek3922 on December 11th, 2011 at 3:25 pm said:

Sounds like some really great deals


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+ LiteBlaze on December 14th, 2011 at 5:50 pm said:

So many awesome games and it’s not even christmas yet :)


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+ gdog145 on December 17th, 2011 at 8:10 pm said:

Tomb raider won’t insatt. it keeps crashing at 15 % with error 80029563. can any one help me please?


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+ Every1smyenemy on December 20th, 2011 at 3:54 pm said:

Just got Playstation+ the other day. I am fully satisfied with everything on it. Keep up the good work! Can’t wait to see what the future brings.


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+ C_Y_P_H_E_R on January 1st, 2012 at 8:18 pm said:

Of course Marvel has DLC! What a surprise! Great game though. I forgot I liked pinball games. Though I have to say, as a new member of Playstation Plus. I’m going to need more free games within the coming months to not feel cheated out of the previous deals. Hoping every year is the best year to be a Playstation Plus consumer. Yes I said it instead of gamer.

@ gdog145

you need to redo it then. sounds like your internet wasn’t working. couldn’t be anything else. are you using comcast? if so…change that asap.


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+ DavidCharpentier on January 3rd, 2012 at 7:52 am said:

Great Marvel Pinball and Tomb Raider for XMAS!!!


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+ GT-420 on January 3rd, 2012 at 7:56 am said:

I have been loving Marvel Pinball and TR Underworld all December long. Long live plus! Can’t wait to see what 2012 goodies come out for us.


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