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PlayStation Plus Update: Outland and Bloodrayne: Betrayal Join the Instant Game Collection

Morgan Haro's Avatar + Posted by Morgan Haro on Aug 13, 2012 // Community Manager, PlayStation Digital Platforms

The first two episodes of Telltale’s The Walking Dead joined the Instant Game Collection last week, and today, we’re announcing even more content coming to Plus! We’re excited to welcome PSN Games Outland and Bloodrayne: Betrayal to the PlayStation Plus family. Read on to learn more about these games and other great content coming exclusively for Plus members.

PlayStation Plus Update August 2012

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August 14th PlayStation Plus Update

Outland

Free for PlayStation Plus Members

This innovative PSN Game blended open world 2D action color-based puzzle platforming to deliver an experience like none other. Heralded by critics, we’re happy to bring Outland to Plus members. Make sure you check out the co-op challenges scattered throughout the game’s world to get the most from Outland’s breathtaking world.

Bloodrayne: Betrayal

Free for PlayStation Plus Members

With this year’s PSN PLAY in full swing, we thought we’d revisit one of last year’s PSN PLAY titles to deliver free to Plus members. Sporting incredibly slick animation and amazingly detailed characters, monsters, and environments in luscious (LUSCIOUS) high resolution, this is a game that many might have missed, and now have no excuse not to check it out.

PlayStation Plus Update August 2012

Papo & Yo

20% discount for PlayStation Plus Members (Regular Price: $14.99, PS Plus Price: $11.99)

We’re always looking to get members the best deals on new releases,so we’re making the anticipated PSN Game Papo & Yo that much easier to snag when it drops on 8/14. It’s an amazing world crafted by the team at Minority. Follow a young boy named Quico and his best friend Monster through the surreal favelas of his homeland. It’s a dangerous journey through a constantly changing world, and you get an exclusive price break on the new adventure. Check out all the great features on Papo & Yo and pick up the game this week!

August 21st PlayStation Plus Update

Dust 514

Closed Beta Access and 50% off Mercenary Pack Add-On

Remember that Beta I talked about earlier? I know, it was a bit in the making but we’re happy to welcome our friends from the Dust 514 team into Plus with exclusive access for the closed beta. Dust 514 is the free to play first person shooter that may change the face of how we battle online in games. Help test the first live direct connection to the extremely popular EVE Online MMO as players on the main server in DUST 514 and EVE Online can chat in real time and send in-game mail between games. It’s a first in gaming, it’s free to play when it releases later this fall, and exclusive access is coming to Plus members on 8/21. You’ll have until September 4th to jump in the Beta. Read more about the features available in this Beta in a post from Brandon Laurino, Executive Producer on Dust 514.

PlayStation Plus Update August 2012

We’re also sporting a 50% discount on the Mercenary Pack DLC for Dust 514 which gives access to in-game currency to spend in game, skill boosts, and exclusive gear. Now I know what you’re thinking: this is a beta, how can I buy Add-Ons if it’s in beta? Good question! Any Add-Ons that are purchased with Dust 514 while the game is in Beta will be carried over when the game releases later this fall. So buy with confidence! There’s a ton of great Dust 514 blog posts; read up on the game and jump in the Beta.

PlayStation Plus Update August 2012

Counter Strike: Global Offensive

20% discount for PlayStation Plus Members (Regular Price: $14.99, PS Plus Price: $11.99)

It’s the return of the king. The first editions of Counter Strike back in the day paved the way for what online shooters are today. Now Valve is partnering with PlayStation to deliver this new release 20% off when it becomes available for download on 8/21. The final title of the PSN PLAY promotion, make sure you’ve picked up as many titles from PLAY as possible so you can get the most amount of PlayStation Store credit back on September 7th.

Natsume Sale

50% off for PlayStation Plus Members (Regular Prices: $14.99, PS Plus Price: $7.50)

Natsume fans! Got a PSP? You’re in luck. 4 of Natsume’s best titles including some of the best from the Harvest Moon series are going on a nice 50% off sale. Adventures To Go!, Harvest Moon: Boy & Girl, Innocent Life: A Futuristic Harvest Moon , Reel Fishing: The Great Outdoors, and Harvest Moon: Hero of Leaf Valley are all part of the sale.
Watch the PlayStation Store Updates for more news on additional Plus deals. Stay tuned for our next update scheduled for August 27th, and as always, let us know your thoughts in the comments.

PlayStation Plus Update August 2012

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+ Axonometri on August 14th, 2012 at 7:05 pm said:

I would like to add my opinion about the games lineup in NA vs EU. I’m not one to complain about receiving virtually free content and I don’t want this to be taken as such but I am confused. How can PlayStation here in US think that a fair amount of its Plus subscribers are not going to start feeling a bit let down when they look at what the SCEE Plus members seem to be getting each month.

I actually burst out a cheer and put my fist up when Sony announced Red Dead Redemption for September. Then I realized suddenly it would not likely be in my region. I honestly did not give much thought to the games EU was getting before because I just figured those games would eventually roll into US Plus months.

PlayStation Plus is awesome. Best 50 game bucks I have ever invested in. I just want you guys to know that we want to continue to feel pumped up and excited about the service and PlayStation. I surely would think you guys heading up SCEA Plus want us pumped about it also.


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+ TJF588 on August 14th, 2012 at 8:20 pm said:

At least I can rest in solace that you guys can’t put The Baconing in rotation twice over, so there will hopefully be something else new in the new IGC update. Unless you decide to make the one title from this year’s PLAY free, but that’s just me being cynical.

Anyway, what I’d like to see from Plus are more discounts. I see that you’ve got Natsume stuff in the pipe (my friend’s a fiend for “Harveest Myoon”), but how about you coordinate add-on discounts for the IGC titles? Give some incentive to pick up the little doodads for our freebie games, eh (especially if, like me, the titles sit in your embarrassing backlog more than anything else)?

Finally, coordinate some way to allow us to fully purchase our free titles before our subscription ends. For instance, Strangegirl (minis) is half off right now, but I already have it from the late and great Plus format.


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+ TJF588 on August 14th, 2012 at 8:22 pm said:

@449 – I’m in practically the opposite boat as you. Bring on the platformers! I only lament when an interesting game concept is in the first-person view behind a gun (though I’m trying to adjust).


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+ TJF588 on August 14th, 2012 at 8:38 pm said:

Final thing I’d like to say: Please bring back the premium-theme-a-week thing. I don’t even care what it is (though I doubt you’d be brazen to add any of those tacky “babe” ones); it was just nice to have a new flavor every Tuesday.


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+ gracos2010 on August 15th, 2012 at 1:31 am said:

I am not much into zombie games, however I fully understand the selection the Walking Dead, really done well game, thanks Sony for waking me up to a new genre of game


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+ hartbrek310 on August 15th, 2012 at 6:12 am said:

Loving the Plus, it’s been great since I signed up 5 months ago. Lots of awesome games especially Pac-Man and Just Cause. I was curious if we could make request for what games we’d like to see free in the future? If so, I’d love to see

PS3 Games

Lego Star Wars Trilogy (have it for PSP and Wii, but would love to have it on PS3 as well)
TNA Impact (It’s been out about 3-4 years now, and again I have it for PSP and Wii)
Family Game Night 4
Family Feud Decades
Hollywood Squares
3D Dot Game Heroes

As for PS2/PS1 games, would love to see any Spyro, Crash, Pac Man World, any of the old WWF Smackdown games.

I know the odds are unlikely to see any of these as free, but I hope maybe this gives some ideas to whoever makes the decisions. Thank you.


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+ mamaburra on August 15th, 2012 at 6:15 am said:

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE

RED DEAD REDEMPTION IN SEPTEMBER FOR NA TOO!

Why? Because I think not giving it to us would be the final straw in this NA vs EU debacle. We do not want PSN titles next month. I repeat, we do not.


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+ wWw_rKO37 on August 15th, 2012 at 8:11 am said:

Just Cause 2 and Borderland free for Europe , today !


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+ japl0684 on August 15th, 2012 at 6:36 pm said:

European Store has better games this month like dead space 2, bad sony, bad.


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+ zummAng on August 16th, 2012 at 5:45 am said:

All time only bad news from us psn+. No any new 3D games, no new platinums, only scrollers. It’s very good that I didn’t buy any subscription for plus.


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+ kaka_campolongo on August 16th, 2012 at 5:58 am said:

I think if the game offered to the subscriber already been purchased by the subscriber should automatically be offered another option in place with the same value then the first game offered. eg outland, I’ve bought and now comes for free, could have a game of my choice in the same amount of OUTLAND. would be fairer, because besides paying the subscription still buy games not only the hope that comes for free …..
and where is the ps3 game this month??


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+ TJF588 on August 16th, 2012 at 5:18 pm said:

Wow, sleep-addled as I am, I know @452 had some communication break-down.

I was mistaken in thinking Outland was part of the last PSN PLAY, but I’ve confidence that SF3 wouldn’t go into freebie rotation anytime soon. And by “the one title from this year’s PLAY”, I meant the one I wasn’t interested in (E2).

Point still stands, though: OFFER DLC DISCOUNTS FOR INSTANT GAME COLLECTION TITLES.

That way, even if we already own the base game, we can still (hopefully) get something out of the newcomers and polish of our copies. (I, though, wouldn’t care if RDR got in; got the complete pack some months ago, so I’m set.)
Heck, maybe throw in discounts for ancillary content (read: themes and avatars), even if only for their IGC debut week.


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+ spartan117no on August 16th, 2012 at 6:42 pm said:

Morgan

Can Asura’s Wrath can be free for PS+ subscribers next month?


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+ ALARM-cIock on August 18th, 2012 at 4:17 am said:

After all the E3 hype I decided PS+ was right for me. But in subsequent months, being somewhat disappointed with the catalog updates, I found that Europe has Deus Ex, Dead Space, and Assassins Creed… Ouch. Please bring these games over to the US so I don’t feel like I’ve been swindled.


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+ ALARM-cIock on August 18th, 2012 at 4:23 am said:

Ugh… I just read that the EU will be getting Red Dead Redemption in September… It’s really unbelievable. Good for them, but how could the difference in selection be so vastly unbalanced?


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+ artur-fernand on August 18th, 2012 at 3:01 pm said:

Maybe I shouldn’t be whinning, as inFamous 2, LBP2 and Outland are fantastic games. But Europe got not only these games, but also Darksiders, Deus Ex, Oddworld and Borderlands. And they’re getting Red Dead Redemption next month! I mean, c’mon, the difference is ridiculously absurd! The one game USA had, is now available for Europe (Just Cause 2).
Oh well, Outland is available to USA now. Maybe it’s a matter of time before the other games arrive here too… I HOPE.


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+ Roberts2100 on August 18th, 2012 at 9:21 pm said:

Whats up Sony why does the NA have to wait every few months to get a kick ass title. Just release them each month. I want full games not just filler crap.


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+ Furrow on August 19th, 2012 at 12:59 pm said:

I joined up right after that huge hacking downtime cuz it was free and then i got a good deal on an extension. So im sure as far as free stuff ive gotten way more than ive put in. Yeah sure some of these games i am not interested in playing but then other games like supersonic rocket powered battle cars is a great game to play and i still get on it once in awhile. It will probably never get deleted by me. Unfortunately i already have dust and i like it. I enjoy getting free avatars and themes too. Keep it up.


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+ Roberts2100 on August 19th, 2012 at 7:10 pm said:

How about some games like Darksiders, Uncharted 3, Dark Souls,Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, ect.


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+ JimmeeVeal on August 19th, 2012 at 10:21 pm said:

I REALLY wish we could have Red Dead Redemption like Europe. I’ve held off on buying it and after seeing it for free for them I was really disappointed that we weren’t getting it as well. I’ve really liked most all of the games that have been offered since I started subscribing during E3, but more full PS3 games would be appreciated. Maybe not the most popular ones because most subscribers will have them already, but whatever you decide will probably be sufficient.

Also to those whining that you have these games already, there will always be someone who already has the game, so they can’t win all the time.


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+ The_Wheelman_IV on August 20th, 2012 at 2:56 am said:

Outland is a good game but it plays very oldschool and doesn’t do anything for me. I’d rather get the other Walking Dead Episodes yall only gave us 1 and 2. Where the hell is 3 4 and 5? Why didn’t yall just give us the season pass. Silouette platform games are terribly dated I mean I thought I was playing a Little big Planet Level. I’ll give yall some good ideas for games that should be in everyones instant game collection.

Dragon Age Origins
Assassins Creed Revelations
Motorstorm Apocalpyse
Jak and Daxter Collection
Call of Duty Blackops
Borderlands
I am Alive
Journey
RE5 Gold
Burnout Paradise
Gran Turismo 5
Armored Core V
Smash Cars
Twisted Metal
Skyrim
Dead Island
I would like to see Borderlands2 come to us for free that would be EPIC WIN. for us and Sony.


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+ The_Wheelman_IV on August 20th, 2012 at 2:58 am said:

Dungeon Hunters Alliance is a good old and cheap game…I would like to see that go to plus, I’d play that I loved the demo of it. Has that Diablo 3/Torchlight feel to it.


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+ The_Wheelman_IV on August 20th, 2012 at 3:00 am said:

lol I said Hell yall, I ment to say heck- I apologize I’m not a JERK -_- ——> I can read. :)


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+ The_Wheelman_IV on August 20th, 2012 at 3:14 am said:

Uncharted 3 is a good choice, or MassEffect2 or 3, NFS the Run is also in the low price range now. They should offer games with low populations on Mutiplayers so that the companies don’t pull the plug on the Mutiplayer Aspect of the game like how they did with Mercenaries 2 World in Flames, Metal Gear Solid 4, Assassins Creed Brotherhood and even Full Auto 2 Battlelines. That pisses me off when I buy a game, And the game shuts the mutiplayer done perminently. Plus should beable to prevent this type of thing from happening. Or the game has difficulty launching a Game or DLC maps cause of the low population. Like MAG and Vegas1 and 2. even some of the newer games like Homefront all struggle to get into a match. Even Gotham Imposters that was the reason Plus gave us that game if they didn’t it would have crashed and burned. I had Gotham Imposters before Plus gave it away. It was a good choice and saved that game from Graveyard.


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+ The_Wheelman_IV on August 20th, 2012 at 3:22 am said:

For Godsakes give us the new Counterstrike game if you do that I will be VERYVERYVERY happy. I want something where I can shoot people in. I love FPS games. better to do it in the game than the Realworld right? LOL! Counterstrike was the single most Defining FPS Shooter of ALL TIME for PC and Consoles it was a game I still have which I play on my original XBOX console and now I herd it’s be updated to this ERA. It’s a Call of Duty Killer I tell you. Counterstrike Global offensive is a must have game for all PS3 gamers.


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+ The_Wheelman_IV on August 20th, 2012 at 3:34 am said:

I don’t typically like scrollers but Outland was a good game very well built and people put alot of thought into the game. Still EU got it WAYYY before us. Will we be seeing Motorstorm Apocalpyse soon or some more Episode Installments for The Walking Dead? I really want that Counterstrike game :(


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+ The_Wheelman_IV on August 20th, 2012 at 4:13 am said:

japl0684 on August 15th, 2012 at 6:36 pm said:

European Store has better games this month like dead space 2, bad sony, bad.

Bad Sony No Cookie Treat for you…Bad Dog, Baddd Dog! Go sit in Time out!


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+ Randinator-_001 on August 20th, 2012 at 12:32 pm said:

dam, it sucks to be a subscriber in north america, europe is getting the better stuff. im not renewing my subscription when it gets expired next month.


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+ dodgedoors on August 20th, 2012 at 1:34 pm said:

Is there an announcement coming for tomorrow from Morgan? Is anything new added to plus this week? Anyone else think all psn only games should be ported to Vita?


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+ dodgedoors on August 20th, 2012 at 1:45 pm said:

If I had to guess the ps3 game next month will be Uncharted 3. It Would be the huge splash sony wanted to make and I think it will be announced cross controller and or remote play will work via a new patch and the 1.8 firmware update the 28th so they will be giving us Vita owners a huge bonus before Vita is even officially on PS Plus. It’s only a prediction and wishful thinking but it sounds like something they’d do, esp after this whole SCEE Red Dead Redemption uproar.


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+ megavanman on August 21st, 2012 at 1:52 am said:

That’s why I just got ps eu plus n man it’s awesome borderlands and dead space gotta love it I hope na gets back on top I would rather b supporting my own country lol


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+ ZiKaRiO_787 on August 21st, 2012 at 1:00 pm said:

Still waiting for the Dust code to see the worth of this month, while I do believe PS+ is good value I would love to know how to switch to the EU PS+ which is obviously more compensating, if somebody knows how to switch I would appreciate it, I got 2 months of ps plus left and the next time I will order a full year subscription, I need to be sure to do the right choice.


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+ Mar044 on August 21st, 2012 at 2:18 pm said:

I have to agree with the posters, i love the walking dead so at least it was worth re signing up, but getting a newsletter saying tomb raider and other awesome games free and then finding out no just cause or tomb raider for north america compared to EU. I know licensing and things, but we get borderlands also and wouldnt mind decent games instead of flash type things.

sigh in the end what can you do, although happy with walking dead and proto so even update maybe. i just wished newsletters emailed reflected north american ps plus releases.


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+ Mar044 on August 21st, 2012 at 2:20 pm said:

and to add, it really isnt fair that eu gets real games and we get the junk been other then 1 or 2 games.


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+ rkiller22 on August 22nd, 2012 at 11:16 am said:

why complain? they give us free games every month and great discounts. I paid 15 dollars for the plus account and when it’s up I will renew with no worries cause Sony at least is giving us something back for the money we pay a year. June was a huge month and I look forward to another E3 2013 collection. Sony Rocking it. now bring me plus for my Vita!!!


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+ bdnyy23 on August 22nd, 2012 at 11:35 am said:

Mar044 – Just wanted to let you know that Tomb Raider and Just Cause were available for NA Plus subscribers – I joined the second week of August and they were still available, you must have just missed them. I know that when I finally joined, I missed Gotham City Impostors by a day, as I couldn’t decide if Plus was worth it, still would be nice to get Dead Space or some of the other games EU have received, but so far I am happy with the titles that I have received, some for me and some for the kids.


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+ swtpc on August 22nd, 2012 at 1:16 pm said:

I got PS Plus still during the instant game collection, and although I agree with the idea that we aren’t getting what we want, and that sucks, it really isn’t a big deal. Seriously, I got my money’s worth on day 1 when I downloaded LBP2 and inFamous 2 (Barely missed Uncharted 1 and 2, also.). Please stop complaining like children.


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+ pj0484 on August 22nd, 2012 at 3:54 pm said:

personally i consider i have gotten my $$ worth in games don’t know what ppl are talking about when they say ps+ is not worth buying…… iv got 4 that i like this year

here is a few i would love to see added next month
casino games
carnival island
sims any
monopoly streets


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+ ZiKaRiO_787 on August 22nd, 2012 at 4:35 pm said:

I don’t think I have wasted my money at plus, on the contrary I feel I have gotten enough value (since I don’t have many games and these are my first months) BUT let’s remember these are not really free games, you need to be a plus member to play them, so you will have to pay for the service if you wanna play no matter if what you receive later does not satisfy your expectations if the service quality goes downhill.

In my personal opinion they should be more balanced about things between customers of different Regions, even if the service was $1 I would still see the unfairness of other Regions getting more than we get, I would like to add also that The Walking Death full season pass SHOULD be provided to count as an actual full game, for now is just like a 2 episodes demo and in my opinion not worth of calling it a full game (it is better than the blood rayne one tho but too short), instead it looks like a marketing plot to make the loyal plus members buy the full season to finish the game. I would have opted to get only Dead Space 2 instead of TWD, BloodRayne and Outland.


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+ ZiKaRiO_787 on August 22nd, 2012 at 4:35 pm said:

Why not design a system like it? To offer way more games per month but limit the user to choose 3-4 games per month in case they already have some of them? Why not categorize to a constant of 3 psn games, 3 ps3 full per month and some mini-games to have a more balanced selection without getting flooded of not so good psn games that never made it as a retail game? In my opinion that is what should be done to keep customers happy.


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+ dodgedoors on August 22nd, 2012 at 8:20 pm said:

I missed uncharted 1 and 2 as well. I’ve had plus since dec 2012 but i really didn’t pay attention to the free games as much as I should have. The last year being a very busy year. But now I’m back to gaming and recently bought a 750 gig hd for ps3 and downloaded everything I could. I hope they have a 2 week period where you can download everything they’ve offered for plus since its inception. That would be amazing but just a pipe dream.


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+ dodgedoors on August 22nd, 2012 at 8:20 pm said:

dec 2010 i mean


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+ MikaelShah on August 23rd, 2012 at 12:44 pm said:

I’m not a tid bit interested in PSN Games, I only got Plus for PS3 games honestly. Since there hasn’t been an update in 3 months… I won’t be renewing. Was alright as long as it lasted.


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+ BlameTheSilence on August 23rd, 2012 at 5:14 pm said:

I’m new to Plus and so far I love it, I’m happy with anything that comes out really.


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+ camdendomville on August 26th, 2012 at 3:23 am said:

Awesome glad to see Plus geting better and better by the week i bought Plus for my brother and he loves it keep up the good work sony now add movies to plus lol jk


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+ pj0484 on August 28th, 2012 at 6:17 pm said:

lol camdendomville add movies to plus

i would love this lol at least add 1 free rental per month would be worth ps+ with every aspect ….


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