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Holiday Essentials

Holiday Essentials: Huge Discounts on 40+ Must-Have Games

Pierre Gravereau's Avatar Posted by Pierre Gravereau on Dec 17, 2012 // Director, Digital Distribution

Holiday Essentials

Here at PlayStation, we’re gearing up for the holiday season. In the spirit of giving, we’re giving you some great discounts on more than 40 titles over the next three weeks. Each week will highlight some of the best PS3, PS Vita and PSN games available in the PlayStation Store. Featuring trippy music/racing hybrid Dyad, PS Vita side-scrolling puzzler Escape Plan, sure-to-become-classics like LittleBigPlanet 2 and Rayman Origins, plus plenty more, we’ve got you covered. Starting today, you can save 30% — or up to 50% for PlayStation Plus members — on a variety of hot games, listed below. If the lineup below isn’t enough, we’ll be refreshing this list with a whole new batch next week (12/24) and the following week (12/31), so stay tuned.

Here’s this week’s lineup:

  • Catherine (Sale: $27.99, PS Plus: $19.60, Regular: $39.99)
  • Counter Strike Global Offensive (Sale: $10.49, PS Plus: $7.35, Regular: $14.99)
  • Dyad (Sale: $10.49, PS Plus: $7.35, Regular: $14.99)
  • Escape Plan (Sale: $10.49, PS Plus: $7.35, Regular: $14.99)
  • I Am Alive (Sale: $10.49, PS Plus: $7.35, Regular: $14.99)
  • LittleBigPlanet 2 (Sale: $13.99, PS Plus: Free, Regular: $19.99)
  • LittleBigPlanet PS Vita (Sale: $24.99, PS Plus: $17.49, Regular: $35.99)
  • Magic: The Gathering – Dules of the Planeswalkers 2013 (Sale: $6.99, PS Plus: $4.90, Regular: $9.99)
  • NHL 13 (Sale: $41.99, PS Plus: $29.40, Regular: $59.99)
  • Rayman Origins (Sale: $13.99, PS Plus: $9.80, Regular: $19.99)
  • Rayman Origins PS Vita (Sale: $20.99, PS Plus: $14.70, Regular: $29.99)
  • Resident Evil 4 (Sale: $13.99, PS Plus: $9.80, Regular: $19.99)
  • Retro/Grade (Sale: $6.99, PS Plus: $4.90, Regular: $9.99)
  • Street Fighter III: Third Strike Online Edition (Sale: $10.49, PS Plus: $7.35, Regular: $14.99)

All of these titles will be on sale for one week only — December 18th to December 24th — so head into the PlayStation Store before these discounts melt away. And don’t forget to check back on PSN next week (12/24) and the following week (12/31) for more great discounts on other Holiday Essentials games.

Happy Holidays!

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+ boomstickbhg on December 17th, 2012 at 11:05 am said:

Oh if you’re going to be doing a couple more sales like this, don’t wait to give us the info. Tell us this week/soon/now so that we can plan our xmas shopping.

You know, how everyone has a lot to do this season and normal people plan ahead for buying gifts or even holiday sales for themselves? That’s possible because NORMAL retailers give advance notice for most sales buy at least a week, not a day.

So since you already know we have more sales coming, announce what will be on sale ASAP so we can plan our xmas spending, otherwise you’re not likely to sell much since our funds will have already been allotted to more important things/holiday sales we actually get notice of.

Otherwise your customer service will be dealing with hell this winter with all the customers who buy something prior to the sales only to see it go on sale and we never get more than 1 day warnings and calling in for their (very much deserved) refunds.

Unless you like dealing with that kind of chaos and making your customers unhappy… Going by the recent plus updates perhaps that’s just how you like to operate things.


+ PrimeroIncognito on December 17th, 2012 at 11:16 am said:


Sorcery was on sale during Black Friday week.

Tomorrow, Sports Champions 2 and Deadmund’s Quest will be bundled together for the low price of $29.99.

Don’t you read the other posts on this blog?


+ RoBo_O_G_2 on December 17th, 2012 at 11:17 am said:

Now this is a sale! lbp vita and rayman origins vita will be mine, you guys are gonna get me spending all my xmas money on this sale if this keeps up! :D


+ Ntl_713 on December 17th, 2012 at 11:22 am said:

Will PSP games be also going on sale? I’d love it if Persona 3 Portable went on sale!


+ PhoenixDowny on December 17th, 2012 at 11:23 am said:

I hope that God of War Ghost of Sparta get’s a price discount. I’m ready to download it to my PS Vita.


+ Airwalkinman17 on December 17th, 2012 at 11:26 am said:

I am Alive & Rayman Origins Vita
Will be mine!
Can’t wait to see more upcoming deals. *fingers crossed for Chrono Trigger deal*!!!!


+ Ryumoau on December 17th, 2012 at 11:27 am said:

@80 Persona 3 has been on sale for $9.99 countless times already.


+ RulitoCR on December 17th, 2012 at 11:38 am said:

Wow this is just awesome!!!
I´ll buy Counter Strike Global Offensive and I Am Alive for sure! And maybe (95% yes) Catherine!!


+ the_h41d on December 17th, 2012 at 11:45 am said:

Last week somebody from sony said in comments the vita Instant Game Collection would be updated this week… Is that not happening anymore until after this sale? Pretty disappointed


+ Hayterfan on December 17th, 2012 at 11:47 am said:

Kinda of a crappy selection, granted im getting Rayman Origins, and maybe RE4, guess I was kinda expecting sales on some newer retail games, or on some bundles (Why is Siren still $40?)


+ EatMoreCheese on December 17th, 2012 at 11:50 am said:

Great sale, Sony! I have a lot of these games already purchased at full price, but no regrets. The better PlayStationPlus gets, the more people find to complain about! Hopefully there will be more stuff for my Vita coming soon.


+ SoulSlayer79 on December 17th, 2012 at 12:25 pm said:

I love you Sony xD


+ postapocalyptic on December 17th, 2012 at 12:32 pm said:

Are you serious? When is Siren: Blood Curse gonna go on sale?


+ Crusader8463 on December 17th, 2012 at 12:33 pm said:

I already got all the current gen stuff I want. Would love to see the PSX/PS2 games get a nice discount. Been wanting to buy Vanguard Bandits and a couple other PSX RPG’s but I keep hoping for a sale. I’m spoiled by Steam so I keep thinking PSN will have a nice big sale eventually like Steam does all the time. Guess I will keep waiting.


+ enricky559 on December 17th, 2012 at 12:40 pm said:

Can’t wait to see what other great games are going to be added to this list!


+ purse317 on December 17th, 2012 at 12:51 pm said:




+ c0nn0r_pwns_u on December 17th, 2012 at 12:54 pm said:

Wonderful work Sony!!! Loving these sales and looking forward to what you guys bring us for the next couple weeks as well!!! Appreciate all the hard work you guys are doing to bring us awesome games at great prices. As far as this week goes, according to the prices I can get Resident Evil 4, Rayman Orgins, AND Dyad for $27?!?!?! COUNT ME IN.

How do you guys able to practically give away all these games? Absolutely amazing. :D


+ Shadow_Enz on December 17th, 2012 at 12:56 pm said:

I Am Alive should’ve dropped to $5 by now. While I was hoping for a $5 Escape Plan, I may bite at the current Plus sale offering. Thanks for RE4, but it’s a shame Code Veronica wasn’t put on sale in conjunction with RE4.


+ BrianC6234 on December 17th, 2012 at 12:57 pm said:

I guess I’ll be getting Escape Plan. Anyone with a Vita and doesn’t own LBP Vita yet make sure you get it now. Great deal.


+ ResistanceGTA on December 17th, 2012 at 12:58 pm said:

Well, I know I’ll get PSN cards from a few people for Christmas, I guess I won’t be spending them on games I want since I won’t know what will be on sale next week or the week after… You should tell us all the sales, so we can plan ahead…


+ purse317 on December 17th, 2012 at 1:00 pm said:


1ST the recent store update with Looper and Resident Evil being the same movie
2ND That Big Infinite Sky trailer that showed it was for plus members but not all plus members
3RD That huge typo on the store update that had discounts galore but was ………… erased and fixed see 12/4/2012 if I’m not mistaken
4TH Finally today we find out the blogcast screws up mentioning $1 games that don’t exist



+ Ntl_713 on December 17th, 2012 at 1:10 pm said:

@83 I never knew…hopefully it goes on sale 1 more time!


+ weendex on December 17th, 2012 at 1:32 pm said:

NHL on Vita would be a Christmas Miracle.


+ John-Shooter on December 17th, 2012 at 1:43 pm said:

already own all the good games in that list..


+ MrBob2k7 on December 17th, 2012 at 1:45 pm said:

I guess this prices would be considered good if you only have access to Playstation. 50 percent for plus members feels a bit weak. Especially to someone who is used to Steam.

I wish the SCEA digital team paid attention to what Valve does with Steam. Valve is one of the most profitable companies in this industry and yet no one wants to mimic them. If you guys do, then it would be nice to see some reaction. Wish Sony would treat digital as more than an afterthought.


+ Pixel-Masher on December 17th, 2012 at 1:58 pm said:

“I am Alive” is about the only thing that stands out for me there and I’ve already got it.
(absolutely outstanding game and WELL worth the price (even at the regular price))


+ HisShadowX on December 17th, 2012 at 2:11 pm said:

Its okay the New PS Store sucks I’ve been kind of off the PS Store for awhile


+ supvic on December 17th, 2012 at 2:26 pm said:

this ALREADY puts SCEE’s Christmas sale to shame..


+ FfoegNosnibor on December 17th, 2012 at 2:39 pm said:

How do I “purchase” LBP2? I am currently a plus member letting my subscription expire next month.

I like LBP2 and am interested in keeping the title.

Unfortunately, this title has been in the instant game collection since the inception of that program. Therefore, it is “free.” If I “purchase” a “free” program with plus, it will expire.

Please make an option to actually purchase this item. Thank you.


+ omega_alpha-619 on December 17th, 2012 at 2:51 pm said:

PLEASE.. please put MASS EFFECT 3 on sale. (^ _ ^)


+ MuramasaEdge on December 17th, 2012 at 3:01 pm said:

Please, please, please, please PLEASE Sony. When are we likely to be able to buy Legend of Dragoon in Europe? Surely you guys want to prevent us from making US accounts just to buy one game!! Honestly, I’m only interested in LOD at the moment in terms of buying from the PSN store. PLEASE at least think about bring it over here- it’s on the US store, so we know it CAN be done, we just want to know why you haven’t brought it over here. None of us enjoy being so behind America.


+ SWAGCHEFCOOKING on December 17th, 2012 at 3:26 pm said:

Are these discounts live right now? I am trying to get SF III 3S but I’m still seeing the regular price. Thanks.


+ omega_alpha-619 on December 17th, 2012 at 3:30 pm said:


Check out the last paragraph of the post for the answer.


+ SWAGCHEFCOOKING on December 17th, 2012 at 3:30 pm said:

I should probably read everything before asking basic questions. -_- Please disregard.


+ Darth-Krayt on December 17th, 2012 at 3:53 pm said:

Wow! CounterStrike for under $7.50!! That’s great. The game was a steal at $15. I believe I’ll be taking advantage of that offer this week since it seems WWE WrestleFest isn’t going to be meeting it’s announced release date.


+ RoxasDingo on December 17th, 2012 at 4:00 pm said:

Great lineup, cant wait to see the games coming the next few weeks. Definitely picking some of them up. Also, i now you may be tired of this question, but could you please do something about an Alice Madness Returns offer again? i was one of the unlucky ones who couldnt get it before de error happened, and i really wanted it. OH, and i may be alone in this, but is there a chance you can bring to the ps store the first game of valkyria chronicles? the one for the ps3? thanks guys, and keep up the good work.


+ icurafuse on December 17th, 2012 at 4:52 pm said:

I’ll be away fm my PS3 for the next month. Any chance that that EU online store will make it to USA before the discounts end?


+ DarkSandStorms on December 17th, 2012 at 4:57 pm said:

Thoughts on rayman origins vita? That’s the one that is jumping out at me. The game I really want is Need For Speed Most Wanted for the Vita. I normally don’t pay and more than $10 for Racing games. For this own, I’m willing to bump that up to 15ish. So long as I also get modnation racers on Ps+ :P.


+ freshprincepbg on December 17th, 2012 at 5:41 pm said:

I wish I didn’t just buy LBP Vita for $20 since i prefer digital on Vita. Also wish Rayman Origins Vita was same price as the ps3 game, don’t understand that. I’m considering CS: Go and Retro/Grade


+ mgrantz on December 17th, 2012 at 5:47 pm said:

I’m going on vacation tomorrow morning, returning home late on 12/24. Is there anyway to buy sale items if you don’t have access to your PS3?


+ True_Gamer-27 on December 17th, 2012 at 6:02 pm said:

I know Okami HD and Sound Shapes PS3 are new games, so i doubt these will have a discount on either december 24 and 31st.

But who knows if i am wrong about that other than Sony?

I really hope i am wrong on this one.


+ IceColdKilla44 on December 17th, 2012 at 6:19 pm said:

Wow, definitely picking up LBP Vita at that price!

Please please PLEASE let Okami HD be part of this sale!


+ SpooNManX on December 17th, 2012 at 7:00 pm said:

Attention OP {PlayStation Home Update}
Winter holiday content, Atari’s 40th birthday,
Home Tycoon sale, introducing The PartyMachine 2013 and more. Read More

READ MORE just links back to the main page..
Please fix when you can. I’m interested in the Atari 40th birthday info.. Thanks


+ ilekillya on December 17th, 2012 at 8:07 pm said:

total ps plus subscriber and have been for a wile. ps 3 games on disk amount to over 240 then i must have over 20 downloaded games. but i all-so own a ps vita witch is lagging in any ps plus games or app,s. i see the uk ps store has t@g app for free but not in the u-s store. and nothing not even a free ps1 game for the vita this month in the u-s store. i think i can speak for a lot of people…….. happy christmas you have a ps vita now put it in a draw and just hope grandma bought you a vita game for Christmas because havein ps plus on a vita and no ps3 this Christmas suks. remember sony. not every one owns both consoles.


+ Mikey1123 on December 17th, 2012 at 8:19 pm said:

My 4gig vita card is not going to live through this sale. I’m already swapping games everyday now.


+ FranklynStreet on December 17th, 2012 at 8:53 pm said:

Well, there’s 5 games listed here I would be buying if you guys would leave them up for 2 weeks instead of 1. I’m out of town without ps3/psn access until Dec. 29th.


+ Sevyne on December 17th, 2012 at 9:08 pm said:

Apparently the free game is Anomaly: Warzone Earth. This has got to be the biggest fail I’ve ever seen. I mean…are SCEA just trolling us now? This month really sucks…


+ Sevyne on December 17th, 2012 at 9:12 pm said:

I bet that’s also why they didn’t bother with a Plus post like they normally do on Mondays. They are bracing themselves because they know they picked a total stinker during the holiday month.


+ BlueBl1zzard on December 17th, 2012 at 9:19 pm said:

@Sevyne umm they definitely did do a PS Plus update post. But if you’re going there just to complain, you’re already about 300 comments behind.


+ BlueBl1zzard on December 17th, 2012 at 9:23 pm said:

@ FranklynStreet #123 yeah I feel for you, I’m not going anywhere, but if I was I’d be pretty bummed to miss out on these sales. This is why they should allow you to access the PS Store from a PC, at least to purchase the game and add it to your download list.

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