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PlayStation Plus Update: Anomaly Warzone Earth Free for Members

Morgan Haro's Avatar + Posted by Morgan Haro on Dec 17, 2012 // Community Manager, PlayStation Digital Platforms

There’s a lot to love with PlayStation Plus in December. Perhaps you’ve already thought of what a great gift a PS Plus membership makes for your fellow PS3 gamer. Or maybe you’ve been diving into the games in the Instant Game Collection with new additions like BioShock 2, Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition, and Rochard. Either way, you’ve got more great content on the way with this week’s addition: Anomaly Warzone Earth! You’ll also find some amazing holiday deals on games that you might have missed. Read on to find out more.

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December 18th PlayStation Plus Update

Anomaly: Warzone Earth

Anomaly Warzone Earth (PS3)

Free for Plus members

Anomaly Warzone Earth is an extraordinary mixture of action and strategy in a reversed tower defense formula. Call it tower offense, if that’s a bit easier. The game tasks you with saving a near-future Earth from an alien onslaught. The invaders have captured world’s major cities, building huge turrets that destroy everything in their path. It’s up to you to lead an armor squad through the streets of cities like Baghdad and Tokyo, planning the route and strategically choosing which units to deploy in order to crush the opposition. Download it today and experience this fantastic twist on strategy gaming.

Holiday Essentials Sale

Various discounts for Plus members


You may have seen the announcement already, but this week marks the first week of the PSN Holiday Sale! You can check out the full announcement here, but here’s the breakdown of all the games that you’ll be able to get an amazing sale price on for this week:

Game Normal Price PSN Sale Price Plus Sale Price
Catherine $39.99 $27.99 $19.60
Counter Strike Global Offensive $14.99 $10.49 $7.35
Dyad $14.99 $10.49 $7.35
Escape Plan $14.99 $10.49 $7.35
I am Alive $14.99 $10.49 $7.35
LittleBigPlanet 2 $19.99 $13.99 $0.00
LittleBigPlanet PS Vita $35.99 $24.99 $17.49
M:tG Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013 $9.99 $6.99 $4.90
NHL 13 $59.99 $41.99 $29.40
Rayman Origins $19.99 $13.99 $9.80
Rayman Origins PS Vita $29.99 $20.99 $14.70
Resident Evil 4 $19.99 $13.99 $9.80
Retro/Grade $9.99 $6.99 $4.90
Street Fighter: Third Strike Online Edition $14.99 $10.49 $7.35

SEGA Holiday Sale

Various discounts for Plus members


Our friends at SEGA are also bringing more great games to all of PSN at some truly great prices to celebrate the holidays as well. Just like the PSN Holiday Sale, all PSN gamers get to enjoy some price breaks here, but Plus members get the best deals on the following content:

Game Normal Price PSN Sale Price Plus Sale Price
Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown (Game Only) $14.99 $9.99 $6.99
SEGA HERITAGE COLLECTION (BUNDLE) $36.95 $19.99 $14.99
Sonic 4: Ep1 & 2 Full game Bundle $24.98 $14.99 $11.99
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 $14.99 $9.99 $7.49
Hell Yeah Full game $14.99 $9.99 $5.99
Hell Yeah DLC Pimp My Rabbit Pack $2.99 $1.99 $1.00
Hell Yeah DLC The Virtual Rabbit Mission $4.99 $2.99 $1.50
After Burner Climax $9.99 $4.99 $2.50
Crazy Taxi $9.99 $4.99 $2.50
Daytona USA $9.99 $4.99 $2.50
Crush, PSP $9.99 $4.99 $2.50
Sonic Rivals, PSP $9.99 $6.99 $4.89
Sonic Rivals 2, PSP $9.99 $6.99 $4.89

That’s it for this week’s update, and remember that the above updates will be in effect once the PlayStation Store updates tomorrow. See you next week for more on PlayStation Plus!

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While we definitely want you to let us know your thoughts in the comments below, make sure you’re digging in to the PlayStation Community Forums in the Plus space where you’ll find great new information and perspectives from your fellow gamer. Enjoy the update, and see you in the comments.

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+ death_by_wabbit on December 18th, 2012 at 9:03 am said:

I fixed this problem, last week I purchased an EU Plus subscription, will keep them both for a while. If things continue as they are, I’ll probably drop my US subscription. If enough people do the same, maybe Sony will take the hint.


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+ labam88 on December 18th, 2012 at 9:31 am said:

I also think that PS+ blog should update once a month rather than weekly. I used to prefer the weekly updates but have found myself disappointed the past few weeks with each update and I think it has to do more with the presentation than the actual game choices (Though I would prefer different games more similar to EU). I think seeing all of the free games for the month will leave a much more positive impression of the choices than seeing them separately. It seems more impressive that way I guess. Maybe you could announce different sales weekly to keep people interested.

Anyways, thanks for all the replies Morgan and I don’t know how you keep such a positive attitude in your responses to all the complainers. Well done good sir.


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    + Morgan Haro on December 18th, 2012 at 11:09 am said:

    thanks. As long as everyone is relatively civil and discussing the topics at hand, I always welcome critiques! Can’t improve without em’


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+ shikigami78 on December 18th, 2012 at 9:39 am said:

also waiting for something on vita. fingers crossed for something good


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+ djobduction on December 18th, 2012 at 9:55 am said:

I like Ps Plus but to me the UK plus team has a real great taste in games or a core gamers taste, don’t get me wrong the games you guys are picking are good half the time but most i don’t even play or bother downloading, some of the picks i see and think, Are you guys playing these games ? Are you guys gamers ?
The thing i don’t understand is UK is getting AAA games and we are getting B games at the same time/month.
The value to UK Vs NA seems a unfair or just not very equal, even if you guys even gave us a Ps Plus account discount once this year would have been nice but UK hate to say it has like 2 or 3 times this year another one on now !?
I am honestly not trying to offend i am just letting you guys know how i feel, i have been a plus member since day 1 but i am not very happy with plus lately.
(next post )


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+ djobduction on December 18th, 2012 at 9:56 am said:

I always try to read your comments Morgen and I can understand how hard it must be to please everyone.
I would like to see A LOT LESS fighting games and shooters and RTS and games in the bargain bin, most gamers already have them, had them or played them.
More discounts for plus members on good stuff more AAA games, adventure games, RPG games would be nice don’t think you guys have gave one RPG game since Ps Plus started.
I was also thinking if you guys don’t know what to give, why not give us the option to pick or vote between a few things and let the subscribers pick what we should get next month out of a list or whatever it wont please everybody but i am sure most would like that sorry for the long post i am dune. peace


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+ dinkin-flicka on December 18th, 2012 at 10:33 am said:

#38 should be awarded comment of the year!


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+ Tsupi_Az on December 18th, 2012 at 10:55 am said:

@Morgan,
Well I guess the polls don’t lie 50% of people are choosing Nothing for me this week.
Then the average is 2.09 out of 5 for Anomaly. Street fighter was like a average of 2.6 out of 5. While Bioshock was average of 3.2 out 5.

So I take it tower games and fighters are not in favor over other game genres, I am one person who would prefer RPG’s over tower games and fighters.

So I agree with others we need a PS+ game genre poll so the team can plan and work their magic to bring what the community is more or less looking for.


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+ Zoidzerg on December 18th, 2012 at 11:05 am said:

Hopefully the sale does not end before I find out if I am getting LBP Vita for Christmas. Santa leaked that I was getting a Vita and rumors from the elves indicate that LBP Vita may be heading my way, if the rumors are false I would love to pick it up during the sale.

Anomaly sounds like it has promise.

*hugs plus*


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+ The_Dukenator on December 18th, 2012 at 11:09 am said:

@402 There was talks of doing so, but its dead issue atm

@406 Not only that, #38 shouldn’t be gaming at all.


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+ TotalHenshin on December 18th, 2012 at 11:31 am said:

Hey, any chance Sound Shapes and/or Okami HD will end up on the sale? :D


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+ TotalHenshin on December 18th, 2012 at 11:35 am said:

Also, keep up the great work Morgan! I own all the consoles, and a gaming PC, and I think PS+ is one of the best services ever provided in the realm of video games!


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+ kevster150 on December 18th, 2012 at 12:09 pm said:

Looking foward to the plus vita update. I have agree with the monthly update especially in december. It would be better to know what we are getting ahead of time to better plan other purchases. There are alot of great games coming out and alot of great games being offered on plus so those few weeks of knowing before hand could help alot in making the most of a gaming budget! Keep up the good work and happy holidays.


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+ Soulhunter180 on December 18th, 2012 at 12:09 pm said:

@Morgan
Can I expect MGS Portable ops as the free psp game next week or in the near future? The next MGS would have strong ties with portable ops so a good time to give it on plus


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+ JeanLucAwesome on December 18th, 2012 at 12:44 pm said:

@407

But you don’t want to alienate all the folks that do appreciate a good fighting game.

I do agree the updates lately haven’t been all that much to write home about but I don’t like the idea of a genre poll. I love me some RPGs too but I’d like a little of everything rather than just more of the same thing week after week. Don’t ignore the niches.


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+ Mattotastic on December 18th, 2012 at 1:03 pm said:

Morgan, so are the Holiday sales only this week? Because I’ve been meaning to pick up I Am Alive (especially at $7) and I won’t be able to renew my Plus membership until next week..


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+ MarcioHuser2 on December 18th, 2012 at 1:04 pm said:

I’ll pass and wait for next week :P


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+ sincrin on December 18th, 2012 at 1:14 pm said:

hey morgan!
here are the games i have received so far, since joining as a member. Some of them I liked and I knew about them, some of them I didnt and I am fascinated with them. But there were the others, mostly the recent updates.
So far :
KOF (GREAT FOR COLLECTION)
PAY DAY (DECENT)
OUTLAND (GRC)
INFAMOUS 2 (GRC)
LITTLE BP2 (GRC)
STARHAWK (GRC)
RENG OPS (EH)
PAC MAN (DECENT)
BLOOD RAY (EH)
RACHET CLANK (GRC)
DOUBLE NEON (AWFUL)
SCOTT PIL (EH)
NFL BLIZT (DECENT)
RE5 (GRC)
QUANTUM C (GRC)
SONIC 2 (EH)
SONIC HEDGEHOG (EH)
DUNGEON D (AWFUL)
ROCHARD (EH)
BIOSHOCK 2 (ALREADY HAD – BUT GRC)
STREET FIGHTER ARCADE (AWFUL)

OVERALL : 21 GAMES SO FAR SINCE JOINING IN OCT
GRC : 9
AWFUL: 3
EH: 6
DECENT: 3
iF YOU COULD TAKE THOSE EH GAMES N AWFUL GAMES AND TURNED INTO SAY GRC OR DECENT, (AS IN HAVE SOME VALUE – A LOT OF US WOULD BE MORE SATISFIED.


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+ sincrin on December 18th, 2012 at 1:16 pm said:

HECK LOT OF THOSE TITLES RIGHT/LEFT/JUMP N SLASH/SLASH/ N SLASH SOME MORE – TYPE OF GAME – WITH HARDLY A STORY, EVEN IF THERE IS ONE, NOT A GOOD ONE TO KEEP YOU PLAYING.
UPDATE AFTER UPDATE YOU ARE GETTING MORE COMPLAINTS – BUT HEED THE COMPLAINTS, THESE ARE FRUSTRATED GAMERS WHO ARE WAITING FOR A GOOD GAME NOT EH/AWFUL GAME BUT AT LEAST A DECENT ONE FOR THEIR COLLECTION.

HOPEFULLY YOU READ THIS MORGAN AND DONT TAKE IT AS ANOTHER COMPLAINT BUT RATHER SOMETHING MORE.


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+ death_by_wabbit on December 18th, 2012 at 1:18 pm said:

+ Morgan Haro on December 18th, 2012 at 11:09 am said:
“thanks. As long as everyone is relatively civil and discussing the topics at hand”

What discussion are you referring to? You never actually discuss anything with us. It’s the same every month, people complain that they are disappointed with what you are giving us here in the US while you will only reply to the minority (and yes, it is a minority, just look at the vote) that were happy. Then to the rest of us you will say “wait till next week…” The next week it’s even worse.

You are playing a carrot game with us. Don’t call this a discussion when it is not. To have a discussion, both parties need to participate.


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+ sincrin on December 18th, 2012 at 1:36 pm said:

what in the world happened to my other 2 posts lol. it was too big for one whole post so i broke it down into three post lol.


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+ Psikorps on December 18th, 2012 at 2:01 pm said:

Last week I complain, this week I dont.

Such is the life of a PS+ member.

I know you guys (SCEA) cant please everyone all the time, I know you try to do your best, even though sometimes, we (the gamers) get pretty vocal, about our displeasure over what is being offered.

But I give props where I feel they are due and this time around, I feel they are due. (But expect that to change next week when you tick me off again, then back and forth).


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+ Manhako on December 18th, 2012 at 2:07 pm said:

ive been waiting for a vita game to but im satisfied with LBPvita :)


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+ Firefly-1B3 on December 18th, 2012 at 2:26 pm said:

Morgan,
When will the store reflect these discounted prices?. I’m home from work, ready to spend some money (on I AM ALIVE in particular), and all the discounted games mentioned are still the old price. 5:30 EST 12-18-12


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+ marty7044 on December 18th, 2012 at 3:21 pm said:

People are getting pretty spoiled on here, myself included. Bioshock 2 last week and… this week. I do like the sales prices though. RE4 is finally priced reasonably.


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+ Cesar_Alfredo on December 18th, 2012 at 4:01 pm said:

I hope a great game in december 25 i want a christmas present for sony to make happy PS plus users


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+ Ghostwize on December 18th, 2012 at 4:09 pm said:

I just bought Two Worlds II Velvest GOTY Edition for $5. Thanks PS+! It’s not listed anywhere as a sale item or discount but I got it! :D


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+ SomedayWriter on December 18th, 2012 at 4:39 pm said:

Wow, the Holiday sale is just awesome! I am alive and Rayman Origins, the so much awaited time has come!
Now, this Anomaly Warzone Earth is weird if you compare to the Euro stuff. Though, let’s see what comes in the next weeks. I’m waiting for some mores deals/free games to PS vita to get my portable “toy”.


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+ Volcomkewl on December 18th, 2012 at 6:57 pm said:

So LBP2 is ours to keep, because I didn’t see the PSN+ disclosure thing when i downloaded it today.

Hehe :)


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+ Xx432 on December 18th, 2012 at 11:13 pm said:

Yeah this anomaly game does suck big time


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+ Chrono-18 on December 19th, 2012 at 3:09 am said:

Nice Holiday Essentials sale.
However, this free game is forgettable.
I mean, i would like to receive “nothing” this week, and maybe get a better game for christmas week.
But i already received SF IV and Bioshock this month, so i really should not complain about it.
By the way, why we don’t receive anymore PSONE games? I would be really happy if i could get a copy of FF VIII, Chrono Cross, MGS or any other “classic” for free.


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+ zGrandpaGamer on December 19th, 2012 at 5:41 am said:

Morgan you said on this post that well have ps store updates on December 24th and 31st and that you will be delivering as much content as E.U. outlined.This is your quote i just hope that you guy’s are not bringing our hopes up to let us down again.


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+ SinisterHealer on December 19th, 2012 at 5:50 am said:

Hehe! Bioshock 2 is one of the free games for January on EU PS+.

Oh Lord! [/Rolls eyes]


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+ TwinDad on December 19th, 2012 at 8:13 am said:

Just reading the comment on the EU blog for PS Plus for January. Just like here some are happy some are not. The complainers are asking when they are going to get the same content that the “Americans” got. It is interesting that the grass is always greener on the other side.

Some of me wants a poll as a few people have said I don’t recall getting a RPG game since PS+ started. I think a poll might show the desire for a RPG once in a while in a mixed genre display. The worst part of the me thinks that the poll will have 80% wanting PewPewPEw shooters and we start to lean that way on selection.

Sometimes I think Monthly like EU is the way go go. It lets you know what is coming. But at the same time there is the just wait 7 days to see if there is something you want. Either way I’m cool.


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+ dilbert719 on December 19th, 2012 at 9:11 am said:

@417

Sincrin, part of the problem is that what’s great or decent to one group is eh or awful to others. Just to look at your list (and I’ve only been a member since Nov., so I’ll skip what I didn’t get) I have wildly different interest in the games available. I also don’t consider any free game to be awful, so my list only goes down to eh.

Your list:

KOF (GREAT) – Decent
PAYDAY (DECENT) – Eh
OUTLAND (GRC) – Decent
INFAMOUS 2 (GRC) – Great
LBP2 (GRC) – Eh
BLOOD RAYNE (EH) – Eh
RACHET CLANK (GRC) – Great
DD NEON (AWFUL) – Decent
SCOTT PIL (EH) – Great
RE5 (GRC) – Great
QUANTUM C (GRC) – Great
SONIC 2 (EH) – Great
SONIC (EH) – Great
DUNGEON D (AWFUL) – Decent
ROCHARD (EH) – Eh
BIOSHOCK 2 (GRC) – Great
SFIV ARCADE (AWFUL) – Great

I also have a Vita, and Gravity Rush and FF Tactics are Great, Uncharted, JSR, and Wipeout are Decent, and Mutant Blobs is Eh.

From my perspective, over 23 games, 11 are great, 7 are decent, and only 5 are eh. Given that 4 of your eh/awful games were great for me, one of your great games was eh to me, and we came up with the same grade only 6 times, that’s just a quick argument as to why it’s a pain for them to try and keep all of the people happy all of the time.


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+ dilbert719 on December 19th, 2012 at 9:11 am said:

(Continued. Ran into the character limit)

As to weekly/monthly, I’m fine with releasing the games either way, but I would like to know at the beginning of the month what’s coming. It’d be easier to plan out what games I should look into purchasing, and which I should wait on. Since my inclination is to not buy if a game might be discounted, I’d buy more games at full price if I knew there wouldn’t be a sale than if I thought “well, maybe I should give it another week…”

That may just be me, though.


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+ sincrin on December 19th, 2012 at 1:27 pm said:

yah but a lot of the games are like outdated games – you wont even bother playing them on the pc let alone a console. anomaly fits the perfect example.
hey MORGAN could you please give us a spiderman game!! or give us some discount towards ps2 classics pretty please!!!!
THANKS FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK :)


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+ plark2 on December 19th, 2012 at 3:29 pm said:

Ive have a suggestion, SSF4 arcade is great game, but many of us already have the previous version of SSF4.

downloading 18 GB only for 4 new characters kinda sucks…. It would be nice to have an optional dowload (which woundnt be such a hugh file), and alowed us the enjoy this ultimated version of the game.

And this suggestion aplys also for future games… For example, if you release sonething like RDR or GTA for those usersvthat alrwady have this game on disc it would be nice the have the dlc’s for that especific game as optional download

Ps… Mary christmaa


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+ vini_ssj_usa on December 19th, 2012 at 5:04 pm said:

Disappointed… The European Plus update is much much better (Arkham City, MK and others..) I regret having bought the USA plus.


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+ theangrystickman on December 19th, 2012 at 6:45 pm said:

know what has always bugged me in PSN, when i download a game for the first time and go to play it for the first time it wants to download a patch? why cant that patch be downloaded at the same time?


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+ BloodAdept on December 19th, 2012 at 11:22 pm said:

+ dilbert719 on December 19th, 2012 at 9:11 am said:

As to weekly/monthly, I’m fine with releasing the games either way, but I would like to know at the beginning of the month what’s coming. It’d be easier to plan out what games I should look into purchasing, and which I should wait on. Since my inclination is to not buy if a game might be discounted, I’d buy more games at full price if I knew there wouldn’t be a sale than if I thought “well, maybe I should give it another week…”

That may just be me, though.

It’s not just you. I suffer from a fear of spending money, and believe me that’s led to me not eating far too often. I’m always afraid that if i buy something the next day it will be sold for less, or in this case the game will become ‘free’. So yes, I’d like to know in advance what to expect so i can plan accordingly. I’m really not a fan of fighting games that aren’t something like the Persona series. I’m a fan of games that have a real plot / storyline, and a huge fan of games that are fully voiced… But that’s just me, and there are people who agree with some (or all) of what i say. But not everyone agrees on everything… or even most things.


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+ GHOST-x-EFFECT on December 20th, 2012 at 7:04 am said:

I LOVE THE UPDATES BUT I WISH THE DISCOUNTS WHERE FOR BETTER GAMES LIKE MAX PAYNE 3 MIDNIGHT CLUB LA GAMES LIKE THAT WOULD MAKE ME HAPPY…YOU GUYS SHOULD DO SOMETHING LIKE THAT EVERY MONTH PUT 1 OR 2 BLOCKBUSTER GAME AT A GOOD DISCOUNT


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+ MaGiKxNiNjA on December 20th, 2012 at 7:24 am said:

EVEN THO JUST FOR NOW PS VITA HAVE VERY LITTLE GAMES TO SUPPORT PLUS FREE FEATURES THE PSP LIBRARY SEEM PRETTY HEALTHY TO GIVE OUT FOR FREE AND I KNOW ALOT OF VITA USER INCLUDING MYSELF WOULD JUST BE HAPPY WITH A WEEKLY FREE PSP GAME… *SO FOR THOSE PEOPLE** STOP COMPLAINING BOUT THE PEOPLE WHO “COMPLAIN” BOUT FREE PS VITA GAMES CAUSE I DONT HAVE A PS3 CAUSE I SOLD IT TO GET A VITA WITH GAMES ^.^


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+ Magic_wOw- on December 20th, 2012 at 4:40 pm said:

Well, i expected more from this update & this game is not good(My opinion) I think they should put better games like EU …. im dissapointed.


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+ Coody-Baroody on December 21st, 2012 at 4:42 am said:

Just a quick note to all you NA guys who are unhappy with the difference between our EU PS+ and yours. If you decide to get an EU PS+ subscription be prepared to pay much higher prices than you normally would and dont go shouting about it on here.

Its against Sonys T&Cs and you could just get your accounts banned.


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+ BatPixi on December 21st, 2012 at 4:41 pm said:

Just in case anyone else wants to know

the flash sale for this weekend is Assassins Creed 3 for $ 38.99

Just change the date on your PlayStation to the 23 December and you can see it for yourself.


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+ bt1234567892010 on December 21st, 2012 at 5:24 pm said:

Am I the only person who really likes Anomaly? It is a fresh change of pace from your typical TD game, just like Dungeon Defenders was, although i wish the story were co-op instead of a horde-like mode @_@ but that’s no big deal. I think the only disappointing thing this month was SSF4 AE, which I have yet to download fully, but just the fact it’s a street fighter game (and I was given the original SSF4, I hated it solo as there’s nothing really to do, no characters to unlock, nothing) is kinda eh to me. But anyway, Rochard was really good, Anomaly is really good, Bioshock 2 is fantastic (I was only disappointed because I have it on disc), and this month has been good so far. I am really sick of people complaining about games because we don’t get AAA stuff, so what? it is what it is, these games we have been getting are gems, truly, just DOWNLOAD them and play, you have nothing to lose, if you don’t like a game, delete it after playing (I hate Resident Evil after 4 and downloaded 5….it sucked, but anyway, I at least tried it). Stop being immature and giving Morgan a hard time, geez.


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+ PintSizedPinata on December 21st, 2012 at 11:15 pm said:

@Morgan are you planning on doing anything special for Christmas since it is next Tuesday, I think the option of picking any 1 game for Christmas would be a great way to top off the year!!


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+ Moofboy on December 23rd, 2012 at 4:16 pm said:

@447: I pick The Last Guardian… lol!


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+ Xx_Crisco_xX on December 24th, 2012 at 6:33 am said:

Wow this game is trash , this dude morgan is a joke ( it will be better next week ) Can I get my money back for the two months remaining on my account for ps+ , so I can take it and buy a game worth downloading . XBOX looks better every week that , plus looks worse


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