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Holiday Essentials: Week 2 of Awesome Deals on Essential Games

Pierre Gravereau's Avatar + Posted by Pierre Gravereau on Dec 24, 2012 // Director, Digital Distribution

Holiday Essentials

I hope you enjoyed your first week of deals on PS3 and PS Vita games for our Holiday Essentials Sale. As I mentioned in our previous post, we’re bringing you some of the best PlayStation games at great prices to help you stock up for the holidays.

This week we’re providing you with 16 awesome action/adventure games along with other essential PlayStation titles. For great prices you can take part in Starhawk‘s frenetic space combat and multiplayer battles, relive two of Kojima’s most acclaimed titles in the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection, or bend your mind with the award-winning Journey. In addition, PlayStation Plus delivers an extra special deal this week – we’re offering members Retro City Rampage for absolutely nothing. Moreover, Retro City Rampage features Cross-Buy, which means that when you purchase either the PS Vita or PS3 version, you get the other version at no additional cost!

As a reminder, you can save 30%—or up to 50% for PlayStation Plus members—on the action-packed lineup this week. On top of the titles below, we’ll have a whole new set next week to close out the sale and ring in the New Year. Don’t wait, though, because these games will only be on sale for one week—now through 12/30.

This week’s lineup:

  • Duke Nukem Forever (Sale: $13.99, PS Plus: $9.80, Regular: $19.99)
  • Galaga Legions DX (Sale: $6.99, PS Plus: $4.90, Regular: $9.99)
  • Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational Vita (Sale: $12.49, PS Plus: $8.74, Regular: $17.99)
  • Journey (Sale: $10.49, PS Plus: $7.35, Regular: $14.99)
  • Killzone 3 Multiplayer (Sale: $10.49, PS Plus: $7.35, Regular: $14.99)
  • Mafia II (Sale: $13.99, PS Plus: $9.80, Regular: $19.99)
  • Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater – HD Edition PS3 (Sale: $10.49, PS Plus: $7.35, Regular: $14.99)
  • Metal Gear Solid HD Collection PS Vita (Sale: $24.49, PS Plus: $17.14, Regular: $34.99)
  • Mortal Kombat (Sale: $20.99, PS Plus: $14.70, Regular: $29.99)
  • Papo & Yo (Sale: $10.49, PS Plus: $7.35, Regular: $14.99)
  • Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty (Sale: $10.49, PS Plus: $7.35, Regular: $14.99)
  • Retro City Rampage (Sale: $10.49, PS Plus: Free, Regular: $14.99)
  • Retro City Rampage PS Vita (Sale: $10.49, PS Plus: Free, Regular: $14.99)
  • Simpsons The Arcade Game (Sale: $6.99, PS Plus: $4.90, Regular: $9.99)
  • Starhawk (Sale: $27.99, PS Plus: $19.60, Regular: $39.99)
  • Unit 13 (Sale: $18.49, PS Plus: $12.94, Regular: $26.99)

The holidays may be coming to an end but that won’t stop you from keeping the spirit alive with your new Holiday Essentials games. So go ahead and stock up on these great games!

//Add Your Own

135 Comments

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+ repugno on December 24th, 2012 at 8:36 am said:

Well sony I guess you have earned a new complainer. What a waste of a month this has been for sales and ps plus. I was hoping on spending some money this week but now I won’t. Btw duke nukes forever is like 5 bucks at my GameStop last time I checked.


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+ Loggernaut on December 24th, 2012 at 8:39 am said:

Great! been wanting to grab Journey for a while and now is the time! Also been itching to try Retro City Rampage, amazing update.


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+ Darktoad666 on December 24th, 2012 at 8:40 am said:

Rampage!? poor. From what I see, the UE and even better … Christmas still are giving minis 4 games for free. Mortal Kombat (conservative). But believe it improves over time, I hope!!!


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+ Ryumoau on December 24th, 2012 at 8:41 am said:

Not interested in any of the games aside from MGS collection on Vita. Kinda disappointed that it seems Retro City is going to be the free game of the week. Was hoping for a better free Vita game.


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+ Ryumoau on December 24th, 2012 at 8:42 am said:

Also sucks that we pay $15 for MK Vita, while EU gets it free.


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+ layyen_layyen on December 24th, 2012 at 8:42 am said:

Thanks for discounts, but there should be more PS Vita games .. i would like to buy some more games in better prices .. :) like in the first christmas sale :)


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+ allnewfie on December 24th, 2012 at 8:42 am said:

First off i like to wish you all a safe and merry christmas
dont feel much like christmas here tho, kinda crapy update today. feels like all us NA users are getting lumps of coal from our psn :( .
over eu they already game me 3 games this morning on fb. not that i can play them on my vita cause of the regon block.
oh well. maybe we’ll b good next year


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+ Restless9669 on December 24th, 2012 at 8:43 am said:

if u guys want EU PS Plus 1 month trial go 2 “Sony Playstation” Facebook page. They are giving it away 4 free.


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+ ResistanceGTA on December 24th, 2012 at 8:46 am said:

I take back my earlier comment. I always have heard Mafia II was really underrated from people, seems like the perfect time to get it. Before someone tells me its cheaper at GameStop, I’m fundamentally against the place, so back off.


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+ Teflon02 on December 24th, 2012 at 8:47 am said:

My MGSC question. I wanna buy the collection on PSN friday. BUT!! I don’t have memory for the full 2 games at once, please tell me when you buy it digitally you get the 2 seperated games and not the full sized game. I really want it but can’t fit it otherwise, and I mean absolutely can’t fit it. I still can’t play Uncharted for the same reason! So please either put the Seperate games on sale for 9.99 each if it doesn’t come as a 2 piece download. Thanks!!
BTW, I saw RCR just now and was like oh hell yeah whats the Vita price? Im going to buy that for sure. Then Boom!! Free!! Well thank You. that just saved me about $7.49!!


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+ Ikaros19 on December 24th, 2012 at 8:48 am said:

c mon sony this is serious

EU got for psvita this month Big Sky inifnite and Knytt Underground and the next month Mortal kombat !!
And others best offers!!

nothing for me this week -.-!!


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+ Gigidy17 on December 24th, 2012 at 8:48 am said:

most Playstation Plus subscribers are very ungrateful I mean your getting free games, and super discounts for only 49.99 a year how can you complain. what more do you want , SCEA to bend over and take it with duct tape and no vasaline.. beggars cant be choosers and you guys are shaking a full cup.


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+ whatisdelicious on December 24th, 2012 at 8:48 am said:

@45 Squiggle55:

“I think the biggest underlying issue with PS+ is the fear of a game being given away for free after you buy it.”

Yep, I’m currently going through that with Lumines: Electronic Symphony. I just got a Vita and that’s the game I want most, but I have a sneaking suspicion that it’s going to be given away for free or discounted soon. I went through that with Rayman Origins and then it went on like a 50% sale, so I bought it.

I think a good solution is just to hold the PS Store to the same standards as a brick-and-mortar store. If I buy a game at a Best Buy or Walmart and it goes on sale the next day, they’ll redo the transaction for me with the lower price. If I find it at a lower price at Walmart, Best Buy will price match them because they want my business. None of that is true for the PS Store.

There should just be a grace period of two weeks. If I buy Lumines today and it goes on sale next week, they should give me back the difference in PSN credit. That’s seriously easy for them to do. It’s fake money. It’s changing a number in a text file, essentially. The only thing they take a hit on is server costs of whatever I download with that credit, but it ensures I’m going to buy something else.


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+ ikissedmygrandpa on December 24th, 2012 at 8:49 am said:

Hotshots Golf for under $9,Simpsons Arcade Game for under $5,Retro City Rampage for free! Good way to start the week. Thanx Santa Sony!


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+ RAYNER010 on December 24th, 2012 at 8:49 am said:

Playstation Store EU is much better than Store USA. They are giving MK for free on ps plus users, im so disappointed.


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+ Teflon02 on December 24th, 2012 at 8:50 am said:

I just hope whatever replaces Jet Set Radio Next week isn’t something that’s garbage.


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+ b00kthree on December 24th, 2012 at 8:53 am said:

I think if you’ve got Plus, your best bet is to almost never buy anything unless it’s on sale. That’s been my strategy. I still get a bit disappointed now and then, but not so bad. I’m getting the $3-5 / month out of it that I put in, on average, I think.

That takes a lot of patience, though.


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+ CuteColors on December 24th, 2012 at 8:53 am said:

Last update for plus sucked… and now this. Xbox I hear your call for the next gen console battle…..

Seriously, bunch of crap; even EU has better games.


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+ andrew6barnett on December 24th, 2012 at 8:53 am said:

Also when will the vita get the hulu plus app they said sometime this year and still no news the vita needs better apps like crackle hulu plus and vudu and the web browser needs flash support i love my vita but honestly i can do more on my phone than my vita right now i do like the netflix app and the youtube but i watch hulu the most mainly because it has all the wwe programs and i like to catch up on the shows i might have missed while im on lunch break


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+ whatisdelicious on December 24th, 2012 at 8:53 am said:

@62 Gigidy17:

“most Playstation Plus subscribers are very ungrateful I mean your getting free games, and super discounts for only 49.99 a year how can you complain.”

That’s the thing. It’s not free. I’m paying for games. I’m paying for lower prices. If they aren’t offering games or discounts I actually want, then it doesn’t make sense for me to pay for the service anymore. For a while, they were doing a fantastic job. In the last couple months though, they’ve been dropping the ball hardcore.


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+ Ryumoau on December 24th, 2012 at 8:55 am said:

@58 where? i see now code for Plus on the facebook page.


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+ LABARONX on December 24th, 2012 at 8:56 am said:

plus for vita is going to run out of free quality games pretty soon at the rate they are going… i hope sony has a plan b lol


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+ Havok83 on December 24th, 2012 at 8:56 am said:

Just 1 week? Why not 2 weeks as you guys typically do? Unfortuantely alot of us are away for the holidays and wont be able to take advantage of any of this :(


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+ Ghostwize on December 24th, 2012 at 8:59 am said:

Granted EU has had some awesome deals and games for PS+, US + is still a hell of a deal. Some people need to realize you can’t always get what you want! PS + is an amazing value no matter how you look at it. Beats the hell out of crappy 360 LIVE. My ps account never got hacked and $300 + dollars stolen out of my account and spent of FIFA 12. That crap is still rampant on Xbox with no end in sight considering EA and Microshaft have profited over 40 million dollars from it!

I recall a post from last week or the week before.

I AM A PAYING PS+ SUBSCRIBER!
ALL I WANT IS THE FOLLOWING.

ps1/ps2 classics: Everything!
PSN games: All of them!
PS3 Full games: All of them!
PS MINIS: All of them!
DLC: All of it!
VITA Games: All of them!
PSP Games: All of them!


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+ Otten440 on December 24th, 2012 at 9:00 am said:

@33 We should be paid an hourly wage to play Duke Nukem.


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+ Splathew on December 24th, 2012 at 9:01 am said:

Looks like I will finally be picking up Journey.


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+ Tsupi_Az on December 24th, 2012 at 9:01 am said:

Not impressed with the free PS+ game this week,
at least Morgan is not saying Wait until next week or Next week is going to be impress you, or you are going to like next weeks games anymore.
The games before Retro City were not the worst I have seen but to give us something like Retro City is not something I would download. At least I have not tried Anomoly yet,
So I guess there is always hoping for next week…


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+ Acceljeeg on December 24th, 2012 at 9:01 am said:

What a waste of a month for ps plus and deals.


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+ IIL0YDII on December 24th, 2012 at 9:02 am said:

this deals still suck compared to eu


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+ DuoMaxwell007 on December 24th, 2012 at 9:04 am said:

@70 exactly with any other premium service you pay for.. whether it be netflix, costco, Steam etc etc EVERYTHING is discounted for those members and if something is free they give you a list to choose from… they dont choose whats discounted and choose your free stuff for you and basically say “if you dont like it then too bad”

so yeah if PS+ was FREE and this stuff was being done then its different.. its kind alike the Welcome Back games.. that was offered for free, we werent paying for that nor was it owed to us.. so we couldnt complain about that stuff.. but if youre paying fof a service you have every right to complain about its quality.. especially when you see ppl paying for the same/same type of service that are getting WAY better deals (Steam and EU PS+)


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+ TwinDad on December 24th, 2012 at 9:04 am said:

Retro City Rampage. Great PS+ selection. The sale for Hot Shots on Vita has me tempted.

I now have to find a PS3 to borrow to “purchase” Retrocity for PS3, unless you can tell me it isn’t only for just this week as the article seems to imply.

Disappointing was the Flash sale, horrible. This sale is okay. Overall we have more titles and better titles than the EU sale. Not the whole store on sale I was hoping for. Someday I hope to see 50% off store wide. I guy can dream after all.


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+ MatheusRuggeri on December 24th, 2012 at 9:05 am said:

@62
most Playstation Plus subscribers are very ungrateful I mean your getting free games, and super discounts for only 49.99 a year how can you complain.

You not get a free game, you rent games paying US$ 50/year.

And I think that almost subscribers loves the service, but not the difference between we and europeans, looks like sony America is breaking, Europeans got good games and good discounts. For USA they have one or two discounts, not so good, and bad games, they just give us this games because nobody want pay for this games.


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+ vongruetz on December 24th, 2012 at 9:05 am said:

Merry Christmas everyone! These are some great deals and I will be buying some games this week. Unit 13 for Vita is too good a deal to pass up. Keep up the great work guys. As a Plus member, I’m really appreciative for how many great deals and freebies you guys have been providing all year. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


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+ re32hana on December 24th, 2012 at 9:08 am said:

Alright, I need to ask for some advice. I’ve been waiting all year 2012 for a sale on add-on DLC for any of these games: PoP, Asura’s Wrath, AC Revelations, Castlevania LoS, Enslaved or sales on games like Megaman 9 and 10, Limbo, Castle Crashers etc. But so far there have been no sales for any of these games. Since next week is the final week of sales, and I doubt Sony will deliver the deals then. I kinda wanted Papo & Yo, is it worth it for around $10 as listed this week? I may just go for that and are Sonic 4 Ep1 and 2 worth it for $15. I would go for them if I was not absolutely sure that Sony had no deals for any of the games I mentioned above. Any suggestions?


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+ NoGodsOnlyMan on December 24th, 2012 at 9:09 am said:

journey and unit 13 shall be mine.

the plus discounts are awesome


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+ horndoghorner on December 24th, 2012 at 9:11 am said:

@68 “Last update for plus sucked… and now this. Xbox I hear your call for the next gen console battle…..”

thats like saying “heaven sucks because they dont have my favorite pizza toppings, so ill go to hell instead where there is no pizza.”

reading all these comments makes me feel old


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+ Alastor424 on December 24th, 2012 at 9:12 am said:

This is an amazing sale!
Hopefully next week we will see Resistance Burning SKies! And the Ratchet and Sly HD Collections!


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+ Makinen on December 24th, 2012 at 9:12 am said:

I don’t know why people don’t stop comparing us to EU! When we get things that are better than them – I bet no one feels bad that “oh, EU got the short end of the stick this time”.

Great update – will probably grab Hot Shots Golf!


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+ PRIMUS_420 on December 24th, 2012 at 9:17 am said:

awsome ive been wanting to play retro city rampage since i played the demo. it looks like a great game and you cant beat free. :)


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+ divineLite on December 24th, 2012 at 9:18 am said:

at LAAASSSTT!!

at last I got a game that’s not my cup of tea, Retro is one game I’d never bought, and Plus give it free. Well I’m so happy, because if I really want it anyway, I’ll buy it beforehand and makes my games overlapped again.

Now just when is the store update


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+ nolo451 on December 24th, 2012 at 9:19 am said:

well, my wallet is ready. Quite the number of things I’m going to buy. Thanks for the update!

I’ll definitely try out RCR, not my type of game, but can’t complain when its free.


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+ blakseed on December 24th, 2012 at 9:29 am said:

Think I’m going to have a couple of my EU friends on my PSN list come to the US PSBlog just to rub it in a bit since some of these guys are so infatuated with what EU gets. That ought to be good for a laugh or 2.

Oh yeah. Happy Holidays everyone. If some of you get something you don’t like for Christmas, try not to complain to the parents too much.


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+ cian114 on December 24th, 2012 at 9:31 am said:

JOURNEY! good thing I didn’t buy it last week. There’s gonna be a separate post for PS+, so hopefully they offer something good for us this week, it’s Christmas after all. Happy Holidays guys!


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+ Remmulak on December 24th, 2012 at 9:34 am said:

Unit 13 (Sale: $18.49, PS Plus: $12.94, Regular: $26.99)

I am looking at the store and see Unit 13 for 24.99 Regular with PS+ of 17.49.


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+ Souledge94 on December 24th, 2012 at 9:34 am said:

some good deals. ill proboly pick up unti 13


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+ BlueBl1zzard on December 24th, 2012 at 9:37 am said:

Pretty good sale, now I got NO excuse not to get Journey :) More things for me last week but good nonetheless. Couple questions though:

1. Will we ever be able to buy a game that is free for plus members? For example if I wanted to buy RCR as it’s on sale (to keep forever), but I can’t because it’s free for plus

2.It just says “Mortal Kombat”. Is this the Vita or PS3 version?


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+ tylerthegr8 on December 24th, 2012 at 9:41 am said:

Thanks for getting my hopes up with UNIT 13 SONY. just checked the store and the price change is in effect BUT ITS NOT 18.49/12.94 ITS 24.99 and 17.49 PS Plus. seriously wtf. i was happy to finally pick for up unit 13 for under $13 but $18 for PLUS is lame


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+ TaLTaL55 on December 24th, 2012 at 9:41 am said:

I could of been playing Far cry 3 and Need for speed right now, but I choose the US store.
God Dang it.


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+ horndoghorner on December 24th, 2012 at 9:42 am said:

btw the sale is now live!


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+ corrosivefrost on December 24th, 2012 at 9:45 am said:

Unit 13 is listed as $17.49 for PS+, what gives? Lower it to the $12.94 you list it at in the blog post, please.

Also, because the blog post was not specific, I thought there was a chance MK Vita would be $14, since it’s also $29.99 retail. Very disappointed on that it’s PS3 and not Vita, especially after SCEE gave EU PS+ subscribers the Vita version in December (and the PS3 version in January, IIRC).


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