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PlayStation Plus March Update: Spec Ops: The Line Free for Members

Morgan Haro's Avatar + Posted by Morgan Haro on Mar 04, 2013 // Community Manager, PlayStation Digital Platforms

With Spring on the horizon, we figured it might be time to test a new format of delivering your PS Plus updates. This month, we’re providing an outlook of the major stuff hitting the Instant Game Collection in March with this update, but you’ll still want to check the weekly posts to see the discounts and any other freebies available to you as a PS Plus member.

To kick things off, the following games, displayed in no particular order, will be added to the Instant Game Collection throughout March!

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March Preview



Spec Ops: The Line

PSN Price: $39.99, Free for PS Plus members

Set in a fictional Dubai which has been wiped off the map by a cataclysmic sandstorm, you’re tasked with leading your squad to find out what happened to the American squad that was sent in to rescue the city, and find out what lies buried beneath the sand, along with the world’s most opulent ruin. It’s a fascinating take on the shooter genre with white-knuckle gameplay and a powerful message only unraveled once you make it to the thrilling end moments of the game. Don’t miss it.
Joe Danger 2: The Movie (PS3)

PSN Price: $14.99, Free for PS Plus members

Take Joe Danger on a death-defying thrill ride across the set of the greatest blockbuster movie ever made. Chase crooks on your police bike, destroy laser firing robots with a stolen jetpack, escape giant boulders in a minecart, time-travel to punch dinosaurs and divert the nuclear missiles on your unicycle. Yes it’s as awesome as it sounds.

Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention (PS Vita)

PSN Price: $39.99, Free for PS Plus members

One of the kings of strategy RPGs makes its debut in the Instant Game Collection! Take a field trip any time you want with Mao, Raspberyl, Almaz, and the rest of the Evil Academy gang with Disgaea 3 on PS Vita! Offering incredible depth and hours upon hours of strategy RPG goodness, Disgaea fans or RPG fans in general should have this one on their PS Vita, which features 5 new chapters on top of the original’s content.
The Cave (PS3)

PSN Price: $14.99, Free for PS Plus members

The Cave is a new adventure game from Monkey Island and Maniac Mansion creator Ron Gilbert, and Double Fine Productions. Assemble your team of three from seven unlikely adventurers, each with their own unique personalities and stories, then descend into the mysterious depths to explore locations including a subterranean amusement park and a medieval castle, not to mention a fully armed and ready-to-launch nuclear tipped ICBM. The Cave awaits.

Tekken 6 (PSP; Supported on PS Vita)

PSN Price: $39.99, Free for PS Plus members

Armed with the largest character roster ever in TEKKEN history, a robust single player game experience, countless mutiplayer and online options, and an addictive character customization system, the greatest fighting game franchise soars is here for PS Vita and PSP owners to add to their Instant Game Collection!

We hope you’re as excited as we are to see Joe Danger 2: The Movie (PS3), Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention (PS Vita), Tekken 6 (PSP; Supported on PS Vita), and The Cave (PS3) which will be arriving throughout the month of March!

Leaving PS Plus In March

  • March 5th – Guardians of Middle Earth
  • March 12th – Quantum Conundrum
  • March 19th – Dungeon Defenders
  • March 19th – Foosball 2012 PS Vita
  • March 26th – Plants Vs Zombies

Entering PS Plus in March (in no particular order)

  • Spec Ops: The Line (PS3)
  • Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention (PS Vita)
  • Joe Danger 2: The Movie (PS3)
  • Tekken 6 (PSP; Supported on PS Vita)
  • The Cave (PS3)

March 5th Plus Update

PlayStation Plus Update

For the week at hand, please welcome the critically acclaimed Spec Ops: The Line to the Instant Game Collection; meaning it’s free for PS Plus members to download starting with the March 5th PS Store update. We’ve also got week 2 of the PS Vita Anniversary Sale with a bevy of discounts on fantastic PS Vita games, with even deeper discounts if you’re a PS Plus member.

Spec Ops: The Line

PSN Price: $39.99, Free for PS Plus members

Set in a fictional Dubai which has been wiped off the map by a cataclysmic sandstorm, you’re tasked with leading your squad to find out what happened to the American squad that was sent in to rescue the city, and find out what lies buried beneath the sand, along with the world’s most opulent ruin. It’s a fascinating take on the shooter genre with white-knuckle gameplay and a powerful message only unraveled once you make it to the thrilling end moments of the game. Don’t miss it.
PS Vita Anniversary Sale Week 2

Various Discounts

It’s week 2 of the PS Vita Anniversary Sale and the deals keep coming. To celebrate the PS Vita’s anniversary even more, pair up these discounts with the Get $10 For Every $50 Spent promo that’s on now. Remember, you’ll get $10 back for every $50 you spend throughout March. The earned credit will be sent to you on or around April 12th via email and XMB message on your PS3.

Discounts

Game Title Normal Price Sale Price Plus Price
Army Corps Of Hell $39.99 $27.99 $19.59
Big Sky: Infinity (Cross Buy) $9.99 $6.99 $4.89
Blazblue: Continuum Shift Extend $24.99 $17.49 $12.24
Dokuro $19.99 $9.99 $6.99
Dynasty Warriors Next $34.99 $24.49 $17.14
Knytt Underground (Cross Buy) $14.99 $10.49 $7.34
Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes $39.99 $27.99 $19.59
Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7 $19.99 $13.99 $9.79
Lego Lord Of The Rings $39.99 $27.99 $19.59
Orgarhythm $19.99 $13.99 $9.79
Pure Chess $7.99 $5.49 $3.84
Retro City Rampage (Cross Buy) $14.99 $10.49 $7.34
Sine Mora $9.99 $6.99 $4.89
Spy Hunter $34.99 $24.99 $17.49
Street Fighter X Tekken PS Vita $39.99 $27.99 $19.59
Sumioni: Demon Arts $14.99 $10.49 $7.34
Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3 PS Vita $39.99 $27.99 $19.59

BIT.TRIP Presents Runner2 Future Legend Of Rhythm Alien

20% Discount for PS Plus Members – PSN Price: $14.99, PS Plus Price: $11.99

The BIT.TRIP series arrives to the PlayStation family this week, and what better way to welcome it than to pick up this new addition to the critically acclaimed series with a 20% release week discount. Runner2 merges rhythm-action platforming with incredible music and unique environments to run, jump, slide, and kick towards your goal. Check out the video above and also read the PS Blog article featuring Mike Roush, co-founder of Gaijin Games to hear about their additional plans to bring the series to PS Vita.

Remember, check back every Monday to learn when Joe Danger 2: The Movie (PS3), Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention (PS Vita), Tekken 6 (PSP; Supported on PS Vita), and The Cave (PS3) are arriving to PS Plus members. You’ll also find more discounts and other exclusives that we weren’t able to detail here just yet. Remember the month preview is subject to change.

Leave us some comments on the new format, and of course, chime in with your thoughts on Spec Ops: The Line, the PS Vita Anniversary Sale, and any other PS Plus feedback you’ve got. If you’re looking to engage with more of the PS Plus community, we’ve also got the PS Plus section in the PlayStation Community Forums where you can continue chatting about PS Plus, or find other topics to contribute your thoughts to, or start one for yourself. See you in the comments!

PlayStation Plus - March 2013

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+ JoeGoodsnake2 on March 4th, 2013 at 10:08 am said:

That’s the best update I’ve seen since I joined.

Amazing work guys.


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    + Morgan Haro on March 4th, 2013 at 10:18 am said:

    Glad you like it! There will be more to come through the month as we’ll detail more discounts that we couldn’t talk about just yet. So keep checking back every Monday to see what game is arriving (since we didn’t state the exact dates in March here for games like The Cave, Tekken 6, and Disgaea 3), as well as any discounts for that week.


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+ DonkeyKongKilla on March 4th, 2013 at 10:09 am said:

Specs ops. OMG. thanks big time


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+ akisuo on March 4th, 2013 at 10:10 am said:

Really awesome update! Definately looking forward to Spec Ops and Disgaea 3.


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+ DonkeyKongKilla on March 4th, 2013 at 10:10 am said:

This really is and outstanding update with spec ops. I always wanted to play it after the demo. Thank you. tell the team good one!


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+ swisstylez on March 4th, 2013 at 10:10 am said:

Morgan

I am speechless today, awesome update


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+ Squirtbot on March 4th, 2013 at 10:11 am said:

Morgan,

The sales promotion for PlayStation Plus with 3 months free, runs through the 4th of March, yet the store is inaccessible. Please add another day, to cover the scheduled maintenance and the customers who can’t purchase the product. I planned on buying this today before the Tuesday store update. This would be false advertising.

Or at least please let me know who to call. Thanks in advance.


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    + Morgan Haro on March 4th, 2013 at 10:16 am said:

    You should be able to access this promotion, as long as you do it before the PS Store Updates tomorrow. We state 3/4 to ensure that people don’t plan to do it on 3/5 after the PS Store Updates, but you should still have some time after the maintenance to get on this.


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+ Satnamji on March 4th, 2013 at 10:11 am said:

BEST. MONTH. EVER.

Thanks for validating my reason for renewing through October 2014 yesterday.


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+ Hawkeyejojon on March 4th, 2013 at 10:11 am said:

Good Update. Can’t Wait to get Spec Ops


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+ AnoyoIkari on March 4th, 2013 at 10:11 am said:

See now THAT s a great lineup. Thank you Morgan!


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+ TUSTIN1 on March 4th, 2013 at 10:11 am said:

Am I imagining things or has there been less PS3 content since Vita content was introduced? The two formats should have been kept separate. What’s going to happen when the PS4 is released?


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    + Morgan Haro on March 4th, 2013 at 10:12 am said:

    you are imagining things.


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+ pandaconpapitas on March 4th, 2013 at 10:11 am said:

Great job getting the format to monthly updates instead of weekly announcements, i was hoping to get it done that way for quite a time. Kudos to you.


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+ Deekman on March 4th, 2013 at 10:11 am said:

Would like to see a PS+ discount on Gurumin for PSP. Had it on PSP and would like to buy it again at a discount.
I’m worried it’s so niche it will get over looked in the sale decisions but it’s a great game.


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+ VanillaGui on March 4th, 2013 at 10:11 am said:

Definitely not as awesome as Europe, but it’s pretty good.


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+ DonkeyKongKilla on March 4th, 2013 at 10:12 am said:

Wait. so what is this tomorrow specifically?


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    + Morgan Haro on March 4th, 2013 at 10:13 am said:

    Check under the header that states “March 5th Plus Update” Spec Ops, the PS Vita Anniversary Sale, and 20% off Bit Trip Runner2


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+ justaccording on March 4th, 2013 at 10:12 am said:

Looking forward to getting The Cave. The demo was really good and had me wanting more.


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+ murben7 on March 4th, 2013 at 10:12 am said:

heck yeah disgaea 3


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+ rangerfan7187 on March 4th, 2013 at 10:12 am said:

If you don’t have spec ops this we’ll be the one of the best weeks of plus. That 6 hour campaign was one of the best shooter storys I’ve ever experienced. Also you can plat it in 15 hours, not an easy one but it can be done.


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+ DaMann22 on March 4th, 2013 at 10:12 am said:

YES Disgaea and Spec Ops (glad I didnt get that on the last steam sale)!!!!

Take that SCEE!!!


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+ j-scro on March 4th, 2013 at 10:13 am said:

So happy with the new update format! Also, great games this month to go with a great sale. Thanks!


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+ OTLEiSOJ on March 4th, 2013 at 10:13 am said:

OMG!!! THAT’s WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT!First Vanquish,Then Spec Ops The Line?I think its gonna be an awesome year for ps3…


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+ Moonshock_94 on March 4th, 2013 at 10:13 am said:

Finally! Something great! :D Thanksss!


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+ YungShep on March 4th, 2013 at 10:13 am said:

Spec Ops….i might come back now…


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+ iAvernus on March 4th, 2013 at 10:13 am said:

Looking forward to Joe Danger 2! Glad I held off on buying in hopes it comes to PS+. Thanks SONY!

The Cave is pretty cool too. Good month.


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+ theredster on March 4th, 2013 at 10:13 am said:

Great job! This is a stellar lineup….. Thank you!


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+ Celedrin on March 4th, 2013 at 10:13 am said:

if you love RPGs and only have a PS3, stay away from PS+


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+ zSEEK-N-DESTROYz on March 4th, 2013 at 10:14 am said:

Amazing Update!!!


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+ AnoyoIkari on March 4th, 2013 at 10:14 am said:

I’m going to definitely get Tekken 6 for psp. II’ve been eyeballing it on PSN for a long time now.


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+ ResistanceGTA on March 4th, 2013 at 10:14 am said:

Well, people guessed most of these. March is gonna be a great month. Like the new format. Hope you continue the tease on the blog cast right before each month starts, you did pretty good, Morgan. Did the buy 1 year get 3 months over as of now, or when the day is over?


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+ smoothboarder540 on March 4th, 2013 at 10:14 am said:

Wow this is a great month Morgan. First one for me in a while. And thanks for going back to monthly updates.


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+ Xx432 on March 4th, 2013 at 10:15 am said:

My mind is officially BLOWN, THANKS SONY….


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+ UncannySilk on March 4th, 2013 at 10:15 am said:

SONY, YOU GET AN ALL ACCESS PASS TO BASED WORLD. THANK YOU BASED SONY.


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+ shikigami78 on March 4th, 2013 at 10:15 am said:

okay, so yes, this is looking very good. i’m happy i know all that will be available even if it’s out of order. all games listed seem very interesting….and i’ve been waiting for a Dokuro discount for a while now–nice!!!!!!!!!!!!


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+ Budapesti on March 4th, 2013 at 10:15 am said:

I’m not really an FPS fan – due in large part to the pseudo-macho gung-ho nature of the things, which is why I’m very intrigued by Spec-Ops: The Line. From what I’ve heard, it’s as much a commentary on the nature of those games as it is part of the genre itself.
Joe Danger 2, The Cave and Disgaea are all games I’ve actually wanted to try, and Tekken is actually my favorite fighting game series, so this is one of those months when every game turns out to be something I actually want.
Will probably pick up Stranger’s Wrath and StreetfighterXTekken in the sale tomorrow, too.
Great month of freebies!


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+ UncannySilk on March 4th, 2013 at 10:16 am said:

YOU GOT THE JUICE, SONY. YOU GOT THE JUICE.


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+ Budapesti on March 4th, 2013 at 10:16 am said:

Wow… never knew how much I actually use the word ‘actually’!


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+ zidane40o0 on March 4th, 2013 at 10:16 am said:

Hey Sony, do you see how good it looks when the comment section doesn’t have people who are complaining? we are not needy, all what we needed is some respect (by giving us good games) , and you did what we expected you to do, giving us good games.

Since i played the demo i always wanted to try spec ops the line but never got the money, now, you are giving me a chance to try this game, thank you SCEA and keep up the good work.


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+ Dientes_chuecos on March 4th, 2013 at 10:16 am said:

Big update. I am a big fan of shooters. I’ve never played Spec Ops because there were other options on the market. I’ll try it.


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+ nabilafzali02 on March 4th, 2013 at 10:17 am said:

Please stick to these monthly updates


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+ firebert42 on March 4th, 2013 at 10:17 am said:

Really excited for this month, especially for Tekken 6 and The Cave. Thanks for trying out movie content as well. Still very much enjoying Music Unlimited at the $12 a year subscription! Look forward to weekly updates, but if you need to choose, monthly is the way to go. Great job, Plus Team!


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+ ASC2175 on March 4th, 2013 at 10:18 am said:

This…this ain’t bad. Might just renew my Plus for this…in fact I will…


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+ DonkeyKongKilla on March 4th, 2013 at 10:18 am said:

Oh wow, I feel dumb now that I missed that. Thanks though Morgan.


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+ tgpumpkin on March 4th, 2013 at 10:19 am said:

Morgan,

Great update. It’s going to be easy for people to earn that $50+$10 promotion. Some quick thoughts:

1) I know what the answer will PROBABLY be, but I think you should consider giving people credit for buying a PS Plus membership this past week and adding it to their account. While it’s technically not adding funds, it’s the same principle. You’re getting $50 of our money on the network. Now, to be fair I am biased as I am one of those said individuals but it’s a loophole to consider fixing :)

2) Yay for a SRPG on Vita. Very happy with that. Now about that RPG on the PS3 ;)

3) Have you guys considered having a players choice Plus where you ask people to vote on one game that is free to Plus? I know you said that it depends on developers but if you got preapproval of games and had us vote it might ease some frustrations with people having the power of choice.

Doing great as always. Thanks again.


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    + Morgan Haro on March 4th, 2013 at 10:27 am said:

    1) Adding Plus DOES count towards the promo “Get $10 For Every $50 Spent” promo =) One 12 month Membership purchased anytime from last week, and through this month = $10 back in April.

    2) I’ve surfaced the recommendation for more RPGs in the Plus PS3 IGC, but there are, of course, several factors on that road. However, the community request has been officially presented and passed along.

    3) Very tough to do, but it’s something I have my eye on.

    Thanks!


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+ vanwinkle on March 4th, 2013 at 10:19 am said:

Absolutely beastly PS3 update, but not particularly happy with the Vita part :(


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+ four24twenty on March 4th, 2013 at 10:19 am said:

Joe Danger 2 and The Cave?? Dope.

Hey Morgan, I was excited to see Greg Miller post on here recently. What are the chances you can get on over to “Up at Noon” with Greg and talk Playstation Plus?

I would be excited for such a thing.


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    + Morgan Haro on March 4th, 2013 at 10:31 am said:

    Love Up At Noon, it’s a fine idea, maybe do a sneak peek at April or May’s content on the show might be neat. But then again, I’d probably be super awkward on camera; so it’d either amazing internet entertainment, or terrible internet entertainment.


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+ supermoc10 on March 4th, 2013 at 10:20 am said:

Expect to see a Plus icon on my head by the end of the month because that update is awesome.


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    + Morgan Haro on March 4th, 2013 at 10:23 am said:

    I’ll be watching for that icon supermoc!


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+ theredster on March 4th, 2013 at 10:20 am said:

Man, I just bought Lego Lord of the Rings for $39.99 at brick and mortar store….haven’t opened it yet…. returning for sure!


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+ EmoryM on March 4th, 2013 at 10:20 am said:

Any chance of giving PS+ members a discount on Vita memory cards? Too much awesome stuff, great job! XD


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+ TUSTIN1 on March 4th, 2013 at 10:21 am said:

Morgan, can you clarify whether purchasing the one year subscription qualifies you for the spend $50 get $10 back promotion? It is stated on facebook and I believe a few other places this way but seeing that the subscription is just shy of $50, i think it should be clarified once and for all.


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    + Morgan Haro on March 4th, 2013 at 10:32 am said:

    It counts. Even though it’s $49.99, we’ll take care of the extra penny; so you’d be good to go. So once the PS Store gets out of maintenance today (or anytime through the month of March), hop on it!


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+ ZaGe-zAiKaNo on March 4th, 2013 at 10:21 am said:

Awesome! 4 New titles i’ve never tried & more discounts i’ll be looking forward to. Glad i waited on The Cave. Gotta start making some room on my Vita.

Waiting on Runner2′s Demo tomorrow as well. Thanks, Morgan, was nice seeing at podcast too.


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+ theo_guedes_us on March 4th, 2013 at 10:22 am said:

Best update ever.


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