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PlayStation Plus: Metal Slug XX Brings 2D Carnage to Instant Game Collection

Morgan Haro's Avatar Posted by on Jul 22, 2013 // Community Manager, PlayStation Digital Platforms

This week, we’re building the Instant Game Collection with the 2D action of Metal Slug: XX! You can download this arcade classic free as a PS Plus member starting with tomorrow’s PlayStation Store update.

This is also the first week release of PlayStation Store’s PLAY, as the first of the 4 diverse games hitting this week with Stealth Inc: A Clone in the Dark. Today is the last day you can preorder the title with a 20% PS Plus discount, however, you’ll still be able to preorder the other 3 titles (Cloudberry Kingdom, Ibb & Obb, and Duck Tales Remastered) up to their weekly release dates. Find out more about PLAY along with the titles, special reward bonuses, and more in the announcement post on PlayStation.Blog. Or just watch the cool video below!

PlayStation Plus - 1-year MembershipPlayStation Plus - 3-month Membership

Metal Slug XX (PSP, PS Vita Compatible)

PSN Price: $19.99, Free for PS Plus members

Metal Slug XX
After General Morden is defeated and captured, a mysterious army arrives from the future to save him. They reveal themselves to be Morden’s Army from the future, and their goal is to provide their future leader with special advanced weaponry to take on his enemies in the present. Classic characters Marco, Tarma, Fio, Eri, Ralf, and Clark return once again to take on General Morden and his new and improved Rebel Army.
Thomas Was Alone: Benjamin’s Flight (Cross-Buy)

30% Discount for PS Plus members (PSN Price: $2.49; PS Plus Price: $1.74)

Thomas Was Alone
In this Thomas Was Alone level pack, discover the tale of young Benjamin, who goes in search of the Fountain of Wisdom aided by his father’s incredible invention. Benjamin meets a new companion and a familiar face in this story, which takes place in the events leading up to Thomas’s emergence.

Last Chance (Leaving on 7/30)

Instant Game Collection
Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward

Draw Slasher
Carnival Island
Cloudberry Kingdom Preorder

You’ll find all the content detailed above with their Plus benefits active when the PlayStation Store updates tomorrow. We’ll be back next week with more details on the game arriving to the Instant Game Collection as well as any other benefits we can share.

If you’ve got feedback or thoughts on today’s Plus update, leave them below, or, if you’re looking to engage with more of the PS community, make sure you head over to the PlayStation Community to discuss this week’s news, find other topics to contribute your thoughts to, or start one for yourself. See you in the comments!

PlayStation Plus Update 7-23-2013

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+ Jaysmack on July 22nd, 2013 at 9:49 am said:

I’m expecting this comment to get thrashed, but I’d also like to see some new themes/avatars go up for Plus Members. I remember the jackpot when I first signed up, but there hasn’t been any major offerings in many moons. (Third party themes/pics would be great)

…. and While not every game is something I MUST play, I appreciate the variety of things that have been offered in the past year. Keep it up! Continually improve

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    + Morgan Haro on July 22nd, 2013 at 9:51 am said:

    Thanks for the notes, much appreciated,


+ XeahuleXolic on July 22nd, 2013 at 9:49 am said:

Metal Slug !! I am big fan of SNK games, thank you so much ^_^ I just need to pull myself away from Persona 4 1st lol

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    + Morgan Haro on July 22nd, 2013 at 9:52 am said:

    Glad you approve ^__^ SNK games have a fantastic legacy and a great community of supporters who I think will dig this update.


+ Ryumoau on July 22nd, 2013 at 9:51 am said:

@43 oh god no racing games please. Give us an rpg first. Still amazes me how much Sony ignores that poll they took late last year asking us what genres we’d like to see in plus. Rpg won by a landslide, yet we still kept getting boring fighting and shooting games. :(


+ iREVOLTER on July 22nd, 2013 at 9:52 am said:

oh well…


+ Draxido on July 22nd, 2013 at 9:55 am said:

Hey Morgan ! thanks for this, finally something “compatible” with ps vita, but will we see some full ps vita game like old months or like in europe? (rayman, blazblu etc etc) would be awesome to at least do another discount week like the last one for some titles that has been free before (like ninja gaiden plus for vita) i know you cant put it free again but would be awesome to put it like in 7.49 or 9.99 for PS PLUS members, :) thanks !!!

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    + Morgan Haro on July 22nd, 2013 at 10:15 am said:

    Thanks for the feedback!. So you know though, every PSP we’ve ever put in the IGC since its debut on PS Vita has been compatible with PS Vita. Not sure what you mean by ‘finally something compatible’ but, carry on!


+ IzoGray on July 22nd, 2013 at 9:55 am said:

No more PSP games. If you’re going to force them on us, how about some actual decent PSP games like Jak and Daxter, Clank, Final Fantasy, or any of the numerous titles that people love.

Also, lmao at $20 for Metal Slug on PSP. Fix your PSN prices. Some of them are beyond awful.


+ dodgedoors on July 22nd, 2013 at 9:59 am said:

@Morgan Any word on if Cloudberry Kingdom will be crossbuy when Vita version is released?We were told that the answer would come before the sale left but I haven’t heard anything. I would preorder now if they would just confirm that Vita will be free if I preorder ps3 now.

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    + Morgan Haro on July 22nd, 2013 at 10:16 am said:

    No info on that one on my end


+ irockthemike on July 22nd, 2013 at 10:00 am said:

So…what’s going to be on Playstation Plus for August? :)

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    + Morgan Haro on July 22nd, 2013 at 10:16 am said:

    You’ll find out in two weeks!


+ ChaseHammerJ on July 22nd, 2013 at 10:01 am said:

Please, for the love of all things PlayStation, PLEASE STOP GIVING US PSP GAMES!

Not only do I doubt there are a lot of people still wanting to play a PSP game on their NEW Vita, they are crappy games. Not even the good ones.

Also should not that a discount on DLC for a game that is is $10 isnt really something that should be a Highlight of the update. Just my opinion.


+ geist226 on July 22nd, 2013 at 10:03 am said:

The North American Plus lineup has been getting trounced by EU for MONTHS, and July continues to be no different. Seriously disappointing. Fewer great titles will ALWAYS beat an overabundance of goodies nobody asked for (Metal Slug XX? Really?). Nobody here has the time to play hundreds of “meh” games. The North American IGC could be SO much better.

Thanks for always taking feedback, Morgan. PS Plus disappointments aside, your team is doing a great job responding to the community, as always.


+ xBraiNshOcK on July 22nd, 2013 at 10:07 am said:

Are we ever going to get games from this year (2013) on PS+ like Europe has been getting. It’s cool that we getting older games, but throw in a some new AAA titles.

Personally I would like to see the following format take place.

1 AAA PS3 Game
1 PSN PS3 Game
1 AAA Vita Game
1 PSN Vita Game

Add a 2013 title to any of the above once a month and the service will highly improve, in my honest opinion.


+ ThothBeyond on July 22nd, 2013 at 10:21 am said:

There’s a DLC character for Metal Slug XX:


I don’t see this DLC in the Vita store directly. Do I have to buy this from the Web store?


+ MassaBR on July 22nd, 2013 at 10:21 am said:

Will pick up Thomas Was Alone DLC. Nice to see some DLC on sale on PSN, hopefully that will happen more often.

Some suggestions for IGC:

Dungeon Hunter Alliance for Vita is a game I know quite a few people would like to play but nobody wants to pay $27 for it. It’s half that price on PS3 and close to free on mobile platforms so “free” would be a great price on Vita.

A PSP game that would be cool is Jeanne D’arc, which is a very accessible SRPG and quite a good game to boot.

And some requests…
It would be cool if you could do a mega sale on everything Mass Effect, including DLC, for the week of November 7 (N7 = Mass Effect day). I’m waiting for ME3’s DLC packs to go on sale to pick them up so I wouldn’t mind a sale then, or even sooner. ;)

Fallout New Vegas DLC also needs a price drop. It totals near $50 on PSN, while you could get the Ultimate Edition at retail for $20, including the game and all the DLC. Could you give Bethesda a holla and fix that up please. :p

In other words, please have more DLC sales and please try to work with publishers to price drop them to reasonable levels.


+ myPSismyfriend on July 22nd, 2013 at 10:22 am said:

Stop giving us psp games, I bought a vita to play vita games


+ S1lentSurviv0r on July 22nd, 2013 at 10:25 am said:

I like this week Morgan, Metal Slug is awesome!


+ ItaChu on July 22nd, 2013 at 10:29 am said:

i guess im getting thomas was alone then :) ….and critter crunch if its true its gonna be 99cents lol


+ thelookey6 on July 22nd, 2013 at 10:29 am said:

wow another psp game for playstation vita

you guys need to be fired or go work for another region


+ ItaChu on July 22nd, 2013 at 10:30 am said:

oh thats a dlc …. meh lol


+ purse317 on July 22nd, 2013 at 10:31 am said:

2 things offered to us plus subscribers this week and one is an old psp game I already have on my psp. The other I don’t want.

We should all move to Europe they get the best deals.


+ JNM-CIM on July 22nd, 2013 at 10:31 am said:

Hi Mr. Haro, I have a question concerning Playstation Plus. If I were to get Playstation Plus today and say, I downloaded the Battlefield 3 game. How long would I be able to play it?

I know that certain games are removed from the PS+ store after a period of time, so if I still had the game installed on my PS3, would I still be able to play the game, or will it ask me to go and purchase it after it’s no longer downloadable through Playstation Plus?


+ purse317 on July 22nd, 2013 at 10:33 am said:


nobody is going to hire this crew they can’t update the store at a regular time heck they can’t even spell or proofread their own article. Look how many people hd to point out today’s Metal Gear XX mistake before they fixed it.


+ thelookey6 on July 22nd, 2013 at 10:34 am said:

you guys are really good scammers STOP GIVING US PSP GAMES . WE HAVE A PS VITA

why cant we get good games after all we did wait almost 30 days for a new ps+vita tittle and it is a crappy psp game.


+ ItaChu on July 22nd, 2013 at 10:35 am said:

and your whining now why? @ #65 …. ??? this was announced at the start of the month get a vita!


+ thelookey6 on July 22nd, 2013 at 10:37 am said:

i do have a vita #71 and i complain because this is garbage


+ ItaChu on July 22nd, 2013 at 10:38 am said:

seriously lookey if you dont like it your free to sell your stuff and not support ps anymore…. stop whining like a baby metal slug xx is a very good game! …. wait a minute why am i even wasting my time YOUR NOT EVEN A PLUS MEMBER OMG dude GTFO

Morgan gimme Ys Oath in Felghana next month! …. or discount it to 3.49 like the other games that are 3.49 right now XD lol


+ samv33 on July 22nd, 2013 at 10:40 am said:

Keep giving us PSP games. They are welcome as far as I’m concerned. It has a great library.


+ thelookey6 on July 22nd, 2013 at 10:40 am said:

#73 brown nose much lol i am a plus member and why should i sell my stuff? what you should have said is they should give me a refund for my ps+ sub. no one wants a psp game for there vita


+ JeffsonP_US on July 22nd, 2013 at 10:44 am said:

Hey Morgan, bring more PSP games! ^^
I love them!

BTW, you know why we can’t download PSP DLC on PS Vita?

The only PSP DLC we can download directly on PS Vita is What Did I Do To Deserve This, My Lord!? 2.


+ Xx_MR-mmh_Xx on July 22nd, 2013 at 10:46 am said:

i just sub to ps+ i was sub when start for one year . and i remmber sleeping dogs it was free for ps + can i get it ???


+ carlpain on July 22nd, 2013 at 10:47 am said:

#73: You can “waste” your time reading a book about grammar.


+ thelookey6 on July 22nd, 2013 at 10:47 am said:

#73 you are a level 3 with trophys so you need to go buy some games before you try to complain about my complaints i buy at least 1 ps3 game and 1 360 per week and i buy even more games when they are on sale so it is people like me who have the right to complain because i buy games and add-ons while people like you buy nothing until xmas.

level 3 get out of here


+ LiquidGhostFox on July 22nd, 2013 at 10:50 am said:

Ouch… DLC for Thomas Was Alone? I was gonna go buy it right now too.

Pretty weak.. well.. week.

On the bright side, my wallet can’t handle any more discounts right now.
aaaaaand, I guess I have a reason to go dust off my PSP.

I’d put it on my Vita, but the proprietary memory cards are so overpriced it makes me nauseous.

Personally, I’d like to see some sonic games. You can never have too many sonic games.


+ lyfestory on July 22nd, 2013 at 11:02 am said:

Quiet week on PS+ this week…

I was wondering why we haven’t gotten a full screen version of the GTA5 trailer on the store yet…?? Unless I am missing something, I haven’t found it and i’d love to download it to my PS3 to watch as many times as i want.. It would be appreciated… Full HD would be great…


+ enJoy69r on July 22nd, 2013 at 11:03 am said:

Good aditions to the psplus library, best investment ever!, the only problem is my 500+ download list any sort or search capabilities coming soon?

This is my wishlist

Of orcs and men
Sine mora (ps3)
Binary Domain
Silent Hill: Downpour
L.A. Noire
Heavy rain


+ rustohariken on July 22nd, 2013 at 11:04 am said:

PS+ is the best investment especially if you have both PS3 n Vita(soon Ps4), but pls give uncharted, wipeout, n gravity rush a rotation, there have been in the IGC for toooooo long.
Anyway good job guys, keep on giving the best experiences for us
My IGC wish list
– UMVC(or discount)
– Street FIghter x Tekken(or discount)
– Little Big Planet Vita
– God of War Psp

– Any AAA action Games


+ Clantron on July 22nd, 2013 at 11:13 am said:

It’s unfortunate to see so many PSP games getting added under the name of “free” PSVita games.
Feels like listing a PS1 or PS2 game for free on the PS3 IGC listing. (don’t you dare get any ideas on that)


+ Clantron on July 22nd, 2013 at 11:15 am said:

Don’t get me wrong btw, I do appreciate the large quantity on year base that we get for only 50 bucks.
I just wish it was a bit more PSVita instead of PSP


+ LUISFGE8 on July 22nd, 2013 at 11:15 am said:

There is nothing for me this week, still PS Plus is a great service.

My ICG Whishlist

LA Noire
Red Dead Redemption
Max Payne 3
God of War 3
Batman Arkham Asylum
Uncharted 1 & 2
Fallout 3
Heavy Rain
Mass Effect
Dante’s Inferno


+ unflushablelog on July 22nd, 2013 at 11:18 am said:

Please give us Rayman Origins, Unit 13, Metal Gear Solid Collection or another game on a similar scale next month. Enough with the old PSP, small budget or niche Vita games. I just don’t understand why Europe gets so many mainstream Vita games on PS+.


+ XtemmA2 on July 22nd, 2013 at 11:27 am said:

If you can give us PSP games for Vita IGC, please please please give us PS2 games for PS3 IGC.
No? Okay, PS1 games maybe?


+ XtemmA2 on July 22nd, 2013 at 11:32 am said:

Oh, nevermind me. I just scrolled up and found #84.


+ TATTOO_INK_JUNKI on July 22nd, 2013 at 11:39 am said:

The metal slug series are great games. I can’t wait to see what will be coming for August. Possibly Metal Gear Solid Hd collection for the vita? lol ;) *crosses fingers*


+ vladiator011 on July 22nd, 2013 at 11:42 am said:

oh wow almost nothing this week…


+ Hayades on July 22nd, 2013 at 11:44 am said:

Im loving psn plus. Got it 4 months ago and already have enough games to keep me entertained for years. I hope that it grows and gets even better or at the least, that it keeps this winning formula. By the way, it would be awesome to have a rpg and racing month. 1 game could be a j-rpg, the 2nd one a western rpg and the third game could be a racing game. Cheers


+ krae_man on July 22nd, 2013 at 11:45 am said:

No Discount on Hot Shots? Come on Sony, If you’re not going to cross buy it and retroactively give the game to everyone who inputed the online pass code, the least you can do is give a plus discount.


+ xBraiNshOcK on July 22nd, 2013 at 11:46 am said:

If this game had trophy support I’d be happy with it, but I don’t see me playing this game when I can play a game that rewards you for playing.

Please no PSP games, thank you.


+ saintaqua on July 22nd, 2013 at 11:49 am said:

Probably the most disappointing update in a long time.
I’m hoping there’s something nice for my birthday on the 13th.


+ Andy10003 on July 22nd, 2013 at 11:52 am said:

Suggestion for future Vita IGC
PSP: Final Fantasy 4 Complete Collection, Dissidia 012 duodecim, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Waler, Corpse Party, Paptapon 3

Vita: Dynasty Warriors Next, lumines electronic symphony, Rayman Origins, Unit 13, Need for Speed: Most Wanted. Please no more fighting games

Anyway, as a huge Metal Slug fan I look forward to finally getting to play XX on the Vitas amazing OLED screen


+ TJF588 on July 22nd, 2013 at 11:54 am said:

@48 Ghostwize – Wh–…When did this happen?! I can’t recall it working that way before. Does this happen on all Storefronts, or is it just another reason to ditch the PS3 Store in favor of the browser incarnation?


+ TJF588 on July 22nd, 2013 at 11:59 am said:

@68 JNM-CIM – PlayStation Plus free games are available for “purchase” (here acting more as subscription-based rentals) for a limited time, but once they’re “bought” (that is, available in your Download List), they are yours to download and play so long as you’re subscribed to PlayStation Plus, even if your subscription lapses.

Therefore, unless you figure you may want to pay for a game, go ahead a “purchase” the free games, so you can use them if/when you want. Mind that PS+ discounts act like any regular “real cash money” purchase: you paid with funds, so it’s yours for keeps, regardless of your subscription.

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