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PS Plus August Preview: Hitman: Absolution Free for Members Tomorrow

Morgan Haro's Avatar + Posted by Morgan Haro on Aug 05, 2013 // Community Manager, PlayStation Digital Platforms

Video games. You play them, otherwise, something tells me you wouldn’t be here. Since you’re here, you’re probably wondering what new games are going to be coming to PlayStation Plus as part of the Instant Game Collection in August. Well wonder no more, as we’re about to detail this month’s line up of games that are coming free to PS Plus members!

Hitman: Absolution brought a fine return to form for Agent 47 last year and now, this highly acclaimed title will be leading the way this month, supported by other fantastic titles like Bit.Trip Runner2, and plenty more!

In addition to the month outlook, you’ll also want to dig into the other PS Plus benefits this week. Sales on a ton of Rayman games, EscapeVektor, and more await, so read on, then let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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August Preview

The following games are slated to be free to PS Plus members through the Instant Game Collection in the month of August.

Hitman Absolution (PS3)

Regular Price: $19.99, Free for PS Plus members

Hitman Absolution

Hitman Absolution offers freedom of choice, unique disguise gameplay and the innovative Contracts mode that lets you create your own hits by choosing the level, targets, weapons and the rules of assassination. In Contracts mode, you play to create, which means that no contract is impossible and that you are in control of how the contract is shaped. Contracts can be shared with friends or the whole Hitman community and the money that you earn will unlock weapons, upgrades and more disguises. This digital version includes the following:

  • Deus Ex Disguise DLC for use in Contracts Mode.
  • Deux Ex ‘Zenith’ Handgun DLC for use in Contracts Mode.
  • Discount on the digital version of Sleeping Dogs.
Bit.Trip Presents Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien (PS3)

Regular Price: $14.99, Free for PS Plus members

Runner 2
Runner2 is a rhythm-music, auto-running platformer. Players will run through fantastic environments, using brand new moves, to amazing new soundtracks as they run, jump, slide, kick, and soar toward the goal of tracking down the Nefarious Timbletot who has un-fused CommanderVideo’s reality. Runner2 features 5 exciting worlds, 125 tantalizing levels and 5 death defying BOSS battles! Play as 8 different characters and find secret areas to unlock new and zany costumes!
Zen Pinball 2: Star Wars Pinball (PS3 – PS Vita Cross Buy)

Regular Price: $9.99, Free for PS Plus members

Star Wars Pinball
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…. Star Wars Pinball lets you relive the greatest moments of the Star Wars universe on a set of brand new pinball tables! In Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back lead the Rebellion with Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Princess Leia, Lando Calrissian, R2-D2, and C-3PO to defeat Darth Vader and the evil Emperor. In The Clone Wars, join Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano as they battle the most dangerous Sith assassins in the galaxy. On the Boba Fett table, the player takes on the role of the most feared bounty hunter in the Star Wars galaxy, working for sinister clients such as Darth Vader and Jabba the Hutt.
Darkstalkers Chronicle: The Chaos Tower (PSP, Compatible with PS Vita)

Regular Price: $9.99, Free for PS Plus members

Darkstalkers Chronicle
The secret power of the dark is unleashed! Fight head-to-head in a fierce and brutal battle for supremacy! Darkstalkers sets the standard for monster fantasy fighters. This fan favorite features vivid animations and unbeatable fighting combinations. This fighting phenomenon is updated, redesigned, and ready for a comeback.
Machinarium (PS Vita)

Regular Price: $6.99, Free for PS Plus members

Machinarium
The famous point-and-click adventure is now free for PS Vita PS Plus members. Winner of several awards including IGF – Excellence in Visual Art Award, DICE Awards Finalist, and Gamasutra – Best Indie Game Of The Year.

Leaving PS Plus In August

Entering PS Plus in August (in no particular order)

Remember, check back every Monday to learn when Zen Pinball 2: Star Wars Pinball (PS3), Bit.Trip Presents Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien (PS3), Machinarium (PS Vita), and Darkstalkers Chronicle: The Chaos Tower (PS Vita, Compatible with PS Vita) is 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.

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Hitman Absolution (PS3)

Regular Price: $19.99, Free for PS Plus members

Hitman Absolution

Hitman Absolution offers freedom of choice, unique disguise gameplay and the innovative Contracts mode that lets you create your own hits by choosing the level, targets, weapons and the rules of assassination. In Contracts mode, you play to create, which means that no contract is impossible and that you are in control of how the contract is shaped. Contracts can be shared with friends or the whole Hitman community and the money that you earn will unlock weapons, upgrades and more disguises. This digital version includes the following:

  • Deus Ex Disguise DLC for use in Contracts Mode.
  • Deux Ex ‘Zenith’ Handgun DLC for use in Contracts Mode.
  • Discount on the digital version of Sleeping Dogs.
EscapeVektor

Regular Price: $9.99, PSN Sale Price: $4.99, PS Plus Price: $3.99

Escape Vektor
Vektor has been trapped inside the CPU for what feels like an eternity and you are his only hope of escape. As he travels through the CPU, help him recover his memories and destroy the different enemy types sent to hunt him. But be careful, the further Vektor gets, the more devious the CPU becomes!
Wicked Monsters Blast! HD

Regular Price: $9.99, PSN Sale Price: $4.99, PS Plus Price: $1.00

Wicked Monster Blast HD
20 action-packed missions each with their own unique theme. Keep your students awake in Lazy Brain Attack, keep the hippos hungry in No Mercy for Hippos, and defeat Colonel Eureka in Desert Striker and many more!
Superfrog HD (PS3 and PS Vita Cross Buy)

Regular Price: $9.99, PS Plus Price: $7.99

Superfrog HD
Superfrog HD is the classic side-scrolling, 2D platformer developed by Team17. Launching originally in 1993 to much critical acclaim, Superfrog has now been re-imagined for PlayStation 3 and PS Vita. Superfrog HD features: 24 levels with enhanced HD graphics, a Level Editor and a new endless runner mode.
Rayman Sale

Various Discounts (PS3 and PS Vita)

Rayman Origins
Check out the following discounts to see if the Rayman title you might have missed is on sale!

Discounts

Game Title Normal Price Sale Price PS Plus Price
Rayman Origins $19.99 $9.99 $5.00
Rayman 3 HD $9.99 $4.99 $2.50
Rayman Origins PS Vita $26.99 $13.49 $6.75
Rayman Arena $9.99 $4.99 $2.50
Rayman 2 Revolution $9.99 $4.99 $2.50
Rayman 2: The Great Escape $5.99 $2.99 $1.50
Rayman $5.99 $2.99 $1.50

Thanks for reading this week’s update along with the month outlook. Got more questions on Plus? Leave your comments below, or, if you’re looking to engage with more of the PS community, make sure you head over to the PlayStation Community Forums to discuss this week’s news more, find other topics to contribute your thoughts to, or start one for yourself. See you in the comments!

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+ Shinra_Soldier7 on August 5th, 2013 at 8:03 am said:

Was hoping for NFS or a sports game finally. Any news if we will get one soon?


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+ akisuo on August 5th, 2013 at 8:04 am said:

Sweet. Glad to see we’re getting Hitman Absolution! Seen it on sale many of times, but I never picked it up. Here’s hoping we can get Tomb Raider one month then. =) Awesome update.


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+ Michzadood on August 5th, 2013 at 8:05 am said:

thanks for Hitman and Machinarium!!!


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    + Paul Sullivan on August 5th, 2013 at 11:58 am said:

    You’re welcome, thanks for checking out the update!


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+ Christian399 on August 5th, 2013 at 8:05 am said:

Morgan, can you tell me if Xillia is getting a digital release tomorrow. I asked on “The Drop”, but their were no moderator comments there.

Thanks.


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    + Kristine Steimer on August 5th, 2013 at 12:10 pm said:

    Yes, it will be coming out tomorrow. :)


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+ oooaznkid on August 5th, 2013 at 8:05 am said:

Nice Update! A few games that I’ve had my eye on for sometime but never picked up, since I know they will be added to PS Plus sometime.


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+ Hassan1011 on August 5th, 2013 at 8:05 am said:

Really exited about darkstalker have not played any games of the series before but it looks cool. Why are uncharted, and wipeout still hear and are their chances of you guys bringing back games from the past that those of us who missed for insstance you coulld replace uncharted with disgaea 3


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+ JimmyHACK on August 5th, 2013 at 8:05 am said:

Damn no Need For Speed. Still a great month.


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+ flammingfist on August 5th, 2013 at 8:05 am said:

awwwwwwwwwwwwww yeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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+ zzamaro on August 5th, 2013 at 8:06 am said:

Wasn’t Machinarium free on plus before?


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+ MickeyWard09 on August 5th, 2013 at 8:07 am said:

Hitman and Machinarium for Vita are AWESOME additions. Thanks Plus team!


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+ Gorvi on August 5th, 2013 at 8:07 am said:

Hitman Absolution is cool and all, and I’m usually not one to complain, but this trend we’re starting to see with non-Cross Buy games with the PS3 version being free one month, then soon after the Vita version is free separately (or vice versa), is just lame.


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+ ASC2175 on August 5th, 2013 at 8:07 am said:

Didn’t I just buy Hitman on PC? …..who cares, Runner 2 makes up for that…also, since the Star Wars Pinball standalone game is free, willthe dlc version get a discount? ….or something?


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+ Ryumoau on August 5th, 2013 at 8:08 am said:

Hitman…really? And no good retail Vita game at all. Just another tired psp fighting game. Are we ever going to get a quality rpg ever?

You could have even given us a discount on Xilia. Another terrible month of plus overall. :(


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+ auggiebrr on August 5th, 2013 at 8:08 am said:

I am kind of disappointed, but who knows? maybe I will like “Hitman”.


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+ zzamaro on August 5th, 2013 at 8:08 am said:

“Darkstalkers Chronicle: The Chaos Tower (PS Vita, Compatible with PS Vita)”

What?


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+ Irot_mx on August 5th, 2013 at 8:08 am said:

Wow!!!
This will be an awesome month!!

Really excited about Hitman, Bit Trip Runner and Machinarium for Vita (Finally!!!). Now I really need some time in order to finish my (increasing) backlog.


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+ ossiecastro5 on August 5th, 2013 at 8:08 am said:

Wow, what a way to end my summer before college! :D

Question, can I use my account with Plus on a second PS3? I plan to buy a second PS3 in college to continue enjoying Plus! :D


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    + Paul Sullivan on August 5th, 2013 at 12:02 pm said:

    Yep. Plus is tied to your account, not the console. And your account can be activated on two PS3 consoles.


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+ Mercenary09 on August 5th, 2013 at 8:08 am said:

Ok you guys say you are listening to the feedback but you obviously are not. You are giving Vita owners another FIGHTING game. I have seen over and over in these comments on this blog and other sites that we are tired of getting Fighting games.


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+ StingrayX on August 5th, 2013 at 8:08 am said:

AWESOME!


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+ mschulze0 on August 5th, 2013 at 8:08 am said:

Somehow I feel that the US get a lot more PS Plus updates than Europe…


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+ bosskillerz87 on August 5th, 2013 at 8:08 am said:

was hoping for KOA and CATHERINE, thanks anyways


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+ GunBallad on August 5th, 2013 at 8:09 am said:

That is what I want, Machinarium again. Hooray. I am also loving the PSP games I have no desire to play because they don’t have trophies. At least we got Hitman, but a weak update this month.


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+ enJoy69r on August 5th, 2013 at 8:09 am said:

Awesome to have Hitman this month you knock a couple of entries from my extended wishlist,
My wishlist:
Of orcs and men (rpg)
Silent Hill: Downpour (survival horror)
Heavy rain (narrative adventure)
L.A. Noire (narrative adventure)
Driver San Francisco (racer, adventure)


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+ PGDarkLordMalik on August 5th, 2013 at 8:09 am said:

Another PSP game and it is a friggin FIGHTING game. When will you learn @Morgan? Thanks for the Rayman discount though.


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+ Shadow-Man_4 on August 5th, 2013 at 8:09 am said:

Oh my.. I’ve been jealous of the EU for getting BATTLEFIELD 3 and Hitman a few months back, not anymore!

First, thanks for the early blog post. It’s amazing to be able to check this month’s layout as early as possible. Second, thanks for trying to catch up with the big blockbuster titles the EU are getting. Please keep this up, keep bringing us awesome Full PS3 Games to the IGC. Much appreciated.

My only complain is that the PSN games you’ve been offering for the last few months have been abit lacking in my opinion. Joe Danger 2 and the likes were awesome and new, but now I’m seeing games I never heard of, and are not up the high standards of the PSN games before. I’d like to see greater emphasis on PSN games that are new-ish and highly rated/reviewed such as The Unfinished Swan/Journey/Joe Danger/etc. I’m only finding myself downloading the Full games at the moment because of the lack of good PSN ones.

That’s my only feedback, for now. :)


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+ StingrayX on August 5th, 2013 at 8:10 am said:

Can you PLEASE make a bigger memory card for the Vita? With all the free stuff your giving us for it…we don’t have enough room anymore lol.


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+ Zezzler on August 5th, 2013 at 8:10 am said:

That Rayman sale is awesome! I’ll definitely be picking up Origins for my Vita!
Thanks for all of the Vita love btw. And please bring back free PSone classics!


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+ carlpain on August 5th, 2013 at 8:10 am said:

9) For PS3.
Hitman? Mmmm. I was expecting the trilogy. I almost got Absolution last month, glad I waited. I’m not a fan of Rayman, so the discounts aren’t good for me.


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+ Ryumoau on August 5th, 2013 at 8:10 am said:

Why is there no ‘nothing at all’ choice for the favorite July Plus content? Because i don’t remember a single thing associated with plus that i cared about last month.


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+ el__kop on August 5th, 2013 at 8:11 am said:

i was hoping for other discounts …i own most of the update but i’m 100% happy with PS Plus…
why no summer sale ?


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+ Ghostwize on August 5th, 2013 at 8:11 am said:

Nice! Haven’t played a Hitman game in ages! No discounts on Tales of Xillia? It is a digital release right? EU has been able to preorder it while we were left out in the cold. :(

Also……safe to buy Okami HD? Hesitant that it will be free or heavily discounted before too long since it was in EU psplus.


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+ zidane40o0 on August 5th, 2013 at 8:12 am said:

Um, no retailer game for the Vita? because all what i have seen is pinball and machinarium and both of these are PSN titles and not retail full games.


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+ CaptainJ1342 on August 5th, 2013 at 8:12 am said:

WHAT A BUNCH OF CRAP!!


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+ PlayerNumberZero on August 5th, 2013 at 8:12 am said:

No Spec Ops: The Line or NFS ?
Nothing for me.


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    + Paul Sullivan on August 5th, 2013 at 12:05 pm said:

    Yeah, sorry. We had Spec Ops back in March, but the call for NFS is heard.


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+ joaryche on August 5th, 2013 at 8:13 am said:

thanks for the hitman and the star wars pinball…hated seeing mechinarium again…can we see this replay?

plus thanks for the Rayman sale….definitely getting Rayman Origins for the Vita…..


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+ kivi95 on August 5th, 2013 at 8:13 am said:

Geez can you STOP IT with the PSP Fighting games already. I fyou are going to put a PSP game on PS+ atleast put something else then a fighting game. AGAIN.


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+ carlpain on August 5th, 2013 at 8:13 am said:

30) We got a Summer Sale already. It wasn’t that good. The only service that will give you a great Summer Sale is Steam.


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+ BlackKoolaid on August 5th, 2013 at 8:14 am said:

Another crappy month. One worthwhile game.


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+ Ryumoau on August 5th, 2013 at 8:14 am said:

@31 yes you’d think we’d at least get a discount since we don’t get the preorder incentives.

Whoever is running the Plus content must really hate rpgs since it won the most popular genre poll earlier this year, yet we only keep getting generic shooters and fighting games.


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+ aragost on August 5th, 2013 at 8:15 am said:

Awesome! Looking forward to playing Hitman!


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+ BAEZE_L on August 5th, 2013 at 8:15 am said:

AWESOME!!! I Was Going To Buy The Star Wars Pinball To Complete My Zen Pinball Collection But Now I Get It For “Free”! THANK YOU!!


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+ Ghostwize on August 5th, 2013 at 8:15 am said:

Surprising to see Star Wars Pinball as well since we just had a pinball game not too long ago. My son will be loving it! Is the Darkstalkers game playable on ps3 or is it a vita/psp title? The description is a little confusing as it says (PSVITA/ playable on PSVITA),


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+ Ghostwize on August 5th, 2013 at 8:16 am said:

@34 Spec Ops was free for us a whiles back. I think it already left the rotation so you missed out.


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+ Archvile78 on August 5th, 2013 at 8:16 am said:

Will be sure to download Hitman!


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+ insano_jaco on August 5th, 2013 at 8:16 am said:

great month for Plus subscribers!
Hitman, Machinarium, Runner, Zen Pinball cross-buy, well done!


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+ thelookey6 on August 5th, 2013 at 8:16 am said:

give us full vita games and not psp games

and we had Machinarium free already

and we already had a few pinball games also

i am glad to see 1 full ps3 disc based game

but this update still sucks compared to eu and asia who get 2 full ps3 dsc based games or more and 2 real ps vita disc/card games


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+ Ryumoau on August 5th, 2013 at 8:16 am said:

@37 lol sony has no interest in competing with steam it seems. its a shame too.


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+ TXCScorpion on August 5th, 2013 at 8:17 am said:

This is a decent PS+ update however if a PSP is going to be added (not complaining, just opinion) I’d like to see some RPG’s if possible. The fighting games are okay but have no chance for multiplayer so a campaign oriented game would be a better experience. (personally)

Otherwise I’ll probably blow a ton on Rayman, getting Superfrog and loving the Runner2 and Machinmarium Vita add. I’m emotionally confused though, wanted to buy Runner2 on Vita but now gots it free hmmm.


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+ T3DV0L70L1N4 on August 5th, 2013 at 8:17 am said:

Awesome update! You just knocked off two games (Hitman Absolution & Machinarium Vita) off my IGC wishlist! Thank you!!!!

Here’s the rest of my running list:

God of War (all games in the series; digital versions of GOW3 & Ascension)
Grand Theft Auto (all games in the series)
Guacamelee
Hotline Miami
Max Payne 3
Metal Gear Rising
Metal Gear Solid HD (PS3), digital version of MGS4
Red Dead Redemption
Red Faction Guerrilla & Armageddon
Stealth Inc
Uncharted 1 & 2
Velocity Ultra

Also, could you add Metal Gear Solid Portable Ops to the Vita store? It’s available in all regions except North America, and it’s also the only MGS game I haven’t played!


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+ ratchetdude231 on August 5th, 2013 at 8:18 am said:

awsome always wanted to play hitman I kinda like stealth games but I am so happy were getting bit trip runner have had my eye on that game for a while and i don’t like pinball but I well give it a try and I am about to buy a psn card for fary cry 3 blood dragon I well make sure and save the extra 5 bucks for rayman origins


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