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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.

August 6th PlayStation Plus Update

PlayStation Plus Update 8-6-2013

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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+ Shoryyuken on August 6th, 2013 at 10:03 am said:

PART 2

ALSO on the day the new perks drop, you should update the store immediately. It’s 11AM right now Mountain Time in Calgary, Alberta & BATTLEFIELD 3 is still on the store with no sign of HITMAN ABSOLUTION. This should be updated at midnight on the day content drops.

I used to own an XBOX 360 & I will say as much as I was mad with things about it they knew how to do online updating. It was usually instant. So SONY should be able to catch up & do better. You guys have the potential, just realize it & capitalize it.

After all, a happy customer is a loyal customer.


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+ kingjamaican11 on August 6th, 2013 at 10:05 am said:

what time will i be able to get it/


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+ DerpingtonThe2nd on August 6th, 2013 at 10:17 am said:

I have been wanting to play Hitman for a while now, and runner looks like fun. But the UK got NFS Most Wanted, Mafia 2, and Spec Ops The Line (plus they already got their new games, and I’m still waiting for anything new from the store) I just feel like we got the short stick..


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+ DerpingtonThe2nd on August 6th, 2013 at 10:31 am said:

Been waiting for the games to be updated and Battlefield 3 is still up there, where are the new games


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+ Ktzzle on August 6th, 2013 at 10:31 am said:

Cancelled auto renew and looks like I’m going to make a EU account. Just about all the trash this month I wouldn’t even play on my phone let alone console.


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+ jdayrit07 on August 6th, 2013 at 10:36 am said:

Another fighting game for psp:( you guys never listen to the ps plus owners…we want a REAL VITA GAME..dokuro and uncharted also gravity rush and wipeout 2048 is fine, but they are too old maybe u can switch them with another great title like persona 4 golden or ragnarok oddyssey..only discounts for vita is in there..can we expect a great title on the vita? i’m not hating on the indie games though, but still..indie and fighting games you only give us in the past months…please hear this SONY !


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+ BlueBl1zzard on August 6th, 2013 at 10:44 am said:

huh, I notice quite a few people keep saying EU got Spec Ops the Line, I hope they know US plus got it a couple months back.


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+ Lefoul-123 on August 6th, 2013 at 10:57 am said:

I just found out amazon uk dont sell online psn codes the ones that they send the code to your email. Just the actual card how lame


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+ KnifingGrimace on August 6th, 2013 at 10:57 am said:

Yeah, I believe we got it in March. I never would have played it otherwise. It had a very interesting narrative and was overall pretty enjoyable.

But yeah, the fact is that we’ve already had it, so I don’t expect it to return anytime soon.


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+ Diesmoon-0917 on August 6th, 2013 at 11:06 am said:

why not update the game for only a good game,eu three games AAA here only one , and only shooter there a lot of genres
Eu had a batman,NFS why not here why


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+ dev3_- on August 6th, 2013 at 11:09 am said:

UK OR USA WE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER! WE MUST BREAK SONY!…..


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+ xClayMeow on August 6th, 2013 at 11:30 am said:

So let’s see….

Over 750 Comments.

Probably ~700 of which are negative.

And the PS+ staff replies to only 5, which of course were positive posts….just as many predicted.

Is this what we should expect from PS+ now that it’ll be practically mandatory for PS4 owners? No need to sell people on it with the games, right? Sad.


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+ VitaBoyExtreme on August 6th, 2013 at 11:32 am said:

the store updated for rayman it’s 13.49 now, where is the ps+ extra discount….


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+ VitaBoyExtreme on August 6th, 2013 at 11:33 am said:

@761 xclaymeow, pretty much just greedy corporations, what did you expect ?!


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+ DerpingtonThe2nd on August 6th, 2013 at 11:40 am said:

It is now 12:40 and still no update….wtf sony


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+ xAnubiSxcL on August 6th, 2013 at 11:44 am said:

Come on sony update now


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+ Farmer-Willis on August 6th, 2013 at 11:46 am said:

WHENS MAHVEL?!


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+ Farmer-Willis on August 6th, 2013 at 11:47 am said:

But seriously, update.


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+ bigboi_21 on August 6th, 2013 at 12:12 pm said:

I thought my PS Plus curse wasn’t true, but every week/month I’m beginning to see it happen more and more. I just bought Machinarium last week, and now it’ll be free. I’m happy to support developers, but if i would have waited just a few more days. Ah well, this months line up looks pretty good. Looking forward to playing some Hitman.


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+ cube50 on August 6th, 2013 at 12:12 pm said:

The store justin updated. NA PSN users download Hitman: Absolution Special Edition for free
here: https://store.sonyentertainmentnetwork.com/#!/en-ca/cid=UP0082-NPUB30744_00-HMABUNDLEWITHSD1?smcid=psblog:laystationplus-3-month-membership:ip9101-npia90005_01-3monthpackage000:ps-blog-


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+ johnanddeidre on August 6th, 2013 at 12:13 pm said:

hitman is available free now, just search for it manually


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+ cube50 on August 6th, 2013 at 12:15 pm said:

PS Store has updated stop complaining.


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+ adrianvon on August 6th, 2013 at 12:19 pm said:

Everyone, be patient – it’s been said quite a few times that the update happens around 4-6pm PST, or close to midnight wednesday, GMT.

As for the EU cards – yeah, and I don’t plan on ordering them through Amazon UK, the only thing I ordered through there once (some jammy dodgers) were estimated at 6 weeks, and i never even got them :( that was after fighting with my bank over the transaction telling them I made it and to unfreeze my damn account.

Sooo.. Again, I’d prefer someone with an EU account or easy access to make one (friend in europe? idk.) who’s honest and decent, and possibly wants to escrow through a third party a new account swap? we could each make an account, one for us and one for eu, and trade so we each had it: P

Wouldn’t qualify as game sharing, since it would be a fresh account with no games saved to it yet.. I think that’s legit. Shouldn’t be a problem. Anyone down for that idea? I’m willing to toss in an extra incentive for it – free copies of sr3+dlc, sr2, sacred 2 gold, risen 2, and dead island GOTY for steam.. Yes, all 5 games. Through a legit steam code :)


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+ adrianvon on August 6th, 2013 at 12:20 pm said:

The updates do seem to be periodic and added slowly throughout the day broken off and on and so on.. I think that sony doesn’t have a functional way of publishing their store, either that or the designer is a total noob. I mean, I’ve published webpages over 100 pages at a time, all with updates, for shopping carts, and didn’t have this kind of lag/wait time between clients.

It could very well have something to do with when the store autochecks for updates/content changes? I’m not sure.. Either way there’s no good legit reason for it – just try turning it off and on that should help.


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+ kyletrapa on August 6th, 2013 at 12:21 pm said:

Any news on when exactly Hitman will be available today? I’d rather set it to download before I leave the house.


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+ adrianvon on August 6th, 2013 at 12:23 pm said:

Man, I wish i could edit my posts, it really is annoying having to make a new one everytime you realize you forgot something :P

Anyways – try checking the links above, under psn/store.. I hear that’s updated before the ones pushed to the consoles..


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+ None241 on August 6th, 2013 at 12:35 pm said:

When does the PSN store update?


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+ badgerryan15 on August 6th, 2013 at 12:36 pm said:

@769 I still don’t see it.


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+ badgerryan15 on August 6th, 2013 at 12:37 pm said:

ok nevermind just got it.


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+ T-8k8O_ on August 6th, 2013 at 12:40 pm said:

I will not be getting plus again,i thought you guys said playstation is the best place to play.


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+ StridentGear on August 6th, 2013 at 12:42 pm said:

Hitman is 16GB though, or basically 32GB to have enough space. =’(


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+ hazelcabug on August 6th, 2013 at 12:53 pm said:

IF only I did not purchase any digital games on this account I would had thrown it away to some random people since it’s pretty much useless service anyway for vita owners. To those vita owners who did not yet subscribe do not EVER SUBSCRIBE HERE in US region go to UK or Asia.


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+ MIA_Philly on August 6th, 2013 at 1:09 pm said:

Nice. I have really been wanting to try Hitman. Looks like The Last of Us will get the night off tonight.


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+ skySerdna on August 6th, 2013 at 1:27 pm said:

on the playstation plus had not racing games for young, only for children, when i saw NFS on europe i said “Oh god Finally” but now, i lost my hope on you PS Plus


785

+ deadcell_730 on August 6th, 2013 at 1:29 pm said:

I really enjoy PS+ until I see the game that EU receives. The US games are sub-par to EU and it’s really sad


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+ deadcell_730 on August 6th, 2013 at 1:31 pm said:

Hitman is GREAT, but the buck stops there


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+ deadcell_730 on August 6th, 2013 at 1:32 pm said:

Also, PS+ should cut out PSP games IMO it’s taking away from the games we COULD get for PS+


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+ TMWSIY87 on August 6th, 2013 at 1:40 pm said:

Most disappointing month so far. I will play Star Wars Pinball. I would love to see a RPG next month. There are plenty of PSP RPGs to choose from too. Not interested in FPS or fighting games anymore. Love the big sales though. Give us variety! Thanks.


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+ kmetek on August 6th, 2013 at 1:48 pm said:

just buy EU credit cards………


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+ JaroGarcia on August 6th, 2013 at 1:52 pm said:

As a client, I need to you notify all subscribers with a minimum of 7 days what games are you upload to the store.
PS: Need to improve your service so much, it’s amazing the difference between U.S. and EU


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+ JaroGarcia on August 6th, 2013 at 2:00 pm said:

So let’s see….
Over 750 Comments.
Probably ~700 of which are negative.
And the PS+ staff replies to only 5, which of course were positive posts….just as many predicted.
Is this what we should expect from PS+ now that it’ll be practically mandatory for PS4 owners? No need to sell people on it with the games, right? Sad.


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+ wally_mammoth on August 6th, 2013 at 2:04 pm said:

@bigboi_21: Let me know what you purchase this month, that way I know what we will get free next month!


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+ adrianvon on August 6th, 2013 at 2:20 pm said:

HEY! ps3 owners, if you ordered a ps4 read this!!!! I ordered one..

Lol, i wouldnt expect anything from ps+ to contribute to their ps4 product. Problem is, ps3 is cell, ps4 is x86 – if you don’t know what that means, it’s about the same as running a macstore on a pc.. You might make it happen, but the software aint compatible.

DO NOT sell your ps3 if you like your ps3 games and think you’ll be playing them on your ps4. It’s not backwards compatible. Not even with psn/digital games. We’re outta luck on that one for a while, at the very least guys.

Here’s hoping when sony DOES get around to releasing new versions, that we’ll get credit for stuff we own already.. or some refund partially.. I mean, I been stocking up all these months & now we’re getting the big screw on ps+ and the store.

So yeah, that’s why they’re requiring it to play online, cuz when it first launches with the new system? No digital games, no old library, no NOTHING. I think they’re doing their best to hide that fact though.

Ahwell, I’m in for xillia and dragon’s crown digital. still dont have to go to the store that way :P


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+ adrianvon on August 6th, 2013 at 2:21 pm said:

HEY! ps3 owners, if you ordered a ps4 read this!!!! I ordered one..

Lol, i wouldnt expect anything from ps+ to contribute to their ps4 product. Problem is, ps3 is cell, ps4 is x86 – if you don’t know what that means, it’s about the same as running a macstore on a pc.. You might make it happen, but the software aint compatible.

DO NOT sell your ps3 if you like your ps3 games and think you’ll be playing them on your ps4. It’s not backwards compatible. Not even with psn/digital games. We’re SOL on that one for a while, at the very least guys.

Here’s hoping when sony DOES get around to releasing new versions, that we’ll get credit for stuff we own already.. or some refund partially.. I mean, I been stocking up all these months & now we’re getting the big screw on ps+ and the store.

So yeah, that’s why they’re requiring it to play online, cuz when it first launches with the new system? No digital games, no old library, no NOTHING. I think they’re doing their best to hide that fact though.

Ahwell, I’m in for xillia and dragon’s crown digital. still dont have to go to the store that way :P


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+ adrianvon on August 6th, 2013 at 2:22 pm said:

Wow. had to repost that comment twice because apparently the shortened form of richard as an adjective for how we’re being treated, is required for moderation. And god knows the moderators aren’t here anymore.. Either that, or they just don’t care about us AT ALL.


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+ eljuamposo94 on August 6th, 2013 at 2:23 pm said:

NFS? if its free soon i hope those DLC get some discounts… i just bought most wanted, dont troll me like that jaja, but a discount or free okami HD im in :D. Thanks for hitman and rayman origins.


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+ adrianvon on August 6th, 2013 at 2:25 pm said:

Erm, once again.. HATE that i can’t edit comments.. I mean transitive verb, before someone corrects me :P was looking at something else and thinking adjective for some reason..

Man, it would be really nice if Sony could implement some radical new features, like word count (since apparently they’ve got the ram buffer of a 1989 286 and can’t handle more than 1250 chars in a post), and maybe even.. I don’t know.. An edit button? I mean, I know that kinda radical change would require like.. Some new form of web pages and editing standards, maybe a special document.. that styles pages.. In a cascading behavior? We could call them.. Cascading style sheets, and make a new web standard out of it.. Because I bet that would make it so that content wasn’t etched into stone every time we hit send.. (/sarcasm)


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+ adrianvon on August 6th, 2013 at 2:29 pm said:

yeah, I’m gonna pick up rayman origins too i think.. I have it on my vita already (I own all 25 games or so that are worth having), but still, I would be happy to see you guys get some good games on it.

Origins is great either way.. I still would prefer some other sales too, besides that silly ps1/ps2 junk rayman games that are a bit outdated, but hey.. That’s us psn for ya.

Btw, if anyone else hasn’t noticed.. MLB13 home run derby is free, and castle crashers is discounted 50% to 7.50 for normal or plus users.

Go, be merry, have fun.

Oh, and anyone who bought xillia.. Stay away from the addons.. They have the usual DLC nightmare packages going on.. buy in game gold for REAL money in an rpg.. (…. really? Lazy $#$$$@!) or buy 10 levels up! For only 5$ !! (rofl? WHAT?!) or even get some new COSTUMES for your RPG characters for the low, low price of only 2.99$ each.. (wait.. yeah, that’s each not for a package.. Gee, thanks.. )

Now we know why we’re getting xillia finally, the dev wanted to cash in on sorry lazy americans who will buy it and be all “QQ TOOO HARRWWRD im gonna buy cheeetz” sad.


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+ linkRC2000 on August 6th, 2013 at 2:42 pm said:

I have to admit, I like my fighting games… A lot. I run tournaments, local meets, invade LANs etc for this…

But look, there is so much other stuff in the psp that is amazing. Monster hunter clones, RPGs (have we ever seen an RPG on plus)


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+ Stranger_Eddie on August 6th, 2013 at 2:46 pm said:

@JaroGarcia on August 6th, 2013 at 2:00 pm said:

“So let’s see….
Over 750 Comments.
Probably ~700 of which are negative.”

And most probably 600 of this negative comments are from PS Vita Owners who are losing your hopes!

Sony MUST do something for PS Vita owners IMMEDIATELY! And the action is simple:

Just give to the PSVita owners what they promised = PSVITA EXCLUSIVE GAMES!

Follow the example of WipeOut, Sound Shapes, Soul Sacrifice, Guacamelle developers team!

DON´T KILL AMAZING games for PSVita like Warrior´s Lair :( Back this project for all action-RPG lovers!


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