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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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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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+ LUISFGE8 on August 5th, 2013 at 8:35 am said:

Good Update… but I expected two disc based ps3, hitman is good but Runner and Star Wars pinball game doesn’t interest me at all. Great discounts for all the Rayman games anyway.

Here is my whishlist for the IGC:

Heavenly Sword
Batman: Arkham Asylum
God of War 3
LA Noire
Red Dead Redemption
Final Fantasy XIII
Uncharted 1 & 2
Mass Effect
Dante’s Inferno
ICO/Shadow of the Colossus
OKAMI HD!!!


102

+ tgpumpkin on August 5th, 2013 at 8:35 am said:

Hey Morgan,

First off, gotta share that I’m sharing the Playstation Plus love on Slickdeals. I’m not even on Sony’s payroll :) Never doubt that tgpumpkin is Plus fan :).

To everyone else, BBuy has Plus on sale for $39.99 (annual). Great time to reup if you haven’t caught a past sale.

This month is not my taste, except for Runner 2 which is AWESOME (if you couldn’t tell by my avatar). If you haven’t jumped in everyone you have to take advantage of this while it’s free. It’s filled with raditude.

Only major complaint is Machinarium again? Ok, it was PS3 last time but it feels like double dipping. Just feedback. I’m still a fan. See above!

Have a great day all.


103

+ m8ntis on August 5th, 2013 at 8:36 am said:

And the Euro PS+ is better once again
My Euro vs US PS+ free game comparison spreadsheet here

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AmRRDLosxQLIdGJmcVJudmxhSzhsb1hkX19ZRWMxS0E#gid=0


104

+ SLY12 on August 5th, 2013 at 8:36 am said:

@84: You are getting notice, a whole month right now.


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+ myPSismyfriend on August 5th, 2013 at 8:36 am said:

hitman and bit trip are good, but I could have done without a pinball game, a psp fighting game, and a game we already got for ps3.


106

+ stalemate666 on August 5th, 2013 at 8:36 am said:

Wow this is a WEAK update, a game we already have, another medicore pinball game a freaking wiiware port I think, another fighter this time one nobody care about and another shooter sigh…

Hitman absolute is pretty much the only game worth a damn on there and I’m just sick of getting shooters, Machinarium is good but we got it last month.


107

+ viceforce on August 5th, 2013 at 8:37 am said:

@itachu

PS+ already put sports games up they had NFL Blitz and NBA Jam: On Fire Edition awhile back. As far as your saying is concern plus already inflated with laughter.


108

+ PlayerNumberZero on August 5th, 2013 at 8:37 am said:

@43 Still, july and august lineup are horrible.
i don’t think i’m going to renew.


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+ fede01_8 on August 5th, 2013 at 8:37 am said:

Only one AAA game? Europe get at least 2 :(
Well, it’s better than nothing…


110

+ Aexuz on August 5th, 2013 at 8:37 am said:

Well the Rayman sale looks nice.


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+ thelookey6 on August 5th, 2013 at 8:37 am said:

Mando44646
click the vote tab under the update and let your voice be heard

it is a shame we get side scroller games for ps3 every month and other regions get 2 or 3 full ps3 disc base games
it also sad that we have gotten 1o psp fighting games for our vita.

who ever pushes these updates should be fired


112

+ lico_or44 on August 5th, 2013 at 8:39 am said:

So better games on EU>>??? no cool bro’s no cool!!!


113

+ Selfinfliction on August 5th, 2013 at 8:39 am said:

At least we get Darkstalkers, i would like to see something other than fighting games though.


114

+ RateX_BR on August 5th, 2013 at 8:40 am said:

Another PSP game… that’s lame


115

+ carlpain on August 5th, 2013 at 8:40 am said:

SONY: Guys, what will you like?

Guy 1: RPG!
Guy 2: RPG!
Guy 3: RPG
Guy 4: fps
Guy 5: RPG!
Guy 6: RPG!

SONY: Did somebody say FPS?

Guy 4: Yes, I did, but I wasn’t being serious.

SONY: Oh, yes, you were. FPS for everybody!


116

+ ItaChu on August 5th, 2013 at 8:40 am said:

Morgan is Tales of Xillia gonna have DLC like Tales of Graces f has ??? well …. ill find out tomorrow anyway if you dont answer its cool :)


117

+ smoothboarder540 on August 5th, 2013 at 8:40 am said:

Wait, it’s a fighting game? I didnt even know. Why do you guys even bother putting these games into the IGC? Is it just so you can say you’re giving away a free game every week? This may be the worst game you guys have ever added to the IGC. If you could even find this game in a Gamestop it would probably be 50 cents. Actually, they would probably just give it to you just to get rid of it.


118

+ elpsydominator on August 5th, 2013 at 8:40 am said:

no more fighting games for vita please guys =/ nobody wants them I would prefer velocity ultra or another genre


119

+ TwinDad on August 5th, 2013 at 8:40 am said:

@DeathKiller49,

Europe also gets the bargin bin $10-20 games too. Doesn’t matter if they are AAA or not, they get the low priced games just as the US does. Their games get discount much faster than the US.


120

+ elpsydominator on August 5th, 2013 at 8:41 am said:

we want a full game maybe little big planet or ac 3 for vita would be a great addition :)


121

+ thelookey6 on August 5th, 2013 at 8:42 am said:

take this update back and give us something else . just look at the comments and you will see no one is happy.
and why do people say these games are free? if they were free you would not have to have a huge+ logo by your avatar


122

+ Ironbenders on August 5th, 2013 at 8:42 am said:

Hitman is good, but man… The EU Plus is much better… Maybe you could hear the people and see that we need different genres too


123

+ ioshi_US on August 5th, 2013 at 8:43 am said:

wow very great update ps plus for vita owner :sarcasm:
let’s see….
Reg EU get Lego Lord of the Rings (Vita) and When Vikings Attack! (Vita)
Reg Asia get Ragnarok Odyssey (Vita) and DLC Discount 50% Ragnarok Odyssey(Vita)
and we got….. psp fighting game Darkstalkers Chronicle: The Chaos Tower and indie game Machinarium (PS Vita)
i think gonna stop became member ps plus, is not worth it
thx god Dragon Crown release this week


124

+ bigsgg71 on August 5th, 2013 at 8:43 am said:

@103. I do not know if you are being sarcastic or not. I will give you the benefit of a doubt. This is not a month’s notice. We find out the day before (actually 5 days into). Europe knew the games that they were getting for August back in the middle of July. Again, why does NA not get the same notice? It is not a complaint per se, but a legitimate question from a customer who has supported Sony since the beginning…

P.S. I am not the only person who has this concern. Read the comments…


125

+ iREVOLTER on August 5th, 2013 at 8:43 am said:

Again this update looks weak! Again just one Full PS3 Game that I will finish and thats all x(. Sad that every time I see some titles that are discounted on US PS+ , they are being or were added to EU PS+ Collection. Example :

Rayman Origins : discounted for US PS+ / Free for EU PS+
Mortal Kombat : discounted for US PS+ / Free for EU PS+
Catherine: discounted for everyone not PS+ / Free for EU PS+
etc.

Again I don’t like such politics applied to US content for Plus, which is very sad . I know that PS+ will be required for PS4 MP thats why I remain on subscription, if it wasn’t this MP thing I would definitely not pay for such a poor subscription especially that IGC is advertised like it something everyone should have. Since the beginning of the year EU + is having better games in IGC and even better deals , idk why but it doesn’t feel right.


126

+ DION3TO on August 5th, 2013 at 8:43 am said:

Really good!
I am so getting Hitman Absolution, Machinarium for Vita and Rayman origins for Vita too :D

Thanks Sony, developers and publishers for such great support!


127

+ KentBlake on August 5th, 2013 at 8:46 am said:

Enough with the PSP fighting games already! We got like one for each franchise in existence.

That said, Hitman is good (I don’t know why some people here are calling it an FPS or a generic shooter. It is neither)

Star Wars Pinball is good too.

Runner 2? It’s very cool, but I’d rather have it on Vita. When the Vita version comes out, will we get that too? (will it be cross buy?)


128

+ Ryumoau on August 5th, 2013 at 8:46 am said:

@88 agreed. I want the digital future to be bright for Sony as well, but they really need to start being more competitive with the sales on psn and need to inspect the digital inventory more often. Too many overpriced old titles on the psn store.

Its hard for me to believe this will improve when ps4 arrives unless they start working on that now.


129

+ SiriusCJS on August 5th, 2013 at 8:46 am said:

Hitman is pretty cool. It’s been a LONG time since I’ve played a Hitman game.

But MAN, what an underwhelming month otherwise. Do these people just not understand that the VIta offerings have been utterly saturated with fighting games? Morgan says he listens & to us & passes the word on, but I have to doubt it. I mean… how… how does this happen? Really, Morgan, what’s going on here?

Also, they’re basically giving us a repeat with Machinarium again! Just because they’re now giving it out on the Vita doesn’t really make it a solid offer.


130

+ ItaChu on August 5th, 2013 at 8:47 am said:

Next month Kingdoms of Amalur Reckoning!


131

+ Ares_Kram on August 5th, 2013 at 8:47 am said:

PLEASEEEEEEE SONY!!!!!!! ICO + Shadows of colossus next month!


132

+ NoxiousKarn on August 5th, 2013 at 8:47 am said:

I love the update Hitman should be a nice break from my recent delving into Skyrim. My Vita is getting a bit full so I think i’ll copy the apps to my PS3 or just to my PC so if I want to play them again later I can just transfer those games back to my vita. PS3’s still good should have about 100GB left. How long til it’s full i wonder? I’m paid up on Plus til 2015 and to be honest I’ll be buying another year or two after i get that PS4 at launch I hope. :)


133

+ earth_inheritor on August 5th, 2013 at 8:47 am said:

Seriously? I bought Hitman Absolution Yesterday at EB…SOB


134

+ SiriusCJS on August 5th, 2013 at 8:48 am said:

Edit: AND we just got a pinball game recently. Booo!


135

+ ItaChu on August 5th, 2013 at 8:49 am said:

Maybe give out Ys Oath in Felghana for PSP next month Morgan … tell that to whoever’s in charge cuz Darkstalkers …. was a bad choice lol i mean … there’s an “HD” version for PS3! … not to mention on PSP that game’s controls are terrible! ….i’d give it a try on Vita though …. just to see if its better :) it must be… lol


136

+ thelookey6 on August 5th, 2013 at 8:49 am said:

bigsgg71
we get 1 days notice because they give us a crappy selection . they do not want to let us down so they keep it a secret so there people will join ps+


137

+ Leelo124 on August 5th, 2013 at 8:49 am said:

Dear @Playstation we love you. but please please stop with the fighting games :/


139

+ Magus978 on August 5th, 2013 at 8:50 am said:

I’m okay with Hitman: Absolution, but that’s about it.

Disappointing this month.


140

+ NO_FEAR on August 5th, 2013 at 8:50 am said:

Sure, I’ll take Hitman: Absolution for free. Free is good!

Thanks!


141

+ Blackheim2000 on August 5th, 2013 at 8:51 am said:

Morgan,
I haven’t posted on here before, but I felt I needed to leave some feedback about the past few months of Plus content. Now, let me state first that I think Plus is still a great value and I’m glad that I have it. However, I feel that there are definitely improvements that could be made to better the service. First of all, as many others have stated here, we’re not sure why Europe continues to get the much better value. They are getting 3 full PS3 games in August while the US is only getting 1. They routinely get at least 2 full PS3 games a month while we get 1. Also, we definitely need more variety in the types of games that are being offered. People have been asking for RPGs for a long time, but Demon’s Souls is the only one we’ve gotten so far. Some racing, sports, action ,and platforming games would also be nice as well. We’ve had far too many shooters, fighting, and puzzle games on here in recent months. There are many who are not into those types of games. I’d be interested to hear your feedback on these comments, Morgan. Thanks!


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+ zingakun on August 5th, 2013 at 8:51 am said:

Hey Morgan, I’d like to suggest Red Dead Redemption to come to the IGC. Or even a great PS+ discount on the bundle with Undead Nightmare. This is one of the old titles that I’ve never been able to play, and it’s quite a while since the last sales on it.

Thank you for Hitman and the great price on Rayman Origins :D


143

+ IVANBARROK on August 5th, 2013 at 8:51 am said:

Horrible update. Only one PS3 game? Next time, i’ll get european plus.


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+ Ryumoau on August 5th, 2013 at 8:52 am said:

@114

so true XD


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+ klassymike on August 5th, 2013 at 8:53 am said:

Those that are saying no one is happy with this update really needs to speak for themselves. I for one (and many others) are happy with this update. But as far as the Vita owners go, I do see why you are disappointed too.


146

+ Blackheim2000 on August 5th, 2013 at 8:53 am said:

Games like Kingdoms of Amalur, Okami HD, or NFS: Most Wanted would be great choices for Plus in the coming months.


147

+ dh4645 on August 5th, 2013 at 8:53 am said:

nice..hitman!

played the first 2 when i had a good PC for gaming back in the day, but havent played any since.

i knew i shouldn’t have bought machinarium on sale 2 months ago. oh well.


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+ TwinDad on August 5th, 2013 at 8:53 am said:

@LUISFGE8,

You should set your expectations on low. They as I can remember, have never given two disc based games in the same month. Other regions have, but not the US.


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+ NO_FEAR on August 5th, 2013 at 8:53 am said:

BTW I like the way you present the updates with the comings and goings in the quick list. Let Jack and Guy know I approve…lol Aso with the PSN updates too.


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+ dh4645 on August 5th, 2013 at 8:54 am said:

Vita gets shafted as usual though. blah…PSP games on my Vita, no thanks.


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