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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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+ fleabagy2k on August 5th, 2013 at 9:19 am said:

This is my second month with PS+ and I have to say that my first moth was awesome, but this one is really disappointing.

If you compare EU with US, EU is getting royalty treatment.

US (PS3)
Hitman Absolution
Bit.Trip Presents Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien
Zen Pinball 2: Star Wars Pinball (PS3 – PS Vita Cross Buy) (REALLY!?)

UK (PS3)
Need for Speed Most Wanted
Spec Ops The line
Mafia 2

Not to mention what they got for Vita.

They also knew since mid july the games of august, we had to wait until today August 5… I guess i will buy PS+ EU service for a full year like i did with the US service.


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+ ocray on August 5th, 2013 at 9:19 am said:

another crappy month


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+ swisstylez on August 5th, 2013 at 9:21 am said:

phewww Lucky me I was about to buy this game out of boredom, but I guess I’ll just have to wait till tomorrow.


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+ snakeeyes211 on August 5th, 2013 at 9:21 am said:

This months PlayStation plus blows :-( there might be people they might be happy for ones particular item but as an overall it’s really bad


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+ xClayMeow on August 5th, 2013 at 9:22 am said:

In July content poll I wish there was an option for NOTHING! Please add that option for August because unless there’s a surprise Vita IGC addition unveiled during Gamescom, I dlike to vote NOTHING again.

Seriously Morgan, I’ve defended you in the past but it’s ridiculous now.


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+ MatheusRuggeri on August 5th, 2013 at 9:23 am said:

Terrible update.

Everbody knows that US’s Plus is worst than Eur’s Plus for PS3 games since the 2012, but now for PS Vita also, they get good PS Vita games and we, PSP games.

This is the worst update since the 3 “black months” for PSN Usa: August, September and October 2012.


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+ AvoidTalkingMice on August 5th, 2013 at 9:24 am said:

Awesome discounts. Bought Hitman on PC. Will play again on ps3. Also, you all need to BUY RAYMAN ORIGINS. For 5 bucks. Seriously. Thats just silly.


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+ XtemmA2 on August 5th, 2013 at 9:24 am said:

Fighting Games! the thing with fighting games is that they are taking quite a while to be enjoyable for people, as the learning curves they had are never short. mastering any of them will take forever.
that, is why i dont like having multiple fighting game titles installed on my system.

do you?


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+ thelookey6 on August 5th, 2013 at 9:24 am said:

sony team you guys need to keep hit man but change all the other crap. i already own hitman but it is a good game so leave that one so everyone can have a blast and change the rest of that crap. you guys have time still


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+ MrBeatdown on August 5th, 2013 at 9:24 am said:

Lousy.

I looked at Europe’s August games and saw one of the best line-ups they could have possibly offered. This is just disappointing.

It’s amazing what a huge gap there is between us and them.

They got three PS3 games, all of which were full retail games. We get one, along with a pinball game. Again. And on Vita, we get a repeat of a PS3 game. Again. I guess instead of cross-buy games as a single game, each version will be milked as its own game. And we get a ancient PSP fighting game. Again.

Whatever Europe is doing, they’re doing it right. You guys aren’t.


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+ AvoidTalkingMice on August 5th, 2013 at 9:25 am said:

@MatheusRuggeri – The US has generally gotten all the same stuff Europe does, just at different times. Europe just got some stuff we have had for a while. Just enjoy your free games and be patient. I have way too many free games to ever beat them all anyway. Onward!


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+ RoII_chan on August 5th, 2013 at 9:26 am said:

This is my chance to get Rayman origins for my Ps Vita! also hitman and the other games are ok, but it doesnt matter cause tomorrow ill get DRAGONS CROWN and TALES OF XILLIA and that’s all I care about ^_^!!!


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+ xClayMeow on August 5th, 2013 at 9:27 am said:

Nobody should buy Rayman Origins Vita to teach them a lesson. EU got it as IGC. What a slap in the face. Don’t expect me to buy Rayman Legends when it comes out now.


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+ jayleedurr on August 5th, 2013 at 9:27 am said:

I just bought Hitman Absolution the other day. I didn’t waste my money, I like the game but you guys should give us an earlier heads up to this stuff.


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+ AvoidTalkingMice on August 5th, 2013 at 9:27 am said:

Consensus

– People will always complain about getting free games.
– If you paid for a game and it is free now, that does not make it a bad update.
– Europe and US generally get the same stuff at different times.
– Just relax. You are complaining about free games.


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+ chow1chow on August 5th, 2013 at 9:28 am said:

Another disappointing month!!! Nothing for me this whole month!


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+ thelookey6 on August 5th, 2013 at 9:29 am said:

AvoidTalkingMice
if they are free games then why do u have to have that huge + logo by your avatar?


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+ ocray on August 5th, 2013 at 9:29 am said:

please no more fighting and psp games!!!!

Morrgan response, hmmmmmm I think they want more more fighting and psp games jk


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+ xClayMeow on August 5th, 2013 at 9:29 am said:

@AvoidTalkingMice, that may be largely true for PS3, but not for Vita – EU has gotten way more and better AAA Vita titles than US. MGS HD, LEGO LOTR, and even freaking Rayman Origins, which they’re trying to pass off to us with just a discount.


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+ cronothunder on August 5th, 2013 at 9:30 am said:

Seriously? More a pinball game?


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+ fivexl on August 5th, 2013 at 9:31 am said:

and xbox gold members get Crackdown… hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha


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+ Eduardo_Alvarez3 on August 5th, 2013 at 9:31 am said:

I was hoping for a racing game like Gran Turismo or even NFS. I already got Hitman and got a platinum on it, pretty easy.


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+ onionpalac on August 5th, 2013 at 9:31 am said:

Serious question PS+ staff – why do you continue to waste the Vita spot with so many fighting games almost every month in spite of so many paying members complaining about it?
Check other gaming forums – a lot of angry rants going on right now due to another fighting game choice.
I know people complain about almost everything here – but this seems to be what gets most people all angry . . .


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+ martinirage1 on August 5th, 2013 at 9:32 am said:

I’m super happy about the Vita support this month. Although I’m not interested on Star Wars pinball or Darkstalkers I’m gonna jump on the vita games for sale. I’ve wanted Rayman origins, escape vektor, machinarium vita, and superfrog hd.

Don’t know why the vita version of rayman origins is more expensive than the ps3 version though..


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+ thelookey6 on August 5th, 2013 at 9:32 am said:

ORIGINALLY post from batman

Stop with the damn PSP fighting games. Actually, stop everything you’re doing and do whatever Europe is doing. Our version of Plus isn’t just terrible by comparison… it’s just terrible.


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+ eliesserf on August 5th, 2013 at 9:34 am said:

Noooooooo! Pity it put these games so poor really! plus those of Europe are much better!


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+ chavez1138 on August 5th, 2013 at 9:35 am said:

usually I don’t like to ***** but I think it’s time because of plus for Vita, another PSP fighting game! really?! and Machinarium, I completed that game in PS3 even before it was free in Plus (happy supporting that game when it came out on PS3), I’m sure lots of us don’t want a game we already had for free before in PS3, I know not everyone who owns a Vita has a PS3 but it shouldn’t feel like owners of both consoles get screw with the IGC for Vita or PS3 (I also hated when we got Jet set radio again, but for PS3).

PS. Thanks for Hitman, I’m gonna give it a try.


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+ detictiveconan on August 5th, 2013 at 9:35 am said:

Another weak month for me.

Hitman. Too violent for me.

Runner 2 . A good game I’m sure but I own the first one and never got around to finishing it so I’m not to excited for this one.

Zen Pinball 2: Star Wars Pinball . The only game this month I’m eager to play, More tables for ZP2 are always welcome.

Darkstalkers Chronicle: The Chaos Tower . Not interested in yet another fighting game.

Machinarium . Great game but as I said when the PS3 version was free I’ve already beaten it on PC.

4.5 out of 10 the month.


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+ IRONHHIDE on August 5th, 2013 at 9:36 am said:

Good for Hitman, but still superioir PSN EU, in titles and number of games for PS3, many hoped NFS: MW :/


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+ SpaceOddity87 on August 5th, 2013 at 9:36 am said:

Mixed feelings about this month’s line-up. Already had Runner2 for Wii U and can’t see any reason to switch platforms, no interest in Darkstalkers (can we please not get another Vita/PSP fighting game again any time soon), already had Machinarium for PS3 (but I guess a Vita version is nice), no interest in pinball even with Star Wars attached, and a bit iffy about Hitman Absolution (but I guess I wanted to play it despite the reveiws). I just hope there are some good discounts along the way, but chances are you’ll put them on here later, anyway, so I don’t know why I bother. Please include more PS1 and PS2 classics in the collection, or at least discount them more often.


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+ yasser90x on August 5th, 2013 at 9:37 am said:

Awful!


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+ BlueBl1zzard on August 5th, 2013 at 9:37 am said:

Wow, lots of negativity in the comments this week. I think this is a pretty good update so don’t think everyone here is unhappy Morgan. Hopefully we see some more sales in the coming weeks! I picked up that max Payne 3 and am enjoying so far


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+ chavez1138 on August 5th, 2013 at 9:38 am said:

usually I don’t like to ***** but I think it’s time because of plus for Vita, another PSP fighting game! really?! and Machinarium, I completed that game in PS3 even before it was free in Plus (happy supporting that game when it came out on PS3), I’m sure lots of us don’t want a game we already had for free before in PS3, I know not everyone who owns a Vita has a PS3 but it shouldn’t feel like owners of both consoles get a lesser service with the IGC for Vita and PS3 (I also hated when we got Jet set radio again, but for PS3).

PS. Thanks for Hitman, I’m gonna give it a try.


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+ firebert42 on August 5th, 2013 at 9:39 am said:

Thanks for Star Wars Pinball, Plus Team! Would love to see Snake Eater in the IGC for Vita some time.


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+ chavez1138 on August 5th, 2013 at 9:39 am said:

usually I don’t like to b*tch about but I think it’s time because of plus for Vita, another PSP fighting game! really?! and Machinarium, I completed that game in PS3 even before it was free in Plus (happy supporting that game when it came out on PS3), I’m sure lots of us don’t want a game we already had for free before in PS3, I know not everyone who owns a Vita has a PS3 but it shouldn’t feel like owners of both consoles get a lesser service with the IGC for Vita and PS3 (I also hated when we got Jet set radio again, but for PS3).

PS. Thanks for Hitman, I’m gonna give it a try.


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+ ArchAngelMai on August 5th, 2013 at 9:39 am said:

Ask and you shall receive. All you whiners keep saying that EU+ gets all the good stuff. Then you complain when we get the same thing? Worthless people. Bunch of effing 5 year olds on here.


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+ ocray on August 5th, 2013 at 9:40 am said:

I feel sony is just manipulating us by giving us crapy games for the vita hoping that we’ll jump on these vita sales or buy a newer game


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+ unflushablelog on August 5th, 2013 at 9:40 am said:

Morgan, how do the free Vita games get picked each month? I’ve noticed Europe gets way more mainstream vita offerings compared to North America. Seems every month they have a “major” retail game for free. Those appeal to a much wider audience than the indies and niche titles we receive. Last month Dokuro, this month Pinball and Machinarium? Really? And why do we have to pay $5 for games that Europe got free in previous months (Mortal Kombat, Rayman Origins)? Is this what we should continue to expect from NA PS+? Why the huge gap in quality between regions? Please give an explanation as some of us are getting quite frustrated. At this rate I won’t be renewing.


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+ Kssio_Aug on August 5th, 2013 at 9:41 am said:

@post 213

About your statement: “Europe and US generally get the same stuff at different times”

Sorry man, but youre wrong. VERY WRONG. Check at google image something like “playstation plus comparison” and you will see how wrong is that.

EU plus is far better, at short or long time. Almost every month they receive better updates than us, but this month and July, thy received a infinity better update than us, and exists no argue about that.


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+ Binarynova on August 5th, 2013 at 9:42 am said:

I was really hoping that August’s Club Nintendo Rewards would be amazing so I could compare them to PS+, but sadly they’re far crappier than this month’s Plus offerings. Mario Golf, Brain Age, Play Action Football, and Wario’s Woods.

Still. Where are the Vita games? Machinarium is amazing, and even though I finished it on PS3, I’ll gladly take a mobile copy of it! But I’d love to see something like Rayman Origins on the IGC for Vita. Or Unit 13, or Persona 4 Golden.

If you really want Vita players playing PSP games please copy down this short list on a pad of paper and smack Square-Enix in the face with it. :P

Final Fantasy I Anniversary
Final Fantasy II Anniversary
Star Ocean: First Departure
Star Ocean: Second Evolution


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+ Rakeozix on August 5th, 2013 at 9:42 am said:

Lousy month again…june was the best….but damn tis the worst month…dint we mention no indie game…more JRPG….do you even watch the poll result…


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+ thelookey6 on August 5th, 2013 at 9:43 am said:

guys do not for get to vote because this time you can leave a comment


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+ exterminator_apm on August 5th, 2013 at 9:44 am said:

Us keeps getting games that eu gets months ago


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+ AcuraDriver on August 5th, 2013 at 9:44 am said:

Aw maaaannn, I just got Hitman 2 months ago from Amazon… what happened to Need for Speeeeeeed?


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+ H1DD3N_SHADOW on August 5th, 2013 at 9:46 am said:

Terrible update!

I have defended Ps plus so many times but its just getting harder and harder to enjoy!

Indie games should be free on the vita ONLY. and at the most there should only be ONE.
That Leaves room for a RETAIL title, With Trophies.

PSP games, especially fighters, are horrible. They dont have trophies and they arnt using the full capability of the $250 Vita

Please put AT LEAST 2 AAA games on the PS3

Its shameful when comparing NA Plus to EU plus

I love the Sales though


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+ lisatsunami on August 5th, 2013 at 9:46 am said:

Nothing for me in this month’s post either, but I have a big backlog on my PS3 and Vita so it’s fine for me. However, I can understand the complaints about “yet another fighting game?” since I don’t like that genre at all.


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+ Mad-Elk on August 5th, 2013 at 9:46 am said:

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

Aren’t all PS Vita games compatible with the PS Vita?


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+ Paulo_PSX on August 5th, 2013 at 9:46 am said:

Unfortunately PS PLUS EURO is so much better!!! Why they deserve more than us??


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+ RyuuHou24 on August 5th, 2013 at 9:47 am said:

Really??

You guys were getting better >.> You were starting to come up in level and even seemed like you were getting on par with Europe here.

Europe got….count with me….not 1….not 2….but THREE RETAIL GAMES!!! THREE!!!!!

One of them we already got, but jesus christ!!!

You guys are horribly inconsistent with your month to month games. And what is up with this “Here’s the PS3 version this month, and here’s the Vita version this month” crap? This is becoming a trend, and UNWELCOME trend.

I think everyone is a tad sick of Pinball and Fighting games at this point.

Also, @213 – there are a LOT of games Europe has gotten that we haven’t yet.

Just going by retail games, if I went by PSN games this would be longer –

Dead Space 2
Red Dead Redemption
Bulletstorm
Crysis 2
Batman Arkham City
Mortal Kombat (Both PS3 and Vita)
Dead or Alive 5
Mass Effect 3
MGS HD (Vita)
God of War
F1 Race Stars
LotR: War in the North
Catherine
ICO/SotC Collection
Rayman Origins (Vita)
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
Unit 13 (Vita)
Lego LotR (Vita)
NFS Most Wanted

In a year. TWENTY ONE GAMES, IN TWELVE MONTHS. That’s nearly two games a month more. That is a HUGE disparity between the US and EU.


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+ TinCannEd on August 5th, 2013 at 9:47 am said:

They complain that we get Hitman Absolution, which EU got months ago. Well they get Spec Ops: The Line, which NA got months ago.

Also, there are haters that no matter what is released, they complain…..Get over it. Either enjoy what they offer or just don’t renew. It’ll be your loss.

For everyone Requesting Red Dead Redemption on the IGC, sorry to say, it has already been on the IGC (last summer) & unless PS+ makes one week each month a “Flashback” Week (Meaning a re-release of a previously IGC game.), you are out of luck.

Since 2012 E3, PS+ members have been spoiled with a game release, EVERY WEEK. If you were a PS+ member prior to that you would get games a couple of times a month, with sometimes just Sales. Be grateful for what you get & stop with the “Grass is always greener” syndrome. If you don’t like NA PS+, the switch to the EU PS+ (Just so you know, they complain just as much in their forums about what NA gets & they don’t).


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