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PS Plus: ICO & GTA: Liberty City Stories Free for Members

Kristine Steimer's Avatar + Posted by Kristine Steimer on Sep 16, 2013 // Sr. Community Specialist

I hope you’re ready to get hit right in the feels, because ICO joins the PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection tomorrow. The classic title has been an industry favorite ever since its release, so if you haven’t had a chance to play it, you can finally learn what all the fuss was about.

One of fall’s biggest games – Grand Theft Auto V – is hitting store shelves and the PlayStation Store tomorrow, but you might need something to satisfy your GTA cravings when you aren’t at home. Thankfully, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories is also free for PS Plus members this week, so you can play a little GTA no matter where you are.

These PS Plus benefits will be available after the PlayStation Store updates tomorrow, 9/17.

PlayStation Plus Update 9-17-2013

Instant Game Collection

ICO (PS3)

Free for PS Plus members, Regular Price: $19.99

ICO
A young boy is locked away deep in a castle after horns started growing out of his head. After breaking free from his confines, he rescues a mysterious girl from her cage. Together they must escape the dangers of the castle and fend off the shadow creatures haunting their every move.
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (PSP, PS Vita Compatible)

Free for PS Plus members, Regular Price: $19.99

GTA LCS
There are a million stories in Liberty City. This one changes everything. Once a trusted wise guy in the Leone crime family, Toni Cipriani was forced into hiding after killing a made man. Now he’s back and it’s time for things to be put right.

Discounts

Sleeping Dogs Digital Edition (PS3)

PS Plus Price: $9.99, Regular Price: $24.99

Sleeping Dogs
Welcome to Hong Kong, a vibrant city whose exotic locations hide one of the most powerful and dangerous criminal organizations in the world: the Triads. You play Wei Shen, an undercover cop trying to take down the Triads from the inside. Included in this Digital Edition are three premium DLC packs: The Retro Triad Pack, The Red Envelope Pack, The Street Racer Pack.
Kane & Lynch: Dead Men (PS3)

PS Plus Price: $5.99, Regular Price: $14.99

Kane and Lynch
Kane & Lynch: Dead Men follows the violent and chaotic journey of two men – a flawed mercenary and a medicated psychopath and their brutal attitude towards right and wrong. This volatile partnership combined with innovative technologies allow for an unparalleled gaming experience. Kane & Lynch: Dead Men will immerse players into an emotionally intense crime drama with unflinching action.
Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days (PS3)

PS Plus Price: $7.99, Regular Price: $19.99

Kane and Lynch 2
What would you not do for love? For acceptance? When would you give-up? For Kane & Lynch, there is no limit. When there are no options, when the situation is broken beyond repair, they’ll never give-up. Ground-breaking art direction, relentless action gameplay and innovative multiplayer redefine the action shooter experience and make Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days a standout shooter of 2010.
Real Boxing (PS Vita)

PS Plus Price: $8.99, Regular Price: $9.99

Real Boxing
Real Boxing is a stunning boxing simulation game powered by Unreal Engine 3. Journey from amateur to pro in one of the most comprehensive handheld sporting games ever created. Each boxer is designed from the laces up to be as realistic as possible. Real-time deformation technology portrays every bone-crunching punch and jaw-shattering uppercut in stunning definition – the fight is on!
Pixel Junk Monsters: Ultimate HD (PS Vita)

PS Plus Price: $11.99, Regular Price: $14.99

PJ Monsters Ultimate HD
Tikiman the Forest Defender is in trouble. Hordes of monsters are sweeping through his realm, hoping to chow down on his offspring – and it’s up to you to defend them. By placing weapon towers at strategic points around the landscape, you can destroy the invaders and save the little ones. Collect treasure along the way to build up your arsenal and pay for new towers – countless waves of monsters are out to get the babies, so you need to be prepared to battle!

We’ll be back next week with more details on the game arriving to the Instant Game Collection as well as any other benefits we can share.

If you’ve got feedback on today’s Plus update make sure you leave a comment below. If you want to engage with some like-minded people, head over to the PlayStation Community Forums to discuss all things PlayStation, including this update. You’ll also find other topics you can contribute your thoughts to, or start one for yourself.

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+ NorthernLitez on September 16th, 2013 at 9:05 am said:

The PS+ membership is almost too ridiculously good :-) I’m glad I sided in the right camp.


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+ smoothboarder540 on September 16th, 2013 at 9:05 am said:

I hope October will be a better month for PS3 members. You don’t want a bunch of kids angry at Sony right before the PS4 comes out.


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+ BALBINO1592 on September 16th, 2013 at 9:06 am said:

When Rayman Origins is gonna be available for free? A few posts ago it was on the list for this month’s games to be free for PS Plus Members.


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    + Kristine Steimer on September 16th, 2013 at 9:35 am said:

    There’s only one more week left in this month, so that should be a good clue! :)


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+ BlueRobotX on September 16th, 2013 at 9:07 am said:

Thank you for making ICO free for PS+ tomorrow, can’t wait to play it.


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+ BlueRobotX on September 16th, 2013 at 9:11 am said:

@ BALBINO1592 Since we are getting ICO and GTA: Liberty City Stories tomorrow we will get Rayman Origins Tuesday since that’s the last Tuesday of the month.


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+ ChaseHammerJ on September 16th, 2013 at 9:13 am said:

Woot!!!!! PlayStation Plus for PS Vita is here!!!!!

PS+ for Vita where you get 75% games on/for PSP where only 10% of subscribers play/want them.

Excellent.


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+ i_like_toast on September 16th, 2013 at 9:15 am said:

Wish GTA:LCS came out before GTAV…


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+ BlueRobotX on September 16th, 2013 at 9:15 am said:

*next Tuesday 9/24*


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+ Hundredhandslap on September 16th, 2013 at 9:17 am said:

I already own the collection but ICO’s a fun platinum to go for if you like speed runs. Enough with the PSP games, only offer games with trophies. Get with the times!


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+ cassarcc on September 16th, 2013 at 9:21 am said:

Play Gta on Vita will be Cool!!! It would be better if had trophies…


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+ navcomm81 on September 16th, 2013 at 9:32 am said:

Solid week for Plus members, though none will be added to my collection since I already own physical copies of them.

Not upset though since I received Killzone & Puppeteer from Sony last week to review, and still working through those ones.


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+ stlthriot on September 16th, 2013 at 9:35 am said:

Absolutely can’t wait to play ICO in HD!! My all-time favorite game on the PS2 <3


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    + Morgan Haro on September 16th, 2013 at 9:47 am said:

    awesome! yeah my first time playing it was on the PS3 version and it was great experience


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+ hazelcabug on September 16th, 2013 at 9:37 am said:

PS PLUS north america is the MOST LAME region in PS PLUS…. Why can’t they put all games at once in first day of the month? Since July all the games offered to vita are lame psp and mediocre indie. What’s worst, is the weekly release of games. Who whould wait for a lame psp game every 3rd week of the month lol


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+ hazelcabug on September 16th, 2013 at 9:37 am said:

Unlike Asia and EU ps plus, IGC are all added during the first of the month.


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+ gamer_316 on September 16th, 2013 at 9:42 am said:

I wish Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories could have relesed in the IGC a week or so earlier because like me i’m sure there will be MANY people to busy playing Grand Theft Auto V


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+ DarkStar83x on September 16th, 2013 at 9:44 am said:

Getting ICO this week, but that’s it. Just as well. These last few weeks have been hard on my bank account. :p Lots of good stuff!


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+ MatheusRuggeri on September 16th, 2013 at 9:49 am said:

I really like some PS1 games, before IGC they are common in Plus, but now we never got they anymore.

My sugestion: We have 12 PS3 games and 6 PS Vita games, why not 1 or 2 classic (PS1 and PS2) games too? Or, at least, put they in one good sale.

And just a question, I already asked 4 times but no one answer me:
Why Crash series are not avaible to play in PS Vita?


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+ AnoyoIkari on September 16th, 2013 at 9:52 am said:

Finally get to try Ico. I’ve been waiting to play it since its release on PS2. Man I love my PS+ account!


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+ wycliff_12 on September 16th, 2013 at 9:53 am said:

Why put a Game up for discount that we already got free back in May?? Doesn’t make sense.
There are countless other games that needs a discount on PSN yet you guys keep recycling content that’s already in our downloads list. I already played ICO but i’m sure many people will enjoy this so for good for them.

Nothing for me this week i’ll be busy downloading GTA V all day tomorrow cause i’m sure Son’ys crap network will come hault to a crawl since it’s already so slow without high traffic.

And why is it that you guys claimed all Rockstar games on PSN would get a 75% discount yet Midnight Club LA is still full priced?


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+ viceforce on September 16th, 2013 at 9:53 am said:

UGH To all the complainers here who want RPG/JRPG and Racers: It seems you weren’t a member of plus long enough or/are just blind. Did you forget we had

JRPG
Demon Souls
Disgaea 3: Absence of Innocence

Racers
Shift 2 Unleashed
Little Big Planet Karting (Currently on the list)
Fatal Inertia EX


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+ CeroX99 on September 16th, 2013 at 9:54 am said:

Other than ICO, I’m not interested in the other games. This month’s of IGC is really disappointing. GTA5 and Diablo 3 is pretty much gonna keep me excited throughout this month. =\


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+ Brotha56 on September 16th, 2013 at 9:54 am said:

Finally, I get to play ICO. None of my local gaming stores have had the Shadows of the colossus/ICO HD collection as of late, so I have been incapable of playing it.


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+ dodgedoors on September 16th, 2013 at 9:55 am said:

I am not sure If I will download ICO. if I do and the Ico/SOTC go on sale for like 2.50 or something I won’t be able to purchase it because of Sony’s ridiculous setup in the store that doesn’t allow you to purchase things you downloaded through plus. I do love the service though.


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+ wycliff_12 on September 16th, 2013 at 9:57 am said:

@ViceForce: AS IF, LBP Karting is a good racer much less an actual racer, it’s boring as hell.

Gives us a Motorstorm, NFS, Burnout, Midnight Club, Split/Second … you know an actual racing game.


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+ zingakun on September 16th, 2013 at 9:58 am said:

@Morgan, @Kristine, @Paul and team, please accept my humble suggestion: add Red Dead Redemption to the IGC. Or at least bring us a pretty good sales on the Red Dead Redemption Bundle. I’ve been waiting quite a while for a sales on this Rockstar title.

If there’s an official channel from them where I can ask this, please, let me know.

Tks!!


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+ sparepart on September 16th, 2013 at 9:58 am said:

This weeks plus update looks great. Even though I already own GTA:LCS, I think its good to see these kind of titles added to the IGC.
I still do not understand the community members, I see a bunch of complainers about getting PSP games in some posts, then in other posts I see members asking for PSone and PS2 games to be added to PLUS. I have been a day one PLUS member and recall PS mini’s were the weekly norm.
IMO it shouldn’t matter what games are added to the IGC since the longer your a member the bigger the library of free games you will have. Currently my 500gb HDD on my PS3 is near maxed out and my 32gb Vita card has been maxed out. As well as my 32gb PSPgo being maxed out.
Since I have joined PSPlus I have accumulated more games in less time than with any other game system I have ever owned, and it has only cost me 50$ a year.


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+ vongruetz on September 16th, 2013 at 9:59 am said:

KRISTINE STEIMER!!!!

I’m sensing a lot of negative energy being thrown at you and Morgan. I just wanted to let you know that I still love you and am incredibly happy with PS+. If anything, it’s TOO good. Thanks for all your hard work and communicating so much with the community. After reading a lot of comments, it’s obvious that this is… a passionate group of people.
Cheers!


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+ ocray on September 16th, 2013 at 9:59 am said:

I was wondering why NA gets Ico alone but other regions get The ICO and Shadow of the Colossus Collection???


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+ TwinDad on September 16th, 2013 at 10:02 am said:

@hazelcabug,

I am pretty sure you know the answer to your own question. You come the to post week after week to add your input. Their mission was accomplished. Keeping PS+ in your mind all week and every week of the year, advertisement.


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+ ocray on September 16th, 2013 at 10:02 am said:

also why is it that NA gets psp titles and other regions don’t?????


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+ TwinDad on September 16th, 2013 at 10:04 am said:

Nothing for me this week. I already own ICO. Don’t mind PSP games, I just am not a fan of GTA.

Any news you can share on a RPG/JRPG coming to PS+ NA? I’m still getting a kick from VLR as a mixer with Persona 4 Golden.


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+ Hayterfan on September 16th, 2013 at 10:09 am said:

Ok well atleast its nice that those of us on the East Coast can download it at a decent time, instead of waiting till 3-4am for the store to update on PST time


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+ Mando44646 on September 16th, 2013 at 10:13 am said:

Good choice with ICO. I dont support PSP games being part of the VITA IGC so I will not be downloading that GTA PSP game


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+ UnfurledSleet on September 16th, 2013 at 10:18 am said:

Beyond!


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+ stlthriot on September 16th, 2013 at 10:19 am said:

Oh, and a couple quick questions!

Any chance we can get a search function for re-downloading content? Takes forever to scroll through my list of 1100+ items, lol.

I don’t suppose older games (and even some more recent, like Driver: LA) aren’t available on PSN as a digital download… will that change eventually?

Thanks! :)


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+ IbanezHRC on September 16th, 2013 at 10:22 am said:

Awesome week for Plus. Best week for the IGC since I have been a member (although I think I missed the glory days). ICO is supposed to be a great game. And I enjoy getting these old AAA PSP games for my vita. I never had a PSP so these are games I would otherwise never get to play.


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+ bigimpactpooch on September 16th, 2013 at 10:22 am said:

Jesus! I’m going to have to wait 4 hours until GTAV is finished downloading.


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+ snakeeyes211 on September 16th, 2013 at 10:23 am said:

I love PlayStation but not letting North America preinstall GTA5 and have to wait up to 12 o’clock is one of the two epic fails of this week. Ico without shadow of the Colossus and the rest of this weeks PSN plus it’s horrible


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+ snakeeyes211 on September 16th, 2013 at 10:24 am said:

GTA 5 day one downer


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+ shrimpdude on September 16th, 2013 at 10:28 am said:

The Vita IGC should have more Vita games, IMO.


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+ spidertour02 on September 16th, 2013 at 10:31 am said:

Don’t forget, Ico HD is one of those rare games that works with Remote Play. :D

Also, the negativity in every Plus Update is starting to get me down. Stop being so short-sighted, guys.


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+ jimithing83 on September 16th, 2013 at 10:32 am said:

I’d just like to echo the sentiment that a influx of JRPG’s would be much appreciated. There have been so many recently that even if they can’t come to the IGC, perhaps they could be discounted? Something along the lines of Final Fantasy XIII-2, Ni No Kuni, Tales of Xilia, etc.

Overall, PS+ is a great service that I’m quite happy with. Keep up the good work!


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+ JKar275 on September 16th, 2013 at 10:38 am said:

Will PS Plus members be able to pre-order the digital downloadable versions of Killzone: Shadow Fall and Battlefield 4 from the PS Store?

If yes, will PS Plus members receive either a discounted price on each title and/or pre-order DLC?


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+ Madd_Hatter401 on September 16th, 2013 at 10:45 am said:

@Morgan @somebody First I’d like to say this is a very nice update. I’ve never played ico and look forward to it and gta LCS is a fun game. Now I complain a little… I own a xbox and a ps3 and will own both next gens as well but I mainly only play PS and was wondering why US gets the short end of the stick? EU gets all the fancy treatment and we have to wait to download a massive file while massive amounts of people are downloading at the same time. I don’t understand why they receive better plus treatment and also get perks like preloading, could you please explain?

PS thank you for the early ps4 release all that aside :)


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+ hazelcabug on September 16th, 2013 at 10:47 am said:

@ spidertour02
And who are you to stop people from complaining poor service? Are you the one paying the subscription for us? Just take a look at PS VITA igc, it’s HORRIBLE in every level! Check asian/eu ps plus IGC.


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+ sleepy831 on September 16th, 2013 at 10:48 am said:

Since Sleeping dogs is going to be on sale, will its DLC be on sale as well?


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+ SherSher_Holmes on September 16th, 2013 at 10:48 am said:

Any chance we’ll ever see the original .hack// series put on the VITA?


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+ pudgenet on September 16th, 2013 at 10:50 am said:

@Kristine Steimer Hm, you should make all PS+ announcements into riddles.


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+ jgramos on September 16th, 2013 at 10:59 am said:

Wasn’t Sleeping Dogs free for PS Plus already?
I have it installed on my system, but don’t remember how I got it. I’m sure I didn’t pay for it.


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+ krae_man on September 16th, 2013 at 10:59 am said:

You really need to drop the number of games in the Vita instant Game collection that are there for a year at a time.

PS3: 3 of the 10 are there for a year
Vita: 3 of the 5/6

It’s just too many.

If you drop it down to two games, that would be better.


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