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Preview March’s Instant Game Collection

Kristine Steimer's Avatar + Posted by Kristine Steimer on Feb 27, 2014 // Sr. Community Specialist

Let’s take a look at what you’re going to get in March with your PlayStation Plus membership. To start, PlayStation 4 owners can enjoy the Apocalypse Edition of the critically acclaimed PS3 twin-stick zombie shooter, Dead Nation. The PS4 version includes updated visuals and controls, as well as a sweet interactive broadcast mode, so hit that “Share” button when you start playing!

PS3 owners get Tomb Raider, one of last year’s most praised titles. This reboot showcases Lara’s transformation from a recent anthropology graduate to a battle-hardened adventurer as her expedition crashes on a mysterious island. You’ll hunt animals, upgrade weapons and choose perks to increase Lara’s chances of survival.

Also on PS3: Thomas Was Alone, an adorable puzzle platformer that showcases the camaraderie of artificial intelligences depicted as various shapes, and Lone Survivor: Director’s Cut, a 2D adventure style survival horror game. Bonus! Thomas Was Alone and Lone Survivor: The Director’s Cut are Cross-Buy titles, so you’ll get both the PS3 and PS Vita versions of those games.

For PS Vita this month, you get Unit 13: a third-person mission-based shooter where you’ll need to complete specified objectives, like staying in stealth or completing levels as quickly as possible. Then there’s Monster Hunter: Freedom Unite, a massive experience where you can — you guessed it — kill monsters, and then use their body parts to craft new weapons & armor to take down bigger baddies.

March PlayStation Plus Preview

Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition (PS4)

Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition

Free for PS Plus members

Run-and-gun through the zombie apocalypse as hit arcade shooter Dead Nation shuffles onto PlayStation 4. Fight for your life alone or with a friend as Jack McReady or Scarlett Blake as you step onto the streets of a city overrunwith undead flesh-eaters. And, if you’re feeling really brave, take a walk down the Road of Devastation – a deadly experiment that pushes your survival skills to the absolute limit as you face hordes of zombies with no extra lives and no second chances. The dead may walk – but you can make sure they don’t walk very far.

Tomb Raider (PS3)

Tomb Raider

Free for PS Plus members

This newest rendition of Tomb Raider explores the intense and gritty origin story of Lara Croft and her ascent from a frightened young woman to the hardened survivor that she would become known as. Armed only with raw instincts and the ability to push beyond the limits of human endurance, Lara must fight to unravel the dark history of a forgotten island to escape its relentless hold.

Thomas Was Alone (PS3)

Thomas Was Alone

Free for PS Plus members

Thomas Was Alone is the critically acclaimed indie platformer about friendship and jumping. Guide a group of sentient rectangles through a series of environments, combining their skills to reach the end of each level. Listen to awesome music by David Housden, negotiate obstacles meticulously placed by Mike Bithell and immerse yourself in the characters’ journey with a voiceover read wistfully and amusingly by Danny Wallace.

Lone Survivor: The Director’s Cut (PS3)

Lone Survivor Director's Cut

Free for PS Plus members

In this psychological survival adventure, the masked protagonist must escape from a city ravaged by disease, by any means necessary. Lone Survivor: The Director’s Cut is a new kind of adventure where the choice of how to survive is up to you. Sneak through without firing a single shot, or kill everything in your path. Eat and sleep well, or resort to drugs to keep going. Search for survivors, or try to escape the city alone. Look after your mental health, or descend into madness. Lone Survivor is a game where your choices genuinely matter.

Unit 13 (PS Vita)

Unit 13

Free for PS Plus members

Jump into the action with Unit 13 for PlayStation®Vita and conquer 36 tactical missions and 9 high value target battles as you help take down global terror networks and earn your place in the military elite. With the precision of the PlayStation Vita systems’s dual analog sticks and unique touch interface, Unit 13 is the perfect on-the-go action shooter. Wi-Fi connectivity adds fast 2-player co-op action, and 3G compatibility keeps you connected for instant social updates and new daily mission challenges.

Monster Hunter: Freedom Unite (PS Vita)

Monster Hunter Freedom Unite

Free for PS Plus members

In the world of Monster Hunter you’re never alone.
-The biggest Monster Hunter title to date with over 500 hours of gameplay.
-Huge variety of character customizations including 1400 weapons and over 2000 armor sets.
-Players can form a team of up to 4 players through Ad-Hoc play and experience the social gaming phenomenon.
-AI Felyne companion, who will accompany players on quests and provide aid through the challenging battles. With the ‘Felyne Exchange’ feature players can share their companions with other players, transferring data using the PSP’s sleep mode.
-Fans of the series can transfer their data from Monster Hunter Freedom 2.

If you’ve got feedback on PlayStation Plus make sure you take the poll above as well as leave a comment below. To chat about all things PlayStation, including this update, you can head over to the PlayStation Community Forums. You’ll also find other topics you can contribute your thoughts to, or you can start your own discussion.

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+ BaDgUy123 on February 27th, 2014 at 1:20 pm said:

I thought DriveClub was going to be ps plus free march game I guess not :(


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+ SuperSonic1305 on February 27th, 2014 at 1:30 pm said:

What happened to the video preview?


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+ PsienceWins on February 27th, 2014 at 1:31 pm said:

What’s great about this month is that I already have Tomb Raider on my PS3, Dead Nation on my PS3, I’ve got Love Survivor and Thomas Was Alone on sale a few months ago. I’m still going to download it all, but it’s actually LESS games for me to play this month which is a blessing. I’m still working through Sonic Racing Transformed for 2 months ago! HAHAHAHA! Thanks for the update Playstation. You guys are awesome!


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+ KillaVanilla555 on February 27th, 2014 at 1:34 pm said:

Will bioshock infinite still be available in march?


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+ alphagoku1 on February 27th, 2014 at 1:36 pm said:

so. really quick, when is mercenary kings coming out? the trailer said February, the game page said march, and theres no info on this blog.so can someone give me some kinda info on that? oh and rouge legacy, any news on that at all?


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+ FeistFan on February 27th, 2014 at 1:37 pm said:

I just couldn’t get excited about Thomas Was Alone. Maybe trying it for free will help.

But I’m jazzed about Tomb Raider – really looking forward to the reboot, and hadn’t picked it up yet.

Not sure I’d even heard of Lone Survivor – was this originally a PS3 title, or a PS2 classic that was updated? Worth a look, at least.

Dead Nation was fun on the PS3 – bet it would be awesome on the PS4. Hopefully grabbing these on my PS3 to get them in my download list will mean there’s a ton of PS4 games waiting for me to download when I get one…maybe Christmas.

For next month…how about Red Dead Redemption, WITH the Zombie pack? That would be sweet.


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+ SUNDOWN77 on February 27th, 2014 at 1:38 pm said:

Awesome! Tomb Raider was one of those games I wanted but didn’t fit the budget at the time. Glad I won’t miss out on it!


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+ PsienceWins on February 27th, 2014 at 1:44 pm said:

@Mando44646 You forget that the IGC also has to offer something for the PSP owners who DON’T have a Vita. It’s not that they are offering IGC games from PSP for Vita, they are offering IGC games for PSP for PSP. Don’t forget that they are covering ALL Playstation family devices that have Playstation Store access. Plus they have offered PSOne games on the IGC previously. First world problems man.


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+ LilBigDonkey on February 27th, 2014 at 1:47 pm said:

I’m asking myself why bother buying games at all if they’re just gonna turn up for free on PS Plus? I want to show the developers my support but lately I’ve been more hesitant to purchase something for my Sony consoles, knowing it might end up free around the corner.


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+ RulitoCR on February 27th, 2014 at 1:58 pm said:

Tomb Raider is one of my favorites PS3 games! Unfortunately as you can see, I already got it!!

I really need a Vita!


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+ XRC_VENOM on February 27th, 2014 at 2:13 pm said:

Nice Update on Ps Plus! Definetely getting Unit 13.They should put out Beyond Two Souls on Ps Plus!


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+ gbeans on February 27th, 2014 at 2:25 pm said:

I realize I’m in a minority here, but thanks for the PSP games that make it to the IGC. As long as I can keep enjoying the PSP, no reason not to play it, y’know? I’ve already been chatting with my friends to set up some ad-hoc MH :3

Some other PSP titles I’d love to see on the IGC include: P3P, Dissidia 012, Tactics Ogre, The 3rd Birthday, and why isn’t Crisis Core on the PS Store? That one would get my vote too.

While I’m wishing, I’d also like an NA launch for Vita TV.

Just throwing that out there. Thanks for keeping the games and platforms mixed!


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+ sfpx on February 27th, 2014 at 2:28 pm said:

Pretty weak month for PS3…especially for those who already bough TR when it was on sale. Only 1 AAA title and 2 short indies. I’ll pass. Not a big deal I have way too many games fir me free time right now .


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+ ADRENALIN_101 on February 27th, 2014 at 2:29 pm said:

I would like to see these games in the US PS+

1) Red Dead Redemption
2) Max Payne 3
3) Darksiders 2
4) Batman Arkham City
5) Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
6) Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
7) God of War – Ascension
9) Psychonauts
10) Limbo
11) L.A. Noire
12) Beyond Good and Evil HD
13) Dark Souls
14) Puppeteer


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+ ToFeY on February 27th, 2014 at 2:31 pm said:

congrats to those who didn’t play tomb raider it’s an excellent game :)


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+ BryceA3333 on February 27th, 2014 at 2:33 pm said:

Amazing month! Three spectacular months in a row!!!


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+ gearhead32 on February 27th, 2014 at 2:40 pm said:

This is a Great PS+ update especially for people who haven’t played Tomb Raider or Dead Nation.


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+ DION3TO on February 27th, 2014 at 2:41 pm said:

WOW. I am getting Tomb Raider, Unit 13 and Dead Nation! *__*

Thank you Sony, developers and publishers for making this possible.


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+ Viewtiful_Gene on February 27th, 2014 at 2:41 pm said:

Holy crap…
Holy ABSOLUTE CRAP.

Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition: ANOTHER game that could’ve been a PS3 game.

Tomb Raider: Awful reboot: Crappy shooter edition. Enough said.

Thomas Was Alone: ANOTHER overrated indie piece of garbage 2deep4u: Dumb jumping around edition.

Lone Survivor: The Director’s Cut: holy… seriously? TWO overrated as hell indie craps? No comments…

Unit 13: might be cool, if it wasn’t because is ANOTHER modern shooter (and because is in vita)

Monster Hunter: Freedom Unite: Nice shot. Too bad is on vita.


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+ Viewtiful_Gene on February 27th, 2014 at 2:42 pm said:

*Reposting*
I want classic games (PS1/PS2) for IGC. Instead of Vita games nobody cares or games of the present that nobody remembers already (I think that’s why they named it “Remember Me”, they looked ahead of the results and they put a name like a message).

Ideas for IGC:
Arcana Heart 3
Prince of Persia
Devil May Cry
Catherine (I don’t really want it, but I know is a great puzzle games that a lot of people will enjoy)
Legasista (Interested me, looked ‘different’)
Warp
Hitman Collection

For PS2: God Hand, Siren series and that kinda games, Personas and SMT, Gitaroo Man ?,and… I don’t really know which other games there are…
For PS1: I don’t know… Silent Hill, MGS, for example.


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+ ryanjose on February 27th, 2014 at 3:02 pm said:

Add more ps4 titles to the lineup.


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+ Sevyne on February 27th, 2014 at 3:17 pm said:

I can’t say that I’m jumping for joy over the lineup, but it isn’t bad. It’s pretty good.

My only real big gripe with it is that pretty much all of these games are CONSTANTLY going on sale so most folks already own them. I think most of them were even on sale as recent as January.

Normally I’m also on board with the folks not liking the PSP games taking up a Vita slot, but y’all have recently been pretty good with not doing it every single month so that’s all good. Also helps that Vita technically is getting like 4 games in March due to the cross-buy games.

Tomb Raider seems like a shooting yourself in the foot kind of situation though. What reason does anyone who owns a PS3 and PS4 have for buying the PS4 game if they’re getting this one for free? Sure Definitive on PS4 look beautiful (and I got it on discount), but it is the same game. Now I’m not saying it’s a bad addition, because it’s a great game, but I’m a little confused by it. Anyway, for those who do not have either version of the game, you are in for a real treat. It’s an excellent game.


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+ Sevyne on February 27th, 2014 at 3:18 pm said:

Regardless of that stuff, it’s an above average lineup for the most part. I already own most of this stuff (taking advantage of sales n all), but good games nonetheless.


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+ Kanon_of_Gemini on February 27th, 2014 at 3:22 pm said:

I love you so much right now.


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+ Kanon_of_Gemini on February 27th, 2014 at 3:24 pm said:

@ Viewtiful_Gene

You are free to leave the service anytime you want, I personally like Tomb Raider a lot alongside the other titles, but the fact that you don’t like them doesn’t make them crap. The best you can say is that to you they suck, but not everyone has the same taste as you. Grow up.


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+ goldenknight01 on February 27th, 2014 at 3:25 pm said:

Seriously. worth $30 from Black Friday!!!


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+ Lightning-lc on February 27th, 2014 at 3:31 pm said:

uhuuu! Awesome!


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+ CapnCwby1969 on February 27th, 2014 at 3:39 pm said:

This is AWESOME!!! I love some PS4/VITA Lovin’!! Thanks you!


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+ DaNTi3L on February 27th, 2014 at 3:40 pm said:

Yet another great month good job.


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+ KayPee2point0 on February 27th, 2014 at 3:43 pm said:

pretty excited to play Dead Nation, never got a chance to play it on PS3. Now with PS+ I have no excuse not to. Thanks for the free content!


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+ greghove79 on February 27th, 2014 at 3:48 pm said:

Very excited about Tomb Raider — glad I held off on buying it when it was repeatedly offered in sales. I really could not care less about the others, though. They do not move the needle at all. Thomas Was Alone has lots of good reviews, but man, it just looks so lame…


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+ gogoyaoi on February 27th, 2014 at 3:48 pm said:

Whaaat, I just bought Thomas, but Awesome, So many games so little time.


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+ jonjon0890 on February 27th, 2014 at 3:49 pm said:

Plus subscribers get 7 games for free this month (if you count Quantum Conundrum included in the Tomb Raider Bundle)


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+ rhumantik8 on February 27th, 2014 at 3:55 pm said:

thanks Playstation for these good games! can’t wait to download Tomb raider and dead nations on Ps4 ;)


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+ Dir_en_grey_666 on February 27th, 2014 at 3:55 pm said:

That’s a picture of Monster Hunter Frontier on PC, NOT Monster Hunter Freedom Unite…


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+ FatalMethods on February 27th, 2014 at 4:02 pm said:

Thank you so much Sony, don’t listen to the people bashing on you because you don’t release brand new $60 games on ps+, we understand that it takes time. But for now, keep up the good work.


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+ Mintblend_44321 on February 27th, 2014 at 4:10 pm said:

I hope the wait isnt long for the Vita to get some Dead Nation love.


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+ Bguyle on February 27th, 2014 at 4:13 pm said:

Sometimes I have very mixed feelings about buying games on PSN, I love the cross buy and cross save features but it sucks to get a game after finally saving enough or seeing it go on sale just to have it be free a couple weeks later. This has happened many times now =(

I think Curve studios just had their sale like last week and now whoever got two of their games sort of wasted their money they could have put into a bigger game or something else entirely.


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+ Random_H-bomb on February 27th, 2014 at 4:13 pm said:

Bought Tomb Raider when it was on sale a few months ago, and I already have Lone Survivor on PC. I’ll be sure to check out Dead Nation and Thomas Was Alone, though. Bit disappointing to have the only major game be something I bought so recently, but on the plus side (no pun intended) a light month gives me more time to catch up on games from previous months. You guys have been throwing free stuff my way faster than I can play it!


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+ TxTechAirRaid on February 27th, 2014 at 4:24 pm said:

Haha no PS4 again… good job sony, screw over early adopters for all the kiddos on ps3…


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+ Blitzkrieg_exe on February 27th, 2014 at 4:45 pm said:

What dates can I expect the releases to be available for free?


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+ HallowSeeker on February 27th, 2014 at 4:47 pm said:

Definitely not awesome lol. I already bought Tomb Raider just recently and haven’t played it yet, but now it’s on PS Plus! $30 bucks down the drain. February month was amazing though. Metro Last Night, Remember Me, and Pay Day 2! All games on my wish list, so that makes up for it. But why only one PS3 title this month? Would love to see a good RPG, a PS Classic, or a Japan import. Or just more than Tomb Raider this month…


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+ PMG_Ryse_Up on February 27th, 2014 at 4:51 pm said:

PS Plus makes it impossible to trade in my PS3! My PS4 will be busy too but I still don’t own a Vita (sad face).


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+ PayneKiller1509 on February 27th, 2014 at 4:54 pm said:

******** ridiculous!
games are coming at me so fast I have no time to play them all!


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+ PayneKiller1509 on February 27th, 2014 at 4:56 pm said:

^^ ya, my PS3 is unsellable at this point. Like I said I have so many great games on there I haven’t gotten the chance to play as yet. Plus I just purchased the season pass for Walking Dead Season 2, so my PS3 is here to stay til the day it dies (which I hope doesn’t happen in a million years)


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+ neuropunk on February 27th, 2014 at 4:56 pm said:

Crappy western AAAs

Also, Tomb Raider isn’t Tomb Raider since it has nothing in common with Tomb Raider. The new one is just a boring linear QTE generic cover TPS. Also, what the hell happened to Lara Croft? Please tell us that it at least has DLC for a Lara Croft character skin so we can play as Lara.

Modern AAAs are trash and modern western games are trash, and your PS+ offerings lately have been trash. Interested in JRPGs, and not linear crappy low quality western games and AAAs.


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+ FaCyu__Darkside on February 27th, 2014 at 5:02 pm said:

Well, it’s an awesome month for Vita, shame I already bought Unit 13 on 2012, but oh well. Yet, except for Tomb Raider which is an AWESOME game which I reaaallyy look forward to play, I gotta say that It’s kinda a weak month for PS3. Of course, with last 2 months’s games and school, you get the whole month of wait filled. Anyway, keep up the good games, I’m looking forward for April since it’s my birthmonth :3


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+ nolo451 on February 27th, 2014 at 5:13 pm said:

@ neuropunk,

I bet it makes you so mad to see “crappy western games” do so well lol.

I have a strong dislike for JRPG’s, but I’m not going to call them trash an crap just because I don’t enjoy them.

Grow up.


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+ genius527 on February 27th, 2014 at 5:42 pm said:

I’m upset that I am not on playstation plus because I really want to be on playstation plus sense I been gaming online, so I just gotta wait until i’m on P.S. plus which might take a couple of weeks to do. And when i’m on P.S. plus I will try to buy games if my parents let me which I don’t know yet, so you gamers enjoy your P.S. plus and i’ll try to fix getting mine.


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+ TM1619 on February 27th, 2014 at 5:55 pm said:

Awesome drop! Will enjoy Monster Hunter and Lone Survivor. Actually, I hear a lot of good comments about Lone Survivor, so that will be a blast.

Surprised by Tomb Raider landing early, but this is a great surprise! Always meant to play it and this gives me a good reason too.

Funny that Unity 13 is free – I recently lost all my save data on my PS Vita and the only game I couldn’t regain was Unit 13 (because I had borrowed it). Perfect timing!

A little sad about Thomas Was Alone. Bought it during last months sale… ah well.


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