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Coming to PS Plus: Midnight Club LA, NHL Arcade Discount, Streets of Rage 2 FREE!

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Hi everyone,

As you know, the Welcome Back Program is well underway and we hope you’ve already taken the time to get your two free games, but if you’re yearning for even more content, well – yearn no longer. Today we’re announcing all of the content coming to PlayStation Plus in two publishes on June 14 and 21.

As a reminder, PlayStation Plus works on a bi-weekly publish schedule, with the free games (PS3, PS one, and two PS minis) coming once a month to Plus. The next set of free games start on July 5, and will be announced in a June 22 post.

We also want to provide an update on the Sega Genesis Collection offers which we announced back in March. Due to the attack and subsequent outage the release schedule has changed for these. Take a look at the new schedule and be sure to take advantage of the free offers:

PlayStation Plus Releases (free)

  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2: Mar 1 – June 14
  • Streets of Rage 2: June 14 –July 12
  • Golden Axe 2: July 12 – August 9
  • Comix Zone: August 9 – September 6
  • Altered Beast: September 6 – October 4

Regular PlayStation Store Release ($4.99 each)

  • Streets of Rage 2 – June 26
  • Golden Axe 2 – July 26
  • Comix Zone – August 23
  • Altered Beast – September 20

On yet another side-note: In case you didn’t see, Uncharted 3 Multiplayer Beta is coming for all Plus subscribers on June 28!

Finally, as we announced last week, we’re offering the full-game trial for Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter 2 in a special E3 publish tomorrow, June 9.

OK, thanks for bearing with us through all that, now go check out some of our highlighted offers below, along with the full list that follows:

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Free Games and DLC

As mentioned above, Streets of Rage 2 becomes available for free on the 14th as a part of the Sega Genesis Collection.

Huge Discounts

Launching tomorrow, June 9, look out for the new PlayStation Plus Welcome Back Special Offers category within the Plus page. This category will contain extra deals beyond our typical content offerings, so check often because new deals will be rotating in and out weekly through July 5. PlayStation Plus is offering the following PS3 titles, each for 50% of the regular store price on June 14: The Fancy Pants Adventures, Spare Parts, and MicroBot. Madden NFL Arcade is also available for 50% off, but that starts June 21.
Run, jump and climb through levels as you attempt to solve physical puzzles in Braid. It’s available starting June 14 for $2.50 – that’s 75% off the regular store price!

For all the hockey fans out there, 3 on 3 NHL Arcade will be available at a 70% discount starting June 21.

Finally, to round out our discounts, Plus is offering Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 12: The Masters Eagle Pack at 40% of it’s regular store price on June 21.

In our last update, we announced that PlayStation Plus is offering Magic the Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalkers 2011 for free starting on June 7. Today, we’re letting you know that we’ll be offering the next title in the franchise, Magic the Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012 at a 20% discount for four weeks starting on June 14 – the day it’s released!

Exciting Exclusives

Ready to hop in the driver’s seat and race through South Central L.A. at ridiculous speeds? Well, get ready to ride this one ‘till the wheels fall off’ because the full-game trial for Midnight Club Los Angeles: Complete Edition becomes available on June 14!
As always be sure to check the full list of new items as well as items that are being taken down from the PlayStation Plus storefronts below:

PlayStation Plus Highlights for 6/14:

Full Game Trial

  • Midnight Club Los Angeles: Complete Edition

Featured Games & DLC

  • Streets of Rage 2 (Free and exclusive to PlayStation Plus subscribers)

Discounted Games

  • Braid (PlayStation Plus price $2.50, regular price $9.99)
  • Magic the Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012 – 20% Discount (PlayStation Plus price $7.99, regular price $9.99)
  • MicroBot (PlayStation Plus price $5.00, regular price $9.99)
  • Spare Parts (PlayStation Plus price $5.00, regular price $9.99)
  • The Fancy Pants Adventures (PlayStation Plus price $5.00, regular price $9.99)
  • Interpol: The Trail Of Dr. Chaos – End Sale – (PlayStation Plus price $7.99, regular price $9.99)
  • Cuboid (PlayStation Plus price $7.99, regular price $9.99)
  • Smash Cars (PlayStation Plus price $11.99, regular price $14.99)
  • Magic Orbz (PlayStation Plus price $3.99, regular price $4.99)

PlayStation Plus Highlights for 6/21:

Discounted Games

  • 3 on 3 NHL Arcade (PlayStation Plus price $3.00, regular price $9.99)
  • Madden NFL Arcade (PlayStation Plus price $5.00, regular price $9.99)
  • Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 12: The Masters Eagle Pack (PlayStation Plus price $20.99, regular price $34.99)

Featured Themes & Avatars

  • Growing Garden Dynamic Theme (Free and exclusive to PlayStation Plus subscribers)
  • Mega Man Legends 2 – 18 Avatar Bundle Exclusive to PlayStation Plus subscribers for $1.99)

Last Chance, Get Them While You Can – Coming Down on June 14

Featured Offers to PlayStation Plus Subscribers

  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Free to PlayStation Plus subscribers, regular price $4.99)
  • Duael Invaders PlayStation minis (Free to PlayStation Plus subscribers, regular price $3.99)

Discounted Games/DLC

  • Under Seige (PlayStation Plus price $10.00, regular price $19.99)
  • Red Johnson Chronicles Episode 1 (PlayStation Plus price $9.74, regular price $12.99)
  • Mad Alpha Blocker PlayStation minis (PlayStation Plus price $2.00, regular price $3.99)
  • Cubixx PlayStation minis (PlayStation Plus price $1.00, regular price $3.99)
  • Ace Armstrong vs. Alien Scumbags PlayStation minis (PlayStation Plus price $1.50, regular price $5.99)
  • Shank (PlayStation Plus price $5.00, regular price $9.99)
  • Deathspank (PlayStation Plus price $7.50, regular price $14.99)
  • Deathspank Thongs of Virtue (PlayStation Plus price $7.50, regular price $14.99)
  • Dead Space Ignition (PlayStation Plus price $2.50, regular price $5.00)

Last Chance, Get Them While You Can – Coming Down on June 21

Featured Offers to PlayStation Plus Subscribers

  • Anomalies Static Theme (Free and exclusive to PlayStation Plus subscribers)
  • Crane Dance Static Theme (Free and exclusive to PlayStation Plus subscribers)

Discounted Games/DLC

  • Killzone 3: Steel Rain DLC (Free to PlayStation Plus subscribers, regular price $4.99)
  • Yakuza 4: The Men of Yakuza 4 Dynamic Theme (Free to PlayStation Plus subscribers, regular price $4.99)
  • MicroBot (PlayStation Plus price $5.00, regular price $9.99)
  • Spare Parts (PlayStation Plus price $5.00, regular price $9.99)
  • The Fancy Pants Adventures (PlayStation Plus price $5.00, regular price $9.99)
  • Braid (PlayStation Plus price $2.50, regular price $9.99)


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Taznorris said:

June 8th, 2:05 pm


NiteVersions said:

June 8th, 2:07 pm

Wasn’t there a free game we were supposed to be getting before the network came down? It wasn’t Comet Crash, it was another game that started with a ‘C’, can’t remember the name.

tylerh1701 said:

June 8th, 2:08 pm

Fancy Pants? Spare Parts? Braid for $2.50? I love my free month of PS+!

Mercitec said:

June 8th, 2:09 pm

Thats A Massive Update There

jazzyrider said:

June 8th, 2:10 pm

Hmm, after using the Welcome back package w/PSN Plus (wasn’t a subscriber), I’m tempted to actually buy a subscription.

High-Def said:

June 8th, 2:11 pm

U3 Nice!

Blkant said:

June 8th, 2:12 pm

I wont be in the country when these updates happen… Man I’ve really lucked out… :(

dime5150 said:

June 8th, 2:12 pm

Thanks to the trial it confirmed what I was thinking. PSPlus is definitely not worth the extra money. Sorry to rain on the parade.

jvasq said:

June 8th, 2:13 pm

@5 if you dont buy games as soon as they hit the store its a great program. i am a poor college student and now i have sooooo many games that I cant imagine how sony makes money with this. i love it and its a great program.

jvasq said:

June 8th, 2:14 pm

@7 you cant judge it off of one month. i have 9 months of content that adds up to over 150$ and its well worth it. i just really depends on the person and how much the spend and when they spend it

RavageX said:

June 8th, 2:16 pm

Nice deal with Midnight Club, maybe then I’ll be able to find people who play it online.

Taznorris said:

June 8th, 2:17 pm

Does anyone know how long the Assassin’s Creed deals are going to last on the Playstation Store, any help would be much appreciated.

TomHoang said:

June 8th, 2:22 pm


That game was Crash Commando I believe.

djspinal said:

June 8th, 2:23 pm

All those sega titles r included in the genesis collection. said this b4, when can we play psp games on the ps3? U would think a little more portability and connectivity would b ready 2 go by now.

Gueeds said:

June 8th, 2:25 pm

Will be picking up a few of those sale titles. Loving PS+!

IAmToastMan said:

June 8th, 2:25 pm

Will we be receiving more E3 goodness today? I want to watch the conference again with the amazing Uncharted 3 footage in HD!

meromann3 said:

June 8th, 2:25 pm


SoYoung said:

June 8th, 2:27 pm

Street of rage 2 was released in europe last week, so once again, why you didnt released here as well? Not very respectful if you want my opinion for a paying service.

And do we have an update today for the store? You said last week that they’ll have special publish for the e3. If all the content you were released is the content we missed, then that was pretty weak sorry.

Why no beyond good and evil here when the game is released in europe?

a7x_RoCk3r said:

June 8th, 2:28 pm

How ’bout you contact treyarch and make them lower their map pack prices. $15 for one zombie map is….overpriced.

zfredo90 said:

June 8th, 2:31 pm

Who thinks this is a good idea let’s give them 4 gig game that takes 2 hours to download for a 60 min trail what are you stupid when I could just go to gamestop get used in just minuets

NiteVersions said:

June 8th, 2:33 pm

@12, thank you!

So are we still getting Crash Commando? How about more free avatars?

gridlemons said:

June 8th, 2:37 pm

I submitted my e-mail address for the allclear ID Plus two weeks ago and I haven’t received my confirmation e-mail. I re-submitted another request last week and I have still have not heard anything. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to proceed?

Thank you!

Tank_Baked said:

June 8th, 2:52 pm

Ouch . Not good at all . I knew when they gave everyone free ps plus and extended our plus subscriptions by 60 days that we would get fed this kinda stuff . Oh well at least it’s on Sony’s money and not mine. But I know it won’t be much different afterwards lol . Anyway the main thing I wanted to comment on was the discount for NHL 3 on 3 arcade. I mean really ? You wanna give us a 50% discount on a game we all could have gotten for free(I did) for pre ordering NHL 09 ? . Is this serious or a misprint ?

ShiranaiJittai said:

June 8th, 2:56 pm

Ok so first off I have defended Sony SCEA, SCEE, SCEJ, and SNEA tooth, and nail over the last month or so with all of this craziness going on that I would never wish on a company, or any individual for that matter. Here is the problem though. Everything that has been fixed is barely fixed I understand about the strain on the servers I am talking more about things not working that should, and PSPLUS related.

Straight out calling out whoever it was that told us we would be receiving all scheduled PSPLUS content in addition to regular PSPLUS updates. Furthermore you have NOT been giving a PSone game every month so don’t sit there and pretend you have been. I am not even talking about the outage. I am saying better but more frequent discounts, replacing free content altogether. The first week, and the E3 announcement of it LAST YEAR said PSPLUS would be a weekly update. After the first post that was changed to biweekly. I will say that I have gotten over 50 dollars worth of content easily, We have got a lot of cool stuff, but the content that is actually worthwhile is few, and far between it wasn’t in the first few months, now it suddenly is.

ShiranaiJittai said:

June 8th, 3:00 pm

We were also told that the SEGA GENESIS GAMES did NOT count as the free games we will be receiving, that doesn’t appear to be the case anymore, Lastly this is a premium subscription service the most important thing about a premium subscription service FEEDBACK. All of you barely ever reply to anyone (I am not talking about myself here I am saying in all the posts I ever look at the only things you guys ever reply to is to reiterate things you already said in the post itself. When important questions are raised no one answers them. This needs to change that is what should be first and foremost you need to provide feedback period.

In this time of crisis the most important thing for your company to do is to restore services, and SAVE FACE. You need to show how important your customers (especially those paying premium fees) are to you by actually providing feedback. This isn’t me being a jerk I am a huge fan of Sony this is basic business 101 that for whatever reason still seems to elude this company’s online blog support. I am not saying sit there and read every comment that comes to mind, and I am not saying everyone is guilty of this. Many developers of indie games actually do provide quite a bit of much welcome feedback.

Rene_Led said:

June 8th, 3:02 pm

If Magic the Gathering is now possible on PSN *holds riot shield ready* is it wrong to say, if you can implement Yu-Gi-Oh….and I mean the classic one, not the one of Children’s Card Game on motorcycles >_<

BigBangBear said:

June 8th, 3:05 pm

This is a much better update. Glad to see that things are going to round back into form. Thanks.

DOOMkillz said:

June 8th, 3:07 pm


ShiranaiJittai said:

June 8th, 3:07 pm

What baffles me though is how little the in house network team replies to anything. Patrick Seybold did a sound job of keeping everyone informed of what was going down on the outage. Telling everyone how important they were as customers, and that we would get everything back up, and running as soon as possible. I commend the companies willingness to be forthright, and tell us point blank this is what is going on, here is what we are doing, and providing us with a timeline. Why though did this suddenly stop? You don’t apologize rip off the bandaid, and then go back to the same old stuff.

If I am receiving 60 days of free playstation plus content, but am not actually receiving additional PSPLUS content on top of what was supposed to be released, then I am not really receiving any free content just a modified schedule of what to release, and when. Streets of Rage II was set to release in april, your timeline well before all of this showed and explained what would hit when. We didn’t receive all of that content when the store launched, and we should have.

xNukexGoxBoomx said:

June 8th, 3:08 pm

@Tank_Baked Re: I really don’t think Sony cares what you think. Also if you can’t appreciate what Sony is doing for your poor pockets, then that makes you sad.

RzVids said:

June 8th, 3:09 pm

the games suck yo put black ops maps download or something.. thats what i expected tbh..

ShiranaiJittai said:

June 8th, 3:12 pm

Think of it from a business perspective as well how many people do you think would be willing to stick around and sign up for another 3 months or year if they received over 7 games for free as soon as the network was back up? Common business sense, the more free things you offer after the network is restored the more likely people will be to stick around for more. If plans changed due to setbacks or the outage or whatever that is understandable. That needs to be made clear and admitted to though. I mean I signed up for PSPlus as soon as it was released Content was great at first.

Then we went from one update to two, but the updates were solid, within about 6 months suddenly we had repeat content (not cool) I have heard all the arguments that different things are for different people, and that its ok to have some repeat content I get that, and disagree but I get it. Now it is getting ridiculous though discounts are getting to be great, and free content is getting to be falsely or improperly advertised we dont get a PSone game every month and we dont get a free mini every two weeks.

DazeOfWar said:

June 8th, 3:15 pm

First I would just like to say I support your post ShiranaiJittai. Everything you said is pretty much how I feel also. The blog does need more responses from the employees. There are many questions and they are still not getting answered. It was like this before the outage and still has not changed after the outage.

Other notes the next updates are okay as I will most likely buy Braid, Magic 2012, Fancy Pants, Microbot, and Spare Parts. I was wondering if the Magic will be seperate from the one you just gave us for free or will it all combine? I was thinking about buying the expansion packs but if they are only good for the one game than I might not bother.

I still could care less about the minis. I would rather see a free movie rental or something. I don’t know how many people actually download them but to me they have all been crap and a waste of time. Maybe you should come up with a better offer than those.

Last thing I was wondering is if we were going to get another update this week? It would be nice to know.

Thanks for all the good stuff but you need to get the blog issues fixed.

xKingCobra- said:

June 8th, 3:20 pm

Can’t get my free games or psn plus, then I tried account management> transaction management>service list>no content found. Help?

guitarded77 said:

June 8th, 3:21 pm

I thought we were supposed to get the Red Faction downloadable game for free? Did I miss something?

Rene_Led said:

June 8th, 3:22 pm

Would be nice to see like Poll of what we players would like to see free or discounted featured in PS+

Kirkpad said:

June 8th, 3:24 pm

I can’t wait until all the PS+ free-loaders have their subscriptions expire so the people who actually paid for it can get back to getting some nice content. If they gave EVERYONE the good stuff, where’s the money in that?

Kirkpad said:

June 8th, 3:26 pm

So yeah, if you’re a PS+ buyer and are complaining, this is why they extended our subscriptions by 60 days. We will get some free stuff around the 60th day that our money actually went towards, I’m sure.

CanadianFuzzy said:

June 8th, 3:27 pm

Zero2944 said:

June 8th, 3:29 pm

so where is the Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 Full game Trial?

NiteVersions said:

June 8th, 3:29 pm

I’m with ShiranaiJittai on this issue. It seems like Sony is severely skimping out on us because they had to give up a 30 day trial to everyone with a PSN ID.

These Sega games were NOT supposed to count as part of the free games, we were without the Store for a month, and suddenly a lot of the free content we were supposed to get during the down time has suddenly disappeared from the scheduled offerings.

Kirkpad said:

June 8th, 3:30 pm

Oh, and I almost forgot. Eagerly awaiting Qore to come up! It was scheduled for yesterday in your last PS+ post…

DazeOfWar said:

June 8th, 3:30 pm

I second that Rene_Led. A poll would be a good thing. I’ve had a couple of surveys Sony has sent me but who knows what happen with those. Plus they were around the begining of Plus.

zzamaro said:

June 8th, 3:30 pm

A message to Capcom:

Instead of selling mml2 avatars, you should sell the game and you’ll have happy fans and costumers.

yazter said:

June 8th, 3:30 pm

In reality, the two months addition to PS Plus users does *not* include the downtime. (just checked my Services List) :/ not that I’m complaining, I’m just curious because I thought it would be two months plus the downtime lol. XD

Anyhow, no biggie here.

Looking forward to this update!

Kirkpad said:

June 8th, 3:31 pm

Guys, our free game was Magic the Gathering. All the promised content (while not great) is still being delivered. Be patient and in a few months we’ll be back into better publishes.

Alabama_King334 said:

June 8th, 3:35 pm

i wish sony would of gave us 2 months free of ps plus and i want to know how much is the escalation map pack going to cost

MadeByMonkeys said:

June 8th, 3:37 pm

Why no love for users who were confident enough in Sony to buy a Playstation on April 21st but were unable to register an account, Sony? We experienced the whole outage, just not the ID theft. That’s worth some compensation I think.

Heck, a $5 or $10 download would have been better than “too bad, so sad.” Leaves a bad taste, guys. Lousy PR for new PS owners who bought unawares and ended up with no online for weeks because retailers won’t take returns on these things.

NeoHumpty said:

June 8th, 3:38 pm

Yeah, I like the poll idea.

SEAL_TEAM_7p said:

June 8th, 3:45 pm

Uncharted 3 beta and on my birthday! Sony loves me. :)

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