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Get The Walking Dead Episodes 1 and 2 Free With PlayStation Plus

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On August 7th, PlayStation Plus members will get Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead Episodes 1& 2 added to their Instant Game Collection. That’s not all – in the next few weeks PlayStation Plus members will also receive significant discounts on the latest and best PSN games a part of PSN PLAY event, beginning tomorrow, July 31st.

July 31st PlayStation Plus Update

The Expendables 2 Video game

20% off for PlayStation Plus Members (PSN Price: $14.99, PS+ Price: $11.99)
The 2012 PSN PLAY event kicks off with a first week discount on one of the most intense co-op shooters on PSN. Grab a friend (or three) and join four of the Expendables (Barney, Gunner, Caesar and Yin Yang) in a mission to rescue akidnapped billionaire. Featuring vehicular combat, four-player co-op story and challenge modes, and a wealth stages set in exotic locales, The Expendables 2 Videogame is a fantastic experience for gamers that dig hardcore shoot em up action.

Also, don’t forget that starting this week PlayStation Plus members can pre-order SoundShapes from the PlayStation Store and get 20% off boththe PS3 and PS Vita versions of the game (of which come bundled together for one price) as well as an exclusive PS3 theme. Note: Pre-orders for SoundShapes will only take place on the PS3 store as the gift with purchase theme is only useable for PS3 systems. Vita only owners don’t worry as you can still snag the 20% Plus discount on the store the 1st week the releases.

August 7th PlayStation Plus Update

PS Plus update 7-30-2012

The Walking Dead Episode 1: A New Day

Free for PlayStation Plus Members (PSN Price: $4.99)
The first episode from Telltale Games’ universally-acclaimed series The Walking Dead by will be available to all PlayStation Plus members as part of the Instant Game Collection! Follow a set of unique characters as they fight for survival amongst the ever-growing “walker” population, and encounter threats from both undead and human enemies.

PS Plus update 7-30-2012

The Walking Dead Episode 2: Starved for Help

Free for PlayStation Plus Members (PSN Price: $4.99)
We’re also delivering PlayStation Plus members the second episode in The Walking Dead series as part of the Instant Game Collection! Following the decisions you made in A New Day, you’ll be confronted with even more gut-wrenching scenarios and thrilling action sequences with your fellow survivors. Like Episode 1, Starved for Help was adored by critics for its riveting gameplay and dramatic storyline, where players need to make harrowing decisions on the fly.


20% off for PlayStation Plus Members (PSN Price: $14.99, PS+ Price: $11.99)
This week marks the release of the highly-anticipated PSN exclusive SoundShapes. Marrying brilliant side-scrolling 2D gameplay with unique musical compositions, you’ll be hooked by the incredible landscapes you’ll see and hear in SoundShapes. Available for both PS3 and PS Vita systems together for one special price, PlayStation Plus members will be getting the absolute best deal with a 20% discount. If you already had your pre-order locked in, you’re all set! Make sure to check out the trailer above, which introduces musicians Beck and Pyramid Attack into the lineup of amazing levels in SoundShapes.

With the August 7th update, you’ll also be able to pre-order the next PSN PLAY game Papo & Yo, which will also have a 20% discount for all PlayStation Plus members. Everyone that pre-orders the game will get an exclusive Papo & Yo theme, so don’t sleep on it!

We’ll be coming at you with another update on August 13th, with more additions to the Instant Game Collection and additional awesome sauce. Until then, watch the PS.Blog for our weekly PlayStation Store Updates to see what additional content is added for PlayStation Plus members. Please leave us your feedback in the comments, and help us by rating the Instant Game Collection lineup on a scale from 1 – 10. If there was one thing you could change about PlayStation Plus, what would it be?

PS Plus update 7-30-2012

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RENEGADE-Xx-xX said:

July 30th, 5:40 pm


Do you guys ever pay attention to my comments? Huh? What did I say above in my first comment? I said I have plus on my MAIN ACCOUNT. You guys always reply to me after I already explained why a plus logo is not on this account. I cannot comment on these blogs from my main psn account so I have to make new ones to be able to comment. Don’t ask me why ask the blog team. They blocked me from commenting on my main psn plus paying account. Learn to read before assuming. Thank You!

FidelityNy said:

July 30th, 5:55 pm

I read quite a few of the replies and have to say that these Playstation users are selfish and unappreciative. Let me start by thanking you guys at Sony working hard to provide a great service, and let me add that I’ve enjoyed my Playstation 3 experience the 2 months I’ve had it, and that’s mainly because of Plus. I love the fact I came in when you guys offered the IGC, games to play every month on top of the 12 you offered at first. The subscription payed for itself two times over already, and will continue to. To anyone who’s complaining about getting games you’ve already purchased, there is always gonna be a game someone has purchased given for free, get over it. To anyone complaining about getting only these 2 games for free, I’d say it’s more than enough, but if you took a second to read through the comments, you’d know the two episodes only count as 1 game and we’ll be getting a couple more.


Megadrixfire_24 said:

July 30th, 5:56 pm


true… they even blocked my country of my main account, cant even access the psstore or comment in the blog, heck even my main account country is not my main country because uruguay doesnt exist as a country in the country selector when creating an account.

poolmav45 said:

July 30th, 6:01 pm

I realize that nothing is off limits, but what are the chances of recieving older ps3 games? And have you thought about this beforehand.

I know some gamer will be angry at me for this statement.

So here goes; Playing older games don’t bothered me. I played Dark Sector a couple of month ago and had a blast even without trophy support.

I believe most plus members would be happy with older full-ps3 title, such as Dark Sector, with or without trophy support.

Of course, you’ll always have those gamers who will complain about a game being old. They complain about a “free” game being 1 year old.

Just an idea.

rioskenny said:

July 30th, 6:04 pm

and you only create another account to hate and troll on this blog… i don’t even want to know why you got blocked for commenting. and if you know the wd game is only 1 of the 3 free games of this month so wait till you know wich they are before you start flaming. and if you really would pay 25$ for just cloud saving then why you fight when you only pay 50$ a year have more things than cloud saving and get a lot of free games? just because you already have a 10$ game don’t mean the world will end you know?

Street_Killaz said:

July 30th, 6:23 pm

what the

Street_Killaz said:

July 30th, 6:26 pm

i only comment with 2 words!

SwagBear8 said:

July 30th, 6:29 pm

Nice been waiting to play something new but 1 question were was the second half the july update i remember someone saying there was gunna be a part 2 an 1 more question could you guys give out more co-op games like ultimate alliance 2 always wanted to play that game….. other than that nice update :)

loganwolf13 said:

July 30th, 6:37 pm

this isnt bad but you guys need to really focus on games that are retail that have good reviews

RENEGADE-Xx-xX said:

July 30th, 7:01 pm


No I don’t make new accounts to troll hate. I made this account cause I can’t comment from my main one. Oh and I’ll tell ya why I was blocked years ago and I have no way in emailing or getting the attention of any of the blog guys to answer me why they haven’t unblocked my main paying account from commenting on here. back years ago when psp was first coming out and about with bundles I bought two bundles and had two vouchers of the same psp game which was that motorstorm psp game artic edge I believe. Anyways I had two vouchers and came on here and offered the voucher to anyone that messaged me first and right after I said that I was no longer allowed to comment on these blogs from that account. It wasn’t trolling as people think. I was just giving one of my vouchers away and I get blocked. I still haven’t got a reply why they blocked me for that. I see people giving free codes away on here weekly and yet they are never blocked. I’m still mad over it.

PoisonDart said:

July 30th, 7:07 pm

Been needing re up my subscription but just never got round to it but this WD update will do it for me since I didnt purchase the game yet.


July 30th, 7:11 pm

I was actually hoping that PS+ would offer The Walking Dead episodes in the instant game collection. However, I hope we get more than 2/5 of the game as it becomes available. I would rate the PS+ service a 6/10 for me. It’s not bad, but I have very particular tastes and I don’t find most of the offerings to my liking. Some feedback I could offer would be to possibly offer PS+ members free or discounted DLC/Add-On Content to games. That’s something I would certainly be more interested in than a bunch of free games I have no interest in playing.

RENEGADE-Xx-xX said:

July 30th, 7:18 pm

@ 202.

You can not speak for us loyal sony owners like myself that has been with ps3 since May 2007. I left 360 to go ps3 in May 2007 and never looked back and I have been a loyal plus member since it started well well over a year ago. I have been with plus since its changes of features as well and I have over 1,200 items in my download list and own a lot of games but don’t act like sony does us totally right. You may recall at E3 one of the games that was free was infamous 2. Just one week before E3 started they had Infamous 2 on sale for plus members for 23 bucks. I bought that and then a week later after e3 us plus members got it offered for FREE. Oh yeah the blog team really did us well and treated us right there huh? Then the walking dead comes out not long ago at all and we all mostly buy them right away and then they just go ahead and give us plus members that’s already bought them for free. Wow what a deal for us plus members that already bought it just within a few months of it being out. Again another slap in our face but to you that hasn’t bought any games hardly and just got a ps3 then to you, you would think sony is so cool. You just wait lol.

RENEGADE-Xx-xX said:

July 30th, 7:23 pm

Oh and before I forget before that last comment to # 202 I made and I get trolled in a rant that I’m not a plus member I better shout that I am on my MAIN PSN ACCOUNT. This that I’m commenting from right now is not my main psn account.

Street_Killaz said:

July 30th, 7:37 pm

Counter Strike coming out also soon, Papa & Yo for sure going to pre order that,Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars what i read thats coming out tmw also!! The walking dead free wow was looking into trying this out one day..I just hope with all these games coming out, i hope it does not take away my time from rainbow moon what a game that turned out to be! I also read GTA3 ps2 and demos i read Pro Evolution Soccer 2013,Transformers: War for Cybertron will be out tmw!

Street_Killaz said:

July 30th, 7:40 pm

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars for vita! i heard that will also come out!

Deekman said:

July 30th, 7:43 pm

RENEGADE-Xx-xX it’s because every single comment thread is filled up with pages of text from you saying what sony could do better. I’ve been posting here for like 3 weeks and every thread devolves in to you saying how bad sony is and what they could do for you. Is it really a wonder you can’t post from your main account?

Go to any other article on this blog and see the comments it’s all you man!

You ask if I read your first comment? No, because after seeing you spam up every single comment thread I’ve just started to ignore 9/10’s of what you say. Quality over quantity.

RENEGADE-Xx-xX said:

July 30th, 7:48 pm

@ Deekman

Its called free speech and if you don’t like it then ignore it and move on don’t reply to me. I have every right to express my opinion on these blogs. These blogs is here for that reason. I am giving constructive criticism and I have ever right to express it and if they would listen to it and many others that express it then I wouldn’t be complaining most of the time now would I? NO!

WAR0979 said:

July 30th, 7:48 pm

I knew if I was patient PS+ would get Walking Dead for free. Awesome addition. However, you said this counts as only 1 game and usually we get 3 or more. What other free games can we expect? When can we expect them?

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    Morgan Haro said:

    July 30th, 8:14 pm

    We’ll announce additional content for Plus in about 2 weeks, stay tuned!

Deekman said:

July 30th, 7:51 pm

RENEGADE-Xx-xX it’s called free speech man. If I don’t like what you have to say I have every right to say it.

None of your criticism is constructive. Or if it was it only warrants 1 maybe 2 posts per thread. Not the novella’s you are writing in the comments section of every post.

And with this comment I’m done replying to you and will go back to ignoring everything you have to say. Good day to you sir.

RENEGADE-Xx-xX said:

July 30th, 7:52 pm

@ Deeky man!

You day SPAM? lol oh no I’m not here selling stuff or advertising stuff for sony I am here just expressing my opinions so learn what real spam is.

paper92 said:

July 30th, 7:52 pm


I cannot complain about the number of free games we’re all getting, and I never will, but the one thing I wish that we could get for PS+ is the ability to have more cloud storage. While 150MB is enough for a few games, my dream is to keep all of my saves on the cloud, so I don’t have to worry about transfering my saves that I really would like to have around all of the time. Even bumping up the limit to 500MB would be very much welcome, as I’m sure a lot of people here would agree.

RENEGADE-Xx-xX said:

July 30th, 7:54 pm

@ Deekman…

I told myself I wouldn’t stoop to people like you and your level of wanting to argue. This conversation is over. I’m ignoring you. Keep ranting if you like. Go pick a argument fight with someone else. It says no fighting on here anyways. BYE!

RENEGADE-Xx-xX said:

July 30th, 7:59 pm

Its like most of you in here is like those Jr haters in nascar. The haters are so Jealous of Jrs fame they constantly whine and troll blogs about it and on here. When I express my opinions and comment when I like and have a right to comment as much as I want I get haters and jealous people that are telling me I am commenting too much lol. I’m a talker when I want to be and their isn;t anything wrong with that. I’m not killing you lol. I’m just talking. I have a right to that. So lighten up people. I have a right to comment as much as I want.

Sevyne said:

July 30th, 8:20 pm

TWD Ep 1+2 isn’t even a full game. Don’t get me wrong; TWD is good, but all 5 Episodes are what constitute a full game. It’s also why each Ep is priced so low. You are giving away less than half of a game and counting it as a replacement to one full game that that just isn’t right.

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    Morgan Haro said:

    July 30th, 10:04 pm

    hmm, i’d say it’s subjective. I’ve played both of the Walking Dead Games, and those 2 are definitely worth their salt and have a ton of value gaming-wise. =) They just happen to be a different way to distribute gaming, hence a lower episodic price. just my two cents, but we’ve got more to come later this month.

JROD0823 said:

July 30th, 8:37 pm

People need to stop whining and being greedy. You got 12 games in June and 3 in July and all you can do is whine about already buying The Walking Dead?

If you want to find an easy way to get over yourselves, you could try waiting 3-6 months before you impulse buy new games that might become free (oh, the horror) through Plus.

kj8463 said:

July 30th, 8:44 pm

Sweet update, I am still busy with the other plus free games and have a pretty big backlog of games to get to. Still would like to check out walking dead as well.People SERIOUSLY need to stop complaining about this and that and actually start PLAYING games and enjoying them. 50$ is not even the price of ONE full released game and yet we get much much much more than that and other nice discounts(Got festival of blood + Nba jam for ~ 12$ thanks to plus). So my advice is to all the naggers is to shut up and actually play the games they have and are offered and if you bought it 2 months ago or whatever well that means you played it 2 months earlier than the rest of us . You are gonna complain now about a game you bought full price @ gamestop 2 weeks ago and now its 50% off ?? lol, kids thesedays….

Sevyne said:

July 30th, 8:48 pm

@JROD0823: I can’t really understand people getting upset when a free game through plus is something they already have most of the time. It’s going to happen unless you don’t buy any games sooner or later. In this case though I can sort of understand people being a bit upset though for a few reasons. The game just recently came out and with a bundle to prepay for each part of the game, and it is kind of cheap of them to give this as 1 of the games for the month though since it isn’t really a full game at all. It’s 2/5 of a game.

Telling people not to buy games is silly though. Is that the message people should be getting with Plus? If so then it really is a failed system they have going if it encourages people to not buy games.


July 30th, 8:49 pm

Wow this ps plus service rocks walking dead for free come on now stop complaining next time just wait instead of just buying everything on day one.

MrBeatdown said:

July 30th, 8:52 pm

I gotta say, when I read this and only saw the two Walking Dead episodes as the free games, I was a little shocked (not in a good way) because I was expecting two or three games for the month, and was expecting them to be, one… unique games, not episodes of the same game, and two… something to serve as a replacement for at least one or two of the retail size games currently being offered, since it was all PSN games replaced in July.

I see now from reading the comments that WD only counts as one free game, and we will be getting more for the month.

I guess for whatever reason, you can’t, or don’t want to announce anything else at the moment, but would it be possible to get a little tease of sorts at the beginning of the month…

For example,

1 Full Retail game… replacing ____
1 PSN game… replacing _____

Just so we know what kind of content or the amount we are getting without the need for clarification in the comments? Give us what details you can at the beginning of the month, and a quick rundown of what has yet to be announced, then give us the more specific details (like the specific games) throughout the month.

Ace-murderer234 said:

July 30th, 8:53 pm

We get the walking dead 1 & 2?!
Nice Update! It pays to have patience.
All that’s left to do is wait for the other ones to become free lol.

kj8463 said:

July 30th, 8:53 pm

@Sevyne: Ps+ is good for some and great for others. You most certainly are gonna get your moneys worth if your a casual gamer and dont buy EVERY single game out there. My advice would be to only buy games that you absolutely want to play right away and must have when they are released.We also cant forget that the free ps+ games only last until your subscribed, so you get to play them earlier and you will definately keep them forever even if your not a ps+ member.

spartan117no said:

July 30th, 8:54 pm

yeah i only have 2 weeks with PS+ and the games that i almost buy will be free sweet :)


July 30th, 8:56 pm

I rather pay for plus than pay for live at this point paying to play online is really lame and that other console never
Gives you anything for free for your monthly subscription greedy ms last year on live for me.

MrBeatdown said:

July 30th, 8:58 pm

I forgot to add…

With MotorStorm: Pacific Rift’s online shutting down in a few months, could we get the Speed and Adrenaline expansions for free, or at least as some kind of substantial discount, in three or four years, I can’t remember them ever going on sale.

Some of the trophies in the DLC will become unobtainable once the servers go offline. I’d like to take a stab at them, but if online numbers are so low that the servers are being shut down, the $10 per pack asking price is awfully steep.

PS+ rarely sees any add-on discounts or freebies. I think the last I can recall that was of any significance was the Uncharted 2 DLC giveaway shortly before U3’s release. It would be nice if we could get sold add-ons now and then. It was one of the original promises of PS+ but was never really delivered on. Outside of the Warhawk expansions in month 1, add-ons have been rarely offered.

Sevyne said:

July 30th, 9:03 pm

@kj8463: Oh no doubt. Like is said sooner or later games will come up that you already own. That is something that is impossible for them to avoid unless they had something set up where you chose your game from 2 or 3 different ones. That is very unlikely though.

whittle1 said:

July 30th, 9:09 pm

If you purchased this game as soon as it came out you only have yourself to blame: ever heard of impulse buying?
And to those complaining that EU is a stronger service, I would dispute that. I generally think that some months you get much better stuff, and other times we get the odd pleasant suprise.

Solh0und said:

July 30th, 9:10 pm

Kinda glad I waited WD like I did for Gotham Imposters. Another game I was just about to buy. C’mon Sony, make Arcana Heart 3 a freebie already! :)

PainOfSarrow said:

July 30th, 9:24 pm

SOOOOO BOOOOM, just like that. i bet more then half of psn plus members already put the 20 bucks down on the pass bundle. idk what to think of this. great for plus members that diddnt get the pass but Horrible for those that did….

LikeWhenYouDie said:

July 30th, 9:33 pm

Nice job with The Walking Dead. Wait until those who were excited have already bought it. For those who didn’t plan to buy it, give them a bit for free so they feel compelled to finish the story, and just have to buy the rest.

iroter said:

July 30th, 9:53 pm

That’s not nice! that means I could have gotten all five episodes for just 15 bucks instead of paying 20 for the whole season.
Is good for getting more people interested in Plus, but when you have no idea of what is coming in the following months you end up spending more money that saving.
This is very disappointing. It happened before with inFamous 2, it went on sale and the very next week went for free for Plus subscribers.

Balert said:

July 30th, 10:01 pm

Having gone to Vita Hill and having played Sound Shapes I can say with confidence that it was the reason I pre-ordered and bought my Vita. I am beyond (BEYOND!) excited for its release!

kbelly21 said:

July 30th, 10:15 pm

I for one will admit I made an impulsive complaint (#68 I think) about the WD episodes being for free. After careful thought I realize you can’t please all of the people all of the time. There have been quality complaints though. Mine for one was truly not. I have been completely happy being a PS+ member, albeit only since April of this year. So for me, the July update was a great thing and for those who have been longtime members not so great. Again, you can’t please all of the people all of the time. This game however was not an impulse buy as many of you keep stating but a bundle purchase to save a few bucks. I know some of you can’t really comprehend what that means to save a few bucks. That’s all beside the point. Again, PS+ is still a solid service and it obviously does pay to be patient. Sorry for the earlier complaint. You still have a satisfied customer here.

tlyons332000 said:

July 30th, 10:30 pm

i am pee’d! spend 20 bucks on something that will now be free! thanks playstation! you could of waited a year after we got all 5 episodes! we PS plus members that paid for the game should get 10 bucks bAck for this BS! Wait a ripoff!

L__S said:

July 30th, 11:01 pm

Is there any chance that every “The Walking Dead”-Episode will hit PS+?

ShallowFaith said:

July 30th, 11:17 pm

I rated 8 for the instant game collection. And for the ps plus improvement, i would say the virtual shelf off my digital download from PSN. I purchased lots of game from PSN and due to the limitation of the storage some of them need to be deleted. And i have no mean to track all of those games that I have. The available list from downloaded section in the account management is practically cumbersome to navigate. Thanks

Sevyne said:

July 30th, 11:20 pm

@Morgan: It really isn’t subjective though. That is how it really works. You are paying for the game in increments until you obtained the full game, or paying for it all up front and getting a $5 discount.

I’m also fully aware that more is coming this month, but less than half of a game taking up a game spot for the month is a huge disappointment and really shouldn’t have happened. We’re already getting less than we used and it seems to be trending downward even further.

Skeetlejuice said:

July 30th, 11:43 pm

Thanks for the update Morgan.

I would rate the collection at a 7. For me a lot lower as many of the genres I most enjoy and tend to be interested in are very under represented here. I don’t really enjoy fps shooters, and mindless shooting games. While many on the list are not terrible and in fact have received decent scores. Only Little Big Planet 2 and Pac Man are truly great (I purchased those already for that reason and do not feel cheated by their inclusion) Tomb raider I also aquired a long time ago, a very good co op game. That leaves Infamous 2 as the only other game worth the gigantic download. The rest have practically no appeal to me and worse i would consider as a waste of bandwidth and time. That being said 1 full retail game that I know is a critically praised game is not terrible.

I realize you need to cover what you consider your target demographics and licencing and all that, I just wish I was in EU. where they are covering genres that interest me.
Racing: Motorstorm Apocalypse
RPG: Deus Ex
Action Adventure: Darksiders, Outland, Oddworld Strangers Wrath
Puzzle: Chime

Please add RPG, Action Adventure, Sports. As is there’s too many mindless shoot things games.

fire2box said:

July 31st, 12:09 am

I played the first episode on the PC and it was pretty horrible IMHO. its not bad from the gameplay, but plot wise its simply dreadful. Many times I can’t pick a decision because what i would do simply is never a option, ever.

the game FORCES you to lie a lot, rather then simply tell the truth.

Taco2012 said:

July 31st, 12:11 am

C’mon guys use your heads if already bought the season pass you paid 20$, you saved money and you got to play them early. Now they release these for free and knowing as how great the walking dead is many will now buy the others at 5 dollars each paying fifteen where they otherwise would not have have bought them at all. its good business. i mean they are hand 100 of dollars in games for only 50$ a year?? isn’t that enough??? good job sony keep up the good work. I do apologize if i made anyone upset with my remarks.

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