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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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XJ18 said:

July 31st, 12:18 am

I already have The Walking Dead… Thanks Sony!

Also when will the current games be rotated out? Its been like 3 months with the same games.

This month the only games I’ve seen added are gotham city impostors , renegade ops, and pac man other then the two PSone classic’s.

Since I joined PS+ I haven’t seen any free DLC’S and gotten games I already had. I joined because I friend told me that all 12 games get rotated out each month but I haven’t seen that yet. Honestly I haven’t seen any new Full Ps3 games at all, all the same games are still in the ps store other then lame psn games and PSone/PS2 classic’s

Mister-Nep said:

July 31st, 12:20 am

I have some constructive criticism for this Plus post. I don’t think it’s a good idea to have the meat of the Plus update (Walking Dead for this post) as the title of the post. I think there should be a generic intro title. Similar to the “Sack it to me” posts on the blog. That way, it’s easier to identify this is for all Plus users.

I actually skipped out on this post yesterday only to come back today and find out it was my Plus update post. Not everyone will like everything so I wasn’t interested in the Walking Dead post, and I nearly skipped out on the post entirely. That’s why I think it’s a bad idea to phrase the title the way it is. Titles are important after all.

So taking this into account, something like “Plus up: Get The Walking Dead Episode 1 and 2 Free” can work as a more effective title. Of course I’m just throwing Plus up as an example. It’s up to you to find a good catchy phrase that’ll stick, and be easy to associate Playstation Plus with.

Just wanted to give some ideas. Thank you for your time.

XJ18 said:

July 31st, 12:31 am

Since we pay for a service shouldn’t we be given the option of what games, dlc’s, themes etc we want?

You guys select the games and we vote on the ones we want.

ccanfield1 said:

July 31st, 12:36 am

Free Telltale Walking Dead ! Awesome !

Messatsu77 said:

July 31st, 12:44 am

This is great!

Hoping for Arcana Heart 3 in the future.

AKA_Neku said:

July 31st, 1:04 am

NOT COOL! I just purchased the walking dead bundle. I held off for a while, but figured it’ll be free for PS+ Members since a lot of popular TTG titles were free before. Dang it. I – for one – am not happy about this. But do enjoy for everyone who hasn’t played the game yet – ya lucky bastards!

AKA_Neku said:

July 31st, 1:06 am

*I held off because I figured…

But gave in due to the great reviews. And they were right too. Still not happy though.

TangBerry said:

July 31st, 1:24 am

so there wont be any Fat Princess anniversary sale this year?

SinisterHealer said:

July 31st, 2:10 am

Sweet! I was gonna buy them last week. Good thing I didn’t!

SinisterHealer said:

July 31st, 2:12 am

@+ Morgan Haro – Will the US users be getting Deus EX : Human Revolution for free? Was bummed EU got it and not US :(

Sadistikal85 said:

July 31st, 2:41 am

Handing out episodes 1 and 2 free before the people who actually bought the bundle package even gets ep3…WOW…thank you Sony for screwing folks. So tired of getting screwed over – why buy anything anymore?

If EP5 had already done been out, sure this would be cool as it is a great game and people need to check it out. But really Sony? Let the people paying and still waiting get first crack at it, there are other GREAT PSN games and classics that could be given away, not a game right in the middle of the series.

Of course I can see why, people who already bought it, screw them lets tease new folks with eps 1 and 2 and get MORE sales…gah.

Sadistikal85 said:

July 31st, 2:44 am

@SinisterHealer – Thanks for reminding me of that…now I am even grumpier!

venneer said:

July 31st, 3:31 am

I’m disappointed. Not because I already bought the game in any form (separate or season pass), not because it is a game I have no interest in (that is just bound to happen every once in a while), but because it is not a full game, as it has already been stated.
Calling it two games is just rather deceiving, at best we have two stand alone pieces of software. These are two episodic parts of a full game that account for less than half of its total whole. Even if the two pieces account as only 1 of the 3 possible slots for games, that is still too much. I hope the rest of the month’s offerings can step up the game, specially after a VERY lackluster July.

SomaXD said:

July 31st, 3:38 am

oh for the love of god…. as a PS+ subscriber from the beginnning im beginning to feel like im getting the big F you… i already purchased Ep. 1 of walking dead since PS+ games have been lacking lately. sure we got themassive amounts of free stuff like 2 months ago…. then we get jack squat for 2 month (im NEVER buying PS+ discounts on account of the fact that they almost ALWAYS come out free after a month or 2…. way to screw ove the hardcore PS fans by pulling this crap. How about in the future STOP giving discounts on games that WILL BE FREE TO US down the road…its very very shady and borderling thievery.

Meccs said:

July 31st, 3:43 am

When will people learn to read? Episode 1&2 counts as ONE game!

Milagres_ said:

July 31st, 5:20 am

This wasnt a good Plus update.
Not because I have the Walking Dead season pass (so yeah, terrible update for me. But this happens, not complaining ’bout this) but for other reasons.
1 – The full game is considered to be all five episodes. So if you don’t give all 5 episodes for free, these two feel more like a trial than a full game.
2 – 10 dollars of free game? I would have to dig it up but I’m pretty positive this is one of the worst plus uptades, value-related.
3 – Now that you began updating Plus only once a month I’l have to wait up to september to see what’s next.
4 – June – 12 free games (9 Ps3s and 3 PSNs). July – 3 free games (3 from PSN). August – 2 Free games (which can’t even be called as a complete game as I mentioned above).

I never complained about Plus updates but now I think it deserve it.
Don’t get me wrong. TWD is awesome! Plus members who didn’t bought it will have a blast with it.
But sony, you get me used with great updates, and this one was way too weak for you standard.
My opinion

blueshell99 said:

July 31st, 5:37 am

I hope we get Deus Ex: Human Revolution later this month since Europe got it as well

CyPhErLoUs said:

July 31st, 6:35 am

I thought that those of us who preordered The Expendables 2 would be able to get the game early via automatic download? I have mines set to 6-8 am and nothing came through.

CyPhErLoUs said:

July 31st, 6:36 am

And to add on to my previous comment, I have PS+ on my main account.

Eduardo_ACE said:

July 31st, 7:33 am

So…. when PS+ members get older games for free people complain because they’re old… and now, when we get newer ones, we get complaints that the games are “too recent”?

that-acmilan-guy said:

July 31st, 7:43 am

Have to be honest, ever since the epic E3 instant game collection. It has been a disappointment for me. Please give us good free games next month. Thanks

gm914 said:

July 31st, 7:49 am

Sony- thank you for taking down Gotham City Imposters so quick. I’m sure you realized having a multiplayer-only game as a giveaway was a mistake.
I held off buying the Walking Dead series. Why? Because every other Telltale game in the past has has some kind of PS+ offer.
If you’re a gamer with an attention span of more than 5 minutes you’d have realized this was going to happen with TWD.
So I can’t feel too bad for those people complaining.

How about releasing Heavy Rain as a day 1 PS+ giveaway? 95% of subscribers would be happy with that.
We also need a couple of good racing games on the service.
GT5, NFS: HP, Split/Second, Dirt 3 and Jeremy McGraths Offroad (PSN) would be welcome additions.

I have 2 months of service left. Sony has 2 months to convince me to re-subscribe.

gm914 said:

July 31st, 7:57 am

Oh, and NASCAR TheGame 2011. Why is it still not available to download in the US, but every other country in the world can buy it for around $7.00
The only market which it will sell is the US. Why go to all the trouble and expense of making it digital, but not get a respectable return on it by only placing it in countries who have no desire to play it?

SOMEONE explain this to me…

TwinDad said:

July 31st, 8:03 am


I at first thought the same thing, it wasn’t popular, so they took it down. But based on one of Morgan’s replies I had another thought. This game wasn’t published by Sony. So that publisher has to agree to have their game given away for the entire period of time that it’s on the free list. That could make or break profit for some publishers. I suspect that 3rd party games when they do appear in the IGC they will be there for a month to lessen the financial burden on the publisher.

Meccs said:

July 31st, 8:38 am

The moaning and complaining in this thread is astounding!
As I recall it there are still 2 free games left for this month. So maybe there will be something for you too!

Milagres_ said:

July 31st, 8:56 am

oops, my bad
I post a comment without fully readin the entire post (which I hate when people does this and I just do it myself)
Knowing that more games will come on August 13th is great !
Really sorry for my other post. Won’t happen again (though I still think TWD as one game within the 5 episodes. Giving just 2 of them isnt exactly a free game)

Know, the feedback.
I’m really satisfied with PS plus in general. I’m a subscriber for about a year and really, it was one of the BEST money I’ve spent on games for all my life.
I’ll give 9 for “instant game collection” because, although I’m loving it, there is always something to improve and I don’t want you guys to think otherwise.

One thing I would change?
Woulnd’t say ‘change’ but I’d love to see how much I’ve saved being a plus subscriber. In one year you gave me A LOT of games and I bought somemore taking advantage of your precious discounts.
So, I spent 50 dolars for subscribe, but how much did it gave me back?
I’m positive that this is a good addition because people will realize how much they saved from being a subscriber os PS Plus.

Keep up the good work guys and again, sorry for the last bad feedback on the last comment

onslaughtree said:

July 31st, 8:56 am

Quote “4 – June – 12 free games (9 Ps3s and 3 PSNs). July – 3 free games (3 from PSN). August – 2 Free games (which can’t even be called as a complete game as I mentioned above).” End Quote…..Are you serious ??!! If you paid $50 for 12 Months of plus, how in gods name do you have the nerve to Complain ??!! By your words, june alone should have been more than enough for your annual subscription….Wow, you guys are just plain GREEDY.

RobbRR1 said:

July 31st, 9:18 am

long live play…thanx ps plus for the freebies..and im for sure getting the expendables :)

iHumanHappyMeal said:

July 31st, 9:34 am

Very excited to try the game out. I will be purchasing the rest of the season if they are good. Thank you very much.

hidsk8rryder720 said:

July 31st, 10:04 am

Thanks for the birthday present i can’t wait to play the gaame i have been hearing so much about

RENEGADE-Xx-xX said:

July 31st, 10:06 am

@ SomaXD and gm914

Thanks for your comments guys. I couldn’t agree more and I couldn’t write it no better than what you guys said in the comments above. Great post guys I know how you feel and I feel the same as you guys about the Nascar game and the ripping off we are getting for being plus members. ( I am a plus member on my main psn account by the way in case your wondering why their isn’t a plus logo on this account I’m commenting from) anyways thanks for pointing out your opinions. They are great ones and they needed to be said.

RENEGADE-Xx-xX said:

July 31st, 10:09 am

This comment made by SomaXD needs a award. He hit everything right on the nail and I couldn’t have said this better myself. Listen to this guys comment he left above. I will repaste it below.

oh for the love of god…. as a PS+ subscriber from the beginnning im beginning to feel like im getting the big F you… i already purchased Ep. 1 of walking dead since PS+ games have been lacking lately. sure we got themassive amounts of free stuff like 2 months ago…. then we get jack squat for 2 month (im NEVER buying PS+ discounts on account of the fact that they almost ALWAYS come out free after a month or 2…. way to screw ove the hardcore PS fans by pulling this crap. How about in the future STOP giving discounts on games that WILL BE FREE TO US down the road…its very very shady and borderling thievery.

buelldm said:

July 31st, 10:13 am

@Morgan Haro

Do you feel bad for the people who bought the first couple episodes (or entire thing)? – Walking Dead

Can I know if its eventually going to all be released for free, or is this more of a teaser promo to get us into it.

I ALMOST bought the first episode 10 times and it was the game i would almost least expect to be free. Phew

Please can you guys consider doing something like this:

Your Choice Of:

Ep 1 Walking Dead The Game
Walking Dead TV Series 1 episode Download (its in the psn right?)
Jurassic Park Download
Back to the Future Download

ANY OTHER OPTION – Anything that we can pick from if we already bought what your giving away for free. Especially if it was recently.

bgoodin said:

July 31st, 10:17 am

I agree with SegaSaturn617

I spent money on The Walking Dead because I wanted to support this game and the company. I feel like every time i show immediate support for a good inde game it is free a month later. Are we paying money to simply play the game earlier than everyone else? I can tell you this… the value is not there. I think Sony needs to be more considerate of us gamers who are spending money on content above and beyond the normal subscription cost.

Here is how this usually goes. I see a new game that is offered with a PS Plus discount. I take advantage of the discount because the offer is only for a week or two. I figure I got a good deal by being a member and receiving a discount. A short time later the game is free. This makes me pause every time I want to buy a game. Should i spend money and know that I’m going to get my money’s worth? Should I pass up the discount and hope it will be free soon?

I wouldn’t have a problem if all the episodes were already released and Sony decided to make it free a bit later.

These are really not appropriate tactics for Sony to be practicing. Please, provide those of us who are putting our money into your pockets an appropriate amount of value.

Souledge94 said:

July 31st, 10:33 am

great walking dead stuff. Can we please get a moon diver discount.

RENEGADE-Xx-xX said:

July 31st, 10:43 am


Another person with a great point of view and its true like no other. I’m right there with agreeing withyou to man. Finally I am seeing lots of plus members and people complaining about things I have constantly for months been complaining about so SEE I am not just a troll hater as I have been called for months on here when I rant my opinions like that. Great comment man. Now you all understand why I have been ranting for so many months on this to.

RENEGADE-Xx-xX said:

July 31st, 10:52 am

Also I have a rant to developers in general and is a little off topic but I want to get it out. Morgan can you please start relating this to game makers that put LOCKS on their save data. Please tell the developers that they need to warn us as in put in the description of their game or on the gaming case that their game has LOCKED SAVE DATA. I am so tired of having to keep paying for plus because I have to have it to back up my locked save data. If either you guys made cloud storage also a separate membership all in itself away from plus or developers TOLD US they are locking its data this wouldn’t be a issue. The developers leave up in the drak to searching the web gaming forums to find out if they locked the save data to their games and 90% of the time your hypers of the game will lie and say they don’t know if the game locks its save data cause they know we HATE THAT and will avoid games and avoid buying them for locking save data to the console. I know I would have saved lots of money had I known lots of my games I own had locked save data and think it should be a law to tell us its locked before we buy the games.

t--Assassin--t said:

July 31st, 11:12 am


grand theft auto vice city – ps2

naruto ultimate ninja 5 – ps2

dragon ball z ultimate tenkaichi 3 – ps2

ypto77 said:

July 31st, 11:21 am

the walking dead? I expected something better for this update, because we have provided complete sets from June

I hope the take away on August 13 just cause 2 and warhammer 40k and put two new games at least

ChaosMagicka said:

July 31st, 12:11 pm

And why do we have to wait another week for only 2 games? Seriously, it would have been smart to just release them with todays ps store update. Starting to see more and more how ps plus is not worth the money

Ludakyz said:

July 31st, 12:29 pm

@ Morgan….Seems like an ok update so far. Your never going to make everyone happy all of the time so just keep up the good work with what you do release. If you had 12 quality months a year I’d never have time to get caught up and play what I want to. A good “off” month every now and then helps finish old games and other stuff from previous months. This may be too much work but one thing that would be nice for everyone who has signed up for + membership. A birthday gift of some free content that was previously available. Like I said might be too much work, but with all those free restaurant clubs you get free food on your bday, why not add something like that as a thank you to all the members on here?

Andurand said:

July 31st, 2:34 pm

Giving away Walking Dead is a great idea. Having bought the season pass it is a tad annoying, but if you play the first two episodes there is no way you won’t want to play the rest. This is just good business by Telltale and Sony. Although will we be getting a free full game as well?

Andurand said:

July 31st, 2:38 pm

@Souledge94 I totally agree. I bought Walking Dead Season Pass, but I also missed out on Back to the Future. That’d be nice if I had the option to pick that up instead of nothing.

SinisterHealer said:

July 31st, 2:46 pm

I for one will be very disappointed if we don’t get Deus Ex for free this month. We need at least 2 big full games to take Warhammer & Just Cause 2’s place or the whole E3 thing would amount to nothing more than a facade.

Andurand said:

July 31st, 2:46 pm

@gm914 is right. Racing game is necessary.

Rick_2GudxX said:

July 31st, 6:35 pm

Forget Planetside give us Playstation all stars :/

sagake said:

July 31st, 9:56 pm

can we have playstation playstation all star battle royale come on hong-kong have it y not us give the beta piz

sagake said:

July 31st, 10:11 pm

give us playstation all star battle royale to all playstation plus come on

GT_168 said:

July 31st, 10:34 pm

So…we aren’t getting walking dead today?

GT_168 said:

July 31st, 11:05 pm

NVM I see August 7th. Funny how I don’t remember seeing that date when I first read this post. My eyes must have been tricked.

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