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PlayStation Plus Update: NFL Blitz Joins the Plus Roster

Morgan Haro's Avatar Posted by Community Manager, PlayStation Digital Platforms

Last week you welcomed Starhawk’s single-player campaign into your gaming collection for free as a PlayStation Plus member. This week we continue to roll out even more content with NFL Blitz, coming free to Plus! Please note that Borderlands will be leaving Plus with this week’s PlayStation Store update, so make sure you grab it while you can.

Don’t have PlayStation Plus? Go to the PlayStation Store on your PS3 or click here to get access.

October 2nd PlayStation Plus Update

NFL Blitz — Free for PlayStation Plus Members
With football (of the American variety) in full effect, we and our pals at EA thought it right to help you gather some friends and play one of the best arcade sports titles in recent memory, all for free with your Plus membership. NFL Blitz features a combination of the arcade-style gameplay that made the original a hit and the deep, immersive game modes of today; recharged with an energetic, football gaming experience. Pick it up today, free with a Plus membership.
Alex Kidd in Miracle World — 80% discount for PlayStation Plus Members (Regular Price: $4.99, PS Plus Price: $1.00)
You’ll also see an amazing deal on SEGA’s classic Alex Kidd in Miracle World. Remastered for PSN, this is your chance to meet one of gaming’s original heroes, and get a great deal and a dose of nostalgia in the process. Journey to Miracle World in a search for your long lost brother Prince Egle, and get some Trophies while you’re at it. You can also challenge yourself with all new trial modes.
Spelunker HD — 50% discount (Regular Price: $9.99, PS Plus Price: $5.00) All DLC 50% Off (Regular Price: $1.99, PS Plus Price: $1.00)
Spelunker HD is no stranger to Plus members, as earlier last month we had a similar deal for the game. Fans (and to-be-fans) of the game will be excited to note that the new DLC releasing with the October 2nd Store Update (Area EX9 and Area EX10) will be joining the rest of the DLC with a 50% off discount — about $1 per Add-On. The game itself is going back on the 50% off deal as well, so get on it!

Lastly, I wanted to leave you guys with a Plus tip to help manage your benefits as a Plus member. If you’re low on HDD space but don’t want to miss out on any of the content in Plus, you can still click download, but then cancel the download. As long as you’re a Plus member you’ll be entitled to download it in the future, even if it’s not in Plus at that time.

That’s it for this week. Make sure you check out tomorrow’s PlayStation Store update post to see all the details for this week’s Plus update, and come back next week when we’ll have more great Plus news to share.

Also, we’d love to know your thoughts as to what you enjoyed most about Plus in the month of September. Feel free to explain your vote in the comments, or in the Plus section in the PlayStation Community forums.

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DelMurice said:

October 1st, 1:09 pm

I’m not a fan of sports game. But I admit, it’s nice to see you guys mix it up. Keep up the good work.

Kchow23 said:

October 1st, 1:11 pm

Would be great to have these polls within the PS Store and a Coming Soon section within the PS Plus area would be great also! :)

Maki_the_Reaper said:

October 1st, 1:16 pm

@144 blah..blah…blah. We get it. You and lisatsunami are becoming broken records now.

Maki_the_Reaper said:

October 1st, 1:17 pm

i do appreciate the poll though. This should help you guys decide what content the majority of people want.

Elric_X said:

October 1st, 1:20 pm

Totally stoked for this! The Blitz games are so fun! Loving PS+ big time right now!

sstfamily said:

October 1st, 1:22 pm

Wow another plus update and another bad game, come on really Blitz this is sad guess I need to look into another way to spend my money. Plus has became a waste of my time and money over the last few months.

Ryumoau said:

October 1st, 1:24 pm

i really hope the PS All Stars Beta is still planned for Plus members. Its releasing next month, so i’m hoping the beta goes out in October to give them time to draw feedback from it.

I would also like confirmation that the 20 characters announced so far are the final roster. if so, thats kinda disappointing.

taka3011 said:

October 1st, 1:27 pm

I want some free horror games this month, in celebration of Halloween.

The_Jutty said:

October 1st, 1:28 pm

Hope we can get back to Borderland quality games. I find PS+ to be an excellent value, but I can’t help but be a bit jealous with what EU has been getting. Hopefully we can get some quality games like they have been receiving.

Beckanno said:

October 1st, 1:30 pm

Morgan why are the big discounts less frequent? Also why are Pulse & Qore gone? Even the avatars have decreased in appearance. If it’s because of the IGC I’d rather it not return next year.

freshprincepbg said:

October 1st, 1:32 pm

Not crazy about this week’s update, bring it next week! I think I also liked it better when we got all of the Plus updates in one post.

I like the poll idea, definetly more of those!

Agreed with people’s idea for a scary game for Halloween *cough* Bioshock 2 *cough* *cough* :D

Sevyne said:

October 1st, 1:33 pm

@149: How did you come to that conclusion? It’s probably the first time I’ve ever said anything of the sort so please do tell how I’ve become a broken record?

James_Kaan said:

October 1st, 1:40 pm

Wow. I haven’t played Alex Kidd in, like, 15 years. I didn’t even know that it was on PSN. Are there more Master System games on PSN and is there somewhere particular I should be browsing on the Store for them?

ajdelight said:

October 1st, 1:48 pm

yes I have been wanting to play nfl blitz

race2winnet said:

October 1st, 1:48 pm

Hey Morgan,
Speaking of Plus coming to Vita, have you guys settled on a number for the IGC? Will it be 12 like with the PS3 or is that soming that has yet to be decided?


invalidts2 said:

October 1st, 1:50 pm

why are the same free games on there from months ago?

why cant we have 6-8 new free games every month?

TJF588 said:

October 1st, 1:56 pm

While I love Free Avatars and Themes, which I can keep despite my subscription (as used to be true of DLC), and Upgrading Online Game Save Storage to 1GB, which really takes a load off my mind, I’d say Release Week Discounts were the best incentive. What free games we get is always gonna be a grab-bag, but offering a discount NOW or new releases really incenses me to delve in rather than hold out for an inevitable sale. Now, if this was back in, what, March, then getting access to Journey a week early (with a theme from its prepurchase) was so nice.

Couple questions:
1) Got approved for the PS Capital One card, but it’s coming in a week. Will the release discoutns for Tokyo Jungle and Hell Yeah! still be there this coming week?
2) Speaking of for-keeps DLC, will the DLC we got for free before that change still be permanent for our accounts, or are they retroactively affected?

fishermike77 said:

October 1st, 1:59 pm

I have contemplating buying btitz thanks sony YOU RULE!!!!!!!!!! Plus is awesome!!!!!

USRevenge2 said:

October 1st, 2:00 pm

for the PSN+ poll on this page, it won’t let me pick all the options I want
Starhawk single player for free was great
borderlands free was ok, but I already had it for another system so i got it but never plan on playing it.
the free DLC for tokyo jungle + discount on the game was awesome, thanks!

in order of awesome
– free games
– free DLC for the games
-discounts on games/DLC
-game trials
– free avatar stuff
– week early access to games

WoundedUnderwear said:

October 1st, 2:02 pm


Great another OLD PSN game for PLUS user, where are the FULL PS3 games. Oh wait I forgot we have to wait till next week, next week after that or next month, which you keep on repeating. And again its next week or next month and still the same thing, an old PSN game. Now what next, are you going telling us wait till you see what coming next week.OH wait, you did already!!!!! This is really getting old.

I was excited about the IGC at first but now its all OLD PSN or just half a game, and yes I know that Starhawk was just a bonus for PLUS user, but the Walking Dead was just a half a game no matter what you tell us. As for a NEW PSN GAME like DD NEON was a joke. Worst game ever.

Now you guys are putting Spelunker HD on sale again, come on !!!!! Well at least I can say that the NEW DLC is the only good thing that came out of the PLUS announcement today. And why is Infamous 2 and LBP2 still in the IGC? Don’t you think its time to rotate those 2 games out.

D-Squad3 said:

October 1st, 2:05 pm

Just look at the poll, it says everything about what we want, and what we want are full on retail titles!

El_Assassino96 said:

October 1st, 2:11 pm

really nfl blitz come on i paid 50 bucks a year for ps+ give me something a little better then that like the borderlands game that was a good idea but please give out real games not this crap

WoundedUnderwear said:

October 1st, 2:13 pm

I think the POLL pretty much say it all ……. FULL PS3 RETAIL GAMES !!!!!!!!!! Which we been telling you folks at SONY for how long now!!

Erlaxis said:

October 1st, 2:20 pm

I personally don’t play sports games, but I don’t mind there being a fun option on PS+ for sports games fans. And hey, it’s free, so maybe I’ll try it sometime.

legendmake said:

October 1st, 2:21 pm

I dont play football games, so I am a little disappointed this week.

MarkakaJin said:

October 1st, 2:21 pm

We haven’t had a free PS1 game for a long time now. Last time, if i can remember, it was FFV?

ExtreemWN11 said:

October 1st, 2:23 pm

a crappy sports game? Really Sony? Europe gets Darksiders and Red Dead Redemption, but get a crappy football game? wtf is this>>>>>???

ExtreemWN11 said:

October 1st, 2:30 pm

give us some real things, not like this sh** ….sony, you will not get any new ps plus members for this freaky crappy update, I AM REALY DISAPPOINTED…..THIS IS THE LAAAAST PLUS FOR ME WITH SONY, I WILL LEAVE FOR MY XBOX LIVE, STILL BETTER THAN THIS CRAPPY UPDATES…..WHO’S WITH ME GUYS???

JonJonXD said:

October 1st, 2:37 pm


After being a plus member since day one, im happy to say that the service only keeps getting better.

Ever since you took charge, things have gone from “okay” to “amazing”.

I say this especially since I just bought my vita a couple of weeks ago (really loving Gravity Rush and Little Big Planet Vita) and the news of plus subscriptions carrying over to the vita is simply amazing.

I cannot emphasize how happy I am with this product.

Seriously, you are the man. Keep being damn good at your job. I think many Sony employees should look to you as the prime example of how to keep customers happy. Keep up the great work.

I should write a letter. I spend easily over a grand a year on games (most from the psn store). Id like to think my voice counts for something in that regard.

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    Morgan Haro said:

    October 1st, 8:08 pm

    Your voice definitely counts and that’s very kind of you to say, and it’s appreciated, thank you. I’m honored to be a part of an incredibly collaborative team here that works through tons of challenges to bring you guys the best for Plus. As long as you guys are happy, we’re happy, and we won’t stop until we’ve won over every PlayStation gamer, and beyond.

saskamazon said:

October 1st, 2:53 pm

I cast my vote for the increased storage …. but when the + goodies for the Vita go live, that will of course be the most important feature – as it had only just been ‘announced’ & not implemented, I didn’t yet pick it.

it seems that for costume packs that were included with the GOTY (LBP) edition, we would have to pay for to have on the Vita version …. I had Monsters / History / MGS – maybe a limited time discount on the costume DLC for the Vita would be great …. :-)

BlueBl1zzard said:

October 1st, 2:53 pm


Sorry but I’m pretty sure you’re on your own with this one.

B-I-G-_-R-O-B said:

October 1st, 2:58 pm


ExtreemWN11 said:

October 1st, 3:05 pm


no i’m not alone with this, there’s soooooo many subscribers with me for this week update, and i guess there’s no any real title will annaunce this month, and u @BlueBl1zzard , did this update interested you???

DiabolicAddict said:

October 1st, 3:09 pm

not quite sure if any of these instant game collection games are enough to get me back to playstation plus i have tons of games already between my pc and my ps3, however blitz can contain hours of fun but only will renew if i know that blitz isnt the ONLY game i dont already have or can also enjoy.

detictiveconan said:

October 1st, 3:22 pm

I don’t really play sports games much but I have spent a ridiculous amount of time playing a madden demo with a friend so I might get some use out of blitz.

I voted for PS Plus for PS Vita but I don’t really see how that was part of Septembers updates, It didn’t actually come to vita in September and it was first announced in August during Gamescom. I guess there was the re-announcement during Tokyo Game Show but that didn’t really give any new information.

The_Wildfox said:

October 1st, 3:33 pm

Another disappointing month. For bloody sakes, guys, Europe gets better free stuff than we do. I don’t want a trashy sports game. Give me Red Dead Redemption anyday of the week! November better be spectacular than this, or else I might not renew my subscription (and purchase little by little every freebie I have).

hawkthehunter said:

October 1st, 3:37 pm

I think I’ll enjoy blitz. My vote was for Borderlands because I was on he fence about that game since 09 but now after I played it thanks to psplus I’m a huge fan and I purchased the DLC. (I missed out when it was discounted because I was sill playing the game.) Anyways I’ll buy the second one for sure. I was also happy about the 1GB of online storage and Starhawk is fun. Free themes and avatars are always a good thing.

loser4 said:

October 1st, 3:38 pm

If Playstation Plus isn’t coming for the vita until november then why have I seen a game with the Plus symble next to it?

ExtreemWN11 said:

October 1st, 3:41 pm

bring Silent Hill: Downpour if you can….Morgan, realy do your best for this month, realy we don’t like this update, we love sony, so don’t disappointed us :)

Bcrazyman said:

October 1st, 3:42 pm

hey great update! cant wait for this game! looks very great to play!

Drunk-ass said:

October 1st, 3:48 pm

At first I was all, “meh” toward NFL Blitz, but cool for sports fans. Then I saw the trailer. It looks like a lot of fun. Perhaps maybe sort of like NBA Jam (which I do enjoy) for football. I will certainly give it a shot. I suspect I will like it to some degree and hopefully love it.

Shatgan said:

October 1st, 3:48 pm

Not really impressed by Blitz being the free game :/

BlueBl1zzard said:

October 1st, 3:54 pm

@ExtreemWN11 Well I personally didn’t want any of these games, although I may try out NFL Blitz, it seems like a lot of people like it. But this is just one update. I’m not gonna hate on PS Plus because I didn’t like this week’s games. There are other parts of PS Plus besides the IGC that I enjoy, like the discounts and free DLC.

And even some of the people who did complain about this update still found things they did like about September’s PS Plus offerings. My point is, just because this particular update doesn’t interest you doesn’t mean that there won’t be something next week (or month like Vita PS Plus) that will.

Shatgan said:

October 1st, 4:00 pm

How about we all rate low this update so that why they notice that we don’t want sport games? I mean it’s the minority, if it had a discount I think that would be fair, but not as the free game of the month… :S

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    Morgan Haro said:

    October 1st, 8:09 pm

    The blog post rating is certainly something we pay attention to on the Plus team, so I encourage everyone to use it to reflect how they feel on the post.

Bcrazyman said:

October 1st, 4:03 pm

hey what other games are coming for playstation+ this month?
need to know ok thanks!
also do you know what we are getting next month for vita?
also will we able to cross play with the vita&ps3 for us ps+ members?
need to know ok thanks! i love being a ps+ member!

ExtreemWN11 said:

October 1st, 4:05 pm


i don’t hate ps plus services, i love sony not only ps+, but this week update is craaaaaaaaaappy..

WeskerEnd said:

October 1st, 4:19 pm

Well, I am not willing to read all the pages atm, 2 are enough, nice feedback.

I got PS+ last month, mainly for the free games, or call it “Borderlands” if you prefer. I was going to get the GOTY edition, so it came along pretty much when I needed it to.

I am a new PS3 owner, had only gtaIV complete edition, which i didnt even play 10 hours, because i got dragons dogma right after xD; and i didnt even get to beat that one, as borderlands wont let me.

I will for sure try blitz, as many of you guys say its arcade-ish. Not into sports games also…

Cant wait ’till next week, mainly after the “I think you’ll be pleased with next week’s announcement.” comment.

Must say it, for new owners of PS3, PS+ is certainly the best thing ever.

Thank you, very much!

P.S.: OutLand, what a GREAT time playing it,simply amazing. DD Neon, awesome. RenegadeOps, an awesome game indeed, will deserve more time for it in the future. InFamous 2, not going to play it, as i didnt play the first one, and i know the 2nd starts off where the 1st ended. LBP2… didnt play the first, nor this one yet… dont feel like atm. PacMan DEDX: VICIOUS!.

If these keep up, will for sure renew.

KojyNeox said:

October 1st, 4:31 pm

I´m actually pleased with the PS Plus program, hell, i´ve played more of my ps3 in the last month than my 360.

I have a BIG question regarding the day 1 digital games, and i hope Morgan or anyone can answer it.

Do i have to manually download the game if i already made the day 1 pre-order or does the game download automatically due the automatic updates (the PS Plus feature).

I work all day and i would love to play Dishonored whe i get home.

Thanks guys!

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    Morgan Haro said:

    October 1st, 8:10 pm

    You’ll have to manually download it, I’m afraid. However, we’re aware of this pain point and are working on solutions to deliver a better digital purchase experience.

Normalcy1 said:

October 1st, 4:36 pm

No complaints about the quality of the updates as of late, I definitely plan on renewing whenever something I really want comes along.

Am I the only one who preferred mostly monthly updates though ? Seeing such scare content each week doesn’t exactly beat out a month-worth of games right from the break.

AXE_420 said:

October 1st, 4:39 pm

I really Loved the Blitz Games back in the day. Sweet add. But PLEEEAAASSS! Give us Red Dead! I own it already on Xbox and dont want to buy it again, and really havent had any desire to play the console in awhile. Must have been converted. Love PS+, Thanks for the great service. Now can i have Red Dead Redemption?

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