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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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aelurio1980 said:

October 2nd, 6:32 am


Psn EUA:

Psn EUR:
– Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition
– Bulletstorm
– Hell Yeah! Wrath of Dead Rabbit
– Red Dead Redemption
– Lara Croft & The Guardian of Light
– Saints Row 2

Great Sony .

USCCM said:

October 2nd, 6:42 am


Errr… dude, the last 3 are LEAVING PS+ and other than Red Dead Redemption, US PS+ also had LC&TGoL and Saints Row 2.

With that said… Uncle Shadowfox… it’s over. NFL Blitz vs Resi 5 (Gold Edition no less), Bulletstorm, and Hell Yeah! is just unfair.

I know there will be more coming in the next few weeks, but as of now, I’m gonna go cry in a corner. Never thought I’d see the day when Sony would make me sad.

aelurio1980 said:

October 2nd, 6:55 am

I know I went to usa, the problem is the difference in treatment between users.

And in previous months:

– Deus ex
– darksiders
– Dead space 2
– MotorStorm Apocalypse

Japaanis89 said:

October 2nd, 6:59 am

NFL? Every week I’am hopeful, that the update is going to be good. And every week it’s like a kick in the balls. Right now, I think, Sony won’t be giving many of us any motivation to renew our subscriptions. Borderlands was a good deal ( I already had it, mind you), but one game cannot make the “Instant Game Collection”. So, please, Sony think about this.

DoctorWhoNC said:

October 2nd, 7:09 am

I want to see less first person shooters. I tried them all. I played Gotham City imposters and Borderlands. Just not my style game. I didn’t like them at all. I am not into sports games either. So NFL blitz doesn’t interest me at all.
I like games like Arkham City, infamous 1 and 2, Assassin’s Creed, red dead, Tron, LA Noire, Alice, even the Lego games, etc.
I think we need more games like those.

Hundredhandslap said:

October 2nd, 7:22 am

I’m a huge NFL fan so Blitz isn’t a terrible choice. What I’m really bummed about is EU getting Hell Yeah! That game looks awesome.

DeathGazer said:

October 2nd, 7:22 am

Europe is getting RE5: Gold and BulletStorm this month? And we get NFL Blitz…

I’m starting to feel trolled here.

DoctorWhoNC said:

October 2nd, 7:38 am

Having read all these posts over several months since becoming a plus member, I am beginning to think sony is not listening to the US plus members. It does seem Europe is getting better games.
I admit the game collection was not the main reason for getting plus, but it just needs to give me something I want to play. I am not seeing the value of the plus when it comes to the games. I like the online storage of game saves since i have two ps3’s (would be better if you could use the space for other things too), but is that worth what I spent? I am still deciding that. Guess which way am leaning.

puntja said:

October 2nd, 7:41 am

it’s the same every week, US users complain over europe, europe complains over US releases :D

I’m german and I read it every week “us users got this and that, we don’t”

but what happend here is a total joke! we europeans get RE5 and bulletstorm and US customers getting just NFL Blitz?

you know what? That’s BS!

Yohmaru_EX said:

October 2nd, 7:50 am

BLITZ??? Are you serious sony???? European plus will get Resident Evil 5 Gold and Bulleststorm, and we will get BLITZ???????????????????

if repentance kill I would be dead since the first announcement on the European instant game collection for plus O.O

mauaus said:

October 2nd, 7:56 am

after seeing what EU users will be getting, this is just embarrassing…
Resident Evil 5 Gold,
Hell Yeah! Wrath of Dead Rabbit

Yohmaru_EX said:

October 2nd, 7:58 am

lets recap

European plus:

– Deus ex
– darksiders
– Dead space 2
– MotorStorm Apocalypse
– Resident Evil 5 Gold
– Bulletstorm

US plus:

-a lot of trash since E3

Please sony, give us at least 1 full game of the trials game list!!!!!

aelurio1980 said:

October 2nd, 8:03 am

If the games were similar, until not care, but the difference is brutal. I think that’s a lack of respect with the psn users.

Yohmaru_EX said:

October 2nd, 8:03 am


Man I can’t belive, BLITZ?????????????????????????????????? It’s the joke of the year!!

Sukhijay said:

October 2nd, 8:11 am

What a ******* mockery.

We pay the same amount for the service yet we get **** all.

@Morgan We’re going to be surprised by next weeks update? What is it? NBA live 1997?

aelurio1980 said:

October 2nd, 8:19 am



Meccs said:

October 2nd, 8:19 am


NFL Blitz, Machinarium and another game this month and look what EU got!
I don’t care really because I have played most of the EU plus games but still… you can’t deny that there is a huge difference in value here.

Yohmaru_EX said:

October 2nd, 8:21 am


We want to be surprised in the first update of the month, it’s so simple. but i think that sony doesn’t understand or they don’t care about what we want.

Yohmaru_EX said:

October 2nd, 8:26 am

I refuse to put BLITZ in my download list!!

Ninja-Matic said:

October 2nd, 8:42 am

Horrid update for US. EU/US should be joined in downloads across the board. Less fragmentation, moar bettar downloads, please.

This is an embarrassment.

Nufis_K said:

October 2nd, 8:44 am

THAT’S IT, I’m definitely moving to European PS+ next week. After ANOTHER disappointing week – the 4th or 5th in a row (i lost track) – and seeing what EU PS+ got, I made up my mind and go to the old continent. Seems they do care about subscribers feedback. I’m just fed up with the “I think you’ll be pleased with next week’s announcement.” which ends up being a lame update, this week’s being the LAMEST in the past few months.

snakeeyes211 said:

October 2nd, 8:48 am

The next thing you know they’re going to give us the PlayStation All-Star Battle Royale Beta that by this late in it’s stage it’s probably a demo even though they’ll call it a beta just so we can think that we are actually testing something that they are probably wrapping up already anyway. here you go US you get something that everybody has already tried out

Sukhijay said:

October 2nd, 8:50 am


Only reason I got a full year playstation plus service was that I was under the assumption that every month we would get amazing content like Borderlands, Infamous 2, or LBP 2.

But I was wrong, and am starting to regret the choice of getting it.

At this rate I’m thinking of just giving away my one month play station plus card (that I got with God of war sage) to a friend. Seems really unlikely that we’ll get anything close to an actual full retail game that still has any relevance today.

And same here, I’d rather not waste my hard drive space with that BS Blitz game…

IncertoBR said:

October 2nd, 8:53 am

I really should have signed PSN + EURO instead of USA; too late now…

McScroggz said:

October 2nd, 8:55 am

Morgan, I just had a thought and I’d like to know your opinion (or anyone else who reads it). While I’ve benefited from the IGC and freebies greatly, there have been several games become free that I already own – I bought Scott Pilgrim two weeks ago, haha.

With that being said, to assuage the feeling of those who, “already own all these old games,” what if there was a system in place where if a user already owns several of the games offered up in the weekly/monthly updates they receive some money in their PSN wallet to somewhat compensate them. That way it will curb the “wait and see if it becomes free approach,” and adds a little flexibility for us. I would say make it where if you own, say, 5+ of the games already you can choose a PSN title, but that would be hectic and probably not possible to work out with every game company.

Anyone like this idea?

Yohmaru_EX said:

October 2nd, 8:58 am

Why they want us to vote about last month? Just see in the comments what we want US SONY!!!!!!

let’s see what US and EUR plus staff think before planning an update.

EUR staff:

All right guys we are doing a good job since E3, let think about what we need in october update. Ow yes, it’s the month of Resident Evil 6, then we could give RE5 to the subscribers, it’s a good game and if they like it, they can buy RE6. And of course, let’s give them some other games like bulletstorm.

US staff:

Let’s prepare a surprise for them!!! first week BLITZ!! Second week Minis!! Third week Ps1 classics maybe. And finaly the last week, the big surprise, TETRIS, they will love it.

Elvick_ said:

October 2nd, 8:59 am

I would love for you to work out the issues with releasing the Arkedo series. Europe has had them forever. NA needs them.

Yohmaru_EX said:

October 2nd, 9:03 am


same here man, I thought they were going to maintain the same level of quality games for free, and just the opposite happened, the quality level has been dropping month by month.

sdsdasdasdawd said:

October 2nd, 9:31 am

Oh lol. Again. EU get some cool games and US get old cheap PSN trash with: “WAIT AND SEE NEXT WEEK”. And what will be next week? Right, some cheap PSN game and “WAIT AND SEE NEXT WEEK”. In August there was only one good game (Borderlandse), when EU get some solid FULL PS3 games EVERY week. Not PSN trash. I think Sony must fire US plus managers and hire several from EU.Do not pay attention to fans 3 months is too much Sony. It’s too obviously, that EU and JP Plus members get more. than US, and saying just wait next week and give nothing it’s amoral.

I know that the crying will not change anything, because tears of fans made not from gold, that’s why, you simply must cancel your subscription to the service and show Sony that we’re tired of this ignore from US stuff

hew789 said:

October 2nd, 9:44 am

Well all I can say is Morgan still loves the c.o.c.k

USCCM said:

October 2nd, 10:09 am

Guys, let’s not get carried away.

I feel the same way too but let’s not forget that this is just for this week. If Sony listens to us – and so far they have – they will match, if not better, the EU PS+

Morgan, I read your replies on weekly PS+ updates, but I think it’s best that you go back to announcing all the games at the start of the month cause the comparison is just too devastating when you announce 1 game on week 1, and then EU PS+ announces everything all at once. It’s a psychological thing.

maxseth said:

October 2nd, 10:10 am

Please, more PS3 full games!!!

KojyNeox said:

October 2nd, 10:12 am

Thanks for the answer! sucks that auto update doesnt work on those games, but hell, itmade my life easier to have it day 1

USCCM said:

October 2nd, 10:14 am

Still, I cannot disagree with the rest that the quality (and quantity) of the games since June has been pretty lackluster. I defended you July and August. I didn’t have enough reason to defend you in September. Right now, I feel really sore like the rest of them.

I believe another reason is the way these updates are announced. Can anyone tell me, in the 3 months since IGC was announced, which were the games that got swapped out? We knew it will be 3 games out, 3 games in. The EU PS+ updates always made it clear at the start of the month which 3 will go, and which 3 will replace them. The shift to weekly PS+ announcements negates this, hence it makes us (or me at least) lose track of how many and which games were getting replaced.

Sukhijay said:

October 2nd, 10:14 am


Europe will still have better games for PS Plus then us.

This month alone, Europes content will be better then our current and future months.

We’ll get 4 full retail games which are actually playable within the next 12 months while Europe already had 4 playable games within this month.

USCCM said:

October 2nd, 10:19 am

I still remember, before July, every month when the PS+ update is announced, I would link the page to my friends (most don’t even own a PS3) and boast about all the great games that I would be getting. Now… well… now I either compare between the US and EU games, or I just keep quiet until they ask me what games I would be getting.

I understand that EU runs on a different strategy. Their subscription is slightly more expensive. They get 10 rather than 12 games in the IGC. Still, to compare RE5 and Bulletstorm with NFL Blitz is a slap in the face, and to add insult to injury, they throw in a brand spanking newly released game which we only get a 20% discount for. And let us not forget Retro/Grade…

USCCM said:

October 2nd, 10:23 am

So if the top brass are listening, you know you guys are doing something wrong when someone who so strongly defended the US PS+ went to the other side. So please… please do something about it before it is too late and there’s no hope left (sorry, can’t resist).

Toddimus144 said:

October 2nd, 10:31 am

Do not want to sound like a hater, I love PS Plus, but disappointed this month.. I hate sports – do not even u do not know how to play most sports… most gamer friends I know do not play sports, although I understand the average gamers love football — I just wish they would give an alternate free game choice if you do not like sports or the game being offered. Alex the Kidd I like, but cmon its a 20 + year old game and should be free, not reduced. I have had that Alex the Kidd port on the Wii, my Sega dreamcast, included free on a mini coleco handheld, on my sons DS.. its a game that has already been around the block on several consoles.

My recommendations:

Be more like the Europe version of plus- Offer at least 2 free major game choices a month, or even better yet for new plus members, allow us one choice or two from previous months free games that we may have missed.

Old console games should be free as well, seriously how much of that one dollar is sega actually getting from alex kidd? Sonic, golden axe, streets of rage, those were all free.

archism74 said:

October 2nd, 10:40 am

This broke the camels hump for me. My sub is up on the 17th of this month, and i will not be renewing ps plus. I was in game exchange this morning and saw NFL Blitz was a 1.65. So goodbye PS Plus, I will not be wasting money on this again.

mcnab306 said:

October 2nd, 10:59 am

I can’t even look forward to Tuesdays like I used to, the beginning of the month is usually my fav but this really bums me out. Guess I’ll go back to Skyrim waiting for a dlc that probably won’t get released.

ossiecastro5 said:

October 2nd, 11:03 am

Hey, when do you think they’ll add another free game with a platinum trophy? I literally had to buy the multiplayer part of Starhawk after completing the single player. Not the best campaign.

tdlypsdoff said:

October 2nd, 11:04 am

I got approved for the Playstation CC last week. It will be here soon and when I get my free year of PS+ it would be worth it for October’s perks alone to use it on my alt Euro account. I should be able to play all the Euro games on my US account anyway, right? Even if I did care about NFL Blitz I would still be just as upset with this service. Now Euro get 2 full games a month!?! WTF?!?

Brynngar said:

October 2nd, 11:13 am

If you guys were going to do a sports game why not do Blood Bowl?

albag2009 said:

October 2nd, 11:13 am

Anyone still believes in what this Morgan says?Every week is “wait until next weeks update.You’ll be pleased”.And every week we got a half game or demo.


October 2nd, 11:15 am

shuit up, be happy.

GStylez1980 said:

October 2nd, 11:16 am

@#276 Yeah, I’m sure that’s the way the US PS+ staff meetings go: “How can we manage to give less content to our customers than the European customers this week?” Give me a flippin’ break!!!

I’m sure that if they could give us RDR, Motorstorm, RE5, etc., they would’ve done it when they gave it to Europe. Of course, it’s not great business to give a certain demographic more full PS3 games than the other. But if everybody would put their pitchforks and torches down for just a second, you would realize that Sony doesn’t always have the power to give away games. Game publishers have a say…game developers have a say. I’m sure that if it were up to Morgan and Co., we’d be waist-deep in full PS3-gaming goodness. But it’s not always their call. And I’d be willing to wager that most of you that are complaining have already played RE5, RDR, Dead Space 2, and/or Darksiders. Probably a lot more than have played the latest version of NFL Blitz. Again…what are you complaining about?!?

I love PS+ and the US IGC and my guess is that all of the PS+ naysayers and cynics will be eating their words or will be strangely silent/absent this time next week.

GStylez1980 said:

October 2nd, 11:19 am

@294 What the heck are you talking about?!? We get the single-player campaign of a game that came out just 5 months ago, and you overexaggerate to say that PS+ members are getting demos and “half-games”? Come on man/lady…you’re better than that (I hope).

waldo-san said:

October 2nd, 11:30 am

No lo puedo creer! en Europa para usuarios de PlayStation Plus les van a dar Resident Evil 5 Gold edition, Bulletsorm y Hell yeah! GRATIS! Y aquí en America nos dan miserías, cuando pagamos lo mismo. Otra cosa no incluyeron en México el juego de One Piece -____-

waldo-san said:

October 2nd, 11:30 am

I can not believe! in Europe for PlayStation Plus users are going to give Resident Evil 5 Gold Edition, Bulletsorm and Hell yeah! FREE! And here in America we get miseries, when we paid the same. Another thing not included in Mexico’s game One Piece-____-

shadwayne said:

October 2nd, 11:34 am

morgan….will psn get any of the capcom vs snk(preferably 2) in hd? like how we got marvel vs capcom origins?

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