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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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onslaughtree said:

October 2nd, 11:54 am

@299. No disrespect, but Borderlands is better that RE5 + Bulletstorm combined…Im just sayin.

onslaughtree said:

October 2nd, 12:05 pm

PS…..In an era where 1 game costs upwards of $59.99. some of you Plus members have paid $50 per YEAR for free Ps3 games/Free Dynamic themes/Free ps1 titles/Free DLC & Free PSN titles…I fail to see where the complains are coming from.??? If your so unhappr, here is a solution.
(1) Let your subscription run out
(2) Do not renue
(3) Go back to paying for FULL PRICE for all your Games/ Dynamic Themes/ Ps1 games/ PSN Titles…
(4) Leave us happy PS+ Members to enjoy the great content that Morgan and staff are pumping out each and every month.
As always, Keep on Gaming.

Sukhijay said:

October 2nd, 12:30 pm


Here’s the thing though, yes we (including you and me) paid $59.99 for PS plus for year round free games.But we did it under the impression that these year round games would be good, and fun and actually playable games. Not some cheap rip off (Blitz) that no one even remembers. And to add insult to injury, Blitz is barely worth a dollar in today’s market.

Now lets see…..

Does paying $59.99 for a game worth $1 seem practical to you?

And on top of THAT, European ps plus members get highly regarded AAA games.

Now, lets see again…

Is NFL Blitz better than ANY game that has been offered to European gamers?

I honestly respect your opinion but you got to admit that that’s just absurd.

DiegoHuXO said:

October 2nd, 12:35 pm

Don´t like it….

Maybe next week….

kaka_campolongo said:

October 2nd, 12:35 pm

Please give us Nights into dreams

I dont like the NFL blitz,, I’ll wait for better games

kaka_campolongo said:

October 2nd, 12:38 pm

Europe is getting RE5: Gold and BulletStorm this month? And we get NFL Blitz…
I’m starting to feel trolled here.

DiegoHuXO said:

October 2nd, 12:54 pm


I agree with you mate, in a way.

PLUS has its great moments of course, like Infamous 2 and other great games, it is a great service of SONY, but as we all admire PLUS and SONY , we expect great updates not “this” kind of game.

SONY must remeber that we are all paying to be SPECIAL, doesnt matter what anyone says, and we must be treated like this, SPECIAL.

I admire Sony staff, the people of the blog and everyone else, this was not a good week, but i’m sure Sony will give great updates as always try to do.

May the force be with you!!!! HO hohoho

kaka_campolongo said:

October 2nd, 12:58 pm

if it continues not only earned him a plus sign, because we signed to have something special, and with these titles and who are offering us discounts do not see advantage, plus those who do not subscribe to this better because not spend a cent, and those games do not lack

kaka_campolongo said:

October 2nd, 1:01 pm

JOKE, only I gotta say: is a JOKE

pedrocoelho9 said:

October 2nd, 1:10 pm

Someone answer me one thing? Why the games free of European Plus are much better than the U.S. Plus? What requirements do you use to choose a free game?

JeanLucAwesome said:

October 2nd, 1:18 pm

Nice, looking foward to trying Blitz.

I’m surprised Blood Rayne was at the bottom with 1%, fantastic game. I hope to see games like that from time to time. Shank 2 anyone?

firebert42 said:

October 2nd, 1:28 pm

Can’t wait to try Blitz! Also looking forward to the Kidd. Variety is the spice of life. Any thoughts about more non-game content like movies with Plus? Could you guys hook us up with some flicks from Sony pictures?

ProfChesterTQ said:

October 2nd, 3:22 pm

Hey Morgan,

You do an awesome job with the Blog, weekly updates are way better than monthly. I did have one question though, has anyone over in the PS+ area considered anything like the “Best Buy 30-day price match”… I mean, I always find myself timid when I go to buy any PSN content; worried that within a week or two, the content will be included with my monthly subscription. I’m guessing not, but is there anyway to shed some light on just how the games are picked, so we might be wise to avoid such “eligible” titles???

ProfChesterTQ said:

October 2nd, 3:37 pm

Anyone that thinks PS+ is bad, should try XBox Gold for a month, they’ll come screaming back within the month and apologies aplenty… spoken as a recent PS3 convert myself.

ProfChesterTQ said:

October 2nd, 3:50 pm

I love the complaints that are hollering for PS+ to give out games that any hard-core gamer would already have in his collection… if PS+ started giving those games out, we’d hear a lot more “ah man, I already have that game and spent $60 on it as well, when are we gonna get a game I don’t own”… it was there for the Borderlands game, only it got a pass because it was one of the first “big game” names released.

PS+ is awesome, don’t let the few bad apples spoil the awesomeness.

Beckanno said:

October 2nd, 4:15 pm

While I dont agree w/ paying for online XBL as a service is better. The 360 counterparts of multiplatform games have more people playing(some games cant even find a match on the triple) more mics as well as working mic functionality, & party chat support. I prefer my PS3 but its clear to see this is Sonys first serious venture into online.

Ill never understand blind favoritism; to companies or corporations.

Sukhijay said:

October 2nd, 4:16 pm

That is the stupidest logic I’ve ever heard. No one is saying we should get all the new games for free, what everyone, including me, is complaining about is the fact that the US and Canadian versions of the PS plus are absolutely terrible next to the European ones.
One of the highlighted games we get is NFL Blitz while the European gamers get RE5, RDR and other AAA games.
Fact of the matter is no one paid for PS Plus for bs games worth $1 but for games that are enjoyable.
And also as a side note, I also have Xbox Gold and you can’t compare XBG with PS Plus because one is a online subscription and the other is a subscription SPECIFICALLY FOR free games and exclusive deals

Beckanno said:

October 2nd, 4:32 pm

Id also say “rented” games instead of free since thats the new Plus focus. There used to be bigger deals than 20% but rented games are the bulk of the service now Im sad to say.

USCCM said:

October 2nd, 4:51 pm


They’ll come around, like I did. Like @profchestertq said, he’s a recent PS3 convert. They haven’t experienced the disappointment of week after week after week of seeing how the EU PLus is better. They’ll come around.

Let’s make a few things clear of why we are complaining:

PS Plus is better than XBox Live: Yes
PS Plus is of great value: Yes
We love Plus and Sony: Yes
We admire Morgan and the team for dealing with us: Yes
We were happy with Plus up till June 2012: Yes

Why we are complaining: EU PS Plus gets better games than US PS Plus.

My credential: +2 years subscriber, introduced 3 friends into Plus, defended Morgan and Sony strongly against this EXACT issue in July and August 2012 (you can read back on those blog posts comments if you don’t believe me).

LokiLullaby said:

October 2nd, 4:53 pm


What’s with the(in my opinion, unfair) difference in EU and US releases? This month they get RE5:Gold and Bulletstorm, and we get half a game, and a PSN Game? This doesn’t seem fair. I mean, can I just switch to EU PS+ or am I just stuck with the releases here? I’m not trying to come across as whiny, but it does seem like EU gets an unfair advantage. For a few months now, I’ve seen them get Red Dead Redemption, Dead Space, and similarly awesome games, where the only notable release (again, only my opinion) was Borderlands. I mean, I loved DD: Neon and Scott Pilgrim, but compared to EU releases, I’d switch games in an instant. I understand we’re different regions, but like I said, seems as if America is getting the short end of the stick.

LokiLullaby said:

October 2nd, 4:55 pm

If EU gets a full Vita game when Vita plus goes live, while US gets a mini, or a psp title, I believe I won’t be renewing PS+.

x1Raziel said:

October 2nd, 5:11 pm

that’s it for me i will not renew my plus subscription. it’s been a long time since we got a game that actually intrest me or that i didn’t already have we just keep getting Junk while EU keeps getting hooked up. people keep saying we want RPGS or cool games yet they keep giving us 2D side scrollers or this crap what a joke.

YoruAzeniaSIC said:

October 2nd, 5:48 pm

To be fair I have been pretty disappointed with Plus as of late. I mean yeah I liked StarHawk (even if it was just the single player campaign) and that convinced me to hold on for a bit longer. However this in my honest opinion is the worst update yet not the that game itself is bad it just doesn’t feel IGC worthy (sorry to anyone who may enjoy this game but thats how I feel). I noticed over in EU they are getting games off of the Full Game Trial list quite frequently such as RE5, Bulletstorm, and Darksiders. Why don’t we get some of those like for instance I personally have been really curious to try out Record of Agarest War that would be an awesome free Plus title I would even like one of games on the cheaper end of spectrum like Prototype.

GalP15 said:

October 2nd, 6:01 pm

Another disapoiment from the american ps3 plus…. the eu getting Bulletstorm and resident evil 5 for free.. and we get a footbal game.. wow thats lame!

VinoyPepaGG said:

October 2nd, 6:48 pm

Bulletstorm & Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition for Europe. Good Job USA! GOD DAmMIT!

Sukhijay said:

October 2nd, 7:30 pm


I really hope you do, I mean no disrespect towards Morgan or any other member of the Playstation staff. I’m just expressing my own personal dissatisfaction of the titles offered to us so far.

USCCM said:

October 2nd, 7:47 pm

Agreed. We are not attacking anyone here, merely expressing our disappointment towards where the US PS+ is heading.

And it has been my experience that Sony does listen to its customer so I hope they will be able to change something here, and put in Wild A.R.M.S. as one of the games for PS+. Sorry to mention it so many times but I really want that game!!!

The_Hobbit_36 said:

October 2nd, 11:40 pm

I have been a plus member for over a year and while they have brought out some nice releases I would like to see us get either the same releases as the EU or somethng equal

USCCM said:

October 2nd, 11:53 pm

It really says something when over in the EU all the comments were “great update!” or “thank you Sony” or “awesome” when over here everybody is expressing dismay and disappointment.

Ultralalo said:

October 3rd, 12:27 am

SCEA is a sad joke, I’m sure Sony doesn’t need polls to know what do we want from NA PS+, it’s just a way to stall and keep giving us crappy updates.

Elvick_ said:

October 3rd, 1:37 am

I am only disappointed that a PSN title can replace a full game in thr IGC.

Also, add the Arkedo series already. Work it out so Sanuk can afford it.

ypto_77 said:

October 3rd, 10:23 am

why sony, why?
that games don`t like us, in SCEE have best games, come on….

give us crysis, bulletstorm, dead space, need for speed at least

Toddimus144 said:

October 3rd, 10:26 am

Just checked my local gamestop last night and saw NFL Blitz used copy for 6.50 cents.
And this is what they offer us? As for Alex Kidd, 25 year old game should be free, you have to still purchase $5.00 in PS Store credit, in order to buy a 1 dollar item.. so not really any discount there.

Glad I did not purchase a full year of Plus, but still very disappointed I decided to try it out for 3 months only to get this crap.

szor2 said:

October 3rd, 10:53 am

So where is Red Dead Redemption? Is US ever getting it or are we out of luck?

LitheArt said:

October 3rd, 11:16 am

It’s been a while since I last saw a Playstation 1 Classic deal for PS plus member-
Is it possible that you are “holding back” some to put them on Vita PS+?
Or is it that you just stopped the PS1 games deals and I never saw the announcement?

Just curious, I miss monthly free PS1 game.

RateX_BR said:

October 3rd, 11:42 am

BLITZ?? This is ridiculous.
While EU gets great games we get BLITZ? =(

Sony, please hear our desperate feedbacks!

ronaldoratdg said:

October 3rd, 12:49 pm


“@299. No disrespect, but Borderlands is better that RE5 + Bulletstorm combined…Im just sayin.”

i agree with you

Borderlands >> RE5 + Bullestorm


PLUS EU got Borderlands too.. so they got Borderlands, RE5 and Bullestorm and others like Darksiders, Dead Space 2, Red Dead Redemption, Deus EX.. etc..

JeanLucAwesome said:

October 3rd, 12:59 pm

Wow, I didn’t know PS+ EU got Bulletstorm, that would’ve been pretty sweet.. Much better than a tiny football game.

Sukhijay said:

October 3rd, 1:22 pm


Blitz is worth $1.00 in my local EB Games

Rapid_arion said:

October 3rd, 2:48 pm

a football game? wtf?! how about , Sonic generation, Army of two: 40th day.. ! Come on guys . it´s better games to offer us!

night_ruiner said:

October 3rd, 4:50 pm

um no reply by morgan respond to these people, i like the blitz release but when i saw what eu got it was upsetting when are we gonna get half the games eu gets

greensmurfy said:

October 3rd, 6:21 pm

I just joined PS Plus and am having such a fun time with Blitz. I’m horrible at sports game, but surprisingly I’m doing really well with this game. Thanks for making this game free because I wouldn’t have gotten to play this fun game otherwise. The other free games are great too. So glad I subscribed to PS Plus. Bloodrayne is the only game that isn’t my cup of tea. I don’t know what it is about the game, but I dont like it.

JeanLucAwesome said:

October 3rd, 7:17 pm

RE5 Gold, Bullet Storm and Wrath of Dead Rabbit (which I actually have had my eye on.)..I don’t want to be ungrateful but I just don’t see how EU can get all that and only have Blitz here, that’s a huge difference.

dodgedoors said:

October 3rd, 8:18 pm

I’m positive we’re getting a AAA game next week. I for one like the psn titles occasionally. Some I may never play but I download them and keep them on my HD in case I get bored. It’s cool to go outside my comfort zone of games. I do however want Dead Space 1 and 2. I believe as some do that if it were all retail games I would already own them. I have Red Dead GOTY edition, so I don’t want that.

Can’t wait to see what the Vita 12 IGC are going to be. I want at least 6 retail, just hope I don’t own all of them, as I am pretty sure 2 of my 5 will be on that. I’m guessing uncharted, lumines, and maybe even MLB will be on the IGC list. I have been holding off on getting escape plan hoping it will be on the list come november.

RampageDeluxe said:

October 3rd, 9:35 pm

Yeah, I don’t think we need to worry about my storage space with the last few months of Plus’ offerings.

asc1982 said:

October 3rd, 10:46 pm

Whats up PS community, this is my first time posting and i think its long overdue. now i’m not one to complain, but i couldn’t sit here and read these comments week after week about PS+ and how SCEA is dropping the ball with the IGC. and you know what. they are all RIGHT!! Now i am a constant psn purchaser. i have bought well over 60 games from the psn. I love all games, and i love football with a passion. but at E3, it was stated for everyone to hear that plus was getting overhauled and that we could expect FULL PS3 GAMES (YOU KNOW, THE ONES WITH FREE TRIALS FOR PS+ USERS). and since then we have gotten psn $15 or less full games and borderlands. which i paid $50 for on the network with the DLC’s. so that sucks for me, but thats ok its bound to happen. What me and everyone else wants to know is why is the EU PS+ subscribers get real full games every rotation, like red dead, deus ex, and dead space 2. and we get pac man, outland, bloodrayne. u cant be serious!! oh and did i mention bulletstorm and resident evil 5 gold edition were comming to the EU PS+. but we get blitz.

asc1982 said:

October 3rd, 10:46 pm

And another thing. I Know you guys at sony read these (Talking to u Morgan Haro) But no one ever responds to explain why EU PS+ subscribers get better games. or at least let us know who makes the decisions on what games go into the IGC. So week can communicate with them.cause u guys are ignoring us. everyone that says your doing a great job with the IGC probably dont spend any money in your store. and everything that has been in it they got free. I bet if you guys acknowledged that alot of people are unhappy you guys would get more people to resubscribe and join. people just want to be heard, thats why we comment. just respond to one complaint. and most will probably stop. because its been heard and addressed. i know you guys have to be sick of reading complaints. it should bother you guys and if it doesn’t then shame on you guys. cause it just goes to show that you people at sony really dont care how we feel.

asc1982 said:

October 3rd, 10:55 pm


asc1982 said:

October 3rd, 10:59 pm

and i also saw some people asking for castle crashers. please DO NOT!! ALREADY HAVE IT

Gmafz7 said:

October 4th, 11:38 am

I love Plus, but most of the free games for these last couple of months have sucked for me and most of my plus friends, and this is not a good start for October, thinking about going to live to europe instead jajajaja.

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