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PlayStation Plus Update: Return To Rapture Free in BioShock 2

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

It may be gift-giving season, but PlayStation Plus delivers gaming gifts all year round, and this week is no exception. While many of you might still be getting acquainted with the PS Vita Plus games, PS3 gamers can welcome BioShock 2 into their Instant Game Collection. Download it for free if you’re a Plus member when the PlayStation Store updates on Tuesday.

Don’t forget that the Music Unlimited offer is still on as well. You can pick up the 1 year subscription for only $12! If you have questions on the service, you may want to check out this handy FAQ. To take advantage of the offer, you’ll need to subscribe from your PS3 or PS Vita Plus enabled account.

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

December 4th PlayStation Plus Update

BioShock 2 (PS3)
Free for Plus members
Years after the events of the original BioShock, a monster has begun snatching little girls and bringing them back to the undersea city of Rapture. Players step into the boots of the most iconic denizen of Rapture (and recent star of PlayStation All Stars Battle Royale), the Big Daddy, as they travel through the decrepit and beautiful fallen city, chasing an unseen foe in search of answers.
Rockstar Games Collection Edition 1 (PS3)
10% off for PlayStation Plus members (Regular price: $59.99, PS Plus Price: $53.99)
An amazing value, this collection features Red Dead Redemption, Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City, L.A. Noire, and Midnight Club: Los Angeles Complete Edition. Plus members can enjoy a 10% discount on this new release to PSN.

Puddle (PS3 and PS Vita Versions)
50% off for PlayStation Plus members (PS3 Plus Price: $3.50 $5.00; PS Vita Plus Price: $2.80 $4.00)
Experience a brilliantly designed physics-based puzzle/platform game where you must guide a puddle of fluid to its target destination, not by moving the fluid, but by tilting the game world. It’s a unique twist on the puzzle genre and both PS3 and PS Vita versions are 50% off. Please note, this game is not cross-buy or cross-play enabled; so choose the best version for you, or if you’re a big fan, buy both!

We hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s update. Tune in next week where we’ll have another fantastic title to keep you gaming with PlayStation Plus. Head to the PlayStation Plus forums to continue the conversation and find other Plus fans, and make sure you make your voice heard in the comments below. As always, thanks for your feedback and we’ll see you next week!

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DonkeyKongKilla said:

December 5th, 12:56 pm

@Yugi_Fishie – not a problem. always feels good to lend out a helping hand you know, usually I just wait a half in hour with my system turned, I don’t know it just seems like it helps the process register that its updated.

DonkeyKongKilla said:

December 5th, 12:57 pm

turned off*

PatricioUSA said:

December 5th, 3:24 pm

I joined PLUS service no more than a week ago. So far i liked it pretty much, got RE5, Infamous 2, Ratchet, Just Cause 2, and Gravity Rush for my VITA (Without mentioning the other ones because i already have them)

I do own BioShock 2 since release date, a great game, like mostly every 2K GAMES, however, i know, this is just a weekly update, but i do hope Morgan, you can make me smile again by showing me some match to the EU monthly update.

I will keep tuned for more updates.


Toddimus144 said:

December 5th, 3:43 pm

Cmon really we need newer or better free games, so far my 3 month plus subscripton has been full of games I already have, older games that have been out for years etc. BioShock2 was just one sale at my local gamestop last week and even pushed on me by the cashier so I got it with the buy 2 get 1 free sale for cyber monday.. Its almost as if they knew PS+ was going to be releasing it, and if so that’s just crappy.

Is there any way PS Plus would start offering an alternate game, from either their past offerings or just an alternative altogether, and does gamestop have insider information on what PS + is releasing before the public does? This is the second time I got a used game only a few days before PS+ offered it for free!

greensmurfy said:

December 5th, 8:24 pm

Subscribed to PS Plus 2 months ago and have been real happy with the free game selection. A lot of fantastic games that I would have never played if I didn’t subscribe. Some favorites of mine are Dungeon Defenders, Bioshock 2, NFL Blitz, Quantum Conundrum, and Infamous 2. Also, I prefer the weekly format instead of the monthly format. I enjoy being surprised every week to see what the next game is going to be.

I’m surprised a lot of people are complaining about Bioshock 2. It’s an old game, sure (Though I’ve only played Bioshock 1). It’s not like Arkham City is that new. I got that for 10 dollars off of Steam when it was on sale.

Keep up the great games :)

Xnightwish said:

December 5th, 9:18 pm

anyone else notice both bloodrayne and outland are expiring this week? you can generally tell what type of game/how many games are coming next week by whats expiring…would be nice if they dropped the 2 psn games for a new retail game next week

aznhero913 said:

December 5th, 9:30 pm


Yeah buddy, garbage bin games valued at $5 in the clearance aisles are probably good for you but I have more self respect than you since I have the inclination to see the fact that Sony is giving another market top tier and current games versus giving us old games. And use your brain for God’s sake… Borderlands, Bioshock, etc… all games given to us before the release of the newest segment in that line. You really think Sony is giving us the game or the Publisher trying to drum up attention for the next game?

Maybe you should just take a seat at the kiddie table while the grown ups speak on your behalf…

rockxx2 said:

December 5th, 9:48 pm

please arkham city for ps plus and thanks for bioshock 2 great game

Crusher201 said:

December 5th, 10:27 pm


Bioshock 2 is a garbage bin game? I bet you haven’t even played it. I think NA PS+ could be a lot better, but getting mad when you get even a $5 game as only one of the 3 PS3 IGC games is ridiculous. $50 / 12 = $4.17 a month. That’s a really good value, no matter how much better Europe’s free games are. Please develop a decent argument before posting a comment.

BuddhaWrathXXVII said:

December 6th, 12:00 am

I’m starting to also regret my recent purchase of PS+ membership…

1) Common and popular games that most people already own.
2) Some quality, but definitely no quantity.
3) If PS+ is going to be releasing freebies, don’t weigh so heavily on VITA content –> Not everyone has it or even plans on purchasing it.

It seems like I am paying x amount per year to roll on a chance that ONE neat, useful, or fun game will be released ONCE PER MONTH. I could have just went ahead and bought or rented these freebies and have plenty of cash left over.

Please evaluate our thoughts and concerns and bring better content to the table for us paying subscribers!

OmegaRebelAKuma said:

December 6th, 1:54 am

why is Bioshock 2 91 Gb THATS outrageously to much & why Cant the Vita Game release Work for the Ps3 without the Vita.America Are getting the Short Stick While Europe gets all the Goods.

DonkeyKongKilla said:

December 6th, 5:34 am

@Crusher201 oh wow, ok another genius aye, arguing the monthly average again, that honestly does not matter, bioshock is pretty bad though, like you’d really have to be in that genre mostly to like it, its just straight coocoo to me, but arguing the fact that the average in each month? c’mon now nolo jr haven’t you been paying attention read what BuddhaWrathXXVII says, ENOUGH SAID. The money won’t average out for many people if they already have everything they’re getting on plus.

@OmegaRebelAKuma I hope thats a typo, 91 gb? it was only 9 gb for me. haha I don’t think there is a game that big, closest one I seen was DC universe. with about 20+ gb, on the vita issue, bc its for vita? I mean who knows what to tell you on that other than just put them into your checkout list and dont download them, down the road if you decide to go vita then you’ll have them with plus.

DonkeyKongKilla said:

December 6th, 5:35 am

@aznhero913 I only been plus for two months now, but now that you mention that, it is a big thing about businesses doing that trying to get us hyped up for the next one right after, didn’t think plus ran like that, thought they was just scraping the bottom of the barrel giving us the games no more people will really buy to play anymore besides a few here and there.

DonkeyKongKilla said:

December 6th, 5:41 am

@greensmurfy did you really put Dungeon Defenders as one of your fav’s? lol, SONY ROBOT ALERT!!! watch out. nah but seriously though glad it paid off for you, but the main complaints is many people get the games they already have so its kind of useless. Also NA is suppose to be better than EU as far as the one guy was stating in his ‘statistics’ so how come they get better retail games is what the other people complain about and the only thing they said was bc the EU team is the game getters!?!

sab_krit said:

December 6th, 7:29 am

@greensmurfy – GMG was giving Bioshock 2 for free on sale, Even right now Bioshock is free when you install gamefly client in ur PC. Your comparison of a PC download with a PS3 version is lame. PC version of games are always cheaper and you have sales on steam every day. Even if you search on web somewhere you might even download black ops 2 for free. I mean like really free not subscription – free.

khaledseif1 said:

December 6th, 12:35 pm

That’s it Morgan.
I am giving up my subscription and not renewing it at the US store.
Is there a way to switch my account to the EU store.
If i subscribe in the EU PSN+, Do I get access to my US games or not?

sab_krit said:

December 6th, 1:56 pm

@khaledseif1 Why do u want to do that Khaled?

khaledseif1 said:

December 6th, 2:17 pm

PSN NA offering is always inferior the PSN EU despite the endless complains about that.

konsept_artist said:

December 6th, 3:20 pm

Is anyone else having trouble downloading Bioshock 2? My brother in law and I have both tried multiple times to no avail. The game is 9.1 gb and I currently have 15 gb free and he has 11 gb free yet it keeps telling us both that we don’t have enough free space… ?

Oreoman500 said:

December 6th, 5:55 pm

So I’ve just been charged on the freebie Bioshock 2 today @ 5:05pm. I’m plus member as you can see. There shouldn’t $20 missing on my card. Who do I call/what do I do to get a refund on this?

khaledseif1 said:

December 7th, 3:12 am

Morgan could you please answer this question or guide me where to find answers
Is there a way to switch my account to the EU store?
If i subscribe in the EU PSN+, Do I get access to my US games or not?

sab_krit said:

December 7th, 6:53 am

@konsept_artist You need to have almost 19 gb free, try deleting some game utility contents normally one game utility file holds upto 2 gb. Else get a new internal hard drive and replace your old one.

@khaledseif1 Good luck getting an answer buddy. You are just another customer for them. Now one of a kiddie will say “He cannot answer everybody”. But the truth is he didnt answer anybody who had the same question as yours. Good luck getting an answer here.

SiriusCJS said:

December 7th, 9:38 am

I can see how BioShock 2 is a great offer, but I was also anticipating Arkham City. I already bought BS2 a few months ago with the Ultimate Package offer. Which is now occurring to me it being a very faulty offering for long-term PS+ members. Offer a game at a discounted price for members, then offer the same game for free for the same members not too long later?

And as some have expressed, I’m not regretting my renewal. As soon as I renewed RE5 was offered but that came with the RE6 Anthology that I purchased. Now this. I know this would inevitably happen & they can’t please everyone, but it is a one two punch right after my renewal.

But I really wanna stress this:

5th December: Batman: Arkham City (PS3)
5th December: LIMBO (PS3)
5th December: Vanquish (PS3)
12th December: Big Sky Infinity (PS Vita and PS3)
19th December: Mortal Kombat (PS Vita)
21st December: Knytt Underground (PS Vita and PS3)


Jaque_araujo said:

December 7th, 1:30 pm

I’m plus subscriber and I can not download the game Bioshock 2 .. gotaria to know when the problem will be solved .. thank you

Jaque_araujo said:

December 7th, 1:31 pm

I’m plus subscriber and I can not download the game Bioshock 2 .. I wonder when the problem will be solved .. thank you

gokugt25 said:

December 7th, 7:47 pm

is there any possible way of us getting arkham city? i really want that game :(

luiz0XD said:

December 8th, 8:02 pm

I don’t know why everyone is complaining about not getting Batman, I am enjoying Bioshock 2, i would have wanted to play Batman AC but the months not over yet, so thank you guys at PS for being awesome i got the 3 month sub to try it out, but when it runs out I will get the 1 year sub, once again YOU GUYS ARE AWESOME. :3

dandalee11 said:

December 9th, 3:53 am


Xx_Crisco_xX said:

December 9th, 9:17 am

This game is weak , playstation plus really done fell off . 9.3 GB for the game , that wasn’t even worth the time I took to download it ! At least last year we got pinball for Christmas , come on man !

Xx_Crisco_xX said:

December 9th, 9:21 am

@ 723 Yeah don’t you love how the people who work @ sony , and for playstation plus , release free games for playstation plus, after they discounted it for playstation plus members ! COME ON MAN ! ! !

Shaun2KH said:

December 9th, 12:54 pm

How come we dont get batman and mortal kombat but they get it this is not fair at all

Shaun2KH said:

December 9th, 1:11 pm

Hey Morgan will ps plus ever try ps all stars i want to try but dnt have money at this moment thanks for your reply

Ateam134 said:

December 9th, 4:30 pm

Bioshock 2, excellent game albeit the EU PS+ gets a grip of games this month, Sony has always been good to me and im quite confident that when they say we will be pleasantly surprised with the December content in the US!

SmilingSage said:

December 9th, 7:27 pm

We can complain and complain about the horrible selection NA gets compared to EU, but lets be realistic and realize that it probably won’t change any time soon.

I just hope the updates change to monthly rather than weekly.

khaledseif1 said:

December 10th, 1:41 am

Morgan, any chance i get answers to my questions?

chunterosa said:

December 10th, 5:17 am

lol, my ps+ membership just dried up yesterday. i’m not sure if i feel like i should renew it. i really need a new game to play and ps+ has absolutely dissapointed me every time. the last game i really enjoyed playing was awesomenauts and that was in june. i cracked out on infamous 2 mostly because it’s the only game worth playing of the bunch, but even that got tired after a couple months. bioshock 2 is not impressive in my book. the very first thing i noticed was it’s framerate. INSTANTLY, i could see we are dealing with sub 30fps, i kinda got a playstation because i wanted solid framerates WITHOUT being forced to tweak the graphic/vsync settings.
SO…. now i have the choice to spend 50 bucks on a new game or HOPE i get ONE decent game within the next few months as thats how long it takes me to save up that kind of cash in my disabled state.
i’m not complaining, merely putting my thoughts on paper for those who might care to read as i feel without voicing my issues, the people at playstation will not know, and if they do not know, why would they care?? so perhaps less complaining at those who speak up over the money they spend. some of us have to go through much bs to get that money in the first place.

seper_djam said:

December 10th, 8:24 am

i want justcause 2 ! come on get back to work. EU plus is doin better guys =((

DoctorBaofu said:

December 10th, 6:57 pm

@737 seper_djam: We already had Just Cause 2. That was one of the games in the initial bunch when they started the “instant game collection” stuff. If they ever put it in again, I doubt it would be anytime soon.

OoJoaKaponiioO said:

December 11th, 12:13 am

bioshock 2 is a good game… thanks ps plus

zanix1 said:

December 11th, 10:01 am

so bioshock 2 is alright drop but yes compared to eu its uhh crap lol … but batman would be nice … seeing as i can only download now because for the 5th time in a row, within a month after my warranty expires my blue ray reader crashes … i love playstation but damn

BlueFrog007 said:

December 12th, 9:32 am

Wow, just noticed that this was free when I checked this weeks update, and it brought a big smile to my face. I love PS+, and I need to renew for another year or two.

riceroni said:

December 21st, 2:50 pm

This game is defective. I keep getting hung up on the “loading” screen. I’ve been on forums and many others have had this same problem. Many who purchased the disk returned it. Glad I didn’t pay for this via PS store where I “CAN’T” get a refund.

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