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PlayStation Plus Update: Anomaly Warzone Earth Free for Members

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There’s a lot to love with PlayStation Plus in December. Perhaps you’ve already thought of what a great gift a PS Plus membership makes for your fellow PS3 gamer. Or maybe you’ve been diving into the games in the Instant Game Collection with new additions like BioShock 2, Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition, and Rochard. Either way, you’ve got more great content on the way with this week’s addition: Anomaly Warzone Earth! You’ll also find some amazing holiday deals on games that you might have missed. Read on to find out more.

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

December 18th PlayStation Plus Update

Anomaly: Warzone Earth

Anomaly Warzone Earth (PS3)

Free for Plus members

Anomaly Warzone Earth is an extraordinary mixture of action and strategy in a reversed tower defense formula. Call it tower offense, if that’s a bit easier. The game tasks you with saving a near-future Earth from an alien onslaught. The invaders have captured world’s major cities, building huge turrets that destroy everything in their path. It’s up to you to lead an armor squad through the streets of cities like Baghdad and Tokyo, planning the route and strategically choosing which units to deploy in order to crush the opposition. Download it today and experience this fantastic twist on strategy gaming.

Holiday Essentials Sale

Various discounts for Plus members

You may have seen the announcement already, but this week marks the first week of the PSN Holiday Sale! You can check out the full announcement here, but here’s the breakdown of all the games that you’ll be able to get an amazing sale price on for this week:

Game Normal Price PSN Sale Price Plus Sale Price
Catherine $39.99 $27.99 $19.60
Counter Strike Global Offensive $14.99 $10.49 $7.35
Dyad $14.99 $10.49 $7.35
Escape Plan $14.99 $10.49 $7.35
I am Alive $14.99 $10.49 $7.35
LittleBigPlanet 2 $19.99 $13.99 $0.00
LittleBigPlanet PS Vita $35.99 $24.99 $17.49
M:tG Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013 $9.99 $6.99 $4.90
NHL 13 $59.99 $41.99 $29.40
Rayman Origins $19.99 $13.99 $9.80
Rayman Origins PS Vita $29.99 $20.99 $14.70
Resident Evil 4 $19.99 $13.99 $9.80
Retro/Grade $9.99 $6.99 $4.90
Street Fighter: Third Strike Online Edition $14.99 $10.49 $7.35

SEGA Holiday Sale

Various discounts for Plus members

Our friends at SEGA are also bringing more great games to all of PSN at some truly great prices to celebrate the holidays as well. Just like the PSN Holiday Sale, all PSN gamers get to enjoy some price breaks here, but Plus members get the best deals on the following content:

Game Normal Price PSN Sale Price Plus Sale Price
Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown (Game Only) $14.99 $9.99 $6.99
Sonic 4: Ep1 & 2 Full game Bundle $24.98 $14.99 $11.99
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 $14.99 $9.99 $7.49
Hell Yeah Full game $14.99 $9.99 $5.99
Hell Yeah DLC Pimp My Rabbit Pack $2.99 $1.99 $1.00
Hell Yeah DLC The Virtual Rabbit Mission $4.99 $2.99 $1.50
After Burner Climax $9.99 $4.99 $2.50
Crazy Taxi $9.99 $4.99 $2.50
Daytona USA $9.99 $4.99 $2.50
Crush, PSP $9.99 $4.99 $2.50
Sonic Rivals, PSP $9.99 $6.99 $4.89
Sonic Rivals 2, PSP $9.99 $6.99 $4.89

That’s it for this week’s update, and remember that the above updates will be in effect once the PlayStation Store updates tomorrow. See you next week for more on PlayStation Plus!

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While we definitely want you to let us know your thoughts in the comments below, make sure you’re digging in to the PlayStation Community Forums in the Plus space where you’ll find great new information and perspectives from your fellow gamer. Enjoy the update, and see you in the comments.

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eljuamposo94 said:

December 17th, 2:31 pm

looking forward to rayman on ps3 :D and maybe crazy taxi… still hoping for some NBA avatars!

ALARM-cIock said:

December 17th, 2:31 pm

I told you I’m not interested and your assertion that my words aren’t my own just proves my point further. You’re still abusing logical fallacies.

T-8k8O_ said:

December 17th, 2:32 pm


I know right.

jamonit23 said:

December 17th, 2:45 pm


I wouldn’t buy anything at full price if I knew two weeks later it was going to be on sale or free. That is why I opt for monthly updates, so I would know in advance to make a wise purchase decision. I’m looking to save money, the rip off I feel, is I could possibly know this info, if playstation allowed us with a monthly update. Instead with weekly updates, it allows them to capitalize and make more money.

I do see your point as well….

But I’ll no longer purchase a thing @ the store unless, monthly updates are implemented.

Sin_x3 said:

December 17th, 2:47 pm

So let me ask you something Morgan Haro. Are you guys getting these choices from The Land of Lost and Forgotten Games? Another bust for me this week, that makes 8 + weeks now.

Criscross87v3 said:

December 17th, 2:53 pm

Another great week for sales. If people want to get games for a certain price and be a game they want, get Gamefly. Playstation Plus is more than just “free” games per month. It’s about discounts as well, betas, themes, and other cool little things. I have had Plus for two solid years, and with each year on gametime or sales alone, I’ve felt like I’ve gotten my money’s worth in just a month or two. For those music fans who own a Vita and Plus the Sony Music Unlimited sale price is a steal. There have been other great sales prices in other situations. I honestly couldn’t think of any other company who has a better loyalty program paid or not. I’ve had to let my Plus run out due to some financial issues that have sprung up. But my world hasn’t ended due the 100’s of games that have become inactive to me. I still have plenty of great content that I got on sale or bought full price to keep me entertained.

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Criscross87v3 said:

December 17th, 2:53 pm

So yes Sony, you’re doing EXCELLENT work with Playstation Plus. It’s the #1 thing I recommend to all new PS3 ,and now Vita, owners and they have been enjoying it as well.

The only request I would make, and not a demand as other people have done is, now that you have added music, how about adding movies sales on newer films like maybe $1 rentals (SD) $1.50(HD) just to combat Redbox and give a nice high quality alternative to those who use piracy? As a person who prefers physical to digital for favorite movies, how about adding more special features to the psn store? Not necessarily as a Plus thing though.

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Moofboy said:

December 17th, 2:58 pm

@Morgan: Thanks for the quick reply. Would it be possible to create a poll that lets us select possible genres to choose from for future plus releases? It might be interesting to see those results and I am pretty sure that RPG would not be at the bottom… Thanks for the consideration!

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    Morgan Haro said:

    December 17th, 3:01 pm

    That’s a great, I’ll have to do that in the near future. Remind me if you don’t see it happen in the next month or so.

xClayMeow said:

December 17th, 2:59 pm

@Morgan, after reading some of your replies and getting a better understanding of your role and the purpose of the poll, I think you need to add an option in the future that’s something along the lines of “Waiting for a Vita IGC addition”. As it stands now, I voted “Nothing”, but that isn’t completely fair for your analysis because I do not own a PS3, only a PS Vita. Until a PS Vita IGC game is added, I’m never going to “like” one of your PS+ update blog posts.

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    Morgan Haro said:

    December 17th, 3:01 pm

    that’s a good idea; I’ll consider it. thanks!

xClayMeow said:

December 17th, 2:59 pm

On a separate note, I’d just like to let you know that the addition of PS+ for Vita helped sway me into buying the system. It was a lot easier to purchase when I knew i wouldn’t have to spend extra money on Uncharted and Gravity Rush (though I technically spent more than some people since like I said, I don’t own a PS3 and thus had to buy PS+ when I got the system). All that being said, some of the comments about the PS+ service in general have me a bit worried – particularly the ones about PS+ discounted games becoming free 1-2 weeks later. Escape Plan and LBP Vita are both games I’ve been considering, but the possibility of buying them only to get them “free” later makes me hesitant to take advantage of this sale. I’m guessing that’s why people are requesting blog posts that contain all the PS+ updates that will be occurring over the next month’s span of time.

goodguy_reuben said:

December 17th, 2:59 pm

Thanks for the heads ups Morgan.

Bond007mgm said:

December 17th, 3:00 pm

Vanquish would’ve been nice, thats a good game I think that a lot of people haven’t bought. Maybe when your looking for games to put on, look at sales (like Resident Evil 5 who didn’t have that game), and review scores. Also as a lot of people stated a RPG would be nice, I don’t think we’ve got one since that Costume Quest game. Just some thoughts since you guys been saying you read comments.

Jazzahh said:

December 17th, 3:00 pm

Why is it that I only have access to the older games? I don’t have Anomaly, Bioshock 2, Street Fighter Arcade, Dungeon Defenders, Quantum Conundrum, 42XIII (That appears to be the name) or Payday: The Heist. I really want those games, and I don’t have access to them? I’m Australian and have a 1 year subscription. I’m stuck with the older games for some reason. Is the store still yet to update? Please respond to me! I would love to know.

PrimeroIncognito said:

December 17th, 3:09 pm

Back from lunch…


Wow dude you’re really nitpicking… I guess I need to explain things in even further detail…

The only way a used car salesman could rip you off is if he refrains from letting you know about a problem with the car that you couldn’t detect from either a visual/audible inspection or a test drive, and sells you the car at a price that doesn’t account for the known problem.

Sony, on the other hand, has not misled anyone into thinking Plus is something that it’s not.

And @Ryumoan,

I don’t know why I didn’t notice at the time, it hit me while I was out eating lunch, but you claim I’m a Sony employee… yeah, that’s why I just suggested that you buy a game from Amazon instead of from the PlayStation Store…

Good thinking genius, you goofed yet again.

freshprincepbg said:

December 17th, 3:13 pm

I’m still waiting on Morgan to deliver, he said we will match EU this month and so far that is looking like a big fat joke. I never even heard of this game, giving away a crappy game every week is not ok with me. Quality > Quantity. I mean cmon, Arkham City, Vanquish, Limbo, Big Sky Infinity? That’s quality! I like how EU has a rule on giving out games with a metacritic score of 85 or more. Cmon SCEA, wake up.

Jazzahh said:

December 17th, 3:15 pm

Any feedback on my previous question? Are these games not available in Australia according to Freshprincepbg’s comment?

DeathGazer said:

December 17th, 3:18 pm

Anomaly Warzone Earth? While Europe gets freakin Arkham City and Vanquish???

This is like a bad dream.

PICK34 said:

December 17th, 3:22 pm

I love plus, been a subscriber since day one and ps supporter since ps1. Ive never complained about the offerings of ps plus, but I think people’s main gripe are the lack of AAA games. In the instant game collection there should be a 50\50 split between retail disc games and psn games. When it’s time for a retail game to be replaced, it’s replaced by a retail game, and the same with psn games. I know some people will never be happy with the offerings, but I think there can be a better explanation of why things are the way they are. Your post about a “welcome back” style selection process not being ready for primetime is perfect example. If it isn’t possible so be it at least now we know. So here is my question for you. Why the disparity in offerings when it comes to the various regions? Is a deal in one reigon not good in another? I think plus could go a long way to merging the European and North American plus offerings if possible. NA complains about what Eu gets and visa versa.

Mahou_86 said:

December 17th, 3:22 pm

I want to pick up Escape Plan, but am I right to assume like you said with Rayman, that it isn’t coming to ps+ free anytime soon?

GStylez1980 said:

December 17th, 3:25 pm


Cheers to you, my friend. I’ve enjoyed your comments and concur with your assessment of several of the commenters on this board. I’ve listened to people call for Morgan’s job!!! Just because they didn’t get the game that they desired! Listen, I don’t have a problem with Plus members offering their suggestions or opinions about the service. But the level of vitriol expressed by some has been disgusting. Every week, the same 8 or 9 people appear on the Plus comment board, spew venom (NOT offer valid criticisms), and lay in wait for the next week to do the same thing. They are never happy…never satisfied…and just bring negativity. Kudos for calling them out.

Elvick_ said:

December 17th, 3:29 pm

I want more avatars and dynamic themes please.

sk_fudge said:

December 17th, 3:32 pm

need a walking dead sale. finally played through episode 1 & 2 from when they were free a few months ago and i need more, but i dont want to buy them and then there be a sale

PrimeroIncognito said:

December 17th, 3:37 pm


Thank you sir. :)

Vince47 said:

December 17th, 3:46 pm


fede01_8 said:

December 17th, 3:46 pm

I completly agree on what you said re: Infamous 2 and LBP2 being in on PS+ forever. They are essential games for PS3 owners. Everyday there’s a kid buying a new console and it would suck for them if those games are not on PS+
I dont know if you read the comments after the first 2 pages (who does?, lol) but thumbs up for you and playstation

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    Morgan Haro said:

    December 17th, 4:02 pm

    thanks! and as always; I read all the comments on the plus posts

ADEEL0110 said:

December 17th, 3:50 pm

@Morgan Haro you did not include an option to get you fired in this weeks poll please do that in the next weeks poll.

@SonyPlaystationEurope Please please please have pity and mercy on the fools in SonyPlaystationUSA and teach them how to make their customers loyal and happy. This is one of the reason why the box with a X (everyone knows what I mean) is crushing PS3 because all their or at least their PS+ employees suck.

Lastly Morgan is probably going to remove this comment……….. so read it while you can …………..


freshprincepbg said:

December 17th, 3:50 pm

I thought LBP2 and Infamous 2 were expiring December 31st? I swear someone here said that when the IGC was announced.

Breakfuss said:

December 17th, 3:51 pm


Perhaps that’s true, but there is an equal (if not greater) amount of people who have legitimate gripes. Primerolncognito seems to be indiscriminate with his trolling. Besides, I can’t take anyone seriously who blindly defends a service they don’t even utilize.

PainOfSarrow said:

December 17th, 3:54 pm

sega games added to the mix i see.

ossiecastro5 said:

December 17th, 4:03 pm

It would be interesting to see a “New Years Resolution” theme for PS + members. It’s always good to be open-minded.

RenderMonk said:

December 17th, 4:06 pm

Morgan, I completely agree with Moofboy. Adding a regular polling of “What genre would you most like to see the next free IGC game selected from?” would be a fantastic idea. This way you can ensure you are getting to what people are looking for. And taking that idea one step further, it might be a good to remove the previous weeks winner from the selection for the next week (or whenever the free games are released). This way we don’t see an onslaught of FPS or Fighting, and each genre has a chance to make an appearance. You’re sure to make more people happy with this approach, and it will show the depth of what the PlayStation platform has to offer. (If we wanted non-stop shooters we’d be playing xbox :))

Shenji06 said:

December 17th, 4:07 pm

Will we see sales and discount on some psp games ? i would like to add to the collection of my vita when i receive it for xmas and to play the games i missed on the psp but i still find that some of them are rather still pricey.

Also any chance valkyria chronicles 2 will have a special again i coudn’t buy it on the sega sell and missed it and i am wondering if it will become cheaper then 39.99

any chance we can get some ps1 classics and psp games in the ps+ free games ?

ossiecastro5 said:

December 17th, 4:09 pm

I like how USA PS + treats their customers. They actually listen to the people. Kudos! :)

pipking01 said:

December 17th, 4:12 pm

Nothing for me this week, again.

I don’t feel good about PS+. Right now, I don’t feel rewarded for subscribing to the service. I’m disappointed. It has been a while since I felt surprised and delighted by a week’s offering.

But, taking a step back from the past few months, in the long view I am not at all disappointed — there will be something, sometime, that feels like an absolute steal to get (see: everything EU gets all the time), and it’s that feeling that keeps me invested, emotionally and financially, in the program.

When there’s nothing I’m interested in, these week-to-week updates have the cumulative effect of wet farts in an elevator — I want some fresh air. It is hard to sustain the necessary level of satisfied, emotional engagement with the service.

And I’m talking about this all in terms of ‘the feelings’ because I think this is a really important part of the success of a service — how it makes you feel. This is something all of Sony needs to understand and act on better than they do.

Darth-Krayt said:

December 17th, 4:16 pm

Morgan, just want to add my feedback that I disagree with alot of the posters here. I much prefer the kind of mix we get here in NA of AAA game along with these awesome hiddens gems like you’re giving us this week (I’ve never even heard of this game but it looks really cool, innovative and different), over a large number of AAA games that if you were interested in that sunject matter you would have bought the games long ago like Arkham City and RE5 and Dead Space (Though I honestly would like Red Dead or Undead Nightmare).

So while I understand the feedback of these people wanting all the highest end games Sony could possibly offer, and I’m sure you guys are going to bend to some of that feedback since it’s so rediculously intense from these commentors all the time, I’d request that you don’t kowtow to these people TOO much, because as much as I like AAA games too, I really enjoy getting some of these kinda “underground” hidden gems that are really amazing but I hinestly wouldn’t play otherwise.

nolo451 said:

December 17th, 4:16 pm

@ ossiecastro5,

You would think people would be happy with the excellent service we’ve received from the folks here, but so many come out of the woodwork and say quite the opposite, that Sony is out to rip them off. Its laughable, I’m new to the blog here (barely found it in September), but from what Ive seen since then, the whole blog team has been nothing but kind, polite, and helpful, and it really makes me shake my head reading some of the comments here, you would think a spoiler 8 year old was typing. Not that I care how they present themselves, but they give people in the Sony gaming community a bad name AND it puts a really bad taste in my mouth knowing that chill people like Grace and Morgan have to look at some of these absurd comments.

PrimeroIncognito said:

December 17th, 4:19 pm


You’re trying to hard.

And I do utilize Sony services. This blog being one of them. And there’s way too much crap being posted here (by users) on a daily basis. I don’t need a plus sign on my avatar to say something about it. I know enough about the program to speak about it. I wouldn’t magically gain extra knowledge of the program simply by spending $50 on a 1-year Plus card. I already know how it works, obviously better than most of you who must have thought it was going to grant wishes like a genie.

Indiscriminate? No. Note how I never question anyone who isn’t being a nuisance.

And please, elaborate on these “legitimate gripes” you speak of. I’ve yet to see one.

ossiecastro5 said:

December 17th, 4:22 pm

@286 I mostly agree with you. Some people here either are dissapointed by not getting what they want or are ungrateful. The people at Sony do all that they can to satisfy the people. But the people here are a bit demanding.

Plus it’s funny to see what people say here. :D

Continue to do the good work Sony! Love you!

Guimace said:

December 17th, 4:25 pm

I LOVE those Sega sales. Please keep them coming. :)

My Sega collection will come closer to completion now. I’ll finally grab After Burner Climax and maybe another Sonic game.

Also getting Street Fighter III. Good deal.

Curious to know what’s in the Sega Heritage Bundle. Is it new to the store?

TwinDad said:

December 17th, 4:26 pm


EU better re-think their “rule” of only 85+ on metacritic. Big Sky isn’t ranked yet due to low numbers of reviews and Vanquish only got a 84. It’s not good enough to be on the EU plus.


I like the idea of a poll. I’d like to see more RPG games, even if they are PSN titles like Rainbow Moon.

AdamMadman said:

December 17th, 4:32 pm

Morgan, you are right, the math checks out: PS+ is an amazing bang for your buck. But so is buying a 10 000 pack of blank envelopes from Costco…I don’t need or want or even have a use for 10 000 blank envelopes, no matter how good of a deal it was in obtaining them.

I would like to point out that you replied to a comment saying you haven’t said the “Wait for next week, it will be great!” line in a few weeks…but you have literally said it every single week for this entire month, including this week. It was one of your first replies in this post…quit the BS.

I appreciate that it is hard to maintain a positive connection with every single gamer and commenter on this blog, but you really need to make adjustments. We have made it clear what we want (monthly updates, some kind of parity with the quality of EU releases, better planning of sales with respect to when that same game will become free, fewer repeats in releases and sales). The problem is, you keep saying “I’m communicating it, thanks for the feedback”, but nothing ever gets done. Its your job to liaise between the PSBlog and your faceless “team”, and you are doing it very poorly.

nikrel said:

December 17th, 4:37 pm

What game I would love too see on ps+, Motostorm: Apocalypse. I would love to play that game.

saab01 said:

December 17th, 4:46 pm

I was really hoping for Knytt Underground it looked really cool. After looking at different reviews Anamoly Warzone seems to do well. I guess I will download and see how it plays.

TaLTaL55 said:

December 17th, 5:04 pm

Again it’s a bad update for me…

I want a EU ps+ :(

LitheArt said:

December 17th, 5:04 pm

Thank you Playstation+ for offering nothing worth my time this holiday.
I will spend more time with my family.

I know it’s been said again and again. But EU get more for their money. They most likely have more subscribers- which could explain better content.

So Morgan- and I think you can answer this one-
What reason do I have to subscribe to US playstation+? When I could give EU more subscribers, which means more content.
Why is PS+ split by regions?

Thank you.

boomstickbhg said:

December 17th, 5:12 pm

While I do prefer the EU Plus (I signed up, now have NA and EU) game and discount selection, the EU’s new store layout is slightly different and harder to nagivate with less categories for browsing.

At least NA has the superior version of the new store, so thanks for making it a little better before launching it here.

hundreddollarsox said:

December 17th, 5:22 pm

Morgan, I would like to lend my voice to having some RPG’s included into the IGC. I’ve been reading this blog for a while, I am a Ps+ member, however, under a different S/N, and this the first time that I’ve decided to chime in with an opinion. You mentioned that people really havent been clamoring for any RPG’s. Well, I suppose, if that’s the case, that this was, as good a time as any, to stop lurking and finally write my first comment on this blog. I also encourage anyone else out there who perhaps, only reads this blog, but never comments to drop a line on here as well, especially if you’re interested in voicing some feedback in wanting some RPG’s included in PLUS. That’s my own 2 cents. Thx 4 reading.

ossiecastro5 said:

December 17th, 5:25 pm

@295 We all have vocies so we can be heard! People Power!:D

boomstickbhg said:

December 17th, 5:35 pm

I’ll add, since it’s becomming a theme, that I’d love to see some RPGs in the IGC.

But I’m one of the few who’ve been saying that since the IGC started heh.

hung187 said:

December 17th, 5:38 pm

This is one of the best sale’s this year. If any of you complain about this you got problems. I got money and I will be getting alot of things tomorrow. Great work Sony keep it up.

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