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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.

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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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Megrim23 said:

December 17th, 9:32 pm

I got a PS3 1 1/2 year ago. They were too expensive when they 1st came out & had no HD memory. I figured I’d try PS+ a month later & have been a member ever since then. Now I have a collection of over 250 games. Theres tons of stuff on PS+. Im sure some of the people who have had a PS3 for 6 years+ might have a hard time finding a game but Im loving every minute of it! I dont know if Ill like the game this week but I will atleast try it. As for the sales, I think I will get Rayman: Origins for Vita. I dont own one yet but if I dont get one from Santa I’ll get one from Gamestop cause I already have too many games NOT to get one if you include all the free PS1 games for Plus last year & some of the games compatible for both systems. The ‘statistics’ I’d like to see is how many people that said ‘Nothing for me this week” actually download something.

Keep up the good work, thanks for reading & Merry X-Mas!

meow-vicious said:

December 17th, 9:47 pm

thank you sony and ps3 for keeping us with games and more games. even with games i have already i get them anyway with my woman with a sub-account its fun to play with her in different rooms now that we have 2 PS3s. We are on our 3rd PS3 system since release. Can hardly wait each week to what’s not only free, if any, but to see what new temptations are upcoming. I rarely post but I wanted to say a big thanks and a very Happy Holidays to everyone at Sony!

amakingu said:

December 17th, 9:54 pm

vita games pls!

Tjoeb123 said:

December 17th, 10:00 pm

Just to clarify, the Sega Heritage Collection is a bundle that contains NiGHTs, Sonic Adventure 2 (both probably without their DLC packs), and Jet Set Radio (PS3).

Seeing as I already own 2 of those 3 games on different platforms (1 of them being the Vita – thank you Plus!), I won’t be buying it.

ArchAngelMai said:

December 17th, 10:07 pm

Death is a good solution, put a cork in it.

FranklynStreet said:

December 17th, 10:25 pm

Morgan, you saying that the PS+ free games are planned weeks/months in advance (which they have to be) just underlines how shady it was this summer when PSN put out a bunch of Ultimates, and the very next week offered about 80% of those games as a part of the new free game lineup. Just Cause 2 & Infamous 2 were among them. I spent about $200 on games that I would have gotten for free if I’d waited a week. And of course, as you just admitted, you guys had to know you were doing this as it was happening– which means you were aggressively manipulating your customer base to get the last $ out of anyone you could before the games were then put up for free– the very next week. How is this not a horrible problem and an intentional buggering of your customer base? I can understand if an Ultimate deal goes up and then several months later it’s decided to make that game a free game. But the very next week? And a large handful of games that represents the majority of the initial free game offering? It definitely seems that there are reasons the PS+ Updates are not being published more than a day in advance, and they have to do with manipulating the customer base.

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    Morgan Haro said:

    December 17th, 10:42 pm

    I can see how you might have reached that conclusion, but its simply not true. There are a number of different teams that work with our publishing partners to get deals on the table. The instant game collection was a brand new thing then, so there was a bit of friction with regards to looking at the whole picture as we were on the fast and furious road to E3. It was certainly an oversight, but the notion of it being planned? Not true in the slightest. We heard the feedback, and I don’t think you’ve seen anything like that since. I also frankly, would never work for a spot that engaged in the practices you hypothesized, so take heart my friend; we’re not a bunch of evil dudes looking to scam you =). But just like anyone else, we might miss a thing or two. Thanks for your comment.

FranklynStreet said:

December 17th, 10:26 pm

As for the difference between the EU and NA offerings, forget who has what game… we know that you can’t please everyone all the time. But the bottom line is that EU is getting a large percentage of AAA retail games, whereas NA is getting very old titles, third-tier releases, and PSN games. I think the main issue here would be resolved if NA would receive a similar offering of AAA retail titles, no matter what they are, with the understanding that some people will always already have some of the games, and no one is going to be catered too all of the time. There’s a huge divide when NA gets shitty games like Payday: The Heist and a handful of PSN fighters, and EU is getting stuff like Arkham Asylum. This shouldn’t take very long to communicate in meetings… the difference is clear as a cloudless sky on a crisp autumn morning. I think someone else’s comparison that EU is getting a gourmet meal while NA is getting airline food is entirely accurate, and again, this really shouldn’t be very difficult to explain to everyone else in meetings. It’s like that trailer for Movie 43 where Terrence Howard is saying to his black basketball team, “You’re black, they’re white; this ain’t hockey!”

FranklynStreet said:

December 17th, 10:29 pm

And apologies for my use of the s* word– I didn’t realize I’d even written it but it looks as though I can’t go back and edit it to “crappy” or something more palatable.

Flatline51 said:

December 17th, 10:31 pm

LittleBigPlanet PS Vita for $17.49….take my money. Now to get a bigger memory card (wish those weren’t so expensive)

Alastor424 said:

December 17th, 10:39 pm

Please have a Resistance Burning Skies, Ratchet Collection and Sly Collection discount:)))
I’m definitely gonna get Rayman and LBP on the Vita.

TJF588 said:

December 17th, 10:52 pm

So, about those redacted sales in the Dec 04 2012 Store Update (https://blog.us.playstation.com/2012/12/04/playstation-store-update-268/):

Gundemonium Collection (50%) – PS Plus Price: $3.75
Gundemonium Recollection (50%) – PS Plus Price: $1.50
Acceleration of Sugari X Edition (50%) – PS Plus Price: $1.50
Akami Village (50%) – PS Plus Price: $2.50
Crescent Pale Mist (50%) – PS Plus Price: $1.50
Heavy Weapon (50%) – PS Plus Price: $2.50
Hitogata Happa (50%) – PS Plus Price: $1.50
Qlione Evolve (50%) – PS Plus Price: $1.75
Revenge of the Wounded Dragon (50%) – PS Plus Price: $2.50
Switchball (50%) – PS Plus Price: $2.50
Feeding Frenzy 2: Shipwreck Showdown (50%) – PS Plus Price: $2.50
Field Commander PSP (50%) – PS Plus Price: $2.50
GripShift v 2.0 (50%) – PS Plus Price: $2.50
Groovin’ Blocks (50%) – PS Plus Price: $2.50
Groovin’ Blocks PSP (50%) – PS Plus Price: $2.50

I’d love to see these.

TJF588 said:

December 17th, 10:52 pm

As it stands, I might be digging into one or two Hell Yeah! add-ons/DLC, and maaaybe Retro/Grade. I’d think about Crush, but then Crush 3D exists. So, I might end up with “Nothing for me this week” if I do ‘vote’, since I still haven’t tried Anomaly on PC, despite having it for several months.

TJF588 said:

December 17th, 10:58 pm

The SEGA Heritage Collection would be tempting, but I’ve been tight this month, so I’m running off of what’s in my funds. Went ahead and voted for the SEGA sale, then.

Benzitor said:

December 17th, 11:02 pm

Can i just ask why is the PSstore not unified… or at list games price wise… It is so frustrating to see how low are the psp games prices in europe, and comeback to the US psn….

I am still keeping it as my main store, because of localisation, and other little details, but when will the PSP games as cheap as european games… or at list as cheap as retail..

Come on, some of the games like ghost of sparta is a first party, and is 7 euros… why is it so expensive on the US store…

Why is there still some 39$ 3years old games… Totally out of place…

Dont you, or the editors, think it should be globally droped, as the PSP is in here last years, and Vita needs to get love… Digital games for PSP should cost 15$ max…

fatkidscantjump said:

December 17th, 11:07 pm

Just a reminder too people that buy games that become free. you keep them if you dont keep ps+. Look at how many games you keep. There are really very few. I have had it from day one and I think there is 10 titles.

Talgron said:

December 17th, 11:15 pm

I’ve only had plus for a few months and I just gotta say I love it. All the games plus the discounts, i’ve gotten way more back then I spent. I’d also like to add to the requests for some rpg’s.

To the over the top complainers, Haters gonna hate.

Also some of you need to re-read #38. He was being sarcastic.

FabuleuxMathieu said:

December 17th, 11:43 pm

This is at least the 3rd week in a row with nothing interesting to me in the PS+ update. Womp =[

PainOfSarrow said:

December 17th, 11:58 pm

number 38 Deserve a Reward for best comment of the year. serously sony give that person a 50 $ Voucher. also its pretty clear its sarcasm. some ppl on here realy need to re-read it. smhh

Nazotchi said:

December 18th, 12:07 am

What about Knytt Underground? It comes out this week and the trailer says it’s free for Plus members for a limited time.

hongthay said:

December 18th, 12:37 am

Glad to see the discount on LBP for Vita. I am definitely going to have to pick that up now.

I was wondering who can discount old DLC, because I was looking at the DLC for Burnout Paradise, which is a few years old. PSN should see about making a DLC bundle for games that are over 2 years old for a discounted price. Some of us who have held onto our games that long might be interested. Or it could be incentive for some people to purchase the digital titles.

blitziken said:

December 18th, 1:05 am

Anomaly is not that great. Played it on the iPad. Typical tower defense game with a touch of C&C. I can see most vita fans are disappointed again and there’s a right to be.It’s christmas time and the obvious lack of content on the vita. Games aren’t churning out fast enough and have too many dry spells. Developers haven’t bothered porting over titles to the vita. Similarly,PSN games aren’t ported over to the vita.There’s only so many psp or ps one games we would want to play. In fact, I still own a psp so there’s no solid reason to back play games This is a real pity because as much as I want my vita to be the go-to device each time, I end up at times bringing my 3DS out to play New Super Mario Bros. Since Uncharted golden abyss, we’ve had old games ported to the vita, 2nd stringers or spin-offs which weren’t too great. The best were probably console ports of Need for speed most wanted, Virtual Tennis 4, the soon to be released sonic all stars transformed which then begs the question. Why are those the best games for the vita?
The vita is obviously missing many great games which should be on it but aren’t on it.

NLMX85-USA said:

December 18th, 2:40 am

I do not know if this is some sick joke on Sony’s part or not, but this week and the few weeks before that have been god-awful. The sales are a joke compared to EU and just about every other PC digital retailer. The IGC is a joke compared to EU. Anomaly Warzone Earth? This game has been practically on sale for the whole year and you could get it for PC and Android on the cheap during the Humble Bundle.

Catherine a year old puzzle game for $20? Uh, no thank you. I think I’ll spend this week playing Hitman: Absolution on the PC. A one month old AAA game for $20, right now on Amazon PCDD. No joke. Dead Island GOTY for $6, Crysis 1 + Warhead + Crysis 2 for $15, Kingdoms of Amalur plus both DLCs at $12 (now selling for $50 on PSN without any DLC!). Coming soon Dark Souls PTD Edition for $15 (the same price for the DLC alone on PSN!). Darksiders II plus all DLCs for $20. That is how you run a sale. Not this joke on PSN. Skyrin is $20 on GMG now. Rage $5 and Assassin’s Creed Revelations $11 (recently on sale in PSN for the low, low price of $40!) at GamersGate. Are you even paying attention to what is happening elsewhere?

chunterosa said:

December 18th, 2:52 am

i think this weeks game is a solid push in the right direction. something more than a cookie cutter platformer/button masher.(which btw is what i was asking for, NOT triple a titles) if i had 20 bucks i might actually go out and re-sub. but i do not.. lol.

Dijitaal2012 said:

December 18th, 3:23 am

Is this the same version as the game on iphone? Or is it different? Besides the fact Ill be using a controller?

Lordz1982 said:

December 18th, 3:24 am

Please add some great vita games next time.

QuantumMercury said:

December 18th, 4:21 am


I agree with you. Sony needs to do a better job managing consumer expectations. People expect big blockbuster releases every week because PS+ has kept them in the dark for the entire month which is why there is so much disappointment. I’ve been burned 3 times buying games that ended up going up free on PS+ that same month. As a result I’ve restrained from buying any PSN games, if what I am interested in pops up on PS+ (which it likely will eventually) I’ll take it and if not I’ll pass. It’s the mentality I imagine a lot of people have.

I don’t want to tell anyone how to do their job but I think it would be a much better structure to layout PS+ free content the first day of the month and then on the weekly updates they could remind people what the freebies are and list any discounts that come along with it. Consistency in a structured service goes a long way, and having a schedule which can manage expectations while still providing a factor of surprise to users would keep users happy. Getting burned for a $2-$5 dollars on a discount is not nearly as bad as getting burned on a $40 game that ends up being free a week later.

DeathGazer said:

December 18th, 4:43 am

Look at that, HALF of all PS+ subscribers voted “Nothing for me this week”

That poll just shows how inept the US side really is. The Euro PS+ team would never need a poll like this, because they know what PS3 owners actually want and they deliver in spades.

EggySong85 said:

December 18th, 5:11 am

Anomaly actually looks interesting to me and I look forward to trying it out. I kind of wish I could take it with me as a vita game though! ;)

zGrandpaGamer said:

December 18th, 5:38 am

@312 Wouls a 15 year old have this gamertag? i have been gaming long before you were born.My grandson plays Anomoly WE on his android its a copy of Starcraft and its more of a mini than a full game.I have the 360 and consoles from the early 80’s,Sony is ripping you off and you defend them?.PS+is a rental service and for that reason we should get a better selection,Plus sales only match prices at retail and Day One Releases are a ripp off even with the plus discount no added incentives just a cheap theme for pre-ordering and no extra content like at retail.Sony gives the excuse that Pre-order bonuses at retail cannot be on ps3.maybe they should work out deals with dev. RELAX!!!!

dlhdav7 said:

December 18th, 5:52 am

i just put peanut butter on my pennies ! dogs going crazy !!!


December 18th, 6:12 am

Morgan, you are going to give the last three chapters of The walking dead or I buy them, because I got bored of waiting.

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    Morgan Haro said:

    December 18th, 9:22 am

    I can’t see out past a few months on the schedule, and even then things can change; but I have not heard of any plans to secure future WD eps free in Plus for the time being. If you’d like to finish up a great game, I recommend you pick up the other episodes. Otherwise, I have no idea how long you’d be waiting, or if they would ever come in the future.

qdogrulz said:

December 18th, 6:19 am

Come on guys i was hoping for something better we got lame street fighter i have never heard of this game i will give it a try.

Xx_Crisco_xX said:

December 18th, 6:25 am

Lol, Morgan said that our contents will match Europe this month. Hmm, time is ticking and we only have one week of December left.

Let’s looks at the Europe list again

PlayStation Plus December content:
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) – not available in AU
21st December: Knytt Underground (PS Vita and PS3)
Additional offers and savings TBC

Bioshock 2
Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition
Anomaly Warzone Earth

Yeah at least last year we got Marvel Pinball ! Better then any of those games given this month !

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    Morgan Haro said:

    December 18th, 11:10 am

    We’ll have PS Store Updates on Dec 24th and Dec 31st; between these two updates, we’ll be delivering as much content as EU outlined.

Major_Hoare said:

December 18th, 6:33 am

@all the complainers

Anomaly Warzone Earth looks cool. Give it a chance. I know I will.


You wrote: “They’re on their way! You’ll have some great updates on the PS Vita Plus before the month is out. There will definitely be more great updates with new Plus games in the last weeks of December.” Say what?!? Updates??? WEEKS of December??? There is only one more week of December left and that is the holiday week. I hope you don’t find out you’ve opened up a huge can of internets raging if those comments come back to bite you in the bub. PS+ is a great service but you can only promise the world so many times before people start declaring you’ve cried wolf too many times. Take care.

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    Morgan Haro said:

    December 18th, 9:24 am

    The plan right now is that there’ll be a PS Vita game next week, and one thereafter. So we’ll announce 2 PS vita Games right before December is over. We’re aiming for about 2 PS Vita games per month, and they’ll likely usually drop at the last weeks of the month. This frequency, as outlined above, can change at anytime, but we don’t have any immediate plans to do so.

khaledseif1 said:

December 18th, 6:38 am

And YeT it Gets Worse. :(.
Soon the EU may get several AAA titles and we will be blessed with something as nice as Atari River Raid HD or Free to play team fortress.
No offense to both games, they are great, PLUS IS NOT.

zGrandpaGamer said:

December 18th, 6:38 am

Hey guy’s take a look at Motorstorm apocolypse on the PSN 59.99 !!WTH!!! you could buy it new for 20 bucks at gamestop 17.99 used.Come on Sony we would you please fix these price differences it’s getting out of hand.

Randc7 said:

December 18th, 7:12 am

We need a good FPS on Vita. Could you guys put SW: Battlefront 2 (PSP) on the PSN? That would be amazing. Can’t believe it’s not there already.

Randc7 said:

December 18th, 7:21 am

Yo Morgan, you there??

Supy- said:

December 18th, 7:30 am

Hiya, thanks for the winter sale. I’ll be picking up rayman, I reaaaally hope to see Dokuro on sale! would love to pick that one up.

It’d be really cool if we could get some confirmation on Soul Sacrifices demo as well.

Can’t wait for next weeks vita games/sales! Cheers guys.

hundreddollarsox said:

December 18th, 7:31 am

@382, I have to agree with you. It is a bit ridiculous that you can buy most Sony games from anyone other than Sony for considerably cheaper prices, both new and used. Sony needs to realistically take a look at it’s price structure for their digital downloads and how competitive they are with their brick and mortar, and online counter parts. Paying Sony $49.99 for a game you can purchase elsewhere for $17.99 is a bit absurd. I would be interested in hearing other peoples thoughts on that, as well. Thx

MH_MSV said:

December 18th, 7:45 am

Im waiting for next update maybe there is any vita title


December 18th, 7:45 am

So someone must be doing things ABSOLUTELY WRONG if this happens: Nothing for me this week (50%, 2,629 Votes). Seriously nobody wants any of that crap. yes its crap, another top down game that plays like all the rest of the top down games. GARBAGE! you are failing us sony.


December 18th, 7:51 am

how about plus gets Move.me for free?


December 18th, 7:52 am

bring the fallout series to digital downloads

TwinDad said:

December 18th, 8:00 am

@ Xx_Crisco_xX

Did he say “match” the content of EU or that we would get exactly what EU got. So far 2 have two disc based games and 2 PSN games, SO the only content they received that we did not is a Vita game, which seems is next week, and another PSN title, which could also come next week. I don’t think they stated Batman and Vanquish are incoming in December, just that we would get games that are roughly equal to theirs disc=disc, psn=psn. I don’t think they had a formula to include age of game and AAA status.


They will publish on Dec 24th and Dec 31st this year because of holidays on Tuesday. So there is 2 weeks of the store update left.

@ MyOpinion

People need to relax on the OhMerGahd Morgan said this weeks game was going to be “The best thing evar”. While I take that he likes to game and finds joy in most of the titles as do I, I don’t think he’s saying “Stop the presses this game of off the hook”.

So far I have liked all the games they have chosen. Would I rather have Rainbow moon or a different title rather then Anomoly, sure, but I’m not ready to grab a pitchfork and torch over it.

StingrayX said:

December 18th, 8:01 am

A lot of people complaining about not getting free game every week, and now that they do it…they want more…very sad.

TwinDad said:

December 18th, 8:05 am


The trailer for Big Sky also said the same thing. It is a EU trailer as they are getting the game for free not the US. Unless of course they leaked next weeks update, but I doubt it based solely on Big Sky not being US free.

Which is sad, those are two games I would really like to play on Vita, but I will just have to wait and see what next week brings us.

Randc7 said:

December 18th, 8:10 am

@ Morgan
Just to be clear, I’m not asking specifically for it to be free, just for it to be AVAILABLE to buy on Vita.
There are so many great PSP games that you still can’t get on vita. SW The force unleashed? Crash Bandicoot: Tag Team Racing?? I’m more than willing to pay for them, but for some reason, Sony doesn’t want my money.
Any thoughts?

floormat said:

December 18th, 8:35 am

Will they be fixing the playstation store? The old user interface was so much friendly and the one before that even more so. I basically have to go to other web sites to find out what he full update for the week is. That’s pretty frustrating actually. Maybe there is a setting to view it the old way that I just was not seeing. Any advice you have on this would be appreciated. Thanks.

Nazotchi said:

December 18th, 8:37 am

That’s too bad about Knytt. Oh well, I would have paid for it anyway. It is kind of weird how Europe gets so much more free content than us, though.

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