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PlayStation Plus Update: 12-24-2012

While we’re smack-dab in the middle of the holiday season, we thought we’d drop in and deliver some new content for PlayStation Plus members. Don’t forget that you still have time to make Plus a great stocking stuffer for the PlayStation gamers in your life. You can buy online, get the voucher code, and then give that voucher code to your friends and family.

Now, to business! Plus members will be getting the wonderfully hilarious 8-bit styling of Retro City Rampage free, as well as extra savings on the continuation of the PSN Holiday Sale.

Important note: We’ll be updating the PlayStation Store today (Monday, 12/24) due to the Christmas holiday. Therefore, this Plus update will be live later today when the update has published.

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

December 24th PlayStation Plus Update

Retro City Rampage (PS3 and PS Vita)

Free for Plus members

Retro City Rampage pays tribute to games from days gone by, while adopting the open-world gameplay of modern day titles. Crafted by a small team led by Brian Provinciano, the game features an 8-bit art style, complete with amazing chiptunes. Since this a Cross-Buy game, this Plus deal is available for both PS3 and PS Vita Plus members. Check out all the great coverage from this game from the PlayStation Blog and find out why called it “…the perfect game for gamers…”.
PSN Holiday Essentials Sale (Week 2)

Various discounts for Plus members

The PSN Holiday Essentials sale continues with great deals on a number of amazing titles. Titles that you might be interested include Journey, Metal Gear Solid HD Collection, and many more. Take a look at the list below:


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PSN Sale Price

Plus Sale Price

Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty




Galaga Legions DX




Mortal Kombat




Duke Nukem Forever




Simpsons The Arcade Game




Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational Vita




Mafia II




Killzone 3 Multiplayer




Unit 13








Papo & Yo




Metal Gear Solid HD Collection PS3




Metal Gear Solid :3 Snake Eater – HD Edition PS3








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We’ll be back next week with more Plus goodness, but make sure you make your voice heard in the comments below, and also make sure to vote in the polls. Please remember that while we closely look at the results from polls, they are but one of many factors we use when deciding how we move forward or make any changes, if any are made. You can also delve into the PlayStation Community Forums in the PS Plus space to chat more about Plus, find other like-minded gamers, and make friends! Thanks, and see you in the comments.

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SNAKE__ said:

December 24th, 1:17 pm

PLEASE give us an Okami discount

hitmon888 said:

December 24th, 1:21 pm

SCEA continues to drop the ball for PS+ members. And Unit 13 isn’t even showing the correct price of $12.49 in the store.

hitmon888 said:

December 24th, 1:23 pm

Oops. I meant Unit 13 isn’t even showing the correct price of $12.94 in the store.

sagohichi said:

December 24th, 1:25 pm

Happy holiday!
It’s a nice update. I like special discounts for PS+.

ZGoldenLion said:

December 24th, 1:28 pm

Unit 13 price has been updated feel free to buy now!

kidkraze55 said:

December 24th, 1:28 pm

Hey everyone,

Hope you all are having a good holiday season (hate being politically correct, but whatever)…Just started following the blog and I too feel the sting of not getting the EU content (although one person commented that they pay more for Plus which I didn’t realize)…HOWEVER I just went over to the EU blog and guess what? They’re b!itching about all the content WE get lol…Vita IGC, recent Plus game discounts,etc. Not that this will change anyone’s opinion of Plus but I thought it might bring a little perspective to the “grass is greener” adage.

ZGoldenLion said:

December 24th, 1:29 pm

Oh and Merry Christmas!

Ryumoau said:

December 24th, 1:33 pm

@154 they may pay more for their Plus, but they often get 25% Plus subscriptions, which we never do. So the huge leap in content isn’t justified by that.

tgpumpkin said:

December 24th, 1:37 pm

ZGoldenLion — excellent observation. I don’t get what’s with all the hate. For just $50 a year we get so many games for free. For me who owns both a PS3 and Vita, that’s 18 games out the gate with roughly 12-20 additional games in one year alone. I can’t see how that’s a ‘horrible’ deal for $50. Considering another company charges $60 just for the right to play 2 player games across its service, this is an incredible deal.

The savings of Plus far outweighs its cost. If haters want to leave then they can leave. You’re not going to find a better deal out there.

BlueBl1zzard said:

December 24th, 1:37 pm

@ SenjuGkage We are getting one more holiday sale on Dec.31 so you might want to wait till then and see, but it’s up to you. Although I must say even for $5 an episode it’s REALLY worth it. And watch out for that ending…that’s all I’m gonna say : )

PrimeroIncognito said:

December 24th, 1:38 pm

@ R_a_z_i_e_l

Because the majority of U.S. gamers these days are spoiled little snobs. I miss the good old days before gaming became “mainstream”. Our once precious community is now plagued by an influx of posers – a bunch of greedy scavengers who want everything at a steal of a price (or free), not thinking twice about “ripping-off” the hard working people who create this wonderful interactive art, and then even have the nerve to claim that THEY are being “ripped-off”. It’s really sad what has happened.

As if any of these whiners could make a better game themselves. They never know what they’re talking about.

If the industry ever experiences another crash, it will be because of these cheapskate impostors, and pirates too.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to the real gamers out there. Screw the rest of you. :)

zabcdef123456 said:

December 24th, 1:41 pm

Ya cmon guys.Its Christmas time!The games are pretty fun this month,Ive been enjoying them all.Lol,every time I read Morgans posts I cant help but to picture Jon Cryer speaking from Two and a Half men.Just jokes Morgan,I really dont know why,I guess your always just so darn polite!Everyone have a great Christmas,and a gooder New Year! Lol…

blakseed said:

December 24th, 1:46 pm


Yeah, it’s pretty disgusting to see.

sincrin said:

December 24th, 1:49 pm

Hey Morgan Haro first off Merry Christmas.
BTW is the MGS HD C for ps3/vita – i know it states vita, but just checking, since i dont have it for the ps3.
second off i already have 1 year membership with you guys, could you please tell me how i can create another account so that i can have a EU membership as well ?
i already created a new gmail ( uk region) address (uk region) n a new user name. but i cant seem to add to my wallet to buy the membership. Could you please help, gladly appreciate it. Thanks!

BlueBl1zzard said:

December 24th, 1:54 pm

@ People STILL complaining about EU Plus. Are we really still doing this? Week after week the same old people talk about EU Plus getting “this game” or “that game”. You should all now how US Plus operates by now, if you don’t like it why are you even still here? And like shb23 said if you want a 2-3 year $20 game so badly, just buy it.
And like (everyone’s favorite) PrimeroIncognito said, all you bashing these games without even trying them, I would seriously love to see you do better.

boomstickbhg said:

December 24th, 1:56 pm

@157 found a better deal and signed up for it, it’s called EU Plus. They get huge discounts on games, NA plus barely gets 10% off these days.

Of course I want plus for cloud saves and discounts on games I can own forever, the rental of really old bargain bin games that most people have played don’t appeal to me. (NA’s format, at least the EU rentals are newer and higher quality)

Jack_Sparow said:

December 24th, 1:57 pm

I just came to post how satisfied I was with this month’s PS plus offerings, as all i’m mostly seeing is a bunch of “unsatisfied” (to put it very nicely) people. Each game that was given to us this month were all good games that I did not previously own. Bioshock 2 was surprisingly fun, SFIV is a great fighting game, and I actually liked the Retro city rampage demo and can’t wait to play the full version. I still haven’t even tried Rochard and Anomaly, but I’ve heard good things. I was also able to get Rayman Origins last week for half off. Honestly, I do not regret renewing my sub. I just hope maybe Sound Shapes or Okami (which I doubt) will be on sale next week. Happy holidays everyone!

snakeeyes211 said:

December 24th, 1:57 pm

Making this a weekly mandatory copy/paste!!!!! :D :D :D :D :D
Listen I am going to speak for all of us “complainers”.
All we want is everything for Plus that Europe and Japan has.
Also we want every game ever released on PSN ever.
Also make every game that was released on disc put on PSN and then given to Plus members.
We also need the following PS1 games available and given to Plus members:
We also need the following PS2 games available for PSN members:
Also why can’t we play Nintendo and Microsoft games on our PS3? We want the following games for PS3:
Also we want the following PS3 games on Vita:
Why is Plus $50 a year? Seems like you would sell a lot of more PS3 if you gave away Plus.
Also why is the PS3 still $300? You would sell a lot more if it was $3. You would make it up in volume sales!! Also you would sell a lot of Playstation T-shirts and we would go to Playstation concerts if you just gave away the games.
If you don’t do all of these things I am buying a 360 and Sony will crumble as a result. HEED MY WORDS!!!

Potrodomato said:

December 24th, 2:00 pm

PSN ER >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>PSN US.

snakeeyes211 said:

December 24th, 2:00 pm

By the way happy holidays to the PlayStation team ;-)

Xx_Crisco_xX said:

December 24th, 2:03 pm

Unreal with these weak games week after week ! Can I cancel and receive my money for the last two months ? Oh I forgot you only answer the comments that don’t have negative feedback ! These $5 games I can buy myself , no need for ps+

hitmon888 said:

December 24th, 2:03 pm


People complain because they want change and they aren’t happen with their purchase. Change is not guaranteed, but at least SCEA is aware of their customers’ discontent. People are still here because they paid for the PSN plus membership. Maybe they will disappear when their membership runs out?

In addition, thanks SCEA for fixing the PSN Plus price for Unit 13.

jamonit23 said:

December 24th, 2:07 pm


I answered your question on the EU blog.

I doubt you will get a answer here. Even though Sony would make double the money.

Adding to your wallet, you can ONLY use UK Playstation network cards. You can’t use your US credit card, debit card, or US Playstation network cards.

You can find them online, do the research you’ll find what your looking for.

Just remember UK11.99 is $19 and change here.

SycoNoodles said:

December 24th, 2:08 pm

i really think it is funny that the americans are saying that you get better deals with the EU psn, i find the amercan ps+ offers the best deals maybe thats due to i have most of the games that is available on the EU ps+ while i dont on american ps+

some people have mentioned that the eu is getting mortal kombat this week we are NOT, thats is for the january update while the american ps+ will be getting other games instead,,

the japanese ps+ got god of war 1 & 2 during december deals so expect that gow 1 & 2 to be in the january or febuary deals

im really surprised that sports champions have not been available on the ps+ due to it would increase the sale of the move starter pack and sports champions 2

SenjuGkage said:

December 24th, 2:15 pm


Yea I think they’re worth 5 each, but if there’s a sale then I’d rather get em cheaper :3. And imo this week’s sale was lackluster, so I’m not too confident about next week.

with the 1st ep being free and the next 4 being half off on live, I could just start over and still only pay 10 vs paying 15 for the last three on PSN(assuming there won’t be a discount of course).

WAR1965 said:

December 24th, 2:17 pm

merry xmas thanks for the coal flash sale was the best deal on ac3 for dec ! as of now you probably notice alot of dissatisfied plus members well make a poll about plus and hows it going as a service because as a rental of full games quality its rubbish its like we are the minority and eu is whitey all im saying equality is key there sholdnt be favortism for another country we are all gamers the sales and discounts are good just the games you rent to us suck bad i just hope 2013 brings better rentals

have a happy and a merry x mas and may plus members have a better new year

BlueBl1zzard said:

December 24th, 2:17 pm

@ hitmon888 I’ll agree that some complaints are actually legitimate, like asking to be able to buy games that are already free for Plus members , or maybe getting a game of “insert whatever genre here”, or maybe getting both weekly and monthly plus updates. But the majority of people just whining that EU gets “better” games (how do you even define what’s a “better” game?) and asking for new vita stuff after we just got 5 and now 6 FREE Vita games a little over 30 days ago is ridiculous.

ossiecastro5 said:

December 24th, 2:20 pm

Well, I must say, this update is quite pleasing. Playing classics are a great break from these new games that pop up. And these sales are interesting. Is there any game in particular that is a must-get from these sales? I can’t really make up my mind here.

And Merry Christmas to everyone!

BloodAdept said:

December 24th, 2:27 pm

Granted vita is newer than the PS3, and obviously has less titles. Just one thing I’d like to understand completely. We get 1 new title for free, and scattering of titles for discount. PS3 got a few free titles and even more discounts, which again as i said i understand they have a lot of titles already. 3 Weeks of free titles for PS3, 1 week for Vita and the game which is “not just ‘an 8 bit game” for vita isn’t even something i really care about. Yes yes, i know other people are thrilled to see such a game, i’ve read through the comments. But you really built up hype, making it seem like we’d at least get an A or Double A game. Not something I would class as a B+ game at best. Please don’t bother continuing to make us wait every week to see whether or not we’re going to be disappointed and possibly lose out on a sale once we know nothing better is going to come out and we might as well grab those titles before the sale dates are done. I don’t care for a single sale this week, let alone the game. But i held off on buying Rayman Origins at the discount thinking something better might come up. Nothing better came up, wish I’d know that before hand. Disappointing Sony, very disappointing

BlueBl1zzard said:

December 24th, 2:28 pm

And these people acting like PS Plus just mugged them in an alley and stole all their money or something, should have did their homework before spending money on something they didn’t know much about. I don’t ever remember PS Plus promising a feature that they didn’t deliver. Automatic updates? check. Cloud Storage for game saves? check. Free games, discounts, exclusive avatars, themes, and access to betas? check, check, check, check and check. If I’m mistaken and they did say they were offering something but didn’t, by all means let me know.

Again Happy Holiday everybody!!

sincrin said:

December 24th, 2:29 pm

@jamonit23 thanks bud! o you did, i left several comments regarding EU membership, all over the place. Yah i know the currency difference. Kinda sucks but for 100+ bucks with two membership i can get games from both ends, if i m not satisfied with one, i am pretty sure i will be satisfied by the other. Not a bad value for the amount. Yah i m really trying to find a card that i can redeem to get the EU membership, so far i came up with nothing. Still trying though. If you know of such a site i would really appreciate it if you can send me a link or something. Thanks man!

navcomm81 said:

December 24th, 2:30 pm

Nothing I care for. Looked at YouTube for RCR, but it’s not something I would play so I won’t waste the HDD space. As for the sales, I own everything that I have any interest in.

Considered the MGS HD Collection for Vita, but I have it on PS3 and that’s good enough for me.

ossiecastro5 said:

December 24th, 2:32 pm

@178 They said that they’ll give us a free game a month. But now it’s multiple free games. I honestly think they should move it back to a game a month. Not everyone can have time to play every offered game.

sirqweirDY said:

December 24th, 2:34 pm

Decent enough update.
Happy holidays!

Ghostwize said:

December 24th, 2:34 pm

@180 It’s only like 30 MB. If you grew up in the 80’s(like I did) you’ll find an endearing quality about the game. :D

BlueBl1zzard said:

December 24th, 2:45 pm

@ ossiecastro5 And people would complain that we aren’t getting “enough” free games. But yeah I don’t know how people have time for all these games either. I don’t have a job, I’m still in school and even I don’t have time to play all these games, let alone catch up on my ever-increasing backlog.
And to answer your other question, I recommend Journey of course (I just bought it myself, didn’t play it yet), and for Vita, Hot shots golf (even if you don’t like golf it’s still really fun) and Unit 13.

YungShep said:

December 24th, 2:57 pm

EU has an amazing sale going on right now….12 days of Christmas…our update is not touching what EU just offered, and all those games were brand new or recently released minus Battlefield 3 but with the recently released dlc that makes the battlefield 3 deal even sweeter..i just dont understand.

why is there such a huge discrepancy? is it because we spend too much over here?

YungShep said:

December 24th, 3:01 pm

@108 you can beat it in less then an hour…it was offered free at the time of release for ps+ members, sucks u missed out on it..

ccanfield1 said:

December 24th, 3:06 pm

Love the Cross-Play and Cross-Buy games. Keep them coming :)
Happy Holidays ! Love my Plus presents for Christmas.

nolo451 said:

December 24th, 3:10 pm

I’m surprised the comments section still exists. I refuse to believe that the PS3 blog community has so many people who give the PS3 community as a whole a bad name. I just cannot believe how ungrateful so many people are and expect to have AAA titles for free or think that Sony is out to rip them off.

I feel bad for the PS blog team who has to receive all this undeserved responses when they are offering us games that we would not have otherwise.

My thoughts to Morgan and the rest of the team…don’t think the majority are like this, its likely that most are content with the service so most don’t bother to post about it, but the complainers…wow they are quick to let you know how they deserve to have the games THEY want and call the free games trash week after week.

Still keep it up, if 2013 is anything like 2012 has been, I know it will be a great year to be a PS+ member.

Can’t wait till June when all these people that have been “threatening” to not renew and pony up and stick to their guns, then maybe the comments section will be a fun place to read again.

boomstickbhg said:

December 24th, 3:16 pm

it’s still funny when people call the IGC rentals ‘free games’.

it’s a service, paid for, not free, and only a rental no one is getting free games, we’re paying for a rental service with zero choice.

jamonit23 said:

December 24th, 3:20 pm


You’re welcome and no problem.

I sent you that site info, under my other account. Check your message inbox, and I totally agree with you.

Glad I could help.

Ryumoau said:

December 24th, 3:26 pm

@188 still predictably complaining about the ‘complainers’, i see. I eagerly await reading your cliche, butt kissing comments till June. That goes for the Sony employee and blueBeanhead as well. :)

Coody-Baroody said:

December 24th, 3:30 pm

As Ive said before on here to all you guys who are unhappy with SCEA and want to subscribe to PS+ in SCEE beware. Yes we might of been getting a better standard of selection of games than NA over the last few months but you need to know a couple of things before you decide to get an EU PS+.

1. You’ll have to get used to paying MUCH higher prices than you do on your US Store. Our PS+ year subs costs £39.99 which converts to around $60-$65 NOT the $49.99 you pay. (thats just 1 of MANY examples)

2. We get SHAFTED when it comes to release dates and delays

3. Our PS+ IGC is smaller than yours over the course of a year and we pay MORE.

4. If you DO decide to go EURO, dont keep coming on here shouting about it, its against Sonys T&Cs and you will get all your accounts banned.

nolo451 said:

December 24th, 3:31 pm


I’m butkkissing? Why, because I am happy week after week with what I’m being offered? Sorry I can’t be like the dunces that expect AAA titles for free week after week then throw a hissy fit when they don’t get their way.

I still stand by my comments, most of these people threatening to not renew, will renew regardless of what happens, but one can only hope some of them, stick to what they say and not renew, which I hope ends the incessant whining at least by a few people.

Coody-Baroody said:

December 24th, 3:36 pm

Also to all who keep calling it a RENTAL service. You are incorrect. I know the ganmes arent ‘Free’ as such but we have free ACCESS to them the whole time we are subscribers. By definition this means it is NOT a rental service.

Name 1, JUST 1 other rental service in the whole of the entertainment world that lets you keep the games you rent for the WHOLE duration of your subscription?

lisgeyo said:

December 24th, 3:41 pm

Hey Morgan I dont know if youre gonna see my comment or not but i wanted to thank you for bringing an rpg last week on sale.Two Worlds 2 is a pretty fun game and the best 5 bucks ive spended lately.So thanks for listening

I also wanted to say that congrats men;I see that the latest update is way better than the past few weeks and no fighting gamefor free “thank God”. lol

but with that aside Morgan I want to wish you and the rest of the team Happy Holidays :)

Keep it up

Stealthur said:

December 24th, 3:42 pm

Hey Morgan! Can we expect some PS1 Final Fantasy titles to go on sale? I missed the sale last March and would love to pick them all up!

tgpumpkin said:

December 24th, 3:47 pm

boomstickbhg — you do have a choice…don’t buy a subscription.

Critical feedback is perfectly fine and I’ll be the first to admit it’s not a perfect service, but when I compare what I pay for to what I get, the benefit outweighs the cost. Even if you don’t count the IGC ‘rentals’ for a moment, the other savings and features are worth the $50. PLUS, you forget the fact that the games that depart are always part of your collection even after they are off the IGC. As long as you were a plus member and selected it to your account, it’s yours to play whenever.

People pay $60 to buy one game….beat it….take it back and get maybe half price for it (on a good day). This offers a service for roughly $4 a month…cheaper than a traditional 1 game rental for you to rent whenever you want games they offer and offers weekly sales to buy games that can be 50-75% off. It’s an awesome deal.

Ikaros19 said:

December 24th, 3:48 pm

i charge today 200US and only old games 50% off in this update :/?? and i have more than 8 tittles in the list :/
nothing for me this week

i hope i can see those psvita in the next week whit 50% off for plus members ^^

Sound Shapes
persona 4 golden

And happy holidays to all ^^

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