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PlayStation Plus Update: Join the God of War: Ascension Multiplayer Beta

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2013 is already shaping up to be a fantastic year for PlayStation Plus members with another strong offering in the month of January. Hopefully, you’ve been enjoying NBA Jam: On Fire Edition on your PS3 and playing Chronovolt on your PS Vita, both free to PlayStation Plus members.

This week, we’ve got some epic multiplayer action with the God of War: Ascension Multiplayer Beta, as well as Mega Man 9 and 10 joining PlayStation Plus. 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.

January 8th PlayStation Plus Update

God of War: Ascension Multiplayer Beta (PS3)

Access for Plus members

PlayStation Plus members get to be one of the first to delve in to what’s sure to be one of the most epic multiplayer experiences of the year. God of War: Ascension’s Multiplayer beta is offering up the signature Team Favor of the Gods mode and the yet-to-be-seen Favor of the Gods mode. In both modes, you’ll fight to reach the requisite number of favor points from the Gods, earning points via kills, bonus brutal kills, opening chests, capturing domination points and, if you’re skillful enough, performing executions using the Spear of Olympus. Check out the Beta page for tips, scoring details and more. Make sure you also click the link below to leave your feedback with the rest of the God of War community. Note: you must be a PS Plus member, or have been selected to be in the Beta previously in order to get access to this forum space.

God of War Ascension Beta

Click here to visit the God of War: Ascension Beta Community Forum

Oh, and make sure you snag a free God of War “Eye of Kratos” avatar as well; it’s free and exclusive for PS Plus members. If you’re reading this on Monday morning, you may also want to tune in to’s livestream from 12:00pm to 2:00pm PST. Click here to check out the action!

PlayStation Plus Update 1-7-2013

Mega Man 9 and 10 Combo Pack

Free for PS Plus members

Mega Man 9 and 10 were new and bold steps for a series that’s as beloved as Mega Man. Many gamers grew up on classic Mega Man games and yearned for a new 2D adventure but with the rock solid mechanics of the originals. Capcom delivered by going back to its 8-bit roots to deliver a classic Mega Man experience with all-new levels, weapons and bosses. IGN calls Mega Man 9 alone a “… mastery of 2D platforming.” Check out both Mega Man 9 and 10 for yourself; free for PS Plus members.


50% Discount for PS Plus members (Original price: $5.00; PS Plus Price: $2.50)

Eufloria takes the hook of controlling massive armies in real time strategy games and applies it to a massively-micro scope that asks you to take over new territories (dubbed Asteroids) all for the sake of a mythic group of beings called The Growers. If you’ve ever had any sort of fun with the strategy genre, give Eufloria a download to find out why hailed Eufloria for its “beautiful stylized graphics and RTS gameplay that works great on the PS3 controller”.
NCAA Football 13: Recent Winners Pack

Free for PS Plus members

NCAA Football 13 delivers an authentic college football experience with an insane amount of realism on the virtual gridiron. If you can’t get enough of the gameplay, you’ll be happy to know that you can pick up the Recent Winners pack, free with your PS Plus membership. This pack will unlock Tim Tebow, Mark Ingram, and Matt Leinart for use in Heisman Mode.

We’re just getting started for January’s PlayStation Plus content, so we’d love to know more about what your favorite content was from the updates last month. NBA Jam: On Fire Edition and Chronovolt are being tracked for January’s Plus updates, so you’ll see those options at the end of this month.

Tell us what you think of this week’s update in the comments below and don’t forget to vote by using the links near the top of the post. You can also delve into the PlayStation Community Forums in the PS Plus space to continue chatting about PS Plus, find other great topics to contribute your thoughts to, or start one for yourself. See you in the comments!

PlayStation Plus Update 1-7-2013

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Nazotchi said:

January 7th, 9:36 am

Plus has been quite sorry lately, but this is definitely a step in the right direction. Megaman 9 and 10 are better than all of the retail games that have been offered the past few weeks, and I’ll probably renew my subscription this week even though I already own them on the Wii.

SmilingSage said:

January 7th, 9:36 am


JTruF210 said:

January 7th, 9:37 am

I could have sworn chronovolt was expiring this week, isnothing replacing it? If I didnt already have MM9&10 Id like this more. But I guess it makes since to have the weakest update release with the GoW beta since thats the main attraction .

Just hope that yall realize that its 2013 and Uncharted and Gravity Rush cant carry the Vita side of Plus forever.

nikrel said:

January 7th, 9:38 am


SmilingSage said:

January 7th, 9:39 am

Also love how they removed the poll.

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    Morgan Haro said:

    January 7th, 10:47 am

    Poll is still there; it’s at the upper right of the page; go vote!

jave-lin said:

January 7th, 9:39 am

@ BrianC6234:

Buy the game!!

If it’s not for YOU, it’s not for YOU!
I have the game (bought it at retail when it first came out) and DLCs like this
is what PS Plus needs. More DLCs, whether discounts or complementary.

Instead of whining about FREE this, FREE that.
Go and support the developers and game publishers — GO AND BUY THE GAMES.

Jeez. Do not expect the heavy hitting PS3 or Vita games to come through the door
FREE of charge for just paying $3-4 bucks a month. Know the value of the dollar!

Unlike some of you who just joined PLUS because of the IGC that was implemented
in the Summer of last year’s E3, some of us have been PS Plus subscribers since DAY 1.
And most of us were satisfied with the PS1 and Indie games.

We need PrimoIncognito in here to clean some of these people up.
Paging PrimoIncognito!

blakseed said:

January 7th, 9:40 am

Wow. People are complaining about getting MEGAMAN for free? I think this says something about the people who complain.

Ryumoau said:

January 7th, 9:40 am

@152 its under the ‘We want your feedback’ thing near the top right corner of the article.

TwinDad said:

January 7th, 9:41 am

I just wanted to say thank you for making the polls multiple selection possible. I wanted to make sure that I could pick a few genres on what I wanted to see, and also to pick two things I thought were the highlight to December.

I can understand those who would pick “nothing for me”, but seeing the results of a poll for us changes nothing. Nothing for me even if it is 80% the popular vote only tells Sony we didn’t care much for this weeks content. I’m hoping that with the Genre poll if implemented will help lower the nothings, but it will never go away, so to think Sony failed if the poll is 50% nothing doesn’t put into context that people may have already purchased it or have no interest.

I would rather have good game no matter if they are PSN or retail. What good is getting a full retail game such as “007 legends” if it’s terrible. I’d rather get Unfinished swan than 007 legends as an example.

I know what we get is limited by publishers and developers, so what ever we get thank you.

Ryumoau said:

January 7th, 9:41 am

@153 why not just switch to your alt account already then? You’re the same idiot anyway.

Ryumoau said:

January 7th, 9:42 am

@154 what? that they have taste?

DonkeyKongKilla said:

January 7th, 9:43 am

@IIL0YDII – The POLLS are at the top right hand corner of the blog. the feedback box. Third or fourth time I said this.

@BrianC6234 – No it said Free Add on. Plus Out of what I’ve seen in the past so few months. You really thought they would release the newest version of a game out on plus? REALLY? REALLY?… wow.

SmilingSage said:

January 7th, 9:43 am





Obrusnine said:

January 7th, 9:45 am

I’m starting to wonder whether or not Sony just hates it’s US customers for some reason…

Ryumoau said:

January 7th, 9:45 am

@160 not sure what that is means then.

jave-lin said:

January 7th, 9:45 am

@ Ryumoau:

Who are you??? Call yourself that, since that’s what you are.
Tired of seeing you around here week after week, complaining.

And “Alternate account”??

Some people are paranoid and think people are all the same. Fruit.

ypto77 said:

January 7th, 9:46 am

i want my money back!

sony honestly their updates during the last weeks have been one disappointment after another, as in Sony Europe, have been giving a full game each month, and were good games

however, we have given you only minis and an occasional game, but that nobody wants to play …

honestly do not improve your PS + service, many users will prefer to create European accounts, to have a quality service

DonkeyKongKilla said:

January 7th, 9:47 am

@Ryumoau – they don’t want us to know how many people are satisfied or unsatisfied with the update. Makes sense kind of seeing how all it does is stir up arguments and people manipulating it haha.

RE4LNOiZE_42 said:

January 7th, 9:49 am

Well, I can’t say that Plus isn’t giving me my money’s worth. All the free games I got since I subscribed (maybe 8 months ago, I think) are worth much more than the price of admission. Add the Vita games given when it launched on the Vita and the value of my 50$ subscription just exploded.


Seriously. I can’t help but feel that americans subscribers get the short end of the stick compared to european ones. I understand that SCEE and SCEA are separate entities (somewhat), and that it might be because both of them need to get different agreements from the publishers because of the different regions of the world, but still…

It looks like SCEA isn’t really trying to sell PS+ to gamers. And it shouldn’t be that hard, considering that the competition is almost charging for everything and never gives anything to its members… But still, updates like these won’t sway anyone from the competition, that’s for sure. And isn’t that supposed to be one of the goal of PS+? Boosting the value of the PS3 brand?

afr1234 said:

January 7th, 9:52 am


Open up the polls results as that is the least you owe us. I know that it looks bad when people opens up the blog and sees “nothing for me this week” dominating but you have to be honest, and most people does not enjoy cheap 8 bit games (even if they are megaman), i know that you cannot offer us AAA games every week but you have a wide array of tittles that you could potentially offer like psone classics, psp classics, minis, etc. We want vita updates every week (give psone classics as those appeal to vita and ps3 users) and are much better than bad games like chrono volt. Also, you can offer games that are good but that are very cheap at retail or that won´t sell that much anymore like red dead redemption, vanquish, journey, etc. For example, i cannot see elder scrolls oblivion selling that much nowadays, so you can probably work a deal to give it to us as a freebie.

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    Morgan Haro said:

    January 7th, 10:57 am

    Sharing the response I gave in the first page of the comments to share the reason why some of the polls results are locked.

    I’d like the comments to be less about the polls, and more about the actual content of the update. When comments start to talk just about results of the polls, and then I go and collect feedback from the comments, then the data is less powerful and informative to share with the Plus team. If the data I get is feedback about poll results, then well, it’s another filter to your detailed thoughts to the Plus team.

    To lessen this, yep, I set the results to private for these polls. Cast your vote, know that feedback takes time (we can never move the ship around too crazy as Plus continues to grow at an astounding rate, and we don’t want to rock the boat too quickly), and leave feedback in the comments about whether you liked the update, or not, and of most importantly, why.


b00kthree said:

January 7th, 9:52 am

I already have both megamans from sales a few years ago, but I’m not complaining — those are the kinds of games I like to see offered free.

Still_Dreaming_ said:

January 7th, 9:53 am

I love MegaMan but I wish it would play on the Vita!

UnderDaCovers said:

January 7th, 9:54 am

I think people’s main issue is the over hype of the Instant Game Collection. It was amazing at launch, it had current & old games for just $5 a month. Then it went donwhill, for me personally it was because they started providing games that I never heard of (Not even from IGN) and when i played them, i found out why i never heard of them. After it went downhill they tried to save it with the Vita instant game collection. Which was great for people who were buying their Vita then, but, day one Vita holders most likely already had them. The big issue is the service promised things people wanted, and its not really dishing it out. Once i see more recent games in the line up, i will purchase my + back. But Megaman and Nba Jam so far? No thank you.

ademichelius said:

January 7th, 9:54 am

wow, this update it’s just… ridiculous

CrazyGuy62 said:

January 7th, 9:54 am

@Ryumoau and @jave-lin,

Kids, seperate corners.

@jave-lin, there’s no need for name calling.

@Ryumoau, just because someone likes mega man doesn’t they don’t have taste.

saskamazon said:

January 7th, 9:55 am

I’m looking fwd. to the Megaman 2 pack – my son will be thrilled … we have a Megaman UMD for the PSP & he really had fun with that …. in the poll I didn’t know I could pick more than 1 genre iof game selection … too bad. I went with western RPGs b/c I have always wanted to try KOAR …. also love platformers …. as plus members we did just get Chronoivolt & Jetpack for free on the Vita front, so really, given the smaller library for the unit, can’t really complain … for me, discounts is really where it’s at … I absolutely get my moneys worth annually with savings on games I want to buy. have been absolutely LOVING R & C Questfor Booty ! what a deal with the holiday discount ! thanks ….

SpaceOddity87 said:

January 7th, 9:56 am

I already had the Mega Man games for the Wii, and God of War multiplayer is meh. Eufloria looks good and right for the price, but overall this is a very weak week.

BlueBl1zzard said:

January 7th, 9:56 am

What’s the deal with people here complaining over the poll results set to private? Yall are starting to sound like a bunch of conspiracy theorists. If sony didn’t want feedback they might as well have taken the poll away altogether. Plus, if you want to see if people are satisfied or dissatisfied with the update, just go look at the comments.

tpobeatheat187 said:

January 7th, 9:56 am

Yea Mega Mega Mega Man!!!!! South Park you crack me up!

jave-lin said:

January 7th, 9:58 am

@ Ryumoau:

Yeah, thought so…..
Trying to be all tough on a blog…….kids these days…..
hiding behind their PCs and Laptops….insulting other people
when they do not know what they do for a living……you’d better be careful.

Anyway, great new poll format now.
But yeah, it would be best to not make the first 2 polls private. But it’s okay if they are. No problem.
Need to see more Platformers Morgan! Maybe also Day 1 Digital on Sly Cooper Thieves in Time??

Ghostwize said:

January 7th, 9:59 am

No trophies for Megaman 9. Not a big deal for me though. My son will possibly break a controller playing it though lol. Megaman games are classic! Can’t you play as Protoman in one of them?

mainkster said:

January 7th, 10:00 am

no trophies for megaman 9 , before i didn’t care about trophies , but now can’t live without em , looks like its only megaman 10 for me.

CaptainRadical said:

January 7th, 10:02 am

And this point I just feel like Sony stole my money. I was promised an “Instant Game Collection”. Instead I have received instant access to “Digital Games we’ve tried to sell for dirt cheap in the past” and “The Gamestop 5$ used bin”.
I guess the smartest thing Sony has done in the last couple months was started making the results of the polls private. That way there’s isn’t a glaring NOTHING FOR ME THIS WEEK or NOTHING FOR ME THIS MONTH right in the middle of the post that Morgan puts oh so much effort in to.

But hey, I guess I can keep my head up… I hear Morgan said there’s big things coming next week! I’m just curious to know what calender he’s working on… And when this future next week is coming.

Dangisuckatgamin said:

January 7th, 10:08 am

Since when did they say we are supposed to get Retail games every week?
I’d be disappointed if my child came on blogs just to be negative and hateful….
your parents should be ashamed!

Dangisuckatgamin said:

January 7th, 10:09 am

Captain, they never said that those “instant games” will be retail games.
They steal any money because those $5 games (as you call them) add up to $50 a year.. so therefore you gain money, learn some math kiddo.

x-Kicks-x said:

January 7th, 10:11 am

I thought the blogcast mentioned that there would be a discount on Mortal Kombat for Vita
Is it a non + discount that is happening?

Zeniselv said:

January 7th, 10:13 am

In my opinion PSplus has given me enough to be sure to renew the service only after 4 months, i also personally prefer NA plus, i dont deny EU get great games, but for that reason i already own a bunch of them, also i dont think accussing plus to no live ip to expectations its too much, it delivers what it promises wether or not is on par with EU.

Also, people asking for the polls they are on the top of the post.

andremal said:

January 7th, 10:15 am

Really looking forward to experiencing the GOW MP Beta!

AfunnyFATman said:

January 7th, 10:15 am

I only own a vita and I am positive that I’m not the only person who only owns a vita and has PS Plus. Yes we had a wonderful week one of PS PLUS along with Uncharted: Golden Abyss, but almost every month now seems to be giving PS3 users tons of free content but leave’s vita owners in the shadows. Chronovolt was a fun game for about one play through then became boring (in my opinion). I feel that there should be content dedicated to the Vita, such as Little Big Planet PS Vita at a discounted price or even free. Thats obviously just an example of course. This is all just opinion, I don’t mean to make anyone mad or start drama haha,

sab_krit said:

January 7th, 10:16 am

WOW! Another month with no retail game. What a great start for the new year. November now January without a retail game and Bioshock 2 and street fighter in december! I dont have any more expectations from these ppl anymore. Seems to be they just dont care about the members.

Nice tactics though by not showing the poll results, which will ofcourse have nothing for me this week and month in the top. Why bother with the polls? Why bother with saying “2013 shaping up to be a fantastic year” (not true atleast from my US PLUS subscription) whats so fantastic being treated as not so important customer compared to EU members. blah blah blah!!! Final words “nothing for me for the past four months” other than total disappointment.

Ashilyn said:

January 7th, 10:18 am

I love how much people complain about wanted big time, quality titles, and then complain when they get two good freakin’ Mega Man games. Once again proof that all anyone wants to do here is complain. This is an awesome update, keep up the good work Morgan & Co.

They should fix the problem with people who own one of them not being able to get the game they don’t have though, that’s pretty sketchy. Why not just make both games individually free as well as the bundle? I don’t get why it has to be JUST the bundle.

Glad you guys added more polls, too. Assuming making results hidden is more a matter of the redone format than any conspiracy-like attempt to hide results from people, though really they never should’ve been public to begin with (and I’m sure you know why now). I have to admit, I was kind of hoping to see Demon’s Souls as the free game (or even discounted) after it was announced it was being added to PSN. Hopefully the polls can make that happen.

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    Morgan Haro said:

    January 7th, 10:58 am

    “They should fix the problem with people who own one of them not being able to get the game they don’t have though, that’s pretty sketchy. Why not just make both games individually free as well as the bundle? I don’t get why it has to be JUST the bundle.”

    That problem is fixed, and does not affect this Mega Man Bundle. If you’ve acquired either MM( or MM10 in the past only, you’ll still be able to snag the other, free as a plus member.

Ashilyn said:

January 7th, 10:18 am

As for people clamoring about RPGs and such, you’ve got to remember that anything we get for plus has to be available on PSN, and there’s… not really many RPGs on PSN. Not as full PS3 retail games at least – and all of them are Western RPGs (Dragon Age 1&2, the Mass Effect games, and Borderlands and Deus Ex as hybrid RPGs are the only ones, I think). There’s really only so much they can do until publishers decide to put their RPGs on PSN. But then, that would require logic to process, wouldn’t it?

blakseed said:

January 7th, 10:19 am


No. They’re as twisted and entitled as you are, and only comment when they have something negative to say. Now, you try to have a nice day now, ya hear?

Ghostwize said:

January 7th, 10:22 am

@186 Vita owners have access to over 10% of the Vita catalogue. I’d say Vita owners should be just fine considering plus just started for the vita a few months ago. Jeez…..

GStylez1980 said:

January 7th, 10:22 am

Great update, Morgan! I’ve been wanting to play Mega Man 9 & 10 for the longest time, as I was a big fan of 2-4. Hear that they are a blast, and I love trying to figure out which bosses’ weapon owns the other bosses. Plus, with how difficult these games are supposed to be, I’ll get hours of playtime out of them. Anybody crapping on getting these games as part of Plus cannot have played Mega Man before…gaming at it’s best! And I can’t wait to try out the GoW Multiplayer beta…looking forward to continuing Kratos’ single-player chaos even more though. Well done, Plus team!

P.S. – I would like to see the polls opened back up to the public as well. The feedback is good to see.

Ashilyn said:

January 7th, 10:22 am

Well, the only good ones, at least. I think Amalur’s on there, and I forgot Demon’s Souls was getting added this week,

BlueBl1zzard said:

January 7th, 10:23 am

@AfunnyFATman That’s funny cause on weeks where we get vita stuff, there are people asking for more PS3 stuff, just proving that you can’t make everyone happy. Anyway I don’t know what all vita games you have, but for the past 3 weeks they had some pretty good 50% off sales on vita games like littlebigplanet, sound shapes, rayman, and hot shots golf, among others

sagohichi said:

January 7th, 10:24 am

Yeah, “The Gamestop $5 used bin” is exactly the price we are paying for PS+ every month.
Shouldn’t we be happy to have this kind of thing every week?

By the way, I don’t like 8-bit stuffs. So this week is not for me at all. But I just have fun with Anomaly and Jetpack Joy Ride last week. That was more than good enough for $5/month.

RE_Player said:

January 7th, 10:24 am

I’m still blown away with the amount of complainers. I hope these are children because if they are grown men and women than it’s sad.

nYcFrEeWiLL82 said:

January 7th, 10:25 am


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