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PlayStation Plus Update: Become War in Darksiders, Free for Members

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

PS Plus members rang in the New Year with NBA JAM: On Fire Edition and Mega Man 9 and 10 for free. This week, we’re bringing you a mix of action and exploration with the original Darksiders. Read on to find out more about this week’s update and remember to use the polls on the right to let us know what you think of this week’s update! Also, if you haven’t already, make sure you check out NBA Jam: On Fire Edition and Mega Man 9 and 10, which are some of the more recent additions to the PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection.

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

January 15th PlayStation Plus Update

Darksiders (PS3)

Free for PS Plus members

Take control of War, one of the fabled Horseman of the Apocalypse, and rain down destruction with a combination of brutal attacks and supernatural abilities. Darksiders’ true appeal however isn’t just in its visceral action. With an emphasis on open world traversal and mind-bending dungeons to explore, Darksiders delivers a true adventure, supported by the amazing art styling of comic book art genius Joe Madureira.

PlayStation Plus Update 1-15-2013

Stardrone Extreme

50% off for PS Plus members (Original price: $3.99; PS Plus Price: $2.00)

Don’t miss out on this great deal for the PS Vita charmer Stardrone Extreme. Each level starts by aiming and shooting yourself out of a cannon into outer space. Your spaceship stays in motion from this point on, and it’s your job to attach to nearby gravity beacons to navigate its flight path. While tethered to a beacon, you’ll swing and attempt to circle the beacon until you release and slingshot yourself further. This core mechanic brings together elements of shoot ‘em up, pinball, collecting objects; all in one unique game.

One other note; some of you noticed that inFAMOUS 2 left PlayStation Plus as a free game last week. This was an error and it will be back in the Instant Game Collection on the 1/15 PlayStation Store Update.

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 1-15-2013

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nyahbingi_man said:

January 14th, 8:37 pm

next week plants vs zombies for free on PS+ hahaha

Alnuk1 said:

January 14th, 8:39 pm

@mnstring whatever kid looks like you need a tissue, my facts are psv poor sales and the angry people with the fail service. but people cant argue with short minded kids. go to bed and move on its better for you.

@387 i feel you dude personally im just waiting for soul sacrifice before i sell this crap 0 support.

lobotomies4free said:

January 14th, 8:40 pm

Darksiders is great. I platinumed it. Keep hoping for more stuff I don’t have already. Loved getting LBP2 and Rochard. Kinda been hoping for Okami HD.

Anybody that didn’t play Darksiders this is your chance

unbornsoldier said:

January 14th, 8:46 pm

One last thing to the kids/adults crying time and time again about buying games and all of a sudden they become free for ps plus.Its a business what do you expect?You expect Sony to not sell the games given for free at a later date 0_o really?I do agree that there should be a monthly post for ps plus.That way everyone can plan ahead on what to buy for that month,and not complain they weren’t warned its gonna be free later.Alot of the games that have been given for free I already have on blurry,but I still appreciate the fact that I don’t need to disc swap,and can play them whenever I want without having to switch discs over and over.Even though most games given free might already be owned by many here,we get so much more with plus.Love the discounts :) huge savings.

Fruttyman said:

January 14th, 8:47 pm

Nothing for me. Again.

ImprisonedTitan said:

January 14th, 8:48 pm

Great update! Darksiders is a good game for those who missed out.

Presentation is excellent and does a great job of giving you that “epic” feel that you can find in games like God of War, but I do think that pacing is a huge issue about half-way through which could be a huge turnoff for a lot of people.

DazeOfWar said:

January 14th, 8:52 pm

Great game but have owned it on the 360, still own on PS3, and own on Steam. I really wish you guys would just switch the monthly update like before. This week to week stuff is crap. We all voted on it quite a few months back and majority wanted a monthly update. You say things take time to implement but I think you’ve had enough time to put it into the cycle.

Maybe start giving us something that was so big or blockbuster. How about Catherine, or even the Phineas and Ferb game. I know some people may not care for those but at least they’re different then the rest of the stuff we’ve received. Plus a lot of people probably don’t have them.

Anyways maybe next week I’ll finally get something I don’t have or is worthwhile.

TSTina said:

January 14th, 9:01 pm

Awesome! I already finished Darksiders on my PC, but I’ve been wanting to play it again before I play the sequel. Now I can earn some extra trophies along the way too.

I don’t think there’s any other game out there that comes as close to being an unofficial spiritual successor to Soul Reaver. They both have similar game mechanics, similar dark atmosphere, a convoluted storyline, eloquent dialog and voice acting. In fact, the voice actor who portrayed War reminds me a lot of Kain.

Keep up the good work and I might just renew my membership. I noticed that RPGs ranked high in last week’s poll. Maybe you could include White Knight Chronicles I & II as a freebie in a future update.


January 14th, 9:04 pm

yet another damn game i bought on sale for $10 on psn.and now its free. how about LA Noire or GTA 4? don’t get me wrong the darksiders games are great !!! I’m still playing the second one. but try giving us something a little bit better then this. p.s. can’t wait to see what you guys give us this summer after E3!!!

Sevyne said:

January 14th, 9:08 pm

I’ve always felt that games that would be perfect for Plus would be the games that were received well, but not a big success on the market. The great games that got overlooked by the masses not because of a lack of quality but because of lack of exposure. Lots of great games didn’t sell so well for numbers of reasons. If gamers were given the opportunity to experience them through Plus it would not only give recognition where it is deserved, but open the eyes of many gamers who wouldn’t know otherwise.

Lots of niche JRPGs, SRPGs, amongst a list of other things fit the bill pretty well. I’m not saying to push aside everything else to do this, but to bring stuff like that into the mix.

I know everything is much easier said than done. I know a lot of factors go into being able to obtain certain games for Plus, but it’s something to think about.

Oh and I don’t really get why it takes any time at all to change to a monthly update format. Unless you are seriously cutting your deals on getting games to the IGC every week at the last minute I just don’t see why monthly updates pose any issues at all. You used to do it and for some reason just stopped for what seems like no reason.

nolo451 said:

January 14th, 9:09 pm

I’m pretty happy with my Vita. I just barely finished the 3rd game of all those 6 games we got for free.

Up next, Gravity Rush, and after that I might try out Persona 4 if I can get a good deal on it somewhere.

Still, Just thought I’d throw my .02 in on the Vita since most people tend not to post about it when they are content with something. I think the price drop that was mentioned for this year for the Vita will help with sales, just wish the memory cards were priced more in line with SD cards, *sigh*, but I went ahead and bought a 32GB one for $70. :(

Still, as long as we keep getting some Vita games in the IGC, I’m happy. I wonder what the total value of all the stuff I’ve downloaded must be, quite easily $300 at least.

Lefoul-123 said:

January 14th, 9:09 pm

I recently buyed a ps3 and a 1 year plus suscription, so far have enjoyed lbp2 and will get darksiders. I want to see proper ps3 games on plus even if they are old, stuff like darksiders is a good idea cuz that way you promote the secuel, I bet a lot of people will like it and buy the second part, I know Im planing to if I like the first one. Other good ideas are

Mass effect.
Some god of war now that ascension is coming out.
Something from rockstar to promote GTA series.
And good old ps1 and ps2 hits, you name it. Crash bandicoot stuff, mgs1, resident evil, ico, sotc. Stuff you already have the rights to put for free.

ioshi_US said:

January 14th, 9:10 pm

Nothing for me. Again
plsss… give some love for vita owner
if you not give us a free game, please give 50% discount for AAA title game like, Virtue Last Reward, Assassin Creed Liberation, Ragnarok Odyssey, DJMAX Technika Tune

ShadowNextGen said:

January 14th, 9:11 pm

Darksiders is a great selection for PS Plus members. Have you guys thought of putting titles up that came out when not many people owned a PS3? Stuff like Heavenly Sword that I would bet the majority of the PS3 community hasn’t played. Thanks!

SpaceOddity87 said:

January 14th, 9:12 pm

Judging from the demo, Darksiders isn’t so good, but free is free. I’ll probably play it.

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    Morgan Haro said:

    January 15th, 9:37 am

    Get past the first hour. Once you get through the intro stuff, the more dungeon adventure Zelda-esque gameplay really starts to take hold.

mnstrings said:

January 14th, 9:14 pm

haha, while I may dislike people whining about something each week, its so funny to see them so upset over something that offers so much value.

Now that we get something EU got, its even more hilarious that they still whine about something. Just shows, these people will whine no matter what we are given.

I just keep on lol’ing.


January 14th, 9:18 pm

Thx, I’ll revisit War’s story one more time and platinum this one.


January 14th, 9:19 pm

i got a great idea sony . how about just once you let the psn community vote on whats free next . how about it Morgan?

bt1234567892010 said:

January 14th, 9:20 pm


I would agree with you on LA Noire or GTA IV, but only if they were the complete editions. I bought LA Noire back in its launch month, haven’t gotten any of the DLC except what came with it. as for GTA IV, same deal, I bought it back when it was released, and I have Episodes from Liberty City, on 360 >.> I just want the DLCs for GTA IV on PS3 so I can get all of the dang trophies! Red Dead Redemption would be good too, if it included Undead Nightmare at least :D

luismcbo said:

January 14th, 9:29 pm

finally a good game… i hope this trend continue LoL…

BansheeWrath said:

January 14th, 9:30 pm

Darksiders eh? Sweet, I never had the chance to play this game, I’ll definitely end up downloading it tonight

Dioscuri_MEX said:

January 14th, 9:37 pm

Yes! I was looking for this one but wasn´t sure about buying it


shikigami78 said:

January 14th, 10:55 pm

Awesome!!!! Darksiders was on my Amazon wishlist. PS Plus got me covered this week!!

JayBizzle311 said:

January 14th, 11:02 pm

Sweet update……

Definitely Siren to go along with Darksiders.

However, I would like to suggest a Siren: Blood Curse discount and trophy support. That would be freaking stellar!

lonewhitewolf1 said:

January 14th, 11:04 pm

i got stardrone when the vita came out and i am not really into darksiders. another month i will go without psn i guess.

skate927 said:

January 14th, 11:18 pm

How many time i have to wait for free games on the Vita in Mexico the PS3 is to Expensive i have to wait to my Birthday to buy give more PS Vita Free Games :(

malex67us said:

January 14th, 11:56 pm

Definately a big yes to those who have mentioned heavenly sword to the instant game collection.

malex67us said:

January 15th, 12:00 am

Also add Arkham Asylum, better than Arkham City

combatkrazyjerom said:

January 15th, 12:10 am

like god of war

Knightedrik said:

January 15th, 12:18 am

This is a good thing, getting Darksiders on Plus.. But, I can’t help but feeling like Plus is being spread a little thin now that vita has horned in. Why doesn’t vita have it’s on Plus or store. I mean listing things on the PS store is great and all.. But if you are a Plus member and DO NOT own a Vita, then this is taking away from what I paid good money for. I’m not dis’in the Vita at all.. but I mean we used to have a PS3 PS Plus update and now we have a PS3/PS vita update. And half of the money I am paying out goes for a product that wasn’t there when I signed up, nor will I probably ever use.

Knightedrik said:

January 15th, 12:18 am

Vita should not share the PS Plus limelight, It should have it’s own. If you don’t own a Vita.. your getting 50% less off of Plus then you used to get, which altogether isn’t much to begin with.

I’m sure the Vita is quite awesome.. but to tell the truth, I’m kind of afraid to buy one.. it’s just not a good time in my mind. With PS4 right around the corner, and the fact that I got burned on PSP Go.. How long until you stop supporting the Vita, or release the Vita 2?

Long story short. Make 2 updates. 1 for PS3 games.. and 1 for Vita game. Or at least double the content for both. I’m sorry, but I just don’t think this is fair.

gaiashk30 said:

January 15th, 12:34 am


I am very happy about this update thought id never play darksiders in my life as i aint a big RPG fan, but since its on the update and free i’m going to try it out for sure aint going to hurt, plus i heard nothing but stellar reviews about this game…

Anyways to my main point and don’t take this the wrong way, i’m not complaining.. But, do you guys do PSN games?? Like arcade games if you will, nothing wrong with full games just wondering if you guys will be… And hope you don’t mind me suggesting Madden NFL Arcade if you guys can i would love to play that one again sometime…

kcku0527 said:

January 15th, 12:38 am

Good update a little light though, I will say that now I finally get to play the first Darksiders, I have the second but have resisted the urge to open it yet since I had never played the first one yet. I know we just had the huge winter sales but I would have liked to see a few more discounted items.

Tyrannikos said:

January 15th, 12:45 am

Already played Darksiders on 360 when it came out, but I had to give it back to my friend right when I was done. SUPER excited to play through it again! Maybe I’ll get inspired to try Darksiders II afterwards!

DragonWolfJD said:

January 15th, 1:27 am

Another week where I download nothing only thing I’ve gotten out of plus since July has been the discount on Skull Girls and Tokyo Jungle. Is there going to be another update next week or is January just another month of boring games for “free”. Hopefully February will end my yawning.

dubmast said:

January 15th, 1:38 am

First off I want to say that I am very happy with the new content. I have never written on the blog before and I have not been disappointed much in the past two years I have been with PS plus. The question I have, is there any Move games in the works for future updates? Thanx.

Elvick_ said:

January 15th, 2:03 am

Already have Stardrone. Solid game, had no idea it was cross buy until way after I started to go through my download list.

I’d rather save my very limited harddrive space on Darksiders and buy the bluray, but it’s nice to have a digital copy regardless.

Elvick_ said:

January 15th, 2:06 am

@428: Stardrone is cross buy. Therefore PS3 and PS Vita.

And, the PSP Go was a PSP with less features. ie; no UMD Drive. Buying it, was stupid on your part when it was already known that not every UMD game would release digitally. Accept your part of the blame, as I do for buying a Zune.

Elvick_ said:

January 15th, 2:08 am

@415: No.

Look at Steam’s Greenlight for how “community voting” does NOT work. At all.

AlecMorero said:

January 15th, 2:15 am

anybody knows here when the update hits the psn

ademichelius said:

January 15th, 2:20 am

I’m not sure if this game was already planned for PS Plus users, or if it is a response for all the negatives feedbacks from previous updates. Either way, nice update, it’s impossible to make everyone happy, but it’s nice to treat everyone fairly. Thanks!

lkRaven-X said:

January 15th, 3:54 am

Darksiders is the best title that we are getting in PS+ after a long time. I was going to switch to an EU account for plus games cos of the mediocre offerings. I might do so if this becomes a one hit wonder. But I understand that you guys might do some changes after the recent polls.

On the other hand, did the latest firmware change the ability for non-ps+ accounts playing ps+ games that reside in the same ps3. For example my wife used to play ps+ games that I downloaded using my master account. But now it is not possible. If you guys did this intentionally is there any reason behind this. As far as I can see accessing the content on the same PS3 system should not be limited. Its unfair for my wife to also get a PS+ account since we both share the same PS3.

Light_wish01 said:

January 15th, 4:21 am

What time will this update come out? I’m really looking forward to playing Darksiders

MedMax_02 said:

January 15th, 4:39 am

Nothing for me. Again.

Help me

Ghost_RJ said:

January 15th, 5:09 am

Finally a great game, hard to find in stores, awesome!

TaLTaL55 said:

January 15th, 5:11 am

Finally a good update!
Thank god! :D

joefranco85 said:

January 15th, 5:15 am

Thanks a lot for this wwonderful gift!! an excelent game.

bombbreath said:

January 15th, 6:22 am

Thanks Great games for this week, but lets try to be more timely on your posts, ok the boss is watching,
Thank you from your Customer Ambassador to the Playstation Network online id: bombbreath Sony make.belive
Good Job Morgan. Keep up the good work. More snappy next time.

sab_krit said:

January 15th, 6:51 am

@mnstrings Don’t soil ur pants lol’ing.

pOcHo_OX said:

January 15th, 6:59 am

Great game, this is the best, I’ll be waiting at the end of the month a new vita game.

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