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PlayStation Plus Update: Vanquish Joins Instant Game Collection

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

We’ve got a monster update to the Instant Game Collection today as not one, but two fantastic games are coming to PS Plus members for free! By now, you’ve got your hands on last week’s addition: Closure. Dungeon Defenders is still free in PlayStation Plus, and has a PS3 Community XP Event coming up this Thursday (register here for more info).

With tomorrow’s PlayStation Store Update, you’ll be able to download Vanquish and Mega Man Maverick Hunter X free if you’re a PS Plus member. We’ve got more including special content for Dust 514, and a launch week discount; so without further ado, let’s get to the goods.

Don’t have PlayStation Plus? Go to the PlayStation Store on your PS3 or PS Vita or click here to get access via the Sony Entertainment Network online store.

February 19th PlayStation Plus Update

Vanquish (PS3)

PSN Price: $19.99, Free for PS Plus members

Celebrate the release of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance by playing one of Platinum’s finest action titles: Vanquish. The same studio that’s bringing you Raiden this week, also delivered one of the finest sci-fi shooters in Vanquish. Check out its fast and fluid combat system, experience the visceral melee combat, and download this PS3 Full Game free as a PS Plus member.

Mega Man Maverick Hunter X (PSP and PS Vita Compatible)

PSN Price: $9.99, Free for PS Plus members

An enhanced remake of the classic Mega Man X, complete with 3D character models, remixed music, and all new unlockable features, this is classic Mega Man turned up to 11. When Sigma leads a group of Reploids in a revolt against mankind, it’s up to X and Zero to protect the world from ruin. You can download this title free as a PS Plus member and play it on your PS Vita, or PSP.

Dust 514 Starter Pack

PSN Price: $9.99, Free for PS Plus members

DUST 514 brings intense infantry combat, large-scale warfare, and deep character advancement to a free-to-play massively multiplayer shooter. Wage war in the next generation of first-person shooters, where a single victory could prove the crushing blow to a galactic empire of thousands of online EVE Online gamers. While the game is still in its beta phase, you can take advantage of this free Starter Pack. Remember, additional content you purchase in Dust 514 while it’s in beta will be carried over to your account when the game sees its full release. You can download Dust 514 now, and it’s free to play.

Urban Trial Freestyle (PS3 and PS Vita – No Cross Buy)

20% off for PS Plus members (PS3 Version: Original price: $14.99; PS Plus Price: $11.99 PS Vita Version: Original price: $9.99; PS Plus Price: $7.99)

Urban Trial Freestyle challenges players to push their risk-taking to the absolute limits and deliver maximum stunt rewards. The game`s nonstop action is complemented by a host of features including multiple game modes, leader boards, rider and bike customization, and much more. With slick urban detailed graphics and an innovative physics engine fine-tuned for fun pick-up and play, the game has been specifically engineered to get the most out of both PS3 and PS Vita versions.Learn more about the game from the PlayStation Blog’s coverage and download it this week!

PlayStation Community Update 2-15-2013

Don’t forget about the upcoming Dungeon Defenders PS3 Community XP event as well! The game is still free for PS Plus members. Click here to learn more on how to sign up for this event!

Lastly, if you haven’t downloaded Retro City Rampage or PAYDAY: The Heist, today is the last day they will be free in PS Plus; same goes for the Critter Crunch, Derrick the Deathfin and Karateka discounts.

Let us know your feedback on PlayStation Plus in the comments below, and don’t forget to use the poll links to speak your mind about what content you liked the most. If you want to see what the rest of the PlayStation community is talking about, head over to the PlayStation Community Forums in the PS Plus space to continue chatting about PS Plus, or find other topics to contribute your thoughts to, or start one for yourself. See you in the comments!

PS Plus Update 2-19-13

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Zoidzerg said:

February 18th, 5:23 pm

I must be outside the gamer mainstream or something because almost every time everyone is harping, ‘Finally a good update!’ it is something I am not interested in.

Disappointing for me, but everyone else seems happy with this update so good work Sony. As long as I get things I like regularly this service is still the best thing in gaming, so look forward to another week where I am sure something for me will be there!

Everyone else, enjoy your games!

blakseed said:

February 18th, 5:25 pm

Just goes to show, people should be patient. If there’s an update they don’y like, something they will dig will come along and (most of) the whining will stop…until the next time that is.

betuo_EL_best said:

February 18th, 5:31 pm

I´m joking man, why are you so mad?

ZaGe-zAiKaNo said:

February 18th, 5:32 pm

@BlueBl1zzard Perhaps some Vita news on wed.? :)

lkRaven-X said:

February 18th, 5:40 pm

One of the best updates in a long time. Vanquish is a really cool game that deserved more attention. Unfortunately I own the disc version already. But, this is a great update considering the quality of the game.

Viewtiful_Gene said:

February 18th, 5:42 pm

HELL YEAAAAAAAAAAH!!!! (at last, we all remember THAT european update)
I played it on Xbox, but I wanted to play it again!

superdan649 said:

February 18th, 5:46 pm

OK first things first… PSN has burnt me out on shooters buuuuuuuttt i like this one. Vanquish seems action packed and fast paced even though its a shooter ull get a download from me. last i love MM so yeah. how do i download the megaman game on my psp? just go to the PS store

avatarguy said:

February 18th, 5:51 pm

I Would have liked to see binary domain instead of Vanquish

ninja_legend said:

February 18th, 6:28 pm

I’m actually jealous of the people who get to play Vanquish for the first time. I love that game. In my opinion, Platinum is one of the finest creators of action games left. Shoot, boost, smoke indeed!

Superstone said:

February 18th, 6:40 pm

More free psp games!!

Sarrop39 said:

February 18th, 6:43 pm

Very nice choice (: In my opinion, this is exactly the kind of games that should be in the IGC, cool but not-so-popular games so more people have the chance to play them.

honkayjeezus said:

February 18th, 6:46 pm

Very nice.

Slide us into the 20th nicely, Sony.

shikigami78 said:

February 18th, 7:17 pm

cool cool, i’ve never played Vanquish (just watched a couple of videos and it looks good) i was never really a fan of Megaman(simply because i’m always dying in the first few minutes e.g. Megaman 9 and 10)

but this update is looking good and i might just enjoy this version of Megaman

ASSHAT222 said:

February 18th, 7:24 pm

Wow, Vanquish!!! I gonna renew my plus account. I hope that PS4 will have some sort of service like PS+

jgrangervikings1 said:

February 18th, 7:59 pm

I’m really pleased with this week’s offerings. Great selections for both PS3 and PSP/Vita! I look at PS+ as an opportunity to try games that are under-the-radar…games that are very good that many people didn’t buy when they first came out. There are many games in my collection that I’m glad that I picked up second-hand from used-game retailers, and I’d love to see them available for the PS+ folks to try.

Some of these games would make great options for PS+:
–3D Dot Game Heroes — great, great game that’s very under-appreciated!
–Earth Defense Force Insect Armageddon – great shooter!
–Katamari Forever
–Tornado Outbreak
–Lost Planet 2
–Shadows of the Damned
–EyePet, TV Superstars, or PSMove Heroes…they all do a good job showing off the PSMove!

Also, I’ve never been into Japanese RPGs, but maybe there’s one or two out there that are good, accessible game that the mainstream can dig into… Thanks, and keep up the good work!

ScarReaper83 said:

February 18th, 8:01 pm

im sorry but the free games that we are getting compared to what EU is getting im not liking that and im thinking of not renewing my plus next month its just not worth it anymore and ive had it for almost 3 years and the USA plus free games are just sliding downhill

perrox5000 said:

February 18th, 8:15 pm

Megaman! great game! i already have it. Wish it was a different game for psp classics. Vanquish i’ve always wanted to play it. Thanx sony. more discounts please!!!!!


February 18th, 8:31 pm

I’ve benn waiting sooo long for VANQUISH!! and Maverick Hunter it’s great too. Now our PS3, PSVita and PSP have love for equal. Great ÄDD Sony.

Siirasa said:

February 18th, 8:35 pm

Ps Plus might be revived lol, PlayStation this is why i joined PS Plus in the first place!

TitleOne said:

February 18th, 8:56 pm

Vanquish looks like a great game, I have never played it. Thanks Morgan, don’t listen to some of these simpletons this week’s update is great.

Saeed-Al-Dosary said:

February 18th, 8:59 pm

Mega Man doesn’t have trophies.

Don’t give PSP games because they don’t have trophies.


February 18th, 9:06 pm

Thanks for Vanquish and MM, and also for discounts for Urban Trial FreeStyle., too bad isn’t a Cross-Buy title.

Scarletspydr said:

February 18th, 9:21 pm

Hotness! I had the UMD for maverick hunter and loved it, now that I have a vita I am happy to have the game again. And Vanquish looked good but had too many other games I wanted to buy so passed on it, Really excited to get to try it now. I hope to see more PSP games that are vita compatible or some PSOne classics hit the PS+ discount lists. It really expands the Vitas value. Selling all my UMD games to invest in the vita made my game library shrink dramatically. It feels good to be able to replay some of these great classics from my psp.

Snake97_ said:

February 18th, 9:26 pm

Nice update!

Snakeeyes1991 said:

February 18th, 9:27 pm

Hey Morgan, I just subscribed for 1 year psn plus, but didnt got 3 extra months and You are saying Dungeon defenders is still free for ps+ members but I cant see in my ps3. Please look into this.

TaiyouGin said:

February 18th, 9:34 pm

that’s great for you guys. Vanquish is an incredible game. glad i’ll have a digital copy now too. funny because i was just playing it earlier, challenge mode is pretty difficult

Benzitor said:

February 18th, 9:44 pm

Exc”ellent update, even though i already own Maverick hunter X. It is an excellent game, and gamers will finally get their hand on it.

Keep the effort with more PSP games for the PS+ ( discount or free ). The catalogue is so extensive that with right price and offer on the store, it could really gives people a reason to grab a Vita

Elvick_ said:

February 18th, 9:56 pm

Vanquish is amazing. Already own the free games, but they’re good. Enjoy people.

derrickjones14 said:

February 18th, 10:03 pm

that was good update i hope we get a better game like martal kombat by the way this is a great update

stephenmendez100 said:

February 18th, 10:10 pm

i was gonna buy vanquish yesterday but i decided to re-buy burnout paradise and platinum it. so good choice for me.

Rude_5000 said:

February 18th, 10:42 pm


voltfan72 said:

February 18th, 11:09 pm

i am going to boycott any games like ( Urban Trial Freestyle ) that don’t have a cross-buy feature. it’s absurd that they can’t give away the lower priced vita game if you buy the ps3 version . if a lot of people speak there mind on this and refuse to buy titles from greedy developers/producers than maybe we will see more cross-buy titles , considering the fact that these are downloads and when we’re done playing them we can’t trade them in , it doesn’t hurt them on the used game market. just some thing to think about…

MickaeL486 said:

February 19th, 12:04 am

Most have already said it, but it’s true. If you haven’t played Vanquish yet, you’re in for a real treat.

It’s a LOT of fun!! :)

Cizne86 said:

February 19th, 12:26 am

Yet another week that is a waste of the membership, so glad I took time to fill that nonsense ps plus survey they sent me. Not renewing that service at all.

klassymike said:

February 19th, 1:46 am

Now I just hope the store updates before 8 P.M. eastern. Not every one lives on the west coast.

DonkeyKongKilla said:

February 19th, 2:04 am

Well, Seen a lot of people Asking for Vanquish, Bravo Kudos on that. Sci-fi Not really my genre I like to get into, I’ll give it a try… But another Megaman, Hmph, I don’t know how that works out into this because you know when they put Megaman 9 & 10 out, So many people were outraged that it would be on as a free game. Yeah so I don’t know.

DonkeyKongKilla said:

February 19th, 2:19 am

@Morgan – to your comment on 104. Why wouldn’t you figure out if you could possibly do the monthly update before giving us a survey about if we’d like it or not?… Because now if, “it may or may not be something we can do.” Turns into something you can’t do, it’s going anger a lot of people. The majority because they voted for it right?

ovelhachata said:

February 19th, 2:46 am

Wow! Brazilian player loves the American PSN.

seraph979 said:

February 19th, 3:18 am

heck yeah! this is a good update!!thanks!

kaboom313 said:

February 19th, 4:30 am

2 Free games on my birthday. it’s gonna be a good day i hope.

JoeGoodsnake said:

February 19th, 5:14 am

I find it completely hilarious that while a majority of the complainers stopped this week, the jackasses that come on every week to rile them up are still here trying to find the 2 or 3 comments they can rile on. What kind of lives do these guys lead?

The best part is the use of the word “pathetic” seems to be rampant among the lot of them, when it can really only be applied to themselves. I noticed at least 10 comments about the guy who wrote that NA is just copying EU. That was one guy, with one comment and yet all the trolls came out of the woodwork to generalize based on that one dude. I think that well-loved word of theirs, “pathetic”, is actually an understatement.

And don’t kid yourselves, while I let it alone this week, this is still a shoddy update. The reason they waited until the third week to release their “good” game is because next to Sleeping Dogs it’s trash. Furthermore, Vanquish was released with Arkham City in EU for December, whereas here it’s our retail game of the month.

It’s a lukewarm update, not a good one. You trolls want someone to argue with? Try me.

FilooGaroo said:

February 19th, 5:53 am

Vanquish is a good addition even if i don’t like shooters…………

Megaman …. again ?… PSP game WITHOUT trophy ?????…..

Please no more psp game games………………………………………………………………………………………!

Parhibition said:

February 19th, 5:59 am

The Dust starter pack is definitely what I’m most interested in.

moto-ayal said:

February 19th, 6:25 am

Awesome update! Awesome update! Awesome update! plus is +.

Lefoul-123 said:

February 19th, 7:16 am

Everybody would agree that as long as they put full games people will not complain. It doesnt really matter the genre as long as it is something made to be played in a last generation console. If you want a specific game. Then reality is that you need to pay for it, we cannot expect them to put exactly the games we want. But cmon guys at least give us the games EU gets. You already prove is posible.

Dnut said:

February 19th, 7:50 am

Morgan, any word on refund for last weeks debacle? I have yet to receive any word and I added my name to the forum and also called customer Support, yet $12.99 has not been refunded. Thanks.

DoobieDoctor5000 said:

February 19th, 8:09 am

Really excited about this update. I’ve always heard that Vanquish was an underrated game and should’ve sold very well for what it is. I can’t wait to try it. Another Blue Bomber game on PS+? Yes, please, and thank you! Then you top it off with a free Dust 514 starter pack… keep it up, guys, and I will never leave you. The fact that everything on our downloads list is always accessible, even AFTER it leaves the Instant Game Collection, is what REALLY keeps me on PS+. Take away my previously downloaded content and I’m gone. Don’t, and I’m yours forever!

CrazyGuy62 said:

February 19th, 8:15 am


Just because a publisher is able to release the title in one region doesn’t mean another can release it just as quickly!! I mean if I felt in one region (EU) I wasn’t going to make as much money as another (NA), I would release my title for plus there than here!! I don’t see your logic as sound!!

Metalsonic_69 said:

February 19th, 9:11 am

@341: Vanquish is a better game than Sleeping Dogs.

JoeGoodsnake said:

February 19th, 9:11 am


That doesn’t stop SCEA from matching the value offered in EU by either putting out a game of equal value or bundling several PSN games together to match the value. That’s all most of us are asking for.

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