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PlayStation Plus: Malicious Free for Members

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

This week, we hope you’ll join us in welcoming Malicious to the Instant Game Collection! Download it for free starting with tomorrow’s PlayStation Store update.

We’re smack dab in the middle of Spring Fever 2013 — this week, you can look forward to a launch week discount on Dragon Fantasy Book I, along with deals on a sweet lineup of titles from the Grand Theft Auto franchise; perfect to catch up on any missed entries in the series.

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April 16th PlayStation Plus Update


PSN Price: $9.99, Free for PS Plus members

Take control of the Spirit Vessel and battle waves of brutal fighters and colossal enemies to rid the world of the evil force of Malicious. Gain new weapons, build your powers and perform devastating combo attacks as the final showdown between good and evil draws near. With a beautiful art style, Malicious is a treat to look at and will be coming to PS Plus later this month.

SPRING FEVER – Dragon Fantasy Book I (PS3 and PS Vita – Cross Buy Enabled)

20% Discount for PS Plus members (PSN Price: $9.99; PS Plus Price: $7.99)

Dragon Fantasy
Experience an all-new old adventure! Fight your way through hordes of monsters, explore the caves, castles, and dungeons of an ancient evil, and meet warriors, princes, pirates, zombies, and crazy old woodsmen in a huge world epic retro RPG adventure. Authentic 8-bit artwork and an original soundtrack by renowned 8-bit musician Crashfaster keeps the game true to its retro roots. Get this new release at a launch week 20% discount, only for PS Plus members.
SPRING FEVER – Grand Theft Auto Franchise Sale (PS3, PSP with PS Vita Support)

Up to 50% Discounts for PS Plus Members

Grand Theft Auto Sale
Excited for Grand Theft Auto V? Who isn’t! If you happened to miss any of the excellent entries in the series, this might be a great time to catch up before jumping back in the worlds that only Rockstar Games can create.
Game Normal Price Sale Price Plus Price
Grand Theft Auto 3 (PS2 Classic) $9.99 $6.99 $4.89
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (PSP; PS Vita Supported) $19.99 $13.99 $9.79
Grand Theft Auto IV Digital (PS3) $19.99 $13.99 $9.79
Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City (PS3) $19.99 $13.99 $9.79
Grand Theft Auto IV – Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony (PS3) $19.99 $13.99 $9.79
Grand Theft Auto IV – Grand Theft Auto: The Lost and Damned (PS3) $9.99 $6.99 $4.89
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (PS2 Classic) $14.99 $10.49 $7.34
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (PSP; PS Vita Supported) $19.99 $13.99 $9.79
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (PS2 Classic) $9.99 $6.99 $4.89
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories (PSP; PS Vita Supported) $19.99 $13.99 $9.79

Last Chance (Leaving on 4/23)

Instant Game Collection

Mega Man Maverick Hunter X (PSP; PS Vita Supported)


Dragon Fantasy Book I
Grand Theft Auto 3
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars
Grand Theft Auto IV Digital
Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City
Grand Theft Auto IV – Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony
Grand Theft Auto IV – Grand Theft Auto: The Lost and Damned
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories
Zombie Driver HD
Zombie Driver HD + Soundtrack
Zombie Driver HD Soundtrack
Zombie Driver HD Apocalypse Pack

All these deals will go live when PlayStation Store updates tomorrow.

What are you most excited for this week? What do you think could be better? Leave your comments below, or, if you want to get more involved, head over to the PlayStation Community Forums to discuss this week’s news, find other topics to contribute to, or start one for yourself. See you in the comments!

PlayStation Plus Update 4-16-2013

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antidentity said:

April 15th, 7:53 pm

Any chance we’ll ever see GTA2 classic playable on vita?

YuNeoxus said:

April 15th, 7:59 pm

I Hope HITMAN ,PSN America

DarkOne_PR said:

April 15th, 8:01 pm

exited for grand theft auto V?! NOT! As if im going to put a crappy GTA game over all the awesome releases on June. pft…

Kaoskauser said:

April 15th, 8:03 pm

Wewt! Malicious!
I was thinking about trying it out when it released and forgot all about it.
Thanks for the update. :)

bt1234567892010 said:

April 15th, 8:21 pm

Episodes from Liberty City for 10 bucks? Tempting….I already own it on the 360, but my copy of GTA IV is on the PS3..so it’s impossible to get all of the trophies if I wanted to, without rebuying :/ Malicious seems cool, not something I’d play regularly, since it seems to have little of a progressing storyline. the GTA sale in general is good, Chinatown Wars for 10 bucks is nice too, however I’d be more likely to get Episodes from Liberty City, just because you can goof around on it easily. I like the update, I just wish I had some more cash ^^; I’d pick up a new copy of GTA: San Andreas, Chinatown wars, and Episodes from Liberty City.

zzZeroAgent said:

April 15th, 8:29 pm

I would like to see Sleeping Dogs, ME3, Hitman, and Okami HD on PS+. Those were some good choices for EU!

Anyway, Malicious looks pretty good so I will give it a try. The GTA sale is quite tempting as well, we’ll see. Thanks guys.

xiiaovinz said:

April 15th, 8:47 pm

Thanks For The Update.. but Appreciate it If There was An Promo For Vita too…~~~ anyway CHeers~!

streetboys23 said:

April 15th, 9:02 pm

when is there goin to be any free ps plus ps vita games because for the last 3 weeks it was ps3

streetboys23 said:

April 15th, 9:05 pm

when is there going to be free ps plus ps vita games because for the last 3weeks it was ps3

Timewalker-Ben said:

April 15th, 9:07 pm

Hey Morgan, an article I think u should see.


I plan on getting the borderlands bundle as soon as store comes back up. and according to this article, since I already have BL1 from plus, I may not get credit for buying BL1 since I already “own” it thru plus. my plus sub isn’t in any danger till Nov of next year, and Im only getting it as a just in case since its $1 more, but i felt this may be an issue for some time in the future.

dopeboy081991 said:

April 15th, 9:13 pm

last two weeks were suppose to have free games for the vita where are they i pay for that stuff and i no sony makes money from the membership dues and these “great” discounts

dopeboy081991 said:

April 15th, 9:15 pm

lmao ya my comment is awaiting moderation bc its the truth and watch sony will remove it

RyanShed said:

April 15th, 9:21 pm

I still have not received my 10 credits for my purchases. any word if they have been sent out yet?

Archaga said:

April 15th, 9:42 pm

Wow, some serious weak-sauce this week.

@111, you sure you checked your email? They’ll send you the $10 code via email, not an automatic wallet fund.

four24twenty said:

April 15th, 9:43 pm


When I was speaking of old-school skills, I was speaking of those 2 specific orb areas only. I agree the game overall is an easy platinum worth the time.

Funny story… when I got to the last room in the disappearing platforms room, I accidentally went in the black door first. This dropped me out and I had to re-do to access the rainbow room. If was breezier the second go-through, except the 2nd to final trial room changed. The stationary block several jumps in had become active…but I had the vibe down by then.

If you thought those 2 areas were a bit on the easy side, well you’re the man! I had to focus like a ninja to pull ’em off!

ZeLL2K2 said:

April 15th, 9:54 pm

Always been interested in Malicious, guess this is my chance. Thanks.

MorphineBear said:

April 15th, 10:22 pm

Any chance that Grand Theft Auto 5 is going to be on the PSVita?

Yohmaru_EX said:

April 15th, 10:25 pm

2 great games this month, Demons Souls and Malicious!!! Yeeeeeeah, thanks sony!!!

FTM-Soul-Shaker said:

April 15th, 10:32 pm

Still no word of if Soul Sacrifice pre-order will be available for digital DL + bonuses on PSN which was stated to be looked into back on January 29th. I’m pretty sure the answer will be no but please give us a yes or no already.

I really do want to go all digital like sony seems to be pushing for but if you don’t support pre-order or bonuses that stores will offer then there really is no benefit to digital copies. Hard copies can be gotten with deals and go on sale; doesn’t take up much memory on system; can be sold/give away; and can still be played if PSN ever decides to close server or Sony dies. The only CURRENT benefit digital has is easy access to multiple games without switching media. I want to go digital only in HOPE that owning digital will present benefits on newer systems like not needing to rebuy and something like PS vita might come out with faster memory cards.

rswsc0407 said:

April 15th, 10:33 pm

I’m definitely going to have to pick up Dragon Fantasy, I can’t say no to an awesome looking 8-bit RPG. That’s what I grew up playing(starting with Dragon Warrior that I got for free from Nintendo Power) It’s gonna be a blast to play I just know it.

Even though I bought a bunch of games from the last couple of sales, and I picked up Guacamelee with my $10 voucher(I still can’t believe it has Grumpy Cat in the game) and I’m loving every minute of it.

I also really love how there seems to be a bunch of indy titles on the IGC or they’re on sale a lot, because normally I wouldn’t try some of these games out, and I’d be missing out on a lot, IMO. Some of my most fun experiences with games with generation so far have been with those type of games.

I also know I can’t be the only one who can’t wait until August for the 2nd season of Tell Tales The Walking Dead., that’s got to be one of THE best games I’ve ever played. I’ve never felt so bad with decisions I’ve made in a game until that one.

AwesomeSocksHD said:

April 15th, 10:38 pm

Will dead island riptide be a day 1 digital release? Why is it not for preorder?

Doc_Tury said:

April 15th, 10:40 pm

I will give Maliciuos a Try!
Dragon Fantasy I’M Getting It for sure!
I Already have all the GTA Titles!

x_PlaTtiNuM said:

April 15th, 11:13 pm

please give us better games or atleast tell us why EU always gets better games, its not fair imo

Tyrannikos said:

April 15th, 11:20 pm

Super excited for Malicious! It looks like one of those PSN games that could almost fit in as a retail title. It looks punishing and fun as well.

GTA sale is severely meh for me. Always disliked GTA. Those games always bored me. But I’ll hopefully be picking up Dragon Fantasy this Friday. I also just bought Portal 2 with my $20 rebate. I’ve also gotta pick up Pandora’s Tower for me Wii tomorrow… Lots of games!

Very excited to see what we get next month. I’m hoping to see a strong retail title!

SpooNManX said:

April 15th, 11:30 pm

Some nice deals on the GTA games, but to be completely honest I don’t want to stock up on DLC that won’t work on my PS4 in 6 months. I wish we would get a straight answer on what will work and what won’t.

How about Sony makes a model of PS4 that can handle B/C of PS1-PS3 by including the necessary Sony chips.
I’d pay an extra $150 for this.


April 15th, 11:51 pm

I already have all GTA IV games and I have GTA III PS2 Classic and San Andreas on PC (had it on PS2 a long time ago). Malicious doesn’t look like a game I will like but I’ll try it out. Any hope for EU PS+ games coming to the US PS+? Hitman, Batman, Mortal Kombat, Dead or Alive 5, Mass Effect 3? PLEASE?

Hey2theZeus said:

April 16th, 12:04 am

This month it’s felt like the vita has been left out of plus updates. The gta vita game discounts are ok since they feel overpriced at $19.99 .

Do you have a discounts/deals page on vita ?Monster hunter was on sale for $9.99 last month and it was never advertised. I just happen to come across a good deal that was hidden that I could have missed, and I’m sure a lot of people missed.

Shadow_Enz said:

April 16th, 12:50 am

Imagine if Chinatown Wars used the Vita’s touchscreen the way it did for the DS…

Great deal, though I’ve already got the GTA 4 complete edition, and the complete series bundle through STEAM. I also have the PSP games, and the PS2 games (as well as the xbox versions of the gta 3 series [original xbox, with rockstar’s improvements to the games made exclusively for the console]).

Definitely going to check out Malicious.

As I just completed Chronovolt today, my Vita has a nice empty slot for a new Vita game ;) Wishing Escape Plan one day goes on sale for $5, as it ages.

Dragon Fantasy looks good, but as I don’t dig episodic content as it releases, I’m going to wait for the rest of the “books” to release before giving it a whirl. However, if there’s a demo, I may be coaxed to forego that if I really enjoy the demo and purchase impulsively because of it (hint: get more demos to PSN).

RidleysBox said:

April 16th, 12:53 am

Looking forward to Dragon Fantasy I, and will definitely give Malicious a try for the price of free.

Kchow23 said:

April 16th, 1:05 am

An ok week, I am pretty certain that Malicious was on PS Plus before or I got it from the blogcast… but it is a neat game that kinda reminded of Shadow of the Colossus. Looking forward already to next month since I am not interested in the game coming to PS Vita… can we cool off fighting games for a couple months :)

Kchow23 said:

April 16th, 1:09 am

Fighting games are a niche genre and PS Plus should be about games that are 1) Gems that people might’ve passed on and 2) Games that a ideally a wide reaching audience can appreciate… if it was Divekick then that’s different. Also please add the functionality to upgrade a secondary account to a master account and also make uploading games automatically to the cloud specially on PS Vita more convenient.

Kchow23 said:

April 16th, 1:11 am

Correction, I am looking forward to Zombie Tycoon but not Soul Calibur… also looking forward to getting back to Persona as I am on the verge of beating Borderlands 2! :)

KnifingGrimace said:

April 16th, 1:30 am

Liberty City Stories and Vice City Stories would be pretty cool Playstation Plus PSP/Vita games. I wouldn’t expect Rockstar to offer them, but hey, this sale’s knocking off the series to half price, so anything’s possible.

SuperTiso said:

April 16th, 1:40 am

Morgan, a question on PLUS itself in concerns to purchasing games in bundles. Not too long ago I downloaded as part of my Instant Game Collection, Borderlands on the 3/31/2013. I decided to do the Borderlands Game Bundle for $20.99 only because…why not? It was a great value. However, I notice that my Borderlands 1 still gives me a cut-off expiration date that will end in 133 days. Is this supposed to be rectified when my Plus expires or is this some kind of glitch?

Spaghetti_tomato said:

April 16th, 2:01 am

horrible for vita :(

klassymike said:

April 16th, 2:32 am

Nothing for me this week, as I’m not a fan of the GTA series. I tried numerous times to get into them, but they just seem repetitive and I tend to get bored to tears quickly. Looking forward to next month, in hopes of getting some great content then. Would like to see more titles like Vanquish and Spec Ops on the IGC.

Xoleras20099 said:

April 16th, 5:30 am

Any word on Malicious Rebirth? It’s the Vita version of Malicious that came out in December of last year.

Ton-Level7 said:

April 16th, 6:25 am


P1_Game_Freak said:

April 16th, 6:27 am

@ ZaGe-zAiKaNo

The best release date I’ve found for final fantasy x/x-2 remaster is december 31st, n im planning to get the kingdom hearts 1.5 remix……..but I really wanna play KH 1 and 2 again but my ps2 is busted……and by busted I literally mean busted……..guess thats what i get for having it on top of a 6 foot tall entertainment center and trying to mess with it while im drunk lol

TopsideKracker said:

April 16th, 6:37 am

Every week I see comments asking why EU gets better games and we get the shaft. My guess? Its tied to how successful PS+ is in the region. EU has less subscribers to PS+ than NA and the better games are there to entice others to jump on board.

Its not like Sony gets these games for free to pass on to us… but I agree; I’d like to see some of that love passed on to us over here.

JoitoElDragon76 said:

April 16th, 6:49 am

will we be seeing anymore games being released on the vita soon on the psn? not that I didn’t enjoy gravity rush or uncharted but they both kind of got a little stale

mattweimer said:

April 16th, 6:54 am

Has anyone received the $10.00 code yet? Just wondering if I missed the boat or a post. Thanks.

blackKaka said:

April 16th, 7:09 am

i received an email saying $30 was added to my wallet, last week

lil_hand said:

April 16th, 7:11 am

What time does the store actually update? Hopped on this morning hoping to grab the GTA Ultimate edition, but it’s still showing full price.

ZaGe-zAiKaNo said:

April 16th, 7:12 am


Some have, & some haven’t. Hopefully everyone will get their codes within this week. Got mine via PSN, so careful not to delete any messages.

ZaGe-zAiKaNo said:

April 16th, 7:13 am

@ lil_hand :

Store’s been updating pretty early now-a-days, so maybe round 2 -3 PM PST.

AlwaysTruTat2 said:

April 16th, 7:34 am

are you kidding sony!! after the last 3-4 weeks i am seriously questioning my choice of buying into playstation plus…and actually seriously questioning my vita purchase in general i love it,,but there is NO GAMES BEING RELEASED for the vita.what gives…there has been so many games that would have been awsome vita releases lately..army of two?,gods of war(wtf),devil may vry,injustice,etc,the list gos on,,why are devs not jumping on the vita??

that-acmilan-guy said:

April 16th, 7:36 am

To Morgan or anyone here in PSBlog, why do I have to sign in every few hours? I keep checking to be signed in. It is so annoying to everytime enter the password. It is one of the reasons I don’t post much anymore.

pudgenet said:

April 16th, 7:47 am

I am tired of all these tedious and boring “Japanese” games for Plus members. How about Uncharted 3?

GLK-VIP said:

April 16th, 7:58 am

For the last 3 months, i ´m not happy to be a PLUS Member, nothing that i like, poor Vita games. And the old PS3 games, have a lot of GB to update before play.

At the moment, i will not renew the PLUS, i will expend the money buying games that i wan´t, and not havo a lot of silly games that i don´t like.

And the poor thing, it´s that in EU PLUS, they have recently games (Sleeping Dogs, Batman, Mass Effect 3, etc).

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