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PlayStation Plus: Germinator & Pinball Arcade Free, Gamestop PS Plus Deal

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Before we jump into the gaming content for PlayStation Plus this week, we wanted to let you guys in on a deal we’ve got cooking for new or existing PS Plus members.

Exclusively in GameStop stores, buy a 1 year PS Plus membership and get $10 in PSN cash to use on the PlayStation Store! You’ll get it right when you buy the 1 year Plus membership at GameStop; how’s that for instant gratification? You have until June 20th June 2nd to take advantage of this deal. So whether you’ve been thinking about checking out PS Plus, or are an Instant Game Collection vet, you’ll want to hop on this deal.

With that said, we’ve got a ton of stuff to cover this week including two (two!) games coming to the Instant Game Collection: the addictive puzzler Germinator, and the wonderful pinball experience that is Pinball Arcade. You’ll also find new Ultimate Editions on sale, which deliver complete editions of big titles you may have missed with all of their DLC at a reduced price; especially so for PlayStation Plus members. So let’s get right to it!

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May 21st PlayStation Plus Update

Germinator (PS Vita)

PSN Price: $9.99, Free for PS Plus members

Germinator twists the bubble genre, wiping away old school match-three games. Crash germ bubbles into those of the same color. Combine and grow them until they explode in a splattering goop. Trigger power-ups to pop them all and mess up the screen. Timing and accuracy are the keys to solving puzzles and preventing the germs from rising too high. It’s a great title for all ages, and will be downloadable free in PlayStation Plus later this month.
Pinball Arcade (PS3, PS Vita, Cross-Buy Enabled)

PSN Price: $9.99, Free for PS Plus members

It’s pinball action on the go with Pinball Arcade on PS Vita. You’ll find great pinball tables like Tales of the Arabian Nights, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Theatre of Magic, and Black Hole available from within the game. There are additional tables available to download too if you’re looking to augment your Pinball Arcade experience.
Metro: Last Light Season Pass (PS3)

25% Discount for PS Plus members (PSN Price: $14.99; PS Plus Price: $11.24)

Season Pass is for the true Metro fan. It is a discounted pre-payment for future Metro downloadable content. With its purchase you will receive The Faction Pack, The Tower Pack, The Developer Pack, and The Chronicles Pack.
Darkstalkers Resurrection + Super Puzzle Fighter II (PS3)

30% Discount for PS Plus members (PSN Price: $14.99; PS Plus Price: $10.49)

For a limited time, purchase Darkstalkers Resurrection and receive Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo HD Remix for free! Darkstalkers Resurrection includes two games – Night Warriors: Darkstalkers Revenge and Darkstalkers 3. These feature classic gameplay, unique characters, HD visual modes, online play with 8-player lobbies, YouTube replay sharing, improved challenge modes, unlockable extras and more. Embrace the dark!
Men’s Room Mayhem (PS Vita)

30% Discount for PS Plus members (PSN Price: $1.39; PS Plus Price: $0.97)

In Men’s Room Mayhem you’re hired as the janitor of your very own chaotic men’s room. You’re responsible for directing patrons, keeping everywhere sparkling clean and steering patrons away from trouble. You need to get your customers safely to the urinals and cubicles in time – otherwise there’ll be a few nasty accidents for you to clean up! Avoid fights by strategically steering patrons past each other with pinpoint precision, but be careful, as the waves increase the patrons pile up fast.
PlayStation Plus Update 5-21-2013

Ultimate Deals (P3 Full Games and Add-Ons)

Up to 75% Off for PS Plus members

The PlayStation Store is bringing you exclusive Ultimate Editions of some of the biggest games around. We’re bundling terrific PS3 Full Games with all of their DLC and offering these Ultimate Editions at great prices with even bigger discounts for PlayStation Plus members! There is truly no better time to beef up your game collection. Get it all with newly released Ultimate Editions, only on the PlayStation Store. (Note: If you have the single player version of Starhawk from the Instant Game Collection, you’ll still be able to download the Starhawk bundle to have access to all of the contents of the bundle.)


Game Title Total Value Sale Price PS Plus Price
Assassin’s Creed III – Ultimate Edition $87.93 $69.99 $62.99
Batman: Arkham City – Ultimate Edition $57.95 $28.99 $23.19
Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 – Ultimate Edition Bundle $99.99 $69.99 $62.99
DmC Devil May Cry – Ultimate Edition $74.96 $52.49 $47.24
Max Payne 3 – Ultimate Edition $69.99 $29.99 $20.99
Starhawk – Ultimate Edition $66.83 $23.49 $16.44
Far Cry 3 – Ultimate Edition $69.98 $55.99 $50.39
Persona 4 Arena – Ultimate Edition $59.91 $39.99 $27.99
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance – Ultimate Edition $90.91 $63.99 $44.79
Transformers: Fall Of Cybertron (Ultimate Edition Bundle) $89.99 $62.99 $56.69

Last Chance (Leaving on 5/28)

Instant Game Collection


Metro: Last Light

You’ll find all the content detailed above with their Plus benefits active when the PlayStation Store updates on 5/21.

So tell us, what are you most excited for this week? Your comments and feedback matter, so leave them below, or, if you’re looking to engage with more of the PS community, make sure you head over to the PlayStation Community Forums to discuss this week’s news more, find other topics to contribute your thoughts to, or start one for yourself. Also, I’ll be out for the next couple weeks, but my good buddy and fellow Community Manager Paul Sullivan will be bringing you all the Plus news while I’m out. See you in the comments!

PlayStation Plus Update 5-21-2013

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May 21st, 6:33 am

Sad that we aren’t getting both PS3/PSVita versions of Germinator (((. I thought since it has Cross-Save, Sony would like to give both versions. Well this kinda sucks.

PCMGS3 said:

May 21st, 6:35 am

Spiritual successor to Pinball Hall Of Fame: The Williams collection, at first The Pinball Arcade definitely seems like it’s worth taking a look at. I’m a huge pinball fan and have spent countless hours, maybe more than any other game playing Pinball hall of fame. I am telling you, The Pinball Arcade is not worth your money! Sure, it’s ”free” but the tables given to you are mostly boring to play and the ones you pay for after are extremely overpriced. I rarely oppose buying something I really want due to high prices but in this case I have boycotted the game until they come to their senses. It’s a game of Pinball, not the latest and most advanced game out there so it should’nt be priced as such.

firebert42 said:

May 21st, 6:51 am

Bonne vacance bien méritée.

Oto57 said:

May 21st, 7:08 am

The worst month to be a PSN Plus member. This is my second year in plus, sadly there’s nothing for me this month :(

JoeFlacco1212 said:

May 21st, 7:16 am

yes i love playstation blog

ArchAngelMai said:

May 21st, 7:23 am

@Primero, I actually signed for all the benefits. I really love the discounts and the occasional gem that is released for free. The cloud storage save my bitter back when I got the YLOD in 2010. The convenience of PS+ is what I like. The automatic updates are something that is really nice. It may seem like a small deal, but its nice to be able to jump right into games and or apps on the PS3. Or if its an update. Nice to not have to upload my saves or wait for my trophies to sync either. PS+ just makes life as a gamer easier and occasionally rewards is with some great games.

JoeFlacco1212 said:

May 21st, 7:44 am

yes i love games

CradleOfFish said:

May 21st, 9:11 am

It’s the 21st and 11am and still the update is not on. I want the Pinball game, but it is not yet available for free on the PS+ thing. Wonder how long it will be before they add it for today?

dodgedoors said:

May 21st, 9:20 am

@158 the update will probably go live at around 315-4 pm eastern time, That’s what it has been the last few weeks.

Ryumoau said:

May 21st, 9:34 am

Sony America’s PS Plus division is just out of touch and lame, plain and simple. Sleeping Dogs is the only good thing they’ve done since the deceptive E3 12 games last year, where we thought we would be getting quality.

I suppose they are saving their good titles for E3 this year as well, to trick new subscribers again. Its a shame since EU treats their Plus members with respect all year long, not just when its convenient to get people to sucker more people into the program. :/

sstfamily said:

May 21st, 9:47 am

Plus was such a waste of money old games or junk games you could play on a phone. It a mistake I wont make again unless they start adding some good games instead of all this shovel ware.

Tjoeb123 said:

May 21st, 11:17 am


Or, they love Indie games so much that they want to share that love with us. Which I don’t want.

Also, unless there are licensing issues, ALL of the PSN stores (except Japan) should be IDENTICAL. That includes Plus sales and discounts, as well as the Avatars that those EU basta–I mean, customers, get.

greensmurfy said:

May 21st, 12:48 pm

@ 160 Maybe you guys already had a lot of these game since they are older, but I don’t know how you can think Sleeping Dogs is the only good game. I loved Darksiders, Vanquish, Spec Ops, Demon Souls, Bioshock 2, Dungeon Defenders, The Cave, Knytt Underground. Quite a few really good games. I’m probably in rare company in that I didn’t own any of these games… But Sleeping Dogs the only good game….That’s a bit of an exaggeration to put it nicely. Not even sure you really believe that.

Though to balance it out, I didn’t like Guardians of Middle Earth, Malicious, any of the fighter games, Anomaly Warzone Earth. Retro City Rampage seems like a good game, but I got bored pretty quickly. Not every game is going to be to my liking, but I’m really happy with Ps Plus.

SpooNManX said:

May 21st, 1:11 pm

Is the full Capcom Acade Cabinet still due out today??

I would have preferred a discount on this since its pricey ($29.99).
A 20% discount on this would be an instant buy for me.

DiRtyo_0HaRRy said:

May 21st, 2:04 pm

@ Morgan Haro Please all we get is most of the time crap, kindly stop listening to these childish demands, please give us what Europe gets, they always get the best things and we get all that crap that no one needs, look at their June Update, mind blowing,
please Morgan have pity on us,
make all region content of Playstation plus same

Lucius_13 said:

May 21st, 2:57 pm

Mr. Haro: I thought you might like to know I tried downloading Pinball Arcade(PS3 Version) and It kept giving me only the PS Vita version what should I do?

ADRENALIN_101 said:

May 21st, 3:39 pm

I would like to see these in the US PS+. Most of these have already been in EU.

1) Red Dead Redemption
2) Hitman – Absolution
3) Darksiders 2
4) Max Payne 3
5) Grand Theft Auto 4 complete
6) Metal Gear Solid HD collection
7) ICO and Shadow of the Colossus HD Collection
8) Psychonauts

ADRENALIN_101 said:

May 21st, 3:42 pm

9) Limbo

So I pretty much want what EU got and keeps getting month after month

SideShowBob426 said:

May 21st, 3:50 pm

i hate GameStop service maybe if they were giving $100 psn cash i would get it otherwise i have no reason to go id rather get psn cards from 7-11 and buy anything i need off the online store

SSj4_Ryuk said:

May 21st, 4:09 pm

Wow; First, Pinball Arcade won’t install. Second, the PlayStation Plus promotion with GameStop has been changed to expire earlier, on June 2nd. That’s not to mention that Germinator sucks.

Sometimes I just wish service could go from C+ to A. I don’t want perfection, but holy crap…Not sure if I’ll renew…I was going to sometime to June, though…

SeteRolos said:

May 21st, 5:06 pm

@136 ArchAngelMai

Thanks for that.

drGiggless said:

May 21st, 5:29 pm

I can’t wait until my PS+ sub runs out and I can stop checking these crap updates.

SergioCosmopolis said:

May 21st, 6:20 pm

Morgan, can you use the Gamestop deal to get an EU Plus subscription? I’ve been thinking about getting one since they seem to get much better content. Is the US getting Kingdoms of Amalur on PS3 and/or Rayman Origins on Vita next month or just EU?

ss_swagger25 said:

May 21st, 8:55 pm

Excited :-)

CJJAK said:

May 21st, 10:58 pm

What will happen to the Plus subscriptions when PS4 comes? Might we buy extra years of Plus and then they become useless when PS4 comes out? If you’re going to keep promoting deals for annual Plus codes, you should provide some guarantee that the money spent won’t be useless when Sony decides what to do with PS4 subscriptions. Until then, I would like to take this deal, but I don’t want to risk buying something that might not be supported later this year.

Cancerebro said:

May 22nd, 4:10 am

Thank you for giving $10 back for 1 year membership. Because we all live in the US and have a GameStop store nearby!

NOiSEA said:

May 22nd, 7:16 am

Its the end of may 2013 and there has yet to be a decent game added this year. 2012 ps+ was great. I keep my subscription going so i can still keep the great games we got last year that I haven’t finished. Once i finish the 2012 free games I will no longer need ps+ so I can save some money there.

Is sony phasing out ps+? Based on the titles offered in 2013, it seems like they are trying to phase it out and reduce subscriptions so they can end the service.

DonkeyKongKilla said:

May 22nd, 7:17 am

@Lucius_13 – When you start to download it, when it’s downloading it does key unlock first then the vita version and then the ps3 version. It should say 2/3 when downloading the vita version all you have to do is go into background downloading and exit the store look into your downloading list and cancel the vita if you don’t want the vita one and it’ll download as it says the demo version (turns into full when it’s done installing because the key unlock.)

DonkeyKongKilla said:

May 22nd, 7:21 am

@ADRENALIN_101 – Red Dead and Dark Siders 2 were already here. Well Red dead was from my understanding heard about it and DS2 was just a couple months ago.

NOiSEA said:

May 22nd, 7:25 am

@179 we never got either of those games. Personally i don’t care because i already own red dead and darksiders 2 doesnt interest me but i just wanted to point out that your post is incorrect. Red dead redemption was in europe and only darksiders 1 came to NA

QrafTee said:

May 22nd, 9:13 am

It would be awesome if Gamestop had this Playstation Plus + PSN Card deal available to purchase online:

It looks to be “Not Available” at the moment. (At the same time, it’s “Available Now” however)

greghove79 said:

May 22nd, 12:19 pm

This Pinball Arcade junk isn’t even worth being called a free game — more like a free demo for Plus users … So awesome … Color me very unimpressed. I’d almost rather have gotten nothing at all than this patronizing BS. Very poor form, Sony. And $30 for the Season Pass? These developers are seriously deluded if they think some crappy pinball games are worth anywhere near that money. Just look at all the amazing indie titles one can buy for $10-15 and get a clue.

ADRENALIN_101 said:

May 22nd, 3:20 pm

@179 + DonkeyKongKilla

Nop, Red Dead Redemption was on but only in the EU ps+ not the US one

And we got Darksiders 1 not too long ago but not Darksiders 2

WhoCares1537 said:

May 23rd, 10:39 pm

it wont let me download pinball arcade but the other games work fine. anybody else have this problem?

gusty81 said:

May 24th, 10:05 am


You are definitely not the only one. I contacted FarSight directly and they said it was an issue purely with the store, so we probably won’t see a fix until Tuesday’s update.

sprice25 said:

May 28th, 6:20 pm

Please fix the download issue for Pinball Arcade for PS+ members on PS3/Vita. It still won’t download.

GuerenaFC said:

May 29th, 10:00 am

Hey Guys,
I’m about to renew my PS+ account. Is the 1-year + 3 free month promotion still available somewhere? Or is the Gamestop on the only one available right now? Thanks

P3NC1L said:

June 1st, 2:27 pm

BRING BACK SAINTS ROW 2, (or at least add part 1, or 3) PLEASE!!!!!! I just bought playstation + today, not knowing that it was gone from there :(

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