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PlayStation Plus: Metal Slug XX Brings 2D Carnage to Instant Game Collection

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Community Manager, PlayStation Digital Platforms

This week, we’re building the Instant Game Collection with the 2D action of Metal Slug: XX! You can download this arcade classic free as a PS Plus member starting with tomorrow’s PlayStation Store update.

This is also the first week release of PlayStation Store’s PLAY, as the first of the 4 diverse games hitting this week with Stealth Inc: A Clone in the Dark. Today is the last day you can preorder the title with a 20% PS Plus discount, however, you’ll still be able to preorder the other 3 titles (Cloudberry Kingdom, Ibb & Obb, and Duck Tales Remastered) up to their weekly release dates. Find out more about PLAY along with the titles, special reward bonuses, and more in the announcement post on PlayStation.Blog. Or just watch the cool video below!

PlayStation Plus - 1-year MembershipPlayStation Plus - 3-month Membership

Metal Slug XX (PSP, PS Vita Compatible)

PSN Price: $19.99, Free for PS Plus members

Metal Slug XX
After General Morden is defeated and captured, a mysterious army arrives from the future to save him. They reveal themselves to be Morden’s Army from the future, and their goal is to provide their future leader with special advanced weaponry to take on his enemies in the present. Classic characters Marco, Tarma, Fio, Eri, Ralf, and Clark return once again to take on General Morden and his new and improved Rebel Army.
Thomas Was Alone: Benjamin’s Flight (Cross-Buy)

30% Discount for PS Plus members (PSN Price: $2.49; PS Plus Price: $1.74)

Thomas Was Alone
In this Thomas Was Alone level pack, discover the tale of young Benjamin, who goes in search of the Fountain of Wisdom aided by his father’s incredible invention. Benjamin meets a new companion and a familiar face in this story, which takes place in the events leading up to Thomas’s emergence.

Last Chance (Leaving on 7/30)

Instant Game Collection
Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward

Draw Slasher
Carnival Island
Cloudberry Kingdom Preorder

You’ll find all the content detailed above with their Plus benefits active when the PlayStation Store updates tomorrow. We’ll be back next week with more details on the game arriving to the Instant Game Collection as well as any other benefits we can share.

If you’ve got feedback or thoughts on today’s Plus update, 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 to discuss this week’s news, find other topics to contribute your thoughts to, or start one for yourself. See you in the comments!

PlayStation Plus Update 7-23-2013

Add Your Own

hazelcabug said:

July 22nd, 12:00 pm

PSN PLUS US is giving GARBAGE PSP game to Vita subscriber! I wish I can sell my 1 year US subscription for just 20$ to my neighbor so I can transfer to EU or Asia!

SEA is the only GREEDY region Sony. Lack of vita games are not the issue on why US cannot give 2 vita game to psn vita subscriber. There are already tons of vita games Indie/AAA games in which EU and Asia proves it by giving 2 vita titles a month.

If these games are free then it’s fine but the FACT that it’s only RENTAL, why can’t SEA provide vita games to vita subscribe? We did not subscribe for psp, so allow us to play 2 VITA titles a month!

Mando44646 said:

July 22nd, 12:06 pm

blah not interested in PSP games unless they are optimized for Vita controls and have trophies added.

The promotion is wholly uninteresting as well.

Still nothing for Vita :/

Darth-Krayt said:

July 22nd, 12:06 pm

@ ChaseHammer and lookey

Who the hell is this “US” you speak of? You people don’t speak for me, so don’t sit there assuming you can put words in MY mouth. There’s a LONG list of PSP games I’d LOVE to have on my Vita. PSP games look better on Vita and in many cases actually PLAY better on Vita thanks to it’s complete button mapping. Same goes for PS1 game, you can play Star Wars Dark Forces or the PSP Battlefronts like proper modern shooters thanks to Vita, which really brings them right up to date and breathes new life into these games that were formally good looking for portable, but RUINED by wonky controls. I really can’t stand this new vocal minority who speak directly to companies on sites like this and presume to speak for everyone else with their nonsense, using words like “we” and “us”. What’s worse is when they are taken seriously by the companies.

Anyway, if anyone from Sony is listening, some great PSP games *I’d* LOVE to have on my Vita are;
The Neo*Geo psp ports
Untold Legends 1&2
Ridge Racer
Savage Moon
A Monster Hunter since Capcom refuses to bring over HD even though the game has already been localized
Ultimate Ghosts n Goblins
Dragons Lair

Loco4FourLoko said:

July 22nd, 12:07 pm

This isn’t directed to the poopy ps+ update, but towards vita. Where’s rainbow moon, where’s terraria, runner 2? Orc attack(that was a tease, coming to plus for free! Delayed.) this was “summer? Content. And i doubt we will see them next month either.

Jefferson550 said:

July 22nd, 12:12 pm

I don’t liked =(

JNM-CIM said:

July 22nd, 12:13 pm

Thanks so much for your reply TJF588, That answers everything!

REDSHADOW559 said:

July 22nd, 12:14 pm

will we ever see alien hominid come back to psn??

Binarynova said:

July 22nd, 12:14 pm

I guess I’ll try Metal Slug, but we’d really like some VITA games on PS+. Someone above mentioned that the UK is getting Unit 13. I’d love for that to come to the US Instant Game Collection. I’d also love to see Persona 4 Golden, or Rayman Origins, or Mortal Kombat, or even F1 2011!

Also, have to mention it every time. Why are Final Fantasy 1 & 2 PSP not available in the US store? When will media corporations realize that region locking accounts for quite a bit of piracy? I’d rather buy these and play them on my Vita than play them on my PC for free. Why can’t SE/Sony GET THAT?

Hand-of-Vecna said:

July 22nd, 12:15 pm

Thanks so much for Metal Slug! I am very much looking forward to playing it!

Welmosca said:

July 22nd, 12:17 pm

Ha thanks Sony for Metal Slug XX…I never played this one…been a Metal Slug playa since the 1st PS1 games…I used to have lots of fun with my cousins…and beat countless times…but I never played this one so I’m really thankful….bring more PSP games.

JustArc_ said:

July 22nd, 12:18 pm

pretty decent update, but when will the crash and spyro games will work on the vita? they’re available on other regions, same for ff5

PainOfSarrow said:

July 22nd, 12:18 pm

Ghostwize i wish i can say the same but nope. the minimum amount im only able to add is 5$…. anyways il be getting everyday shooter for a 1$ on tuesday. pleaseeee let there be extra sales. i know critter crunch will be 1$ also but i already have that.

AizawaYuuichi said:

July 22nd, 12:22 pm

Looking forward to playing Metal Slug XX. Count me amongst the non-naysayers. I like getting PSP games on my Vita. There were a lot of great games that I missed out on cause I was focused on PS3, so it’s nice to get a chance to play some of those gems with a proper control scheme and on a beautiful screen.

I already bought the TWA DLC when the game first came out, so the discount is useless for me, but still nice for anyone who hadn’t bought it yet.

To everyone complaining about UC:GA, Wipeout 2048 and Gravity Rush needing to be changed out, the Vita IGC started last November. Those three games will be rotated after one year, just like the PS3 IGC. Learn patience, grasshoppers.

Darth-Krayt said:

July 22nd, 12:25 pm


I don’t think Alien Hominid was ever on PSP. They ported Castle Crashers when their exclusivity contract with M$ was up, but they never brought over their other games………..Castle Crashers…….now THERE’S a game I’d LOVE to play on my Vita.

shogun00 said:

July 22nd, 12:25 pm

I usually don’t comment often, but after seeing so many naysayers I decided that I’ll be the counter balance.

I want to thank Morgan and the rest of the PSN crew for dishing out so many great games on the PS Plus. I just bought a Vita last month and I’ve never owned a Sony handheld before. I heard that there weren’t many games for the system, but it doesn’t look like that to me. Since I’ve never played the PSP before, the number of games for the Vita on the PS Store is a bit overwhelming for me (over 680 games, including PSP games). I never knew that there were several great PSP games available, but thanks to PS Plus I’m able to try out a few of them now.

hazelcabug said:

July 22nd, 12:26 pm

@ 101 Who the fu*k are you to call yourself majority? Those who like a psp some are trollers who owns only a ps3 to troll vita users and some who are very few who likes psp.

Us who mostly owns a VITA wants a VITA GAME! We subscribe for PSN PLUS for VITA, we did not subscribe for PSP! So back off and go to cave if you still play psp!

Darth-Krayt said:

July 22nd, 12:27 pm

Edit- I meant Alien Hominid was never on PSN, of course, not PSP.

Letonrules said:

July 22nd, 12:28 pm

The good stuff will start coming in August, once the free PS plus trials from the E3 booth end at the end of the month. Sony always tends to do that. Same thing happened when PSN got hacked and we all got free plus.

TheTrainJob said:

July 22nd, 12:29 pm

Aww man, I was excited until I saw that it wasn’t one of the Metal Slug games for PS3. Oh well, past couple weeks have been pretty much nothing for me, but that’s ok; I have plenty of plus content I still have to play.

derb said:

July 22nd, 12:32 pm

@morgan or anyone who has done this.

So you can add more time to you’re membership? Can this be purchased through the PS Store or would I need to buy a PS+ card?

Thanks for answering.

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    Morgan Haro said:

    July 22nd, 12:54 pm

    you can do this both ways either through a card, or in the PS Store.

NO_FEAR said:

July 22nd, 12:32 pm

The side scrollers look fun and it’s a good price point. stealth looks interesting but I’m not sure if I would get more than a few hours out of it…wich isn’t a price issue, It’s a “is this compeling enough for me to want to invest the time” so for me it’s a time managment issue. I still have a backlog and It’s been a busy summer.

Loco4FourLoko said:

July 22nd, 12:36 pm

Games I’d like to see on ps+ even if they just have discounts.
Asphalt injection
Burn the rope
F1 2011
Hustle kings
Lego harry potter, and LotR
Reality fighter
Ridge racer
Shinobido 2
Spy hunter
Virtual tennis 4
And that pretty much is the list of vita games I have not played that I would play. Im over 100 Sony, your slacking!

bht_bryan said:

July 22nd, 12:36 pm

Any chance we’ll get NFS Most Wanted for Aug??? I’m so jealous of EU PS+ because they have much more heavy hitter titles…

Cedarson said:

July 22nd, 12:37 pm

Morgan, any chance of PS2 classics becoming capable of play on PS Vita?

boomstickbhg said:

July 22nd, 12:38 pm

A PSP game, just what everyone wants!

Who needs full PS3 games, Vita games (not that many exist) newish games, good games, etc…

With the Bargain Bin Rental Collection we get tons of cheap old garbage most people don’t want to play, hooray!!!

Plus has been bad (IGC-wise) for a long time now, but it seems like since the PS4 info came out, there’s less effort than ever to give us any kind of quality, it’s just low grade quantity instead.

Even the discounts/sales have been mostly repeats, and the new sales were on terrible games (star trek, fast and furious, etc…)

EU got much better sales so far this summer. They also got a decent update recently be we keep getting the dregs of the gaming world with the occasional good game, so long as it costs under 20$ in retail.


TheTrainJob said:

July 22nd, 12:39 pm

@hazelcabug, wow, you really can’t help but to put words in people’s mouths, eh? He never called his opinion the majority, he called your pathetic whining the voice of a highly vocal minority. Frankly, considering you and others who share your opinions sound like self-entitled kids, and the majority of gamers today are adults, I think it’s quite likely that he’s right.

M_N04H said:

July 22nd, 12:40 pm

sony ever thought of giving PS+ members one free rental a month for movies?

Darth-Krayt said:

July 22nd, 12:46 pm


Either way works. Plus subscriptions stack. If you sub’d for a year today, it would say you have 12 months left, if you bought another year tomorrow, you’d have 24 months left.

hazelcabug said:

July 22nd, 12:54 pm

@124 So who are you to deprived me of my rights to complain? Are you the one who paid for subscription? No right? PS plus description says VITA games instant collection then is a PSP game a vita game to you? If you own a Ps3 then you should be happy and just don’t mind us subscriber who only have a vita but keeps on getting a psp game.

Sulumon said:

July 22nd, 12:58 pm

Grrrr . . . I was hoping to be playing Dokuro on my long road trip that I have this week, what a bummer :(

sic2291 said:

July 22nd, 12:58 pm

I already bought this on 360 since it was cheaper months ago but will be happy to play it again on the go. (I haven’t checked but assume it’s playable on Vita)

sic2291 said:

July 22nd, 1:00 pm

And it says so right up top, durr durr durr on my part. XD

Darth-Krayt said:

July 22nd, 1:05 pm

@derb again

Just to add to that those, as a piece of advice, I suggest that if you still have a while left on your current sub, I suggest you and others try to put off resubscribing untill the last week or few days. Because you never know when Sony will start up another kool promotion like $10 back for every $50 spent, or some other kind of bonus for subscribing. That’s when you really want to stack subscriptions.

And also, I suggest not using the dedicated Plus cards if you can avoid it. Because for example the $10 back for 50 promo, the Plus cards don’t count, you actually have to spend the money from your PSN wallet for Sony to give you cedit for it. Just alays buy digital stuff from the store with your wallet. Don’t use any kind of dedicated product PSN cards or Gamestops digital service. Who knows in what ways Sony may give us credit for stuff behind the scenes. Best to cover your bases in that way.

jostrea said:

July 22nd, 1:19 pm

I have recently purchased a playstation vita and am totally in love with it. but the dilemma I have is does playstation look at all of us and see that we want more from vita mainly games. I think if there was more to offer like in Japan vitas would fly off the shelf. More Marque titles would be great like Killzone and tearaway. I would just hate for us to lose out on just a great console because playstation is dragging its heals.

Lefoul-123 said:

July 22nd, 1:20 pm

Worst month ever, if it wasnt for summer sale…

adugg747 said:

July 22nd, 1:26 pm

Metal slug XX. Nice

thelookey6 said:

July 22nd, 1:28 pm

@ Darth-Krayt the us that i speak of is the u.s.a. i hope you no what that is .you must be a late bloomer
you should have had a psp day 1 .and if you want a psp game over a vita game then that speaks for it self . and
if you look at what other regions get and you are still on the psp ban wagon then you do not no what a vita is or what a vita does.
and i feel sorry for you for being the guy that settles for less. and no sony does not hand out free content to suck ups

derb said:

July 22nd, 1:29 pm

Thanks for answering Morgan & Darth.

Also appreciate you’re advise Darth. The last spend $50 get $10 deal was very nice of Sony. I lost track of how much I spent during that deal. The $60 back was awesome.. but I think they got a better deal than me. lol

BigBacon87 said:

July 22nd, 1:41 pm

Wow. Talk about your terrible weeks. A PSP game and zero discounts worth noting. The PLAY promotion is rather dumb too. I’m not taking a chance on a game that isn’t out yet, especially for such a small discount. Ducktales is overpriced even with the discount btw. Oh well I guess this week will be mostly backlog games, again.

Kchow23 said:

July 22nd, 1:50 pm

Can’t wait to play Metal Slug! Nostalgia overload :)

avatarguy said:

July 22nd, 1:54 pm

IGC Wishlist:
Any monster hunter game
Any monster rancher game
Any Digimon game
Dragon ball z budokai tenkaichi 2
Metro 2033
Metro last light
Metal gear solid 1, psp games and vita Collection
Red dead redemption
Any Borderlands
Red faction guerrilla
Kingdoms of Amalur reckoning(Great Game)
Splinter cell
Any castlevania game
Any final fantasy game (although I Would personally like to try ff10)
Metal of honour
Any operation flashpoint
Jade cocoon 2

smoothboarder540 said:

July 22nd, 1:54 pm

Some Vita games I would like to see are as follows:
Oddworld: SW
Metal Gear HD
MLB 12/13
Soul Sacrifice
Hot Shots: WI
Sly Cooper
Sonic All Stars Racing Trans.

Also, maybe a way to get the original Crash and Spyro games on the Vita is to offer a discount, or even offer them free, with playstation plus. I bet that would attract some new subscribers, as they would count as Vita and PS3 games. Maybe then Activision, or whoever owns the rights to those series now, would finally be swayed to make them downloadable on the Vita in the US.

cpuking2007 said:

July 22nd, 1:55 pm

What happened to unit 13? i was looking forward to playing that. also why does the original post for July not include metal slug or jet set radio? and finally why does the rest of the world get way better games on plus then us Americans? last month they go ninja gaiden next month there getting NFS most wanted, wile we’re stuck with jet set radio what gives?

tusunami said:

July 22nd, 2:00 pm

I hope we get the Metal Slugg Anthology too!!!!!!!!!!!!!

cpuking2007 said:

July 22nd, 2:05 pm

Update never mind I just read the BF3 post unit 13 is nowhere to be found (most likely free in Europe) and these other OK titles were listed.

Hundredhandslap said:

July 22nd, 2:07 pm

I’m gonna echo a sentiment I’ve seen a lot in this thread, STOP GIVING AWAY PSP GAMES!!!

It should be mandatory that everything given away on PS+ should have trophy support.

Erlaxis said:

July 22nd, 2:15 pm

I love Metal Slug. Nothing else for me this week.

SBox180 said:

July 22nd, 2:19 pm

Don’t have a Vita so I guess there is nothing here for me this week. All well I can wait.

Quick question about PS Plus. Is there any possibility of there being any PS1 classics for the IGC or perhaps discounted? I’d love to see a PS1 game on the PS Plus IGC, but would also take a 30% off kind of thing like Thomas Was Alone is this week. I would totally go for a Crash Bandicoot game, or Metal Gear Solid or, Final Fantasy VII. Those would be awesome. Just an idea.

geologiaufrj said:

July 22nd, 2:49 pm

hey morgan, come on!! give us something that worth!!!!!
pleaseee on the next month, give us some good RPG!! kingdon of amalour as the europe

poodude said:

July 22nd, 2:54 pm

Nice price on Benjamin’s flight. Might have to pick that up.

Looking forward to playing Metal Slug XX again – loved it on my PSP. Slow week, but it’s been a damn good month for Plus.

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