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PS Plus August Preview: Hitman: Absolution Free for Members Tomorrow

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Video games. You play them, otherwise, something tells me you wouldn’t be here. Since you’re here, you’re probably wondering what new games are going to be coming to PlayStation Plus as part of the Instant Game Collection in August. Well wonder no more, as we’re about to detail this month’s line up of games that are coming free to PS Plus members!

Hitman: Absolution brought a fine return to form for Agent 47 last year and now, this highly acclaimed title will be leading the way this month, supported by other fantastic titles like Bit.Trip Runner2, and plenty more!

In addition to the month outlook, you’ll also want to dig into the other PS Plus benefits this week. Sales on a ton of Rayman games, EscapeVektor, and more await, so read on, then let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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August Preview

The following games are slated to be free to PS Plus members through the Instant Game Collection in the month of August.

Hitman Absolution (PS3)

Regular Price: $19.99, Free for PS Plus members

Hitman Absolution

Hitman Absolution offers freedom of choice, unique disguise gameplay and the innovative Contracts mode that lets you create your own hits by choosing the level, targets, weapons and the rules of assassination. In Contracts mode, you play to create, which means that no contract is impossible and that you are in control of how the contract is shaped. Contracts can be shared with friends or the whole Hitman community and the money that you earn will unlock weapons, upgrades and more disguises. This digital version includes the following:

  • Deus Ex Disguise DLC for use in Contracts Mode.
  • Deux Ex ‘Zenith’ Handgun DLC for use in Contracts Mode.
  • Discount on the digital version of Sleeping Dogs.
Bit.Trip Presents Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien (PS3)

Regular Price: $14.99, Free for PS Plus members

Runner 2
Runner2 is a rhythm-music, auto-running platformer. Players will run through fantastic environments, using brand new moves, to amazing new soundtracks as they run, jump, slide, kick, and soar toward the goal of tracking down the Nefarious Timbletot who has un-fused CommanderVideo’s reality. Runner2 features 5 exciting worlds, 125 tantalizing levels and 5 death defying BOSS battles! Play as 8 different characters and find secret areas to unlock new and zany costumes!
Zen Pinball 2: Star Wars Pinball (PS3 – PS Vita Cross Buy)

Regular Price: $9.99, Free for PS Plus members

Star Wars Pinball
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…. Star Wars Pinball lets you relive the greatest moments of the Star Wars universe on a set of brand new pinball tables! In Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back lead the Rebellion with Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Princess Leia, Lando Calrissian, R2-D2, and C-3PO to defeat Darth Vader and the evil Emperor. In The Clone Wars, join Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano as they battle the most dangerous Sith assassins in the galaxy. On the Boba Fett table, the player takes on the role of the most feared bounty hunter in the Star Wars galaxy, working for sinister clients such as Darth Vader and Jabba the Hutt.
Darkstalkers Chronicle: The Chaos Tower (PSP, Compatible with PS Vita)

Regular Price: $9.99, Free for PS Plus members

Darkstalkers Chronicle
The secret power of the dark is unleashed! Fight head-to-head in a fierce and brutal battle for supremacy! Darkstalkers sets the standard for monster fantasy fighters. This fan favorite features vivid animations and unbeatable fighting combinations. This fighting phenomenon is updated, redesigned, and ready for a comeback.
Machinarium (PS Vita)

Regular Price: $6.99, Free for PS Plus members

The famous point-and-click adventure is now free for PS Vita PS Plus members. Winner of several awards including IGF – Excellence in Visual Art Award, DICE Awards Finalist, and Gamasutra – Best Indie Game Of The Year.

Leaving PS Plus In August

Entering PS Plus in August (in no particular order)

Remember, check back every Monday to learn when Zen Pinball 2: Star Wars Pinball (PS3), Bit.Trip Presents Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien (PS3), Machinarium (PS Vita), and Darkstalkers Chronicle: The Chaos Tower (PS Vita, Compatible with PS Vita) is arriving to PS Plus members. You’ll also find more discounts and other exclusives that we weren’t able to detail here just yet. Remember the month preview is subject to change.

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Hitman Absolution (PS3)

Regular Price: $19.99, Free for PS Plus members

Hitman Absolution

Hitman Absolution offers freedom of choice, unique disguise gameplay and the innovative Contracts mode that lets you create your own hits by choosing the level, targets, weapons and the rules of assassination. In Contracts mode, you play to create, which means that no contract is impossible and that you are in control of how the contract is shaped. Contracts can be shared with friends or the whole Hitman community and the money that you earn will unlock weapons, upgrades and more disguises. This digital version includes the following:

  • Deus Ex Disguise DLC for use in Contracts Mode.
  • Deux Ex ‘Zenith’ Handgun DLC for use in Contracts Mode.
  • Discount on the digital version of Sleeping Dogs.

Regular Price: $9.99, PSN Sale Price: $4.99, PS Plus Price: $3.99

Escape Vektor
Vektor has been trapped inside the CPU for what feels like an eternity and you are his only hope of escape. As he travels through the CPU, help him recover his memories and destroy the different enemy types sent to hunt him. But be careful, the further Vektor gets, the more devious the CPU becomes!
Wicked Monsters Blast! HD

Regular Price: $9.99, PSN Sale Price: $4.99, PS Plus Price: $1.00

Wicked Monster Blast HD
20 action-packed missions each with their own unique theme. Keep your students awake in Lazy Brain Attack, keep the hippos hungry in No Mercy for Hippos, and defeat Colonel Eureka in Desert Striker and many more!
Superfrog HD (PS3 and PS Vita Cross Buy)

Regular Price: $9.99, PS Plus Price: $7.99

Superfrog HD
Superfrog HD is the classic side-scrolling, 2D platformer developed by Team17. Launching originally in 1993 to much critical acclaim, Superfrog has now been re-imagined for PlayStation 3 and PS Vita. Superfrog HD features: 24 levels with enhanced HD graphics, a Level Editor and a new endless runner mode.
Rayman Sale

Various Discounts (PS3 and PS Vita)

Rayman Origins
Check out the following discounts to see if the Rayman title you might have missed is on sale!


Game Title Normal Price Sale Price PS Plus Price
Rayman Origins $19.99 $9.99 $5.00
Rayman 3 HD $9.99 $4.99 $2.50
Rayman Origins PS Vita $26.99 $13.49 $6.75
Rayman Arena $9.99 $4.99 $2.50
Rayman 2 Revolution $9.99 $4.99 $2.50
Rayman 2: The Great Escape $5.99 $2.99 $1.50
Rayman $5.99 $2.99 $1.50

Thanks for reading this week’s update along with the month outlook. Got more questions on Plus? Leave your comments 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. See you in the comments!

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major_psych said:

August 6th, 4:58 am

I for one am not tired of seeing fighting games for either console. In fact, even more would be great!

IrishDude2 said:

August 6th, 5:07 am

So many complainers. It’s a funny read. lol. Morgan, in your feedback box, why don’t you add in a new feature to it asking the user to select what genre they would like to see for PS3 and Vita in the next few months, if it’s a PSV game or PSP game they want as-well as a box asking them to type in what game they would like to see to come in the coming months to PS+. Sounds a bit easier to keep track on what the people want and whatever has the most votes appear at the top of the list. Can then work the way down from that list to find something to secure.

jay-_-flo said:

August 6th, 5:22 am

Just wanted to say that I love seeing another fighting game it’s great and it is a good update thanks

maxideaccion said:

August 6th, 5:29 am

You can’t be serious. How can you offer us Hitman Absolution, a game with technical issues that has left hundreds of people (at least) without the posibility of coming to an end, because the saved data gets lost randomly (the same for the Contracts Mode). At the same time, you are supporting the bad behavior of the company in charge of HA, because promissed on their official forum ( to give us a solution but they have done nothing from the released date until now.
I consider this disrespectfull, specially coming from Sony…How is this possible?

Grenadehh said:

August 6th, 5:33 am

As a + subscriber, this months Games with Gold offers are better. Hitman Absolution is the worst Hitman game to date and hitman 1 and 2 are both easily better – not this linear nonsense in Absolution.

Grenadehh said:

August 6th, 5:35 am

As the guy above said and many people, including myself, have said recently – PS+ needs to evolve to at least include a community vote. Give us some choices on what we get for free and then put the ones that didn’t win on discount.

Grenadehh said:

August 6th, 5:40 am

As someone else said, but more accurately, whats with the LACK of PSP games? It’s ridiculous, Sony, you are basically forcing us to buy a Vita if we want to fully enjoy our PS+. There are a lot of good PSP games and there hasnt been one free on + for months. Throw us a bone, those of us who don’t want to drop 200 dollars on a second handheld. PSP games are still more expensive than most console games.

tethlondon said:

August 6th, 5:55 am

The US is getting the leftovers, ugh. Europe’s Playstation Plus lineup is so much better.

mwatcher said:

August 6th, 5:59 am

Morgan, I must apologize for a lot of these whiners on these types of posts. I can’t believe the amount of vitriolic statements being made for what is essentially a superb value-driven service. Sure, you may not always get what you want but that is par for the course when it comes to this type of subscription…for just over $4 a month, there really shouldn’t any complaining whatsoever when it comes to getting free games.

adrianvon said:

August 6th, 6:06 am

1250 charlimit sucks. btw. still. Normal paragraph text replaced with (..) to keep points.

(..) people (..)said we got better offerings (..)PSN/eu.. (..)I LOL’d.

(..)CONFIRM HA bugs., (..)community mentioned issues (..) PC vs PS3 (..)more fixes/patches for pc version.. (..)publisher efficient, devs not. publisher lacks enforcement. :(

Eu (..) AMAZING update (..)aug. (..)LOTR lego/vita. NBA2k13 free(..)all but us. (..)sony’s fault – all or none–. (..)sony favors other regions otherwise..

Then, Eu is getting NFS most wanted, (..)cheap DLC and mafia 2. (..)+ mistake nba, we get BT runner2? (..)2<1(..)first was innovation.. (..)Tryhards ruined their own game. (..)bought on pc, disappointed.. It's tragic that we get nothing over the nba2k13 debacle. I can't believe nothing was given for the nba2k13 screwup. We all pay for ps+. I just added 150$ to my wallet again tonight hoping, and PRAYING for some decent deals this month. My bad huh? Good thing xillia and dragon crown are coming to the store, or that cash might be sitting there growing dust.

kingjamaican11 said:

August 6th, 6:07 am

yess finally, its funny that i was watching someone play battlefield 3 in june and wanted the badly, and to my surprise it was free for playstation plus in july. And now Hitman Yessss

adrianvon said:

August 6th, 6:22 am

Does anyone know HOW to get an EU account on a US box and still maintain my US subscription as well? I mean, it has a FEW games I like that i haven’t gotten around to playing yet (project zero, gravity rush, uncharted 3), and would prefer to keep it.. Not to mention i have a boatload of digital games..

How does that all work? can’t I just make a second account and set it up with the EU PSN store? or do i have to do something a bit more drastic and actually force a region change somehow to bring up the EU store from the system? A little guide from someone with experience, or a link to a page that you actually know from EXPERIENCE To be accurate, would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance for any info.. I figure might as well get on the EU store while they have NFS most wanted, mafia 2, lego lotr, nba2k13, lost vikings (although i just bought it the other day on the crossbuy.. lol) etc. Looks like I’ll get a better/varied selection from there. I agree with alot of other people here that fighting games are junk, and that some real games would be nice. Even if it’s just discounts, the ps3 exclusive RPGs would be a great place to start. I <3 me some RPG marathons.

Fierce-Hero said:

August 6th, 6:24 am

I was so close to buying all the Rayman games on so many occasions, looks like I have to get them now!

kmetek said:

August 6th, 6:25 am

why have you deleted so many comments on forums?

adrianvon said:

August 6th, 6:28 am

Just for the record, with a background in marketing, if it IS possible to add one of each store accounts at the same time, I wouldn’t be surprised if sony does this purposely to each region a couple months out of the year, to get people to buy into the accounts on the other regions.. I mean hey, one person paying 35$/3months is twice as much as one person paying 18$/3 months ;P

I’ve seen people say there’s been polls, and numerous posts, and complains.. I mean, I’m not sure what sony’s basis for stats are, but they can’t realistically think that this makes people happy? Are they just basically taking whatever game a publisher offered up that wasn’t selling well and tossing it on there with no consideration for us? I can’t imagine they’re using any real demographics or dominate market trends from a non sale/freebie point of view, to generate stats that suggest this is a positive offering/feature at the moment.

On the macro level PSN and PS+ is amazing, don’t get me wrong, on the micro level with this month / last.. Disappointment abounds, and that’s never healthy or ideal when you’re supposed to be building brand loyalty for a new console.

adrianvon said:

August 6th, 6:31 am

713@ I was wondering that, too.. But I wouldn’t expect a straight answer.. I’m sure it’ll be something along the lines of spam or not relative, or too long.

I wrote out a good.. 13000 word post the other night, and had to separate it into almost 10 posts just to get my post to actually submit, due to a 1250 char limit.. Every single post was deleted.. :( Really makes me feel undervalued. So now I just summarize things, and insult where i have to instead of actually explaining things properly, and leave half thought out ideas to be misconstrued since no one really cares anyways at 1250 characters.

I mean, that’s enough for a whole 15 lines by standard text formats. Wow. 15 lines. You can address so much in less than a page of text. I mean, that’s why books are constantly one pages long.. AMIRITE? lol. Ohwell. I digress.

thelookey6 said:

August 6th, 6:31 am

come sony you still have tons of time to change some of those lame games out,
i am also tiered of those indie type games for the simple fact they are all the same side scrollers
.and in each game all we do is jump and try to solve a puzzle. we can play those games for free on pc.

and stop feeding vita owners psp games. vita has around 100 titles so if we get 2 per month a year thats like 24 games. and i am sure new vita games come out this year and i am sure there are more than 100 titles out now

kmetek said:

August 6th, 6:41 am

i could have invested this 50$ in 4-5 games, played it, sell it and re-buy new.

VitaBoyExtreme said:

August 6th, 6:42 am

@thelookey they will never change anything they are so very determined to insult and spit on us every freaken month

either they give us a psp game or an indie game and when they give us a retail game , they gave us a point click one they seriously need to get fired and get another team in there….

adrianvon said:

August 6th, 6:42 am

But, on the comments of new consoles: I personally feel they’re all smoke and mirrors to get us to be happy with something that’ll be replaced in 1/4 to 1/5th the life cycle of the last one. Sure, they’ve developed new stuff for it, but what really? scalable engines, new hardware concepts, ways to interact over the network, FEATURES. The hardware itself, not so impressive.. basically a PC this time around, instead of innovative cell technology or the emotion engine.

Reason? Well, anyone else follow quantum computing? Von neumann architecture? standard von neumann bottlenecking of the logic/stored program system we use forcing data from a stored location to the cpu? All that is going away soon as quantum computing is realized. Thanks to a new class of materials called Topographical Superconductors, a compound called copper doped bismuth selenide, QUbits can be used & watched. Basically, leaves us with the adage “Schrodinger’s cat can stay alive AND dead at the same time!”

Should give us some real quantum computers soon, with optical gateways, and hardware approaching 40ghz procs, memory/ and IO bandwidth closer to 2-3TB/s and amazing jumps in data streaming capabilities.

So, get ready for some fun.

GOW71 said:

August 6th, 6:43 am

This is a nice addition. I purchased this new and it provided a good challenge at points. It didn’t have much staying power for me personally. But a good title in it’s regard.

Otolap said:

August 6th, 6:44 am

@adrianvon Just select the country for your UE account, search (google) for an address in that country, use your credit card or buy a “PSN prepaid card” with the digital currency for that specific country… That’s all you need to do and you can create and maintain up to 16 accounts in your PS3.

adrianvon said:

August 6th, 6:47 am

Don’t get me wrong – hitman is a great game actually, and if they managed to patch the issues and it’s working GOOD on the ps3 now, I’d be happy to play through it again.. It’s quite fun, and graphically very impressive. The hitman series has always been a fun FPS for me, as it’s not as traditional as military games (boring as hell IMO), after all, I play games for surrealism and fun, not because I want to join the army but I don’t have the balls to carry a gun :D

But, I would definitely recommend hitman to anyone who hasn’t played it yet.. Same with machinarnium – if you by some change haven’t played the pc or ps3 version they gave us recently, get the vita one and play that.. It’s a brilliant little title well built and very unique in visual immersion.

I just wanted to see us get a stronger variance of titles, since last month all we got was a FPS military game, I honestly didn’t think our main ps3 title again would be yet another FPS – good one or not.

thelookey6 said:

August 6th, 6:50 am

i can not get any of my cards to work on eu store. i tried my bank card and cc and they did not work. do u know a legit website that i could buy a plus card for eu (but not ebay )

adrianvon said:

August 6th, 6:50 am

@Otolap Uggh.. That might be a hassle. I use a bank that despite how many times I tell them every time I run a foreign transaction they keep putting a freeze on my account and making me call them up to which I get asked every time “Did you make a foreign purchase? Because we noticed you live in Seattle.” it’s like.. Seriously? EVERY Time?

So, is there an easy way to get it done with US funds? Like, a us online store that sells EU psn cards? or anything like that? If you can help me find some links and PM them to me, or help me out with that in some way, let me know.. It would be greatly appreciated.

adrianvon said:

August 6th, 6:52 am

Sounds like there’d be quite a market for someone to set up a service selling PS+ cards through bitcoin to foreign people who want access to our store/ vice versa. Someone should make that happen.

LordJor_Py said:

August 6th, 6:53 am

All right!!!! I love pinball games and i was hoping to get new tables… hohoho!!!! I will ad that… And the Darkstalkers game looks cool too!!! In the past i’ve played all of them, except for just that edition… So… i’m cool with this week selection!!! hehehe!!!

thelookey6 said:

August 6th, 6:54 am

i have a online friend that has a game website for uk he hooked me up with a few 3 month uk playstation plus codes but i need a uk credit card to use them because mine did not work. i will try to buy a prepaid card today and see if i can get those to work on the uk store and if it works i will toss one of you guys a uk 3 month code and tell you what prepaid card works

aaronthebaron22 said:

August 6th, 6:56 am

Where is a sports game for PS Plus?

LordJor_Py said:

August 6th, 6:59 am

I’m a foreigner and i buy PSN cards from a secured website. I don’t know if i can put in here the site (probably not).

Look on google man!, look for psn cards or something… plus i will add a tip for you, the word “maximus”… search and you will find.

PD: It works, since i got my firs PS3 many years ago i’ve used that service…

Lefoul-123 said:

August 6th, 7:00 am

I will say it again, they actively give the games people dont want, they made a poll about what to give, a genre won, and guess what we have not gotten for plus?, exactly the genre that won. And probably will not get it, cuz they know we want that. Its the only explanation I can come up with.

lobo8085 said:

August 6th, 7:10 am

where is the Hitman Absolution game guys? i check the pss and is not there yet. its already 8/62013

VizorX said:

August 6th, 7:17 am

So many great games, such a great value. Im having a hard time playing my purchased games and keeping up to the ps plus games. Mind=blown

Lefoul-123 said:

August 6th, 7:25 am

Lookey you dont need the cc, you only need a ue account with data from eu, address and stuff, and you can buy psn cards with your cc on amazon uk.

teeborg said:

August 6th, 7:28 am

Kind of wish my PS+ would run out in a week so I could hold off until September or October to see if it’s worth re-subscribing.

Not much for me this month, it’s not the end of the world but if September is another weak month as I suspect it will be I’ll be pretty disappointed.

Any particular reason a title isn’t offered more than once for the IGC?

thelookey6 said:

August 6th, 7:34 am

thanks 733 i love amazon and i trust them so yea i will try your method

AvengerXCII said:

August 6th, 7:41 am

I knew Hitman was going to be launched! Now I bet Tomb Raider is possibly next.

I don’t play indie nor have a PS Vita, so Hitman is the only game for me this month.

Though I wish we see more full PS3 games like PS EU.

Lefoul-123 said:

August 6th, 7:47 am

That works my only mistake was doing it for us and not on europe, I did not know at the time plus was so bad for america.

Lefoul-123 said:

August 6th, 7:49 am

If you have a ps plus eu. Code to spare let me know.

Kanon_of_Gemini said:

August 6th, 7:55 am

well this month didn’t bring anything for me, but hey, the last 2 months were awesome, thanks a lot guys! I’m still enjoying Gods Eater, Little big planet karting and Battlefield 3!

big_wood1203 said:

August 6th, 8:21 am

Get hype. Time to play one of the Top assassin in the company.

DragonBorn2X1X5X said:

August 6th, 8:34 am

What time do the new titles usually come out? I’ve been looking on PS+ for a couple hours now and still no hitman.

wolfofthepack said:

August 6th, 9:02 am

where’s the jrpg love ? already have hitman so no excitement for me

marionoaks said:

August 6th, 9:02 am

Notice any typo? :P

Entering PS Plus in August (in no particular order)
Darkstalkers Chronicle: The Chaos Tower (PS Vita, Compatible with PS Vita)

Pretty sure it’s suppose to be (PSP, Compatible with PS Vita)

nhlsport said:

August 6th, 9:13 am

Where is NFS Most Waned????

Lucky Europe…

adrianvon said:

August 6th, 9:36 am

thelookey6@ that’s mighty generous of you to offer that :) Reminds me of myself giving stuff away sometimes. Go ahead and pass it to someone who needs it/can’t afford it.. I’m not really hurting for money at the moment, so I can afford to pick one of these up myself, once I figure out the means to do so.. However, if someone who LIVES in the uk/eu wants to buy codes and exchange with me for something in the US that you are having trouble getting, let me know. We can work something out no problem :D

I’m a firm believer in community solutions to problems. I think we can figure this one out and make it an easy fix once I find the right person who’s willing to trade with me or help me figure out exactly how to go about buying PSN cards / registering them for EU with a US credit card that hates me making foreign purchases.

Otolap said:

August 6th, 9:36 am

@thelookey6 / @adrianvon legit site: amazon uk but you have to pay for shipping or some “trusted” sites: maximucards and cardscodes, I’ve used all of them in the past with excellent results.

If you have Paypal (EEUU) might work on a European account, you could give it a try.

cube50 said:

August 6th, 9:40 am

These people have no right to complain. At least you are getting good games every month for $10 less than Xbox live.

subsamuel01 said:

August 6th, 9:40 am

I saved off from buying Hitman, now I can finally try it for free. Love Playstation Plus!

Shoryyuken said:

August 6th, 10:02 am


Can Morgan actually answer some questions? There’s 15 pages so far of people talking & I barely see any moderator work getting done. You guys should make a compromise & give fans NFS: Most Wanted & Spec Ops: The Line. Stop this “Dual” thing with Europe, just make it all the same that way nobody can complain & you can focus your efforts better.

ALSO why does Europe get informed of their PLUS rewards like 2 weeks or more before they drop? Why do we wait literally until the day before? Also why are games released throughout the month? They should just be dropped all at the same time. What if somebody really wants the last game on the list but they need to wait almost a month until it drops?

That doesn’t make any sense.

Release everything at once, make the service like Europe’s & inform people at least a week in advance, not this “day before” BS you guys are doing. PSN+ is great but it’s not perfect. It’s clearly obvious that SONY is capable of making everybody happy so when people ask for certain games & you give them things it seems less than 1/4 of the customer base want that’s a problem.

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