There’s a lot to love with PlayStation Plus in December. Perhaps you’ve already thought of what a great gift a PS Plus membership makes for your fellow PS3 gamer. Or maybe you’ve been diving into the games in the Instant Game Collection with new additions like BioShock 2, Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition, and Rochard. Either way, you’ve got more great content on the way with this week’s addition: Anomaly Warzone Earth! You’ll also find some amazing holiday deals on games that you might have missed. Read on to find out more.
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December 18th PlayStation Plus Update
Anomaly Warzone Earth (PS3)
Free for Plus members
Holiday Essentials Sale
Various discounts for Plus members
You may have seen the announcement already, but this week marks the first week of the PSN Holiday Sale! You can check out the full announcement here, but here’s the breakdown of all the games that you’ll be able to get an amazing sale price on for this week:
|Game||Normal Price||PSN Sale Price||Plus Sale Price|
|Counter Strike Global Offensive||$14.99||$10.49||$7.35|
|I am Alive||$14.99||$10.49||$7.35|
|LittleBigPlanet PS Vita||$35.99||$24.99||$17.49|
|M:tG Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013||$9.99||$6.99||$4.90|
|Rayman Origins PS Vita||$29.99||$20.99||$14.70|
|Resident Evil 4||$19.99||$13.99||$9.80|
|Street Fighter: Third Strike Online Edition||$14.99||$10.49||$7.35|
SEGA Holiday Sale
Various discounts for Plus members
Our friends at SEGA are also bringing more great games to all of PSN at some truly great prices to celebrate the holidays as well. Just like the PSN Holiday Sale, all PSN gamers get to enjoy some price breaks here, but Plus members get the best deals on the following content:
|Game||Normal Price||PSN Sale Price||Plus Sale Price|
|Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown (Game Only)||$14.99||$9.99||$6.99|
|SEGA HERITAGE COLLECTION (BUNDLE)||$36.95||$19.99||$14.99|
|Sonic 4: Ep1 & 2 Full game Bundle||$24.98||$14.99||$11.99|
|Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2||$14.99||$9.99||$7.49|
|Hell Yeah Full game||$14.99||$9.99||$5.99|
|Hell Yeah DLC Pimp My Rabbit Pack||$2.99||$1.99||$1.00|
|Hell Yeah DLC The Virtual Rabbit Mission||$4.99||$2.99||$1.50|
|After Burner Climax||$9.99||$4.99||$2.50|
|Sonic Rivals, PSP||$9.99||$6.99||$4.89|
|Sonic Rivals 2, PSP||$9.99||$6.99||$4.89|
That’s it for this week’s update, and remember that the above updates will be in effect once the PlayStation Store updates tomorrow. See you next week for more on PlayStation Plus!
While we definitely want you to let us know your thoughts in the comments below, make sure you’re digging in to the PlayStation Community Forums in the Plus space where you’ll find great new information and perspectives from your fellow gamer. Enjoy the update, and see you in the comments.
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why does europe continue to get better, more relevant games compared to US?
those who are saying ps3 has a bigger library then vita keep forgetting the huge library of psp games they could of offered. Also EU got Mortal Kombat and Unit 13 while we got nothing.
@44 where do you see DA:O ultimate edition in this sale for $19?
i want nomaly Warzone Earth but i rether pay full price for that game to keep foreverrrrrr. thank goodnes the sales atleast make up for it. will be grabbing some of those games tommorow.
Nice offerings, but not much for me in the holiday sale, and I already own and have played a good deal of Anomaly on PC. I’m interested in the co-op mode on the PS3, though. I’m curious to see how it controls with a controller as opposed to the mouse/keyboard.
@8 “when will you guys (SCEA) rotate LBP2, Infamous 2, and All 4-1 out of the IGC?” <– THIS.
I have been playing for a loooooooooooooooong time and I’ve never heard of such game… well at least the i’m going to be able to pick something from the Holidays sales. I can’t believe that there is still nothing for Vita+ smh…..
Not a bad sale but I already own everything I want from this sale already, and i got Anomaly Warzone Earth in a humble bundle a few months ago. Not a bad update but nothing that stands out.
Oh what the freak is this powerpuff girl looking game? ahhhh i regret plus now.it sounds like a cheap knock off of halo in the description. and it says download today as well. typo? bc its not free today… or is it?
@38 FriedConsole – Troll of the month?…looks like Ryumoau has a competitor.Anyway if you’re really serious about what you said…be prepared to know the true meaning of disappointed buying a 360.
@53 i mean in the next update, its 40 games…
@FriedConsole (#38) LOVE IT! AMEN!
Again, I do not understand how people can complain about this. I just finished up Trine 2, which I got back in June. Now I’m working on Rochard, which is a lot more fun than I thought it would be. Now there are even more free games coming out? I’ve barely scratched Borderlands. I haven’t gotten to Bioshock 2 yet. There are a dozen free games sitting on my PS3 right now that I haven’t been able to get to yet. And there are more every week!
As for the Vita, I’m still loving Gravity Rush and Wipeout. I’ve said it before that PS+ for only $50 is insanely great and nobody should complain about it. The only downside is that I now have to buy a PS3 with a larger hard drive.
Great job Sony! Keep it coming.
Lol, Morgan said that our contents will match Europe this month. Hmm, time is ticking and we only have one week of December left.
Let’s looks at the Europe list again
PlayStation Plus December content:
5th December: Batman: Arkham City (PS3)
5th December: LIMBO (PS3)
5th December: Vanquish (PS3)
12th December: Big Sky Infinity (PS Vita and PS3)
19th December: Mortal Kombat (PS Vita) – not available in AU
21st December: Knytt Underground (PS Vita and PS3)
Additional offers and savings TBC
Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition
Anomaly Warzone Earth
@38 lol. i wouldnt buy a 360, but everything else was funny.
all holiday money is spent other wise the sell would be nice. im a little disappointed to not see a megaman game free for his bday. free ps 1 games , megaman 8,9 or/and 10? thats up to capcom i know but still.
also free ps1 games for vita would be nice also till something else for vita pops up. thx
Though it would be nice if there were some discounts or offers on some of the PSP games for the Vita. Not sure if it’s possible or feasible, but there are a number of PSP games I’d love to see come to PS+.
It would have made a lot more sense to have all the games on sale now threw 12/31 when everyones getting their x-mas money. That way they know ahead of time what they want. I mean the day after X-mas is one of the biggest shopping days of the year. Lots of people going to be tapped out when 12/31 comes around.
I really don’t know what to say.. This is a down right joke.
Another update another week of junk the US staff needs fired, EU is getting a much better value then US. Come to think of it wether its US or EU ITS THE SAME COMPANY why not have the same program for both sides its getting old at this point.
I think I will get Rayman Origins for PS3. it’s good game for Gathering with friend and family. I only wish if it has crossover for PS Vita even for extra $ 5
There will be 2 more updates this month the 24th & 31st. The store will update on Monday since the 25th & 1st are on Tuesdays….
man where is the u.s.a. vita content?
been waiting for escape plan, but i’m gonna be pissed, like usual if that game’s free for Plus members in 2013.
just bought hard disc of LBP:V for $20, so saving $2.50 is it worth it?
-just return the hard disc,
-not buy the digital, or
-buy both and resell the hard copy for a little money back?
Nothing for me again this week, but I’m not as disappointed as the last 2 weeks, so I guess I’m just getting numb to plus being only half decent the majority of the time and delighting me only maybe once or twice per year. It being Xmas season though, I was really hoping December would be special or at least not quite this much of a bust for me (hopefully it is better for more of you out there). Still some time left, Sony, hint hint.
I will say, I think the game selection is better this week, not crazy about this week’s game, but I recognize it is well reviewed and gives good genre variety, but I played the demo way back and it’s just not my thing. None of the discounts are for what I want either (I would have pulled the trigger on a Zen Pinball 2 table sale and possibly Tokyo Jungle d/c if generous).
I want to stay loyal to NA, but seriously leaning on letting my day 1 sub lapse and switching to EU plus.
All the games you said are games most people already own. And it seems like it’s a value to you because you don’t buy these games and you’re really not supporting Sony :-/
At this point I’m buried under free games, even if they aren’t all my cup of tea. Perhaps you could give away fewer games but raise the quality (perceived value). 2 great games a month instead of 4 mixed games? Just a thought.
@45 I work Christmas Eve. It’s not a legal holiday.
looking at #63 the 21st is a friday and christmas is tuesday do we get anouther update this week? or do they update on christmas? (i know its EU just wondering how US does it)
I’m normally content with what’s been given since I’ve gotten ps+. I know you can’t please everyone. It’s impossible to do that. I didn’t care for street fighter but I didn’t complain, I downloaded it and promptly deleted it. didn’t think anything else except waiting to see what came of this week. And now its Anamoly. Bummed out now for the fourth week in a row. a whole month of no ps+ benefits that I liked. : / but oh well, what can you do?
well, I think the voting stadistics say it all …..
Thanks guys. I love strategy and tower defense so I’m probably going to enjoy this. And it’s a game I was absolutely not going to play otherwise – which is one cool thing about PS+. But I still voted for the sale, because I really love it when a long list of games get deep discounts.
thanks for voting! it goes a long way
Hello Morgan Haro,
I’m sorry about the complains from people and that you have to go through this but off topic I hope you are enjoying your holidays!
I’m excited about the sales coming up!
Really psyched about I am alive this week!
Opinions of the actual games aside. I don’t care about value out of my Plus subscription outside that it pays for itself. I would rather play Rochard then Batman, but that is me. But my point is if you only care about the value rather then the games I think you might want to reconsider Plus.
You do know that SCEA and SCEE are different companies right? Right? The publishers that make it free are also different companies, along with different laws. It’s not as easy as a check box, but I suspect they are working to make an effort to get some of the things at EU is getting.
Another week disappointing. Promise a plus for the vita, but nothing.
Another bad game for the collection of rental mediocrity.
And another set of Plus sales, where most of the games have already been on sale before (with a deep discount) or there are even games we’ve been given free. LBP2 is a Instant game freebee, how can any plus member buy it?
So the EU gets huge discounts on brand new and very new games.
We get recycled sales and a couple new sales….
Of course even if the sales weren’t recycyled, most of those games aren’t worth buying to begin with.
Another massive failure for the North American branch of Sony Online! At least they’re keeping up with expectations.
I’ve been saving a 20$psn card in case there was a good holiday sale this year, guess I’ll just turn it into someones xmas gift since these sales are too sad to even be a joke.
Any way to undo my renewal of psplus….? I clearly made a mistake here…
this update is a joke right? not a great way to renew my plus. Is it possible to cancel my sub. early and get a refund. I feel ripped off.
Hey Morgan are you guy’s insulting us on purpose?,anomaly warzone earth really.it has been in the PS store for over 3 months and 28 people have bought this garbage,reviews everywhere say it’s garbage.Look it’s simple if Sony want’s to treat us this way just stop this rip off PS pluss service in North America.You keep on saying week after week that we will be amazed with the new plus update and we are amazed on how much of a garbage job you guy’s are doing for us here in the states.People that say we complain to much should see this service for what it is a rip off no renewal for me and i am losing faith in Sony you should treat your customers with more respect and not like idiots.And Morgan stop lying for them because right now we don’t beleive anything you say anymore.
All I can say is at least it’s not 18gb and 10 hours to download.. For only 3 hours of play just b/c I am not a fight game person but gave it a try and it is way better than KOF’s
Watched the video looks like a rip off of starcraft. which I loved on the PC so I will give it a try, but doubt it would be better than Dungeon defenders from last month.
Here’s hoping to next week…..Please something uber impressive Morgan we deserve something good for the Holiday’s
@86..ummm nope. just like any other purchase from the playstation store.
There better be some good free games next week, for instance Batman Arkham City. I mean it’s not like Anmolay is a bad game but next week is christmas day. they better bring out some games like EU does.
i hate this wait to see what we have next week on sale crap i have a strict budget and they screw me over all the time on sales lol
I have been very happy with my Plus subscription since the start of it all and will continue being a member in the future. The value I have received from my subscription has easily paid for itself.
Keep up the good work PSPlus team!
WTF!!!!!! was expecting mortal kombat for the vita on ps plus like EU…. this sucks soo bad…. :( wish i had a eu ps plus account instead… but all my trophies are in US account… only thing keeping me from buying plus for my eu account… really disappointed,,,, :( hope next week is bettter….
One more thing,Morgan why not answer our concerns truthfully and respond to our complaint’s.I bet there wont be an answer because we are nothing to you guy’s but thats ok there are other options out their and it hurts me to say but i just might jump ship after all these years.
Game preferences are subjective; so there’s really nothing I can say to a person who doesn’t like a particular game, know what I mean? I’d type myself to death, lol.
However, some of the more concrete items like comparisons to EU offerings and how we can better position the offerings of NA to make it more clear of the value people are getting from month to month between the two regions, is something we’re looking at closely. In addition, even if we had the same content as EU, what if you already had those games too, or maybe just don’t like them? These are items that I’m looking into with the rest of the Plus team as we continually improve the service, but for the time being, we’re focused on bringing a great diverse lineup of games for everyone to play throughout the year, along with great discounts, and exclusive features (like access to the God of War Ascension beta, etc). And I do stand by the value that the service offers in terms of overall bang for your buck; but of course there’s always room for improvement.
But again, if someones doesn’t like a game? Not much I can do there =)
I hope this sale gets better eu gets better games and better sales pretty messed up get it together already tired of being really disappointed every single week i dont think there has been a great update since you started the IGC a couple of ok ones and thats it i really want to give you my money but the way things have been going im starting to think that you dont want it i mean really lbp2 and the street fighter you already gave us a few months ago utter crap AGAIN thanks for nothing
People said we get too many fighting games, people said we get too many shooters, so they switched it up and gave us an RTS. People also wanted a sale not only did we get one, we’re getting another one next week, and one more the week after that! I can’t believe people are still complaing…..what am I saying? Of course I can
Least it isn’t a shooter or a fighter but where are the vita games didn’t the faq for vita psn+ say it’d be updated bi-weekly.. when it’s been like a month and still nothing.
Looks like after that initial one for the vita, PS+ is worthless for us vita owners that don’t own a PS3, so hurry and play those games and drop your PS+ if you don’t own a PS3.