PlayStation Plus Update

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PlayStation Plus Update

Happy (almost) New Year! The PlayStation Plus team is gearing up for another banner year in 2013 as we continue to deliver free games, discounts, and access to events, betas and more to give PlayStation fans the edge when it comes to their gaming lifestyle. This week, we welcome PS3 Game NBA JAM On Fire Edition and PS Vita Game Chronovolt to the Instant Game Collection. You’ll also find deeper discounts with the last week of the PSN Holiday Sale.

Important note: We’ll be updating the PlayStation Store today (Monday, 12/31) due to the New Year holiday. Therefore, this Plus update will be live later today when the update has published.

Don’t have PlayStation Plus? Go to the PlayStation Store on your PS3 or PS Vita or click here to get access.

December 31st PlayStation Plus Update

NBA JAM On Fire Edition (PS3)

Free for Plus members

You don’t have to be a basketball nut to have a blast with this one. If you’ve played NBA JAM before, you know it’s all about fast-paced arcade-style basketball action. Of course it features all your favorite NBA players and legends, but with all the fun and irreverence that has hooked countless gamers and tons of trash-talking multiplayer sessions. Crazy modes, secret teams, and rock-solid online play make this a great addition to your collection. Take a look at the video above to check out a match up in the game in the classic ‘big head’ mode, and play it yourself to see why gave it a 9 out 10.

Chronovolt (PS Vita)

Free for Plus members

Chronovolt is a puzzle-platformer with steampunk influences where players control the Chronosphere, a discovery that contains the energy that powers time. You’ll guide it through levels using all of the PS Vita’s controls including tilt, the analog sticks, and rear-touch to have a completely unique experience. Not to mention that by collecting power-ups known as Chronovolts, players are able to manipulate time, such as rewinding the game to save yourself from a fall that would have otherwise resulted in death. Set in three distinct worlds including a lush Mayan world, a snow-covered Chinese landscape, and a futuristic setting; PS Vita gamers will find plenty to love with Chronovolt.
PSN Holiday Essentials Sale (Week 3)

Various discounts for Plus members

The PSN Holiday Essentials wraps up this week with great deals on games you might have missed out on. Notables include the unique and completely charming Tokyo Jungle, Sound Shapes, and the remastered HD version of Shadow of the Colossus. Take a look at the full breakdown below:


Normal Price

PSN Sale Price

Plus Sale Price

Batman: Arkham City




inFAMOUS Festival of Blood







Free in Plus

Assassin’s Creed 2 Deluxe Edition




Shadow of the Colossus








Sound Shapes (PS3 and PS Vita Cross Buy)




Sound Shapes (PS Vita only)












Touch My Katamari




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As the last Plus post from 2012, I also want to extend a sincere thank you to all those who leave their feedback week to week. Whether you’re excited about an update, or giving your feedback about what you prefer, it’s always great to chat with you all. With PlayStation fans like you guys, I’m looking forward to an awesome 2013, and I hope you all will continue to bring the feedback; positive or critical.

We’ll be back next week as usual, but make sure you make your voice heard in the comments below, and also make sure to vote in the polls. You can also delve into the PlayStation Community Forums in the PS Plus space to continue chatting about Plus, or find other great sub-forums to participate in and build your PlayStation community cred. See you in the comments!

PlayStation Plus Update: 12-31-2012

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  • Please give me my money back! =(

  • NBA Jam is being taken offline January 11th. Yay……….

    • I think the only reports I had seen on that were for the retail edition for NBA Jam, not NBA Jam On Fire edition; however, I’ll look into this further.

  • Rock Solid online play it will not have. :(

  • Wait, why isn’t luminescent electronic symphony on this list? It’s on the other blog post.

  • NBA Jam is a great title. I was expecting it to go free once NFL Blitz went free. Shame I’ve had it on the XBOX since release. I don’t know anything about Chronovolt but I’m happy for anything on the Vita. I haven’t checked but is it related to Cuboid? Looks sort of like a steampunk version of that from the screenshot. Cool.

  • Nfl Blitz, now Nba Jam on Fire? EU gets all the good games…

  • Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo wait jetpack joyride free today right

  • What a crappy New Years gift. EU got Arkham City, we get a game nobody cares about. Good job SCEA I won’t be renewing!

  • Another great PS+ update!! Oh.. not really.

    Nice move giving us a name that’s being taken offline on the next couple weeks, I seriously don’t know why SCEA hates us so much.

  • so depressing

  • NBA JAM… Are you kidding me? :(

  • Didnt expect much for the Vita game. But I thought something substantial would be replacing Bioshock 2.

    I assume Vita won’t get any retail games until Uncharted or Gravity Rush is taken down?

  • @2 – Is that true? There isn’t a laughing emoticon large enough….

  • NBA Jam is good. Chronovolt has got nothing but TERRIBLE impressions from everyone I know in EU region, so I don’t know why you think we’d like that.

  • I will probably get SoTc depending on how many gigs it takes up. I got $13 and I have always wanted to play it.

  • You have got to be kidding me.

  • LOOL, i was already disappointed when the store exploit was discovered.. anyway…. it sucks…. chronovolt is such a bad game. played a little on my EU account and gave up. was expecting something better.. but i know i wont after so many weeks of disappointing… for ps plus users like me who owns only a vita and no ps3… having a US account at this moment really is not worth…. anyway…..

  • Really? Ps+ is getting worse rather than better! shafted again…

  • I haven’t played Chronovolt but it’s never a good sign when the first Google link that pops up when searching for reviews features the words “buggy”and “ünpolished.” Still, I’ll give it a whirl.

  • Hope you all had a merry Christmas, wishing everyone a happy new year, even you Morgan! Thanks for the update, don’t think I’ll bother with NBA Jam but Chronovolt looks interesting. Still backlogged with Rochard and Anomaly, had a BLAST playing Journey all the way through. No buys for me this time around, though Assassin’s Creed is starting to look like something I’ll get into.

  • For the past 3 weeks the poll winner has been “Nothing for me this week” but yet every week US gets games that nobody wants. Who has to get fired so we can get some decent “rented games?” Glad I got my 1yr ps+ for free lol.

  • Anytime I get a free game on my vita I’m happy, seeing Arkham City so cheap means I at last have a digital copy.

    No complaints. I understand capitalism.

  • I have been waiting for Chronovolt to drop on US Plus since the devs mentioned they were working on that. Happy to see it available so soon.

    I know a lot of people are upset with NA Plus, but I cannot complain. A lot of great games were included in 2012 and none of them were games I owned. Came close a few times (Rochard, SSFIV:AE, RE5:Gold), but the year will close with the perfect run intact!

    Hopefully you folks can bolster the discounts in 2013 (Unfinished Swan? EU had a TUS+Journey bundle…).

    All in all thanks for the great 2012, and I’m looking forward to what Plus has to offer in 2013.
    Have a Happy (and safe) New Year!

  • NBA Jam? is this another NFL Blitz again? that was a boring sports game. I’m not too excited for Chronovolt either, since it currently has a 40 on Metacritic. Its apparently very buggy.

    Good to see Sony cares about offering quality games to us. :/

  • You must be kidding us. Where I can request a refund of my money! JAJA

  • @17 Sad but so. I thought of renewing when my ps+ expires in January but the games we are getting free are starting to get worse each time. If Sony makes Sound Shapes,Journey, or Tokyo Jungle free anywhere in January, I will definitely subscribe again.

  • enough of these psn crap games and you give us a game that mostly a online game that goes offline in 2 weeks. I dont care what games eu gets i just want more ps3 games that are not 3 years old and are decent.

  • Really???!!! X.X

    Havent you checked the past months stadistics with “Nothing for me this week” wining over the other options???????

  • ………terrible………………..

  • I actually love NBA JAM and will play the heck out of it but to offer it free two weeks before the servers are taken offline is pretty brutal. I would hope the PLUS team had no knowledge of this when they were able to solidify it as an IGC game.

  • Told you the villagers weren’t happy! Now run and hide!
    Thanks for NBA JAMS in my opinion.

  • Awesome to see another Vita game so soon, but I have too many to play already!

  • @1 ^ I totally agree. This is becoming really bad. Next they will be giving us strangle hold or something else really old that we could pick up for $3 and GameStop. And saying its free so deal. But it’s not free we already paid for it. Come on SOA pick it up otherwise this will be the last time I will be paying for this crap.

  • I’m very happy that nba jam is free for plus it a game I wanted to play but never wanted to buy it .

  • Wow what a big disappointment.

  • Can’t wait to play NBA Jam. I loved the retail release, and apparently the downloadable version is even better. Thanks, PSPlus. Keep up the awesome work – despite what idiots and haters say, you’ve done wonderfully with the free games the last few months. Can’t wait to see what’s happening in January!

    Also, if I hear one more person complain about us not getting Mortal Kombat after doing nothing but complaining about how Plus keeps getting fighting games, I’m going to scream.

  • Can somebody tell me if you can transfer psn money/credit to another account? Thanks

  • Yeah I have to admit. I am weighing the cost of purchasing the games that I do play from my plus subscription versus actually renewing my sub. The last couple of months have been way below par on what I expect.. I don’t expect great releases that are right up my preference alley.. but for the last couple months there hasn’t been one single title that I have really enjoyed immensely. I mean hell I still play games that I have kept on my console since I became a plus member and yet I have deleted or never bothered to download 3/4 of the content in the last 6 months because its old crap that I didn’t want in the first place. Very disappointing. I have to admit that I doubt I will be re-subscribing to + unless it begins to get better over the final 2 months of my current sub.

  • Aww man, the reviews for Chronovolt are pretty bad…the idea sounded decent at least.

  • @ Comment #2: Good thing we’re getting the On Fire edition (which is not going offline anytime soon), so I don’t see how your comment is relevant, at all. Then again I suppose you don’t think before you post.

  • NBA Jam servers are being shut down January 11th.

    January 11, 2013 — Online Services Shutdown:

    NBA JAM for PS3 & Xbox 360


  • boring games :/
    i dont gonna renew my ps plus 1 year suscribe

  • Thanks for NBA Jam.. Maybe ill get to play online before EA takes the servers down. I’m starting to feel as if Sony thinks their loyal coustmers are stupid.. This is a joke. I’m not even going to get into what EU gets for plus and sales like 50 % off NFSMW and Farcry 3. It’s really starting to get me mad. Kind of taking it personal when I really shouldn’t.. Lol

  • Nothing for me this week (again…again…again…)

  • not thrilled about nba jam, i liked the arcade nfl blitz so ill give this a try, when it comes to basketball, I like it more realistic, Unless something like the streetball, Glad I have 2K13 if this doesn’t pan out.

  • i really dont see where the matching of content is to eu is . its really sad a crappy xmas and now a new years bashing of broken dreams . another company making broken promises just like a pollitition avoiding what tax payers want . oh well have a great new years people !

  • @41 Did EU really get Farcry 3 and NFSMW for half off? Damn that beats anything the NA store has getting for a while lol

  • plus my ends in late January, I was even thinking of renovating, vo migrate to Europe to gain more

  • only 1 or 2 games got discount for the ps vita .. on the last week sales ?!
    that’s totally sucks !!

  • Happy New Year Morgan! I’m reminding you about the idea of a “genre” oriented poll for the next update. Any word of RPGs hitting the IGC? Have a great and safe night!

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