March’s PS+ Lineup Includes Dead Nation, Tomb Raider, Thomas Was Alone

February 27, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment


March is almost here, and you know what that means: a new lineup of free games for members of PlayStation Plus, Sony’s subscription service.

During March, all PS+ subscribers will be able to pick up twin-stick zombie shooter Dead Nation for the PS4. This is the Apocalypse Edition, releasing for the PS4 on March 5, and it has full HD graphics, enhanced controls, and a brand-new broadcast feature for the PS4. You can play the campaign by yourself or with a co-op partner, and there are two additional modes with the new expansion, Arcade and Endless. There also is a new Challenge mode, so you and your friends can compete to get the highest level scores. To make things even more interesting, when you use broadcast mode, your viewers will be able to vote for good or bad things to occur in your game.

On the PS3, players in the US can get the Tomb Raider reboot, the puzzle platformer Thomas Was Alone, and the survival horror game Lone Survivor: Director’s Cut. Players in Europe can get Tomb Raider and the adventure game Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons.

Finally, the PS Vita games for players in the US are third-person shooter Unit 13 and the monster-based action RPG Monster Hunter: Freedom Unite, while players in Europe will get the tower defense game PixelJunk Monsters Ultimate HD, as well as the puzzle game Smart As.

Additionally, Thomas Was Alone and Lone Survivor are cross-buy titles, so if you pick them up for the PS3, you will also have them for the Vita.

This is a really strong list for PS+, with some heavy hitters like Dead Nation and Tomb Raider alongside lesser-known gems like Thomas Was Alone. Check out the trailer for Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition above and let us know if you’re planning to pick up any of these games.

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PS4 User Extends 14-Day PS+ Trial Until 2035

February 13, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment


If you have a PS4 and have never used Sony’s subscription service, PlayStation Plus, before, you can try it out for free with a 14-day trial. As the name suggests, a 14-day trial is meant to last 14 days. One anonymous user who began the trial, however, discovered that it was possible to extend his free subscription by 14 days, over and over again, without paying.

PS+ now recognizes him as a subscriber until the year 2035, and he has hundreds of emails confirming his numerous $0.00 “purchases” of 14-day subscription periods.

This user informed about this glitch in this system, and he also provided screenshots to prove his story.

So far, Sony has declined to comment on the story.

We’d bet money Sony has either fixed this issue or is working on it now. What we’re really interested in finding out, however, is whether or not the user will be allowed to keep his free 21-year subscription. His honesty did bring it to Sony’s attention, after all.

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Half of PS4 Owners Are PS+ Subscribers

February 9, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment


According to Sony CEO Kaz Hirai, over half of the people who have bought PS4 consoles are also members of PlayStation Plus, Sony’s subscription service that allows PS4 players to access online multiplayer and provides free monthly games for the PS3/4/Vita. Although he did not give a specific number, this should mean over 2 million PS4 owners are PS+ subscribers, since the PS4 sold 4.2 million units in 2013.

As we previously reported, sales of the PS4 are higher than Sony expected, leading to no change in their combined sales forecast of 15 million PS3s and PS4s sold by the end of March, despite the PS3s lower-than-expected sales.

CFO Masaru Kato also reported that there are over 150 million PSN accounts, although we aren’t sure how many of those accounts are active.

Sony is also launching several plans to cut costs, as it expects an overall loss for the year. Nevertheless, with numbers like these, we can’t deny that its place in the gaming market is excelling.

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PS+ for online PS4 set to make Sony billions

August 15, 2013 by Staff - 1 Comment


Sony looks set to reap billions of dollars by introducing Playstation Plus as a requirement in order to play games online with the PS4.

Research firm IHS Electronics and Media has run the numbers and says that Sony should generate $1.2 billion courtesy of the PS+ service in the year 2017 and at least one billion dollars each year thereafter (although presumably the figure will actually increase).

The numbers compare very favorably to current PS+ revenue stats. IHS estimates that Sony took in only $140 million thanks to the service in 2012. Although it should be noted that a valid Playstation Plus subscription is not required in order to play online with the PS3. This will only come in with the Playstation 4 – hence the higher projected numbers.

By way of comparison, IHS also says that Microsoft made $1.25 billion in 2012 thanks to the Xbox Live Gold subscription model – which requires you to pay in order to play online.

With all the benefits of Playstation Plus (free games!) we can’t see any reason why it won’t be adopted extremely widely with the PS4.

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Free games: the Playstation Plus network advantage

June 30, 2013 by Staff - 3 Comments

With the release of the PS4 later this year (along with loads of juicy cheats for its games, which we will be mostly focused on) many current Xbox and Wii gamers will be reconsidering their position and which system they are going with for the next generation of gaming.

One positive about choosing Playstation 4 is the Playstation Plus network and the free games it gives you access to – something which Sony has been heavily promoting of late.


The Instant Game Collection feature basically gives you 12 free PS3 games and 6 free PS Vita games with new games (also free) then being added to your collection each month. What you’d receive on joining today is displayed above. Of course Sony can only offer free Playstation 3 and Vita games at the moment, but they have confirmed that the Instant Game Collection will be carried over to the PS4. In fact, DriveClub PS Plus edition will be available as a digital download when the PS4 launches. Thereafter you’ll get one free PS4 game each month.


And if you really want to know how rewarding Playstation Plus membership could potentially be, check out the image above which shows all 64 games you could have had you had an Instant Game Collection for the past year. Note: you need to be a member at the time a game is added to the collection to be able to add it to your account. So if you signed up today you would not get instant access to all 64 games (you’d get the 12 games referred to above).

We think the graphic is pretty impressive, and the service certainly compares favorably to current offerings on Xbox Live. That said, Microsoft have taken notice and are starting to promote free digital game downloads of the same kind to Xbox Live Gold members. It will be interesting to see how the two services compare if and when Microsoft attempts to compete more directly with the Playstation offering.

The official Sony page for Playstation Plus can be found here.

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