There were a lot of people on the fence about Sony’s paid PlayStation Plus service until E3 2012 when they redoubled their efforts and sweetened the deal. Like many, I bought a Plus membership within weeks of the announcement and suddenly realized how little hard drive space I had on my PlayStation 3. Here’s everything I got to play in those three months ( * denotes a game released in 2012):
- *Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown
- Warhammer 40k: Space Marine
- Hard Corps: Uprising
- Choplifter HD
- LittleBigPlanet 2
- Sideways: NY
- Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light
- Renegadge Ops
- Pac-Man Championship Edition DX
- Just Cause 2
- *The Walking Dead 1-2
- Bloodrayne: Betrayal
- *Double Dragon Neon
- Scott Pilgrim vs The World: The Game
Purchased individually that’s a helluva lot more than the $18 I paid for three months. Granted, it’s all locked away now that my membership has lapsed but it was a great deal for the slower Summer months. Sony’s E3 gambit paid off and I’m now a fan (if not currently a subscriber) of PlayStation Plus.
Trying it also helped me realize that it’s a lot like Netflix instant streaming for games. You may not find the absolute newest, hottest games you’d want to play but it gives you a rotating menu of stuff to discover. I’d never have bought most of these games but having them handed up month after month I was more than happy to give them a whirl and I think that’s great.
UPDATE: My sister got me a 12-month subscription card for my birthday so I’m officially back on PlayStation Plus but for the purpose of this post I’ll not update the list.