Playstation Plus: The Best Value In Gaming

This generation, the Playstation 3 has been my console of choice. I was a little bit late to the party, only having bought my PS3 in 2009, but since then, we’ve been the best of friends. When Playstation Plus launched in June 2010, I’ll admit that I was a little bit skeptical…I didn’t think the value was there. All of my online access to the Playstation Network had always been free, and I didn’t see the need to start paying for it. After seeing free game after free game pass me by, I subscribed in 2011 and have never looked back. With all of the free content, discounts, and features that Playstation Plus offers, it truly is the best value in gaming.


Over the last year, here is a list of all of the free games that I have received through Playstation Plus:


inFamous Super Stardust HD Comet Crash
Sonic The Hedgehog 2 Bomberman ULTRA Golden Axe
Sackboy’s Prehistoric Moves Crash Commando Comix Zone
Swords & Soldiers Altered Beast Astro Tripper
Costume Quest Burn, Zombie, Burn! Dead Nation
Hydrophobia: Prophecy Tomb Raider Underworld Marvel Pinball
Back to the Future Episodes 2-5 The Simpsons Arcade Game BattleFantasia
Far Cry 2 Fatal Inertia EX Hamster Ball
Inferno Pool Mahjong Tales: Ancient Wisdom Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars
Sonic The Hedgehog Streets of Rage 2 Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus
Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD Shank 2 Shift 2 Unleashed
Frogger Returns Trine 2 Awesomenauts
Rock of Ages Choplifter HD Renegade Ops
Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown LittleBigPlanet 2 inFamous 2
Rachet & Clank: All 4 One Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine Just Cause 2
Saints Row 2 Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light Sideway: New York
Zombie Apocalypse: Never Die Alone Gotham City Imposters


Medievil Destruction Derby Jet Moto
Resident Evil Director’s Cut Resident Evil 2 Resident Evil 3: Nemesis
Warhawk Crash Bandicoot Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back
Crash Bandicoot: WARPED CTR: Crash Team Racing Spyro the Dragon
Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage Spyro Year of the Dragon Syphon Filter
Syphon Filter 2 Syphon Filter 3 Final Fantasy V
Silent Hill Castlevania Chronicles


The 2D Adventures of Rotating Octopus Character Alien Zombie Death Guerrilla War
Me Monstar: Hear Me Roar! OMG-Z Scary Girl
I Must Run! Bashi Blocks Jelly Pops
1000 Tiny Claws Speedball 2 Evolution Age of Zombies
Street Smart Rumble Trucks Where is my Heart?
Doodle Fit Ninjamurai Revoltin’ Youth
Mad Blocker Alpha Orbit Mecho Wars
Stick Man Rescue A Space Shooter for 2 Bucks! Gold Medalist
Hungry Giraffe Bermuda Triangle Farm Frenzy 2
Canabalt Velocity Floating Cloud God Saves The Pilgrims

This list far exceeds not only the number of games I could purchase on my own, but also what I have time to play. Now, Playstation Plus offers an Instant Game Collection, giving you immediate access to over $200 of free games as soon as you subscribe. If you’re looking for value, look no further than the sheer amount of free games Playstation Plus has to offer.


So…the list above is massive. Free games are, by and large, the biggest selling point of Playstation Plus. If you’re someone who buys a lot of games on the PSN, however, I’m sure you’re intimately familiar with the weekly discounts that Playstation Plus offers. Some discounts are available on games the week they come out, and some are tied in to a larger sale on the store, but regardless, the discounts offered on Playstation Plus are a huge bonus to any gamer looking to try out something new. Here are the games that I purchased with a discount over the last year:

inFamous: Festival of Blood
Pixeljunk Sidescroller
Rainbow Moon
God of War HD
God of War II HD


I don’t utilize the other features of Playstation Plus as much as the free games and discounts, but they are nonetheless amazing. You can set your games up to auto-update, where your PS3 can be told to turn on during off hours (when you’re sleeping) and update your games. This includes game patches AND firmware updates. Absolutely invaluable.

And then there’s the cloud saves. I haven’t had to utilize these yet, thankfully, but having the peace of mind in knowing that even if your system dies, your saves are safe in the cloud is awesome. I haven’t had any problems with my PS3 thus far, but I can rest safe knowing that if I do, I’ll be able to pick back up right where I left off.
There are many other features, including free avatars, themes, early access to demos and games, and of course, exclusive access to betas. I’ve dabbled in each of these, and though they don’t mean as much as the features outlined above, it’s just more value added on top of an already exceptional package.


If you have a PS3 and an internet connection, and you don’t have Playstation Plus, you’re doing it wrong. There are flaws, including very few Playstation Plus benefits to Vita owners, along with losing access to free games once you unsubscribe (and common sense should tell you that when you unsubscribe from a service, you lose the features of that service), but I can’t stress enough how good of a value this is. When my subscription was about to expire, I didn’t bat an eye. I renewed immediately. As a PS3 owner, you’d be doing yourself a disservice not to subscribe to Playstation Plus.

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