Last month at E3, Sony announced an updated version of PlayStation Plus, their premium content service which nets you a bunch of extra goodies for $50 a year. The biggest change was the “Instant Game Collection”, which put 12 free-ass games on the service, many of them full PlayStation 3 retail games. They then said that games would be rotated out in “the coming months”. So, in a way, it’s not all that different from what they were doing before: we’re getting a few new free games every month. Only, the other games will stay, in case people missed out, where they’d normally stop being offered at the end of their month.
This month, Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown, Hard Corps Uprising, and Zombie Apocalypse are being rotated out in favor of Gotham City Impostors, Pac Man Championship Edition DX, and something generically-named Renegade Ops. If you’re reading this, chances are the changes have already gone into effect, but if this article has just posted, I suggest you run, not walk, to your PS3 if you have the Plus service and download any of the three games about to be bumped out if you haven’t already. (Hard Corps Uprising is my personal fave, because I have a giant boner for Arc System Works.) While it’s true that you won’t be able to keep these games if you quit your subscription to PS Plus (them being free and all), this new Instant Game Collection easily allows the service to pay for itself many times over, especially in the coming months with more free games being switched in. (You can still keep the games that have been phased out if you’ve already downloaded them.)
Also, it’s the 2-year anniversary for the PlayStation Plus service. Pretty good stuff, if you’re not yet a subscriber. Just sayin’.