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+++++++ For my Playstation
Member Name: ChemicalRomance
Advantages: Free Games or Low Priced!
Disadvantages: No monthly option available, which might be a problem for some
~*~ Playstation ~*~
Most houses have a games console of some sorts, whether it be an Xbox360, Wii, Playstation or maybe something hand held - or even something a lot older and retro. Playstation consoles have been around for a while now, introduced to the world back in 1994 - and since the original Playstations launch before they stopped producing it Sony Computer Entertainment company shipped 100 million units, which is quite a large amount of games consoles by anyone's standards. Recently they have stopped producing the PS2, and the PS3 has been in production for a number of years now, and they have just launched - a new red and blue coloured console, which is in a slightly new style as well. Some of you out there might be more of a fan of the handheld Playstations, such as the PSP and Vita, but they are all part of one big expanding brand of consoles that has been around for a long time.
~*~ What is PS+? ~*~
Playstation plus is a subscription based service that works alongside the current free playstation network. PS+ is a service that will give you automated way to download patches and updates for games without being on the playstation in the first place. It gives users access to Beta tests of games, and exclusives that non + members will not receive. Even better than that, is that PS+ has it's instant game collection which means that you can download yourself full games for entirely free and they are downloaded straight to your hard drive rather than having a disk running in your console. You can also get themes, avatars, and lots of added extras for games that would normally cost, but on PS+ they are free to download as and when you feel like it!
~*~ What kind of games are available? ~*~
Well it depends entirely on what Playstation have chosen to add to the instant game collection section in the Playstation Store. For example this month they have Sleeping Dogs for free, and F1 racestars. these are the full games for entirely free and downloaded to the hard drive of your playstation. There are also games available to be downloaded, to the memory or memory card in your PS Vita, I'm not so sure about the games that are available for Vita, but since this category is based around the PS3 I'm going to concentrate on those especially since that's what I've had a lot of experience with. PS seem to be putting in a selection of games during the month that are varying in genre, they seem to have something that has been big in stores every month, this month it's Sleeping Dogs, I've recently downloaded Infamous 2 in the range for nothing, and Little Big Planet 2. They have a variety of games in the monthly packages so everyone can get a game they like for free. It's worth going through some of the arcade games as well, because they have games like Pinball, that should be worth £7.99 for free. Just looking through the PS+ instant games collection today and there is a good £200 worth of games for your £40. The joy is that they change on a monthly basis so you aren't getting the same thing every month until they decide to change it.
It's not just games available though, through PS+ you can get exclusive items, such as Avatars, and dynamic themes, there isn't any say with how much they would cost initially either, but that's the point of them being exclusive I guess. I just wish the Exclusives were a little bit more worth the money, because at the minute they are a little bit naff and I can't say that I've downloaded any of them. Which is a shame, but lets roll on next month and see what new exclusives arrive on the page! PS+ also provides us with discounts on games and the added extras that go with the games, for example at the moment there are lots of added extras that go with Sleeping Dogs, that in theory would cost you a few pounds - that at the minute are costing less than a pound. It's all small items and small savings in the discounts, even on the big games - to be honest it only knocks £5 off the full price of the games, and the games before hand are closer to £50 - some of these games are better to buy in Game or Amazon used.
~*~ How do I get it? ~*~
To get this going on your playstation, you need to purchase PS+, depends if you want to buy the card from somewhere like amazon or a Game store. Or if you want to buy it through your Playstation - that is always possible through the Playstation Store, as there is an option that allows you to select Playstation Plus, and give you the option to pay for it through your Playstation account, which will only work providing you have a card linked to your account. Otherwise, you need to get it in a pack that is essentially the same as a case that would hold a normal Playstation game - it contains a card that you need to scratch off and go onto your Playstation and into your store, and select the redeem codes icon from the top of your store page - enter in your scratched off code from the piece of paper inside your packet and then follow the on screen instructions to activate. Once that is done, make yourself comfortable and start downloading all the games you fancy. You can have two different options for this, either a 90 day subscription or a 365 day subscription - the 90 option is £11.99 at the moment and the 365 varies in price from £29.99 upwards, it is meant to be £39.99 for the year but when I bought mine it was on offer in January for only £29.99 for the year.
~*~ Value for money or a Waste of time? ~*~
For me personally this is a great idea that I'm surprised Playstation didn't think of a long time ago, when the competition was out there and Xbox were leading the market with it's better service through Live I really did think they would have brought something similar out. Now they've got something much better, especially now the Playstation Network is much better quality, and don't let the problems the network has had with security put you off. Especially as now you can get a whole game collection on your console for less than the price of one game, that and you can personalise your console all included in the price. It is one of those items that all though it's the same price as Live, you don't seem to get as much with Live as you do with this, it's a great way to add to your game collection, save you running the games on your console - so that's less noise, especially in my house which gets me brownie points. Okay, so the games are a little on the large side - but for me with a 250Gb hard drive I don't feel like I'm going to run out of space any time soon!
So if you've got a Playstation or PS Vita, get yourself some PS+ and make your game collection much larger than it is, and earn yourself some almost free trophies for playing your almost free games. Especially if you can get it for £29.99 it's more than worth it for at least 2 games a month that are normally £40 each! You might not have the physical copy of the games - but you've still got the games. I wouldn't be without it now, means I've got the same games as my other half without buying them so we can play together!
Just for your information they don't offer a monthly option - but to be honest for £11.99 for 3 months, it's hardly expensive in comparison to Xbox Live Gold for £5.99 a month!
~*~ Price and Availability ~*~
£11.99 for 90 days...
£29.99/39.99 for 365 days depending on offers and time of the year!
Summary: Brilliant addition to your playstation and current games collection!