Holiday Essentials Sale – Week 2


PSN began it’s Holiday sale last week with titles like Catherine finally reaching the $20 price point digitally, Retro/Grade in it’s first sale dropping to $4.90, I Am Alive hitting $7.35 and may more discounts. Even for non-PSN Plus Members. The Essentials Sales continues for a second week with the following sales:

Update: Showing that Sony is capable of adapting the Playstation Blog lets us know that the store has been updated with a few features

It’s also worth noting that a couple things have been updated in the PS Store navigation. We’ve incorporated some of your feedback and you can now filter Add-ons by game title and the Weekly Deals section has been placed more prominently. We hope these changes will help you find what you’re looking for.

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  • Duke Nukem Forever (Sale: $13.99, PS Plus: $9.80, Regular: $19.99)
  • Galaga Legions DX (Sale: $6.99, PS Plus: $4.90, Regular: $9.99)
  • Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational Vita (Sale: $12.49, PS Plus: $8.74, Regular: $17.99)
  • Journey (Sale: $10.49, PS Plus: $7.35, Regular: $14.99)
  • Killzone 3 Multiplayer (Sale: $10.49, PS Plus: $7.35, Regular: $14.99)
  • Mafia II (Sale: $13.99, PS Plus: $9.80, Regular: $19.99)
  • Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater – HD Edition PS3 (Sale: $10.49, PS Plus: $7.35, Regular: $14.99)
  • Metal Gear Solid HD Collection PS Vita (Sale: $24.49, PS Plus: $17.14, Regular: $34.99)
  • Mortal Kombat (Sale: $20.99, PS Plus: $14.70, Regular: $29.99)
  • Papo & Yo (Sale: $10.49, PS Plus: $7.35, Regular: $14.99)
  • Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty (Sale: $10.49, PS Plus: $7.35, Regular: $14.99)
  • Retro City Rampage (Sale: $10.49, PS Plus: Free, Regular: $14.99)
  • Retro City Rampage PS Vita (Sale: $10.49, PS Plus: Free, Regular: $14.99)
  • Simpsons The Arcade Game (Sale: $6.99, PS Plus: $4.90, Regular: $9.99)
  • Starhawk (Sale: $27.99, PS Plus: $19.60, Regular: $39.99)
  • Unit 13 (Sale: $18.49, PS Plus: $12.94, Regular: $26.99)

Some decent titles. Long time members of PSN Plus will already have Simpsons The Arcade Game, showing what is in my opinion one of the more minor annoyances with the membership. We’ll lose the game after our subscription expires and there’s no way to participate in this sale if we’re really big fans of the arcade port (which is actually quite excellent if you haven’t tried it).

Journey is an interesting choice though I still recommend you save your money and buy the triple game collector’s edition that includes Fl0w and Flower. Pacman DX was a fantastic title that holds up even now. I haven’t heard similar praise for it’s brother in DX arms Galaga Legions. Still the demo was fun and it’s likely the only game I’ll be picking up this week. As I already own Duke Nukem ($2.50 in stores) and Metal Gear Solid Trilogy HD ($1.00 Door Buster). Quest for Booty is a great game and if I didn’t already have it on my UK account from the PSN Blackout I’d happily pick it up for $8. It’s short, it’s a touch linear, but it looks fantastic, controls great, and wasn’t over priced.

Are there any titles you plan to pick up or would like to suggest? How was Papa & Yo. The demo was interesting but not quite compelling enough to make me bite at $8 with my backlog. Care to try to convince me otherwise?

Source: Playstation Blog


Written by: wolfkin - News Contributor


  1. #1 by hobbes on December 24th, 2012 [ 28876 Points ]

    pretty crummy sale IMO

  2. #2 by mowmow on December 24th, 2012 [ 11160 Points ]

    hmmm maybe unit 13, mafia and simpsons arcade. 32gb just doesnt cut it atm mines already full

  3. #3 by The_Nmac on December 24th, 2012 [ 39684 Points ]

    I don’t have journey yet so time to get it. Super glad I did not buy retro city rampage. Thought it might end up free.

  4. #4 by wolfkin on December 24th, 2012 [ 6633 Points ]

    32GB!?!?! which one is 32GB?

  5. #5 by Pai do mercado on December 24th, 2012 [ 2376 Points ]

    Well Well, SCEA not give to us a good sales off for xsmas…all old games…too bad
    So i took Far Cry 3 in Euro per 50%off… SO AWESOME GAME…with a lot animals, remember me RDR, with secondary missions like bouty and animal exotic hunt. If u loves RDRand FPS game FAR CRY 3 its 4 u people.
    And took Hitman, but i not play yet…FAR CRY take my time LOL

  6. #6 by mowmow on December 24th, 2012 [ 11160 Points ]

    no no im just saying my 32 gb mem card is already full. Its ok now though since unit 13 isn’t 12.94, it was a price error

  7. #7 by Oly on December 25th, 2012 [ 131610 Points ]

    Some great deals, but I have all I want already :)

  8. #8 by mowmow on December 25th, 2012 [ 11160 Points ]

    ok so i bought unit 13, playstation blog crossed out the 12.94 and replaced it with a higher price, but when i checked it on my vita last night the price adjusted to 12.94. So i picked it up and finally bought journey

  9. #9 by Kane112 on December 25th, 2012 [ 32937 Points ]

    meh nothing for me sale wise but cant complain with retro city rampage for free glad i didnt buy it when it first came out

  10. #10 by Ceidz on December 26th, 2012 [ 33980 Points ]

    Retro City Rampage for free is great. R&C Quest for booty is still too expensive @$7.35 for 3 hours of gameplay of a 4 years old game…

  11. #11 by EdEN on December 26th, 2012 [ 131293 Points ]

    RCR is aaaaaweeesoooome! Really enjoy playing the game.

  12. #12 by The_Nmac on December 27th, 2012 [ 39684 Points ]

    Finally bought Journey. Looking forward to playing it.

  13. #13 by EdEN on December 27th, 2012 [ 131293 Points ]

    I’ll be skipping the sales. Have enough games as is as well as a brand new system.

  14. #14 by kennygk on December 27th, 2012 [ 24968 Points ]

    Still can’t believe that Killzone 3 multiplayer is originally $14.99, thats an amazing deal already

  15. #15 by Oly on December 27th, 2012 [ 131610 Points ]

    Journey is great!

  16. #16 by Kane112 on December 28th, 2012 [ 32937 Points ]

    Journey was unique dont know if i wouldnt consider it great

  17. #17 by Kicks on December 28th, 2012 [ 774 Points ]

    I re-purchased HSG and Unit 13
    I’m glad I waited to re-buy HSG

  18. #18 by wolfkin on December 29th, 2012 [ 6633 Points ]

    @Ceidz I’m not sure I’d agree. Quest for Booty looks great even for it’s age. It’s a bit linear sure and it’s not long but $7.35 isn’t too over priced. Especially if you’ve played the other R&C games and want to complete the set without buying. I’d say that it should be priced at 10-12 dollars so $8 is a nice little cut.

  19. #19 by chronorayven on December 29th, 2012 [ 20599 Points ]

    I just bought Hot Shots Golf for Vita though I wished I didn’t forget about the sale for Rayman Origins from the other week though. Other than that no major items I want to buy.

  20. #20 by EdEN on December 30th, 2012 [ 131293 Points ]

    @wolfkin: At the discount price, Quest for Booty has enough content. Plus if you love R&C games, it is a must buy.

  21. #21 by hobbes on December 31st, 2012 [ 28876 Points ]

    not buying any vita games ever until sony fixes memory card mess

  22. #22 by Darklurkr23 on December 31st, 2012 [ 17526 Points ]

    I reallyh wish they would’ve given us ONE big gift and had like a 90% off game that no one ever bought:

  23. #23 by The_Nmac on December 31st, 2012 [ 39684 Points ]

    What game would you have in mind?

  24. #24 by hobbes on January 2nd, 2013 [ 28876 Points ]

    most recent sale has some decent ones. two worlds II is 50% off as well


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