Games Meet Metal: Piercing Playstation Plus

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Monday, July 5, 2010

Piercing Playstation Plus

By Nathan Werp, aka Riff, editor-in-chief

When Playstation Plus was first announced back at E3, I was genuinely interested. A service that kept online for free, but gave deals and exclusives on DLC content and full games. With the exception of early-to-grab demos and beta access priority, Playstation Plus was the mirror image of Xbox Live. Plus, at $50 a year, that could be a good amount of gaming goodness that I would spend an assload more for if I wasn't a member. So, when the service went live earlier this year, I laid down my $50 and dived on in.

And what did I find? A promising start, but not much for me yet.

First off Playstation Plus does offer you some free goodies. You get a copy Wipeout HD and PS1 Classic Rally Cross free of charge. The sticking point here is that they're only playable while Playstation Plus is active. You don't renew, you don't play the games. Plus, you get a one-hour trial of Infamous. The catch here is that you have to download the entirety of the game's data, with a timer lock attached. $30.00 will unlock the whole game, but to people with small hard drives (like yours truly), that several gigs worth of extra data may be a hard pill to swallow.

Playstation Plus also offers deals on downloadable content for Fat Princess and Warhawk, as well as full  games from Midway and Tik Games-Create Studios. Most of the discounts are $1.50 to $3.00 in savings, with various DLC packs for these games going for free. The savings are a nice touch, but not when the majority of hard core gamers out there have already shilled out the dollars for this stuff.

Oh, and you also get a free theme. Go ahead and rejoice in that fact.

In the end, Playstation Plus would be a good buy if you've never played Wipeout or Infamous, but for that majority of us that have, taking a pass on the first month may be the best option. In fact, about the only really good reason to get it now would be the guarantee of 3 free months. Of course, that's only beneficial if Plus can deliver better games in the coming months.

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