Week two of Sony’s holiday sale offers free games, bigger discounts

Retro City Rampage -- Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure reference

Last week we brought you word of Sony’s PlayStation Network holiday sale. In sum, the company plans to serve up a huge selection of discounts on over 40 different games each week until the end of 2012, with new games (and thus new deals) appearing to replace the old ones every seven days. While those aforementioned deals are largely now defunct, the company has rolled out a new selection of discounts, all of which can be found listed on the official PlayStation.blog.

Or, assuming you’re too lazy to click through that link, you can find the full list below:

Instant Game Collection

  • Retro City Rampage (both PS3 & PS Vita)

Discounts

  • Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty (30%) – PS Plus Price $7.35
  • Galaga Legions DX (30%) – PS Plus Price $4.90
  • Mortal Kombat (30%) – PS Plus Price $14.70
  • Duke Nukem Forever (30%) – PS Plus Price $9.80
  • Simpsons The Arcade Game (30%) – PS Plus Price $4.90
  • Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational Vita (30%) – PS Plus Price $8.74
  • Mafia II (30%) – PS Plus Price $9.80
  • Killzone 3 Multiplayer (30%) – PS Plus Price $7.35
  • Unit 13 (30%) – PS Plus Price $17.49
  • Journey (30%) – PS Plus Price $7.35
  • Papo & Yo (30%) – PS Plus Price $7.35
  • Metal Gear Solid HD Collection (30%) – PS Plus Price $17.14
  • Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater HD (30%) – PS Plus Price $7.34
  • Starhawk (30%) – PS Plus Price $19.60

Last Chance (Leaving on 12/31)

  • PS Vita Instant Game Collection – Jet Set Radio
  • PS3 Instant Game Collection – BioShock 2
  • Instant Game Collection – Bloodrayne Betrayal
  • Discount – Music Unlimited Premium 1 Year Subscription
  • Discount – Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty
  • Discount – Galaga Legions DX
  • Discount – Mortal Kombat
  • Discount – Duke Nukem Forever
  • Discount – Simpsons The Arcade Game
  • Discount – Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational Vita
  • Discount – Mafia II
  • Discount – Killzone 3 Multiplayer
  • Discount – Unit 13
  • Discount – Journey
  • Discount – Papo & Yo
  • Discount – Metal Gear Solid HD Collection PS3
  • Discount – Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater HD
  • Discount – Starhawk

Holiday Essentials Sale

  • Duke Nukem Forever – PS3 Game (now: $13.99 original price: $19.99 Plus price: $9.80)
  • Journey – PS3 Game (now: $10.49 original price: $14.99 Plus price: $7.35)
  • Killzone 3 Multiplayer – PS3 Game (now: $10.49 original price: $14.99 Plus price: $7.35)
  • Mafia II – PS3 Game (now: $13.99 original price: $19.99 Plus price: $9.80)
  • Mortal Kombat – PS3 Game (now: $20.99 original price: $29.99 Plus price: $14.79)

Other Sales

  • Galaga Legions – PS3 Game (now: $6.99 original price: $9.99 Plus price: $4.90)
  • Metal Gear Solid HD Collection – PS Vita Bundle (now: $24.99 original price: $34.99 Plus price: $17.14)
  • Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater HD – PS3 Game (now: $10.49 original price: $14.99 Plus price: $7.34)
  • Papo & Yo – PS3 Game (now: $10.49 original price: $14.99 Plus price: $7.35)
  • Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty – PS3 Game (now: $10.49 original price: $14.99 Plus price: $7.35)
  • Starhawk – PS3 Game (now: $27.99 original price: $39.99 Plus price: $19.60)
  • The Simpsons Arcade Game – PS3 Game (now: $6.99 original price: $9.99 Plus price: $4.90)
  • Unit 13 – PS Vita Game (now: $24.99 original price: $26.99 Plus price: $12.94)
  • Retro City Rampage – PS3 Game (now: $9.99 original price: $14.99)
  • Retro City Rampage – PS Vita Game (now: $9.99 original price: $14.99)
  • Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational – PS Vita Game (now: $12.49 original price: $17.99)
  • NBA 2K13 10000 VC PACK – PS3 Game (now: $1.49 original price: $2.99)
  • NBA 2K13 2000 VC PACK – PS3 Game (now: $0.49 original price: $0.99)
  • NBA 2K13: 5000 VC PACK – PS3 Game (now: $0.99 original price: $1.99)

Price Change

  • RESIDENT EVIL 6 – PS3 Game (now: $39.99 original price: $59.99)

PS Vita Add-ons

Motorstorm RC
  • Elite Vehicle Value Pack ($0.99) – Become one of the premier stars of the MotorStorm RC Festival with this money saving Value Pack – featuring all eight super-cool vehicles in the Elite collection.
  • Mischief Vehicle Value Pack ($0.99) – Spread madness and mayhem through the MotorStorm RC Festival circuit with this Vehicle Value Pack, containing all eight of the vehicles from the Mischief collection.
  • Veteran Vehicle Value Pack ($1.99) – Get back behind the wheel of some all-time classic MotorStorm vehicles and relive past glories with eight rescaled racers in this Veteran Vehicle Value Pack.
  • Special Vehicle Value Pack ($2.79) – Make your mark on the MotorStorm RC Festival with 20 of the most outrageous and unique vehicles ever to take to the track.
  • Double Expansion Value Pack ($3.99) – Take your MotorStorm RC experience to the next level with the Pro-Am and Carnival Expansion Packs, containing a total of 10 tracks, 40 events and 16 additional vehicles to turbo boost your RC Festival experience.

PS3 Add-ons

Motorstorm RC
  • Elite Vehicle Value Pack ($0.99) – Become one of the premier stars of the MotorStorm RC Festival with this money saving Value Pack – featuring all eight super-cool vehicles in the Elite collection.
  • Mischief Vehicle Value Pack ($0.99) – Spread madness and mayhem through the MotorStorm RC Festival circuit with this Vehicle Value Pack, containing all eight of the vehicles from the Mischief collection.
  • Veteran Vehicle Value Pack ($1.99) – Get back behind the wheel of some all-time classic MotorStorm vehicles and relive past glories with eight rescaled racers in this Veteran Vehicle Value Pack.
  • Special Vehicle Value Pack ($2.79) – Make your mark on the MotorStorm RC Festival with 20 of the most outrageous and unique vehicles ever to take to the track.
  • Double Expansion Value Pack ($3.99) – Take your MotorStorm RC experience to the next level with the Pro-Am and Carnival Expansion Packs, containing a total of 10 tracks, 40 events and 16 additional vehicles to turbo boost your RC Festival experience.
F1 Race Stars
  • Canada Track ($4.99) – Download the F1 RACE STARS Canada Track! Dodge the grumpy groundhogs and race across a frozen river in this brand new F1 RACE STARS circuit!
  • China Track ($4.99) – Download the F1 RACE STARS China Track! Whip through water gardens and speed along a dragon’s back in this brand new circuit!
  • India Track ($4.99) – Download the F1 RACE STARS India Track! Make your move through a mountain railway pass, overtake in the overgrown ruins and power through palace gardens in this great new circuit!

PS3 Themes

  • NBA Dynasty 76ers Dynamic Theme — $2.99
  • NBA Dynasty Celtics Dynamic Theme — $2.99
  • NBA Dynasty Lakers Dynamic Theme — $2.99
  • NBA Dynasty Heat Dynamic Theme — $2.99
  • NBA Dynasty Pistons Dynamic Theme — $2.99
  • NBA Dynasty Bulls Dynamic Theme — $2.99
  • NBA Dynasty Spurs Dynamic Theme — $2.99
You’ll notice that helpfully, while the discounts from last week are technically no longer in effect, a number of them have been re-discounted for this week’s sale. Those would be the titles listed under the “Last Chance” section. Further, if you’re wondering what that “Instant Game Collection” heading refers to, that would be games that have been newly added to the list of titles available for free to PlayStation Plus subscribers. We’re specifically highlighting this as this week’s offering of Retro City Rampage should appeal to any PlayStation 3 or Vita owners. The game is a phenomenal parody of both classic 8-bit games and Grand Theft Auto-style open world titles, slathered in a thick coating of pop culture references. One mission might have you piloting the time-traveling phone booth seen in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, while another might see your character being beaten to death by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Now that’s it’s free you’ve got no excuse to miss out on one of the best indie games in recent memory.

 

As for the rest of the games, there are few caveats here. Obviously you need to own whichever bit of console hardware they appear on, and must have a functional Internet connection with which to connect to the PlayStation Network, but otherwise the only thing you need remember is that a PlayStation Plus account will grant you better discounts than not having one. The subscription will only set you back $50 per year, so if there are enough titles here that catch your eye, the purchase might be entirely subsidized by the amount of cash you could save in discounts. We’re sure that’s part of Sony’s marketing scheme, but it’s a clever scheme so we’re not going to fault the company for this plan.

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