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As someone who has not purchased many digital “things,” I was skeptic of the Playstation Network that came with my brand new Playstation 3. Hence, I went for the 3-month card instead of the 12-month card. The first day after I put in the code, I got a copy of Sam and Max season 3, a 35 dollar value, for free, because it was the Playstation Plus game of the month. Wowzers.
The bad: Buying free games with the Playstation Plus cards are actually rentals of said games. If I got a free game on the same day that I got my 3-month Playstation Plus card, it’s actually a 3-month rental of the game, that could be extended from a 3 months rental to a 15 months rental if I buy a 12 month Playstation Plus card (50 bucks) in the next three months. If I bought another 12 months, say, 12 months from now, the “due dates” for these rentals would extend another 12 months, turning rentals into pretty much the same as a purchase. Games bought with a 1 to 99 percent discount in the Playstation Plus store don’t expire when your Playstation Plus card expires, so that’s good. The discount applies to a handful of games every month, all of them popular and worth a look.
The good: You get several games picked out of a hat for you per month. What you get:-one playstation 3 game per month, in the 15-35 dollar range, for free. For me, the games are always at least decent, at best highly addictive.
– one playstation 1 game per month, worth 6 bucks in the playstation store, for free. These are usually popular, such as Spyro, Tomb Raider, Crash Bandicoot, etc. In the last 6 months, only one has been lame (Crash Team Racing).
– two Playstation “minis”, which are video games worth 2-3 bucks in the playstation store, for free. You get about 1-10 hours of fun from these, depending on how addicted you are.
– a medley of free things: playstation 3 themes, wallpapers, avatars, exclusive beta testings, and sometimes an extra free game. The NHL center ice player is free, but it costs over a hundred bucks to get a season pass.
– Several video game companies will give you the same discount on the same game every month.
– Several discounts on an ever-changing assortment of video games every month. This is the best part. I’ve spent a 20 dollar playstation card every month picking up these goodies. These cards have saved me over a hundred dollars in video games from these discounts.
So basically, twelve months of this nets you about 200 bucks worth of video games that you would like for free. There’s always tons of discounts on top of this, usually 50 percent off something popular.
If you purchase anything from a discount, you still have it if your playstation plus account expires. The discounted games appear to be picked at random and are different every month.
I’m giving this 4 stars because the 12 month card is clearly a better bang for your buck, and I wish I got that instead. A+
Edit 2012: As of E3 2012 PS1 games and minis have been discontinued as mandatory benefits, making this service nonsense for anybody who owns a PlayStation Portable but not the Playstation 3. Minis could continue to come out at a very slow pace but PS1 games are done. It appears that in most months now THREE bonus PS3/PSN games appear. Also, the benefits now include soundtracks to to Datura and Starhawk but with no easy path to find them through the PlayStation store. There’s more DLC out there that are discounted towards PlayStation Plus members, and a library of 60 minute free trials to disk-based games.
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Playstation Plus is a paid service that is OPTIONAL for users of the Playstation Network. The service provides users with discounts, free games, online storage and much more that I will outline below. The offered digital Playstation Plus subscription code is a safe alternative for users who do not Own, or wish to give their credit card to Sony, or use Playstation Network Cash cards.
COSTThere are currently two models of subscription; 3mo @ $17.99 or ~$6.00/mo and 12mo @ $49.99 or ~4.17/mo. Obviously the best deal is the 12mo offer. **This card gives you a 3mo subscription**
ADVANTAGES– Every month the Playstation Store will have featured products available for Playstation Plus users. This often amounts to at least one free “featured” game offered per month, as well as various other free titles.
– Playstation plus holders will also receive special discounts on select items, which changes every month. The price reduction can be anywhere from 10% to 75% off an item or package deal.
– Exclusive features! Automatic Download service to keep all your games up-to-date without physically having to launch the title. 150MB of online data storage for your save game files or data files (You can even back up copy-restricted saves)
– FULL GAME TRIALS. That is right folks. On the boarder about that new title that just came out. Playstation Plus members get a “full game trial”. It acts as if you physically bought the game and allows you 1 full hour of game play before disabling itself.
– Early access! As a Plus member you will receive early access to game demos and be given priority when it comes to specific Beta invite handouts, Plus members are first to get access.
– Free Plus themes and avatars. Not exactly amazing but who doesn’t love free stuff!
DISADVANTAGES– As a playstation plus member you have access and perks from all the above. HOWEVER if you do not renew your subscription things can get a little complicated.
*** Any Playstation PLUS item you received that was *FREE* such as a featured game, or maybe an avatar/theme will become “disabled” upon expiration of your PLUS subscription.*** Any Item you had to physically pay for, even if it had a special PLUS discount of 99% will not be disabled upon expiration of your subscription
So what it amounts to, anything FREE you get from PLUS is really more of a long term rental as long as you are PS+, while items you pay for even with a discount will always be yours.
OVERALLThe playstation plus plan is not for everyone. However it is a plan that rewards its subscribers with plenty of perks and loads of content each month. If you think about it, at $4-$6/mo and a free $10-$15 game each month in theory the subscription pays for itself each month, not even factoring in all the other perks like the free full game demos. While the $17.99 card is not the best deal, it makes a great card to experience Playstation PLUS for 3 months without laying out too much money.
Overall, PSN has a far way to go to catch up to the pay to play model in the software department. I love my PS3, 360, Wii and PC. I am indeed a collector and I can say that PSN+ is a “wait n see” model at the moment. I am not likely to keep paying into this without it being more customer/user end supportive from Sony. For one; communication features need a huge update before one should consider PSN+. Both Live and PSN have free ways to game, but Live is almost decade ahead in both subscribers and mostly software for their pay model. I’m happy to have tried this out early on and can say that its up to you if you should wait or game on, and pay Sony to speed it up. Lets hope PSN+ becomes more ‘user-friendly’.
Either way you put this. Hacks or no hacks; remembering Sony’s earlier fallibility back around march of this 2011. Regardless on any platform; at least the methods offered here allows you to use ‘pay pal’ or buy through ‘Amazon’ itself instantly with your card and save. 5/5 to Amazon! & 3/5 to PSN+ of current time.