A Year of PlayStation Plus: How Large Has Your Instant Game Collection Grown?

on December 20, 2013 3:59 PM

Still unsure whether the PlayStation Plus service is good for you? Sony’s newest video shows off just how much gamers are getting back by joining the service and enjoying the range of games available in the Instant Games Collection in just one year.

The video below shows off three devices (the PS3, PS Vita and now the PS4) and twelve months worth of goodies, creating quite the list, which includes:

  • Assassin’s Creed III
  • Battlefield 3
  • BioShock 2
  • Contrast
  • Dead or Alive 5
  • Demon’s Souls
  • Farcry 3
  • F1 Race Stars
  • Grid 2
  • Guacamelee
  • Guardians of Middle Earth
  • Hitman Absolution
  • Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
  • LEGO: The Lord of the Rings
  • Mafia II
  • Malicious
  • Mass Effect 3
  • Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
  • Mortal Kombat
  • Need for Speed: Most Wanted
  • Okami HD
  • Remember Me
  • Resogun
  • Sleeping Dogs
  • Stealth Inc: A Clone in the Dark
  • Street Fighter X Tekken
  • The Lord of the Rings: War in the North
  • Thomas Was Alone
  • Unit 13
  • Urban Trial Freestyle
  • Wipeout 2048

For $49.99 or £39.00 a year (depending on if you live in North America or PAL regions, respectively), PlayStation has used the PlayStation Plus for a number of key services, the most lauded being the Instant Game Collection. Starting in 2010, the Instant Game Collection allows the Sony faithful to download new additions to the IGC list completely for free, but at the cost of being able to play it if the PlayStation Plus subscription expires. Simply put, you have access to any of these games you download for as long as you subscribe to the service. If you allow it to run out, these those downloads become nothing more than wasted space on your console, literally.

While many gamers have debated the special fine print over the last several years, it still hasn’t deterred those that don’t mind the “Netflix of gaming” perks of the IGC feature. And so Sony has continued on strong, adding more and more games to the list. Some of these are indie games and some are triple A games; some are recent and some not so much; some are praised unanimously across the critical spectrum, and others struggle between “decent” and “good” depending on who you ask.

Check out the video below to check out these games in action, and keep in mind that these games represent the titles released in the UK version of the PlayStation Plus Instant Games Collection service, so don’t be alarmed if you recognize a game that didn’t make it to your region of the world. Also, keep in mind that this isn’t even the complete list of games that were released under the IGC feature in the UK in 2013.

Now the question is, what can gamers expect to see in 2014?

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Born and raised in video games and "geek culture," Masoud has been bred off of fantasy worlds his entire life and doesn't see anything wrong with that. He loves RPGs (especially TRPGs), sandbox games, the sci-fi genre, dieselpunk, art deco, and anything that allows him to create. Having graduated from John Jay College with a degree in English and a minor in Creative Writing, Masoud hopes to one day pen the same novels, comics, movies, and video games he enjoys escaping into when the real world gets too boring.
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