PlayStation Plus: Smart As… Free for Members

Posted by Kristine Steimer // Sr. Community Specialist: "If you’ve ever wondered how your intelligence stacks up against your friends and other people around the world, Smart As will give you a pretty good idea when it joins the PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection tomorrow. Just prepare yourself… the results might not be pretty at first. That’s what Smart As is all about though – not just finding out where you stand, but training every day to get a little better."

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moujahed1517d ago (Edited 1517d ago )

On one hand I spent 50$ for a year subscription... On the other hand I get free games for my PS3/ PS Vita/ & PS4... I say I am the winner not, Sony.

moujahed1517d ago

OMG, I was just about to buy Dissidia last week but I stopped myself, thank goodness!!! Now I can get both versions for the price of one!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nerdmaster1517d ago

You don't really need to buy both versions, since Duodecim already contains the story mode from the first version.

raiden-491516d ago

got in the sale its reallly good =D

Snookies121516d ago

Yeah man, Nerdmaster is right. You only really need Duodecim. It has everything Dissida has, and more. Including a remake of the story mode to fit Duodecim's 'world map' style story.

3-4-51517d ago

The best part about it that people don't mention enough is the Discount you get on ALL games.

yeahokchief1517d ago (Edited 1517d ago )

i agree discounts are the best part. $1-$5 games are the best in addition to the free ones and those you get to keep.

I just wish they let you buy games that get discounted that you already own with ps+

T21516d ago

ya if you are a gamer and go with a lot of games, there is no limit to what you can save... I bought max payne 3 for 4.99, didn't really like it, and don't care at all!!! LOL

plus pretty much gives you a discount on everything except brand new.

yeahokchief1517d ago

Everyone wins. More people get to play games they wouldn't have otherwise tried possibly strengthening a franchise and they get a constant income stream.

I'm happy with this weeks game only being something small like this. Needed a breather week. Way too many games to play right now.

neoandrew1517d ago

OK, but remember, you don't get free games, you get them for 50 USD year subscription and if you stop renewing the subscription you won't be able to play those games.

LetoAtreides821516d ago

Have you tried figuring out how much value you get from having PS Plus? If you haven't yet, I'll give you a hint: You get a lot more than $50 that's for sure. And to make things even sweeter some of us got 12 month subscriptions for just $29 during the Black Friday deal.

neoandrew1516d ago

I don't care, they are not free, and that's the point, another point is, they force you to pay it.

tommygunzII1516d ago

Two years from now I can pay to activate the subscription and those 100+ games I have from PS+ are ready to play again.
What happens when Titanfall's servers close in the future and the game is literally worthless. Really that whole time those people were renting it. Many will pay $60+ for that online only game and those same people have the nerve to say stupid stuff like this.

gobluesamg1516d ago

OK, but remember, we [email protected] understand how PS Plus works and it's amazing! STFU

DragonKnight1516d ago

@neoandrew: No, they don't force you to pay it. And if you pay $0 for a game, guess what that means?

Bathyj1516d ago (Edited 1516d ago )

Man I'm so glad you were here. I nearly wasted a tiny bit of money on a thousand bucks worth of games. Thank God you were here to show me the error in my ways

Yes, that was SARCASM !!!

And no one lets their subscription lapse. Its that good.

I'm really starting to think hard about getting a Vita. I have Gravity Rush, Uncharted, Soul Sacrifice and about half a dozen other games. Its a big incentive that if I buy one I will have and instant library of all the best games on the platform.

nix1516d ago

i'm literally surviving on the free games i get from PS+.

actually i don't even have time to finish all the free games i am getting.

Qrphe1516d ago

Discounted games you buy are your to keep

insomnium21516d ago


You don't have a Vita yet? You are missing out. I've just poured almost 50 hours into Persona 4 golden (still an ongoing project) and I have Tearaway and KZ mercs waiting in line. Gravity rush is amazing too. Dude you are missing out. I got the 8 gig card and it's been more than enough since the data management is so easy with PS3.

GribbleGrunger1516d ago (Edited 1516d ago )

£40 to rent 89 games a year? I'll take that thank you very much: 44 PS3, 33 Vita, 12 PS4. Throw in hundreds of exclusive bargains, exclusive betas, automatic updates and 2gb of online storage ...

Sony know how to please their customers.

badz1491516d ago come the trolls saying "it's not free because you have to pay $50 a year"!

you guys aren't tired saying the same thing over and over like a broken record? we get it, we pay $50 a year for them but we don't care as it's awesome! just show me another place or another service that lets the users "rent" almost 100 titles a year for $50 and then we can talk! if you're going to subscribe anyway for online MP on PS4, the games from PS+ are as good as FREE!

for $50, I can maybe get like 10 games from Steam sales (probably less) and I get to keep them forever but is there any game you play forever? and last time I check, 90 (PS+) >> 10 (Steam) for the same price!

oh how about paying $60 a year for XBL? according to the xbox fanboys, it's totally worth it because the service is awesome although they have to pay the service so they can use the portion of games the already own! IF MS continue with Games for Gold like it does now, that's still only 24 games (VERY OLD GAMES!) you can keep for a year! again...what game do you play forever? and 90 >> 24 too!

c'mon, against PS+, your argument is invalid! for those still in denial, just stop going to the movies or the Zoo or Aquarium or anywhere with a ticket, EVER! you know, because you paid for the tickets and you'll come out empty handed in the end! no movies you can bring home, no animals, no fish...NOTHING! just like PS+, these things require your payment for their SERVICE, not GOODS! so, KNOW THE DIFFERENCES and STOP TROLLING!

neoandrew1516d ago

@badz149, @gobluesamg

Clearly some ps fanboys don't understand how psn+ works, they think they get games for free, which is not the case.


Yes they force you, no subscription, no online play for any non f2p game.

You don't pay 0$, you pay 50$ for this games, you logic is flawed, so if you pay for netflix subscription you will also say that you get to watch those all series there for free?

This is just silly, if you PAY for PSN+ then guess what that means?

Oh, and i don't want those games, not one of them, i would gladly not take anything and just have free online play, if i want a game i can buy one.

They forced to pay for psn+ to play online because they know many people would not buy it if online would be free.

And a the end of the day they selling some story that servers costs, bla bla, but the truth is that video streaming is using most of the bandwidth and anyone can use it, but multiplayer network bandwidth is close to nothing compared to video stream, also any pc online game have free servers, and no one is complaining.

But what i should expect from N4G ps fanbase, they will pay and say its free, thats their reasoning, [email protected] logic.

Volkama1516d ago (Edited 1516d ago )

That's true Neoandrew, they're not free games or even free rentals. The service is also a prime example of strong and effective DRM.

I'm sure there are a lot of people looking at the PS Plus offerings and saying "No! Sony are attacking my rights to own and sell my games! Also I like to hold discs and see them on a shelf! I'll never go for this!".

Because you can't just forget such strong principals when you see good value.

(before you go defensive and try to explain the differences to me, ask yourself if you said anything like that quote. If you didn't then you are not one of the stupids I'm talking about, and you don't need to defend your stance. Personally I love the value in PS Plus, I'm just calling out a select few hypocrites).

nope1111516d ago

True, it isn't really free, but it still is a helluva value, also i'm type of player who deletes games when i'm finished with them.

ravinash1516d ago

You know, I hardly every play on line these days, but I still think it's been good value to be on PSN+

Bioshock 2, MGS vengeance, Limbo, borderlands, Stealth are just a few I played through this and probably wouldn't have tried had it not been for PSN+. Even Bioshock infinite is coming out on PSN+ if I hadn't played that already.

Infact the only games I have got separately in the last year is Bioshock Infinite, TLOU & Skyrim

Morpheuzpr1516d ago

And my ignore list keeps growing.

neoandrew1516d ago

Of course PSN+ games and services are VERY GOOD VALUE, no one denies that, but that was not my point.

kingPoS1516d ago

Ok, but remember, you don't get free movies, you get them for 8 USD month subscription and if you stop renewing the subscription you won't be able to view those movies.

Oh wait, we're talking about ps+, awe.. my bad... Not everyone has the budget to buy every title they want.

Gateway MT6706 2008

Utalkin2me1516d ago (Edited 1516d ago )


Wow, someone is really butthurt. Now which is it they make you pay for the games or make you pay to play online. Cause i could easily cherry pick and say i pay 50 bucks a year to play online and the games are free. Well considering i bought 2 years of plus for 60 bucks of amazon, makes it even better. So technically i just made your point look stupid.

Are you going to discuss the discounts? You buy a game at discounted price it is yours regardless of plus or not.

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Team_Litt1517d ago

How you can say spent X amount and then say that the games are free is baffling. Or has it now become okay to say "I pay for multiplayer, the other stuff is a bonus" ?

CrowbaitBob1516d ago

I've been a PS+ member since the program began. The first couple years were kind of meh, in fact it felt an awful lot like wasted money (probably was). Then they started up the free games every month.

I've always paid the subscription fee. The only thing that's changed is that the perks have gotten continually better over the years.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that, to someone like me, the games I get for paying zero extra dollars with my PS+ subscription are about as close to the technical definition of free as anyone could possibly expect from a publicly traded corporation.

DragonKnight1516d ago

Considering there are games that don't require PS+ to play multiplayer, no you're not paying for the multiplayer. You're paying for the discounts and early access. Multiplayer is a bonus, as are free game.

I wonder if people like you would b*tch about having a Costco membership.

Ducky1516d ago

^ The ability to play the multiplayer portion of retail games you've paid full price for is now considered a 'bonus' for paying a subscription?

That's same talented mental gymnastics.

insomnium21516d ago (Edited 1516d ago )

Ummm. I game on my PS3 for free online. TLOU is my main online fix atm. and I have a huge backlog of games (15-20 games). I just ordered Metro last light, Dishonored and Disgaea D2 so I'm all set for another 6 months to a full year with those alone on the home console front. I'll buy a PS4 eventually but there's no rush whatsoever since PS3 is da man.

DragonKnight1516d ago

@Ducky: No, it's not really. I know I said it was, but it wasn't really the point and I was being flippant in that regard. Considering that there are games on the PS4, multiplayer only no less, that don't require a Plus subscription to play and many online aspects of single player games that also don't require Plus, the most you can say is that Plus isn't as necessary as some claim it to be and the reason for paying for plus is more 50/50 discounts (and free games)/multiplayer access for games that require it.

What I'm curious though is if you'd use the same aggressive sarcasm concerning Live.

Ducky1516d ago (Edited 1516d ago )

^ Why wouldn't I say the same about Live? I've never bought any MS console precisely because I disagree with a subscription fee for accessing game content that I've already purchased.

Here's a blog from about a year ago:
Check the comments, you'll see my opinions have remained the same.
Yours, on the other hand...

GribbleGrunger1516d ago

Second comment along the same lines ... mmmmmm.

Snookies121516d ago (Edited 1516d ago )

They are free for me. I pay for PS+ to get the discounts on games I get to KEEP when they have sales. Which more than pays for the subscription.

I'll make this nice and simple for those that don't understand the value of the service...

Just like 2-3 weeks ago I bought $140-150 dollars worth of games for like $50 bucks. Even if you add my $50 dollar year subscription on top of that. I still bought $140-150 dollars worth of games for $100. Which means any 'free' games I get during my year subscription, are guess what...? Free!

DragonKnight1516d ago

@Ducky: I think it's funny that you can presume to know what my opinion is. Did I say that I agree with having to pay for Plus to access multiplayer? Anywhere? Since you're a comment historian, point it out for me.

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ambientFLIER1516d ago

Things aren't free if you have to pay a yearly fee to rent them...

DragonKnight1516d ago

Good thing that no one's doing that.

If you pay $0 for a game, that means it's free. If you cancel the subscription then 2 years later renew it, you get to play that game for free.

Say you bought PS+ and there were no games you wanted, are you saying that that person paid for plus for the free games or did they pay it for something else?

Lukejrl1516d ago

When people pirate games and movies those aren't really free either because they are paying for an Internet connection, gasp!

Listen we understand your point, but obviously your not good at math and thinking the big picture. If DMC and bioShock infinite are 20$ each to buy, and with my 50$ dollar a year investment into psplus allowed me to play them without paying the 40$ for both then I have really only spent 10$. Add one more game to that and the $ value of plus has been far exceeded by the perks.

So yes when my subscription expires I can not play them again, but when I renew I get access to it right away. So while I may not want to psplus for while( can't ever imagine why) I can just pay 7.99 for a month and play the game I am missing out on.
Do you not see the difference? Sony is cleverly making the service so irresistable that people won't want to get rid of it. While Microsoft basically has us pinned by saying if you don't get live gold you get nothing.

GribbleGrunger1516d ago (Edited 1516d ago )

Third comment along the same lines ... double mmmmm

Utalkin2me1516d ago


Very well said. Plus just saves you money simple as that.

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Ps4Console1516d ago

Oh yeah relax & sit back & say Sony you're worth it .

showtimefolks1516d ago

This is awesome and more fans hopefully will experience how great psn-plus really is. When it comes to online offerings would you rather have a windows 8 type UI or a service which gives you so much back

$50 per year(buy on sale on blackfriday for $29.99 per year) think about it buy one service and get so much content in return for all the systems

MS can keep jacking up the price for xblive and say well we offer a lot but when it comes right down to it, its not even close how much more sony has been offering with plus when compared to xblive

remember we will also get drive club psn-plus edition for free too

instead of hating on the service how about trying the service. any gamer with common sense can see that sony offers a lot more bang for your buck

Matt6661516d ago

I say your both winners because Sony get money from us and we get free games and if you think about it, its also a great way to get people to buy the game, for example if you got a free PS+ game and your friend misses out you can tell them how great it is then your friend might go out and buy it.

Sayai jin1516d ago

PS+, money well spent!!!

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Meltic1517d ago

soon gta 5 for free meaby lol

Tidybrutes1517d ago

I wouldnt say soon but theres no reason why it may not eventually somewhere down the line become free, other Rockstar games have been free before.

Lukejrl1516d ago (Edited 1516d ago )

The games that we get free often have DLC available. DLC is a better return on investment for game companies when purchased then a game bought at the bargain bin. By easing the price of consumer adoption the consumer is more likely to spend more money on the extra DLC. So it is kind of a win win for everybody.

With Rockstar if everyone got gta 5 that didn't already gta online's microtransactions would be away to lengthen the income coming in from the game. So it is def a possibilty.

Sayai jin1516d ago

Doubt it. GTA 4 as never free...think about it. Would be nice though.

WeAreLegion1517d ago

Don't Starve is already leaving the Instant Game Collection? That's...odd.

DarkLordMalik1517d ago

Next week's PS+ will see the addition of Outlast for the PS4.

WeAreLegion1517d ago

I know, but they don't usually keep games around for one week...especially when it's one of the few Plus games on PS4.

vikingland11516d ago


Is Outlast for U.S. PS+ members or EU. members?

AceBlazer131517d ago

They probably want to keep Resogun around.

PaleMoonDeath1516d ago

I'd say so, that game is the ultimate game to play between bigger titles, got the platinum trophy last week, awaiting the glorious DLC!

ZodTheRipper1517d ago

You should be thankful, the sooner a game leaves the sooner a new one replaces it.

bromtown1516d ago

PS4 games are there for much shorter periods, except Resogun that is.

Contrast wasn't there much longer 3/ 4 weeks maybe.

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dragon821516d ago

What do you expect? There aren't many games out for PS4 yet that can be given for free.

yezz1516d ago


And would the ones who disagree tell me a non downloadable PS4 game that could be free at the moment.. That's right there isn't any. PS3 doesn't have free games that are 2-3 months old either so we'll have to wait a bit to get the "big ones" for free.