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Join PlayStation Plus for even less, play ICO on PlayStation Vita and relive some legendary adventures this weekend.

Play more, pay even less

It’s the best members’ club in video games, and there’s never been a better time to join. Sign up to a year’s PlayStation Plus subscription before 19 September 2012 and you’ll get a 25 per cent discount – that means the biggest and best games, exclusive trials and wallet-friendly discounts for even less.

Find out how you can get access to games such as Red Dead Redemption and services including Cloud Storage and automatic updates by heading to, then sign up this weekend.

Iconic games on PS Vita

ICO & Shadow of the Colussus Classics HD and God of War Collection are both ready to enjoy on your PlayStation Vita this weekend, thanks to the handheld system’s innovative Remote Play feature. That means you can play both acclaimed collections on your PS3 at home, then continue your progress on the move.

To find out how to make your PS3 and PS Vita systems the perfect gaming partners, head to and enjoy these classic adventures wherever you are. 

New to download

Explosive action, intrigue and outright carnage hit PlayStation Store this weekend. Solid Snake travels from a remote oilrig to the Russian jungle in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty and Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, respectively. Both unforgettable stealth titles, part of the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection, are available to download to PS3 and PS Vita now.

Now you can download the devastation derby of Twisted Metal straight to your PS3. Don’t spend another second without this compelling game.

Zen Pinball 2 is ready to download at no extra cost from PlayStation Store, with a number of themed tables available, such as the Marvel Pinball series. Play it this weekend on either PS3 or PS Vita, or both thanks to Cross Buy.

Elsewhere, dominate the world by being friendly to the environment in PS3 shoot ‘em up Wicked Monsters BLAST!, and discover hidden bounty in PS Vita app Treasure Park.

More for your game

Give the fighters in SOULCALIBUR V on PS3 a fresh new look, albeit one that might ring a few bells. The Tekken Costumes Set – SOULCALIBUR V includes Panda, King and the outfits of the Kazama dynasty.

Calling all sports fans: the EA SPORTS Season Ticket is waiting for you. It’s the 12-month subscription that gives you access to the biggest downloadable sports games three days before anybody else, 20 per cent off all game add-ons for EA SPORTS titles and much more.

From the vaults

Joining Twisted Metal on PlayStation Store this weekend is Twisted Metal: Black, the PlayStation 2 car combat classic. Throw yourself into this high-octane blast from the past and do battle with merciless racers in some of the most unforgiving arenas ever seen on PlayStation.

From the PlayStation Community

See how much you remember from gamescom 2012 in Cologne, where more than 250,000 fans took in some of the most exciting video games on the planet. That’s the theme of this month’s Level Up, so put your knowledge to the test.

Killzone fans are in for a visual treat over at, where the Killzone Art Design Contest has been drawing imaginative and stylish creations inspired by the war between Earth and Helghan. Check the winning entries out today. 

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