Sony competes: announces big July sales for PS3 and Vita

tumblr_mcsyk6ioWO1rk5dgco1_1280In the wake of Microsoft teasing their ‘Ultimate Xbox 360 Sale‘, believed to be kicking off on Xbox Live Marketplace later this week, rival, Sony has taken their usual stance of not wanting to be outdone!

Today, Sony has announced that they will not only be holding their own massive PlayStation sale this month, but that they will also be holding more than one sale throughout the month of July, on both the PS3’s and Vita’s PlayStation Store! As if that weren’t enough, savings go as high as 60% off for regular PlayStation Network members, and 80% off for PlayStation Plus members! That’s quite the bargain!

Like we said when reporting on the Xbox 360 sale, we at Eggplante hate to see gamers burdened by heavy wallets. That goes just as much for the PlayStation crowd as it does for the Xbox following! Thus, we’ve again compiled a complete list of the games on sale, when they will be on sale, their aggregate review rankings according to (in this case, for the PlayStation version, if the game is multi-platform), and of course, our personal recommendations, denoted by Logo Only Colour.

Unlike in the case of the Xbox 360 Sale, Sony has revealed exactly how cheap the games will be as well, so we can provide exact prices for each promotion too. What a bonus! Now, you’ll get an even better idea of what you can accommodate in your gaming budget during this great month to be part of the PlayStation family!

Let’s start with the sale that will be in effect from July 2nd to July 9th. That’s tomorrow for you mathematicians among our readers:

Batman: Arkham Asylum [PS3] (92.07%) Logo Only Colour

($9.99, $5.00 with PS Plus)

Call of Duty: Black Ops II [PS3] (82.57%) Logo Only Colour

($41.99, $37.79 with PS Plus)

Mortal Kombat [PS3] (86.09%) Logo Only Colour

($9.99, $5.00 with PS Plus)

Mortal Kombat [Vita] (87.31%) Logo Only Colour

($9.99, $5.00 with PS Plus)

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands [PS3] (74.82%)

($7.99, $4.00 with PS Plus)

Ratchet & Clank Collection [PS3] (83.80%) Logo Only Colour

($14.99, $7.50 with PS Plus)

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game [PS3] (77.92%) Logo Only Colour

($3.99, $2.00 with PS Plus)

Shadow of the Colossus HD [PS3] (91.79%) Logo Only Colour

($9.99, $5.00 with PS Plus)

The Amazing Spider-Man [PS3] (73.10%)

($29.99, $20.99 with PS Plus)

The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest [PSP] (50.00%)

($4.99, $2.50 with PS Plus)


Don’t leave yet though! There are even more savings to be had during the week of July 9th to July 16th!

Alice: Madness Returns [PS3] (70.90%)

($7.99, $4.00 with PS Plus)

Fast & Furious: Showdown [PS3] (17.50%)

($31.99, $23.99 with PS Plus)

Fight Night Champion [PS3] (83.68%)

($11.99, $6.00 with PS Plus)

Hitman HD Trilogy [PS3] (73.90%)

($19.99, $15.99 with PS Plus)

Just Cause 2 [PS3] (83.55%) Logo Only Colour

($9.99, $5.00 with PS Plus)

LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes [PS3] (81.08%)

($14.99, $7.50 with PS Plus)

LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes [Vita] (59.17%)

($9.99, $5.00 with PS Plus)

LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean [PS3] (74.96%)

($9.99, $5.00 with PS Plus)

Lord of the Rings: War in the North [PS3] (63.82%)

($9.99, $5.00 with PS Plus)

Men in Black: Alien Crisis [PS3] (22.50%)

($29.99, $20.99 with PS Plus)

Prince of Persia Classic Trilogy HD [PS3] (83.21%) Logo Only Colour

($15.99, $8.00 with PS Plus)

Silent Hill: Book of Memories [Vita] (61.35%)

($14.99, $7.50 with PS Plus)

Star Trek: The Video Game [PS3] (48.50%)

($43.99, $32.99 with PS Plus)

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II [PS3] (64.50%)

($9.99, $5.00 with PS Plus)

The Adventures of Tintin: The Game [PS3] (64.61%)

($19.99, $10.00 with PS Plus)

The Simpsons Arcade Game [PS3] (66.11%)

($6.99, $4.89 with PS Plus)

Tron: Evolution [PSP] (60.00%)

($7.99, $4.00 with PS Plus)

X-Men: The Arcade Game [PS3] (66.85%)

($6.99, $4.89 with PS Plus)

We have to say that Microsoft has a few more smash hits on offer, and recent ones at that! Not only that, but so many lacklustre movie tie-in games being part of the Sony sale just seems rather baffling to us!

Still, discounting so many HD collections is certainly generous! With a PlayStation Plus membership, you can get HD revamps of every Ratchet & Clank game and Prince of Persia game to grace the PS2 (if you don’t count Ratchet: Deadlocked anyway), and that’s on top of Shadow of the Colossus HD being on the cheap for the first time too. Not bad!

It looks like quantity-over-quality here, and even then, Sony’s superb indie and digital download game lineup got the shaft, as did most of their best portable offerings on both PSP and Vita. Still, if you missed any of the games we recommend in particular, now is the best time to grab them, especially if you already have a PlayStation Plus membership!

Once again, for any news on sales, promotions and noteworthy discounts on the hottest PlayStation games, keep your watchful eyes on Eggplante!