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Triple-A blockbuster games are great, but there are plenty of other games that offer a deep, meaningful experience priced at a cool ten dollars. That’s why we’re here: to show you can still be a frequent, satisfied and informed gamer by picking up the independent titles releasing every day on different platforms.

That said, it’s still nice to get the bigger titles alongside the small. That’s why if you own a Playstation 3, you should subscribe to Playstation Plus.

If you aren’t aware of Sony’s Playstation Plus program, it’s a subscription-based service that grants you premium access to free games and special sales. At any given time, there are 12 PS3 games immediately available for an “instant game collection.” Sony keeps their own hits like Infamous 2, LittleBigPlanet 2, and Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One constantly available, but new games are added each month. These always include at least one critically acclaimed $60 retail title such as Spec Ops: The Line and Sleeping Dogs, as well as other well-loved PSN games that typically cost between $10-$15. One such was Malicious, which we reviewed not long ago.

In other words, you get a steady stream of quality games coming in every week to keep you busy all year. On the occasion that Sony provides a game you aren’t interested in, chances are you will get one you like within the next month. In any case, your queue of games to play will grow quickly, and it won’t cost you any more than the base subscription fee.

In addition to a virtual Christmas every week, you also get premium discounts on the big sales, sometimes saving up to 75% on the best games and add-on content. In the past, this included The Walking Dead, Journey, and The Unfinished Swan for at least 50% off.

Consider the savings: each month, a full ~$60 retail game plus 3-4 downloadable titles at $10-15 value each adds up to a potential value of $100 each month, give or take. Add in the sales for games you might want already, and you could be saving anywhere from $10-50 on other content in sales. Multiply that by twelve, and you’re looking at anywhere from $1200-$1500 in savings for the best games out there. In the USA, Playstation Plus costs $50 for a year or $20 for three months. If you’re a dedicated gamer who has the time but not the budget, this is a no-brainer. Occasionally pay, always play.