PlayStation Plus Update: Guardians of Middle Earth Free; Karateka 50% Off

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PlayStation Plus Update: Guardians of Middle Earth Free; Karateka 50% Off

Welcome to this week’s PlayStation Plus update, where we’re excited to bring news that the Guardians of Middle Earth MOBA greatness will be coming free to PS3 for PS Plus members! If you’ve never tried this unique genre that’s taking the gaming community by storm, give Guardians of Middle Earth a download and see what all the excitement is about. While you’re at it, check out a handful of discounts on some pretty amazing games you may have missed out on for both PS3 and PS Vita.

Friendly reminder: The deal is on through March 4th: purchase a one-year membership of PS Plus and get three bonus months free. Current members can stack this value on to their existing membership as well. Learn more about the offer here, or click the link below to go to the SEN online store.

Don’t have PlayStation Plus, or just want to add more time to your existing membership? Go to the PlayStation Store on your PS3 or PS Vita or click here to get access via the Sony Entertainment Network online store.

February 5th PlayStation Plus Update

Guardians of Middle Earth (PS3)

Free for PS Plus members (Original Price: $14.99)

Take up arms in the clash over Middle-earth with the most powerful heroes from the greatest fantasy epic of all time. Form alliances with and against friends and jump into the wildly popular Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) gameplay. With 20 iconic guardians from Middle-earth, and new guardians coming all the time, it’s the perfect time to get lost in the multiplayer fray in epic 5 versus 5 battles.
Karateka (PS3)

50% off for PS Plus members (Original price: $9.99; PS Plus price: $5.00)

A beautifully simple premise with a fun pick up and play fighting system, Karateka blends old school gameplay charm with fluid combat animations and gorgeous backdrops and music to provide an amazing adventure with a ton of replay value. Are you skilled enough to rescue Princess Mariko with the fighting finesse of her True Love? Or will you need the power of the burly brute to topple the opposition? For more on Karateka, check out PS.Blog’s post from Assistant Producer Heather d’Evelyn.

Big Sky Infinity (PS3 and PS Vita – Cross Buy Enabled)

40% off for PS Plus members (Original price: $9.99; PS Plus price: $5.99)

Big Sky Infinity is a lightning-fast, randomly-generated game that adapts to how you play; which means, it’s never the same game twice. You pilot a spaceship that’s flying straight into an alien armada. The further you progress, the harder it gets, with giant bosses, streams of enemies, and unique events that shift the gameplay to keep you on your toes. It’s Cross Buy enabled, so this purchase will get you a version to play on both your PS Vita and PS3. Check out more Big Sky Infinity from the game’s director James Whitehead.

Knytt Underground (PS3 and PS Vita – Cross Buy Enabled)

40% off for PS Plus members (Original price: $9.99 $14.99; PS Plus price: $5.00 $8.99)

Knytt Underground tells a quirky and strange tale that’s set in the future, hundreds of years after the humans disappeared from the planet. Sprites, fairies and various other lifeforms roam tunnels in the underground. With a curiousity about their origin and the meaning of life, they strike out to find those answers they try to understand the ones who had obviously figured it out: the humans. It’s a beautiful adventure with a vast environment to explore and story driven quests that will keep you hooked. Read more about Knytt Underground in the PS Blog’s post featuring the Creative Director Nicklas Nygren.

Thanks for reading this week’s update. As usual, you can join the PlayStation community over on the PlayStation Community Forums in the PS Plus space to continue chatting about PS Plus, or find other PlayStation topics to discuss, or even start one yourself. See you in the comments!

PlayStation Plus Update 2-4-2013

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  • Yeah, the price discrepancies are a problem.

    I still love PS+, and Morgan’s a solid dude, but, this kinda stuff just takes a quick proof-read.

  • I would have preferred things the other way around, Free Karateka and discounted LOTR.

  • Good update, thanks Morgan

  • +1 with #50

  • Yeah I tried foosball 2012 and it was literally the WORST game I have played this gen…and judging from the comments about this weeks game it’s a different kind of crap…is it true GoME is online only with severe dlc gouging?

  • However, I imagine it’s safe to say the $8.99 is the correct price, as, that’s 40% of 14.99.

  • Really? You can’t be serious with this update. You are just making plain fun of us. Morgan, sir, I advise you to take the whole week off and reflect about all this. And avoid the comments section, because this time even the best of intentions won’t help you get through this unscathed. Better take cover.

  • Do you guys want huge free games every week? Get real. Obviously Sony EU has different policies and terms that allows them to get those games. That’s fine but seriously stop ragging on plus no one forced you to subscribe and even if they gave you guys a “big” game every week it would still be some noob complaining “i already got this plus is dead and it sucks give me ps1 games lolz” I’m happy with ps plus and I’ll get big sky infinity tomorrow hopefully next week we get something else and some more discounts. Good job sony, I’m satisfied.

  • Guardians of Middle Earth looks fun. I may try the demo first to see if i like it. I’m happy with all the updates you guys do and I’m always happy to be a plus member as you guys from Sony give out games i may never thought on playing before or you guys save me money. I always get my money’s worth with Plus. I rarely sign on the blog and i keep see so many keep whining and complaining how we don’t get the same deal as Europe or not getting enough big title games. I still buy my games so I don’t see the big deal. also i been a plus member since the beginning and I still enjoy plus as it does want i got it for to save me money. So, I thank you Sony for all your hard work.

  • Sony, tell us, why can’t you give us the same content as the European Store? I’m starting to get really dissapointed with you, guys. If you keep this up I’m sure a lot of people won’t see Plus as something worth their money, myself included.

  • Brilliant! I’m glad I procrastinated on Knytt Underground!!

  • Another garbage week for plus members compared to the UK thanks a lot

  • What are you doing Sony? Do you really see a better market in Europe than in USA? Don’t you guys read our rage comments every week? I really think you don’t, because you guys only answer comments like “I’m so excited to play Fossball!!” or “Oh I’ll have so much fun playing GoME with my friends!!”, don’t take us for fools that’s all we ask.

    • I’m sure if you take a look at previous posts, you’ll find that I respond to comments both positive and critical =) That said, there are a lot of factors that come into play in what games we’re able to place in Plus; and we’re not able to select any game at will from the PS Store. Publisher agreements differ from region to region; but rest assured, we always work to get you guys the best games possible.

  • Dead Space 2, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Sleeping Dogs, Batman: Arkham City, & Red Dead Redemption. I wonder when we will get these added for us.

  • Guys stop complaining
    That is a very good game, maybe is not a Sleeping Dogs but is better than many games we see before here. And we will get more games until teh end of month. Besides Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus was a great adiction on the last week.
    I already complain a lot here but be serious this week is nothing to complain this time.
    Thanks for the great game guys!! Hope you guys keep the quality of the last games on next.

  • The worst part is that Guardians of Middle Earth has been around for PS+ EU for a month already.

  • Motorstorm Apocalypse? Resistance 3? Ratchet and Clank A Crack in Time? Heavenly Sword? Folklore?

  • I will buy Knytt for $5 but not for $9. Hope you honor the $5 price…

  • GOME? Online trophies only <– not for me

    But, it's free so I might try it later on.

  • People always complain, even when they have no reason. Excellent update. Thanks.

  • I do not post much here… but this time I had requirement to log only in to post this…

    TERRIBLE UPDATE!!! TERRIBLE!!! In Europe there’s Sleeping Dogs… here this LOTR game…. incredible, incredible!!!!!

  • People complain about PS+ all the time.

    Do you guys go into Costco and complain when giant bottles of ketchup aren’t on sale, even though they are at Sam’s Club.

    Also, dogs are much more fun when they’re awake!

  • @40 RyanSaotome

    Mr. Morgan Haro never stated last week that this update would make up for PS3 owners not getting a free game last week, …let be clear on that…NEVER SAID IT! if anything, he pointed out how PS VIta getting a free game didn’t take away from PS3 in any way, form or shape. since PS+ started, PS3 has only ever received 3 PS3/PSN games each month, while there being a large discount or beta the other week of the month. it wasn’t until a few months ago that PS+ was added to cover the Vita as well, giving it 1 free game a month.

    that means PS+ is mainly PS3 geared, with an extension to the Vita. the prgram hasn’t changed, you haven’t been ripped off, and you certainly weren’t told you were getting a great free game this week or last week. now stop whining dude.

  • Best complaint was “can we get a reboot of this weeks update?” spoiled and entitled to the max. Be glad sony is giving anything away free you could always get xbox live gold and get nothing except paying for your own internet and netflix subscription. I don’t get the complaints, you want a game go buy it with your own money plus isn’t going to get you everything you want for free.

  • Great, but i want more stuff for Vita

  • @Dregin,

    ‘That’s fine but seriously stop ragging on plus no one forced you to subscribe ‘

    Yes I am forced to buy US plus subscription when I am actually interested in EU plus subscription. Since I paid for it, if I have any complaints I can complain it to US plus only. I can never use a EU plus subscription for my account and I dont want to use a different account.

  • How many months on end have you been supposedly taking in feedback Morgan? I mean really, people constantly keep pointing out that we want updates like EU, we want monthly announcements, not weekly. We want comparable or even exactly the same things EU are getting.

    We DON’T want games that didn’t do a damn thing in sales again and again and again. We DON’T want Foosball!!!!!

    When your customer base is constantly screaming out NO, why do you keep trying to shove the same worthless stuff down our throats??

  • LOL… Knytt Underground! and big sky infinity were both ps plus free games on EUR…. :( well nothing for me again this week… again…..

  • LOVE THE UPDATE!! Definitely picking up Knytt and Big Sky on sale and looking forward to playing Guardians.
    Oh, and all the people who love the European updates should strongly consider moving there – I’m sure you’ll love the higher prices later releases to go along with those awesome free games. Grass is always greener…

  • Alright so someone didn’t get the memo for a bit more variety when it comes to the full games. Last week I was bummed about Ninja Gaiden, would of loved to have that one but no vita. Couldn’t get into playing Darksiders so that wasn’t a good week either. The other games, fun for a little bit then its a drag. Um, but the dark theme type full games. Is that all to offer on this service? c’mon pick it up Sony. This honestly looks like world of warcraft. Not interested. Honestly, those complaining for Sleeping Dogs, chill out you can’t expect them to give that away just because EU received it. Would it be great yeah, but it’s not that big of a deal.

    Morgan – Get the memo on the variety of the full games that come out on here. Plenty of them don’t have to have that dark mystic theme base style. Please get that back to the Store team. Thank you.

  • Also, a little feedback for Morgan and the team:

    I think most people found that getting the original Borderlands in PS+ right before Borderlands 2 came out was a great idea. Got people pumped about the new one, and, might even convince them to get the PS3 version of the sequel. I imagine it nabbed a few PS+ subscriptions as well.

    So, I’m curious as to why SCEA hasn’t duplicated that yet. I understand / imagine it all comes down to what / when you can work deals out with publishers, but, since then, we’ve had a few games that perhaps could have benefited from their prequel being in the most recent PS+ update.

    Take tomorrow, for example. Dead Space 3 is out. I imagine a lot of people would have been pretty pumped if you managed to squeeze Dead Space 2 into last month’s update.

    Please, don’t take this as a complaint. I still greatly enjoy the PS+ service. Just thinking out loud, here.

  • @Dregin
    ‘plus isn’t going to get you everything you want for free’

    Y cant plus give me something I want for free. Wait! actually EU plus just gave away a game for free which I want damn.

  • @sab_krit so you live in the us and signed up to get european benefits? lol hush child. you make it sound like sony forced you to buy it they didn’t that was YOUR choice and YOUR choice only feel free not to re-subscribe whenever it’s up so you can stop complaining.

  • Sweet! I think I’ll be picking up Karateka. Also, cool to see Guardians of Middle Earth! (I should add a disclaimer that I do work for WB Games, so I’m biased, but it’s a great game, check it out!)

    Also, really excited for the PS+ promotion. I have been using my free 90 days of PS+ from the Vita holiday ACIII bundle, and plan to pick up a year soon. Three extra months is cool!

  • Nothing for me this week!!

  • @sab krit sucks for you dude you’re not a EU user deal with it everything in life is not fair i don’t know how old you are but i’m guessing your a teenager at best and haven’t realized this sony is doing a good job in NA with this if you don’t like you can complain but at least make some sense. you signing up in NA for EU benefits is silly.

  • @Topher_Man – Totally different scenario. No comparison, If we was paying for a subscription there and couldn’t get the stuff we wanted maybe. Ya KNOW? besides that’s what coupons are made for, People complain because they pay for this.

  • Looks like another year of crap from playstation to the US subscribers. I’m sure morgan will hype up every months content and it’ll be nothing but psn games no one wants to play and old ps3 games everyone has.

  • This is my second week of Plus and I’m still disappointed :/

  • There is entirely too much butthurt going on.
    We’ve gotten full price games before, just like EU is getting this week. And seriously, this game alone just more than paid for your sub for the MONTH, and we still get three more games this month. In addition to the ones we’ve already gotten.
    Everyone should be thankful Sony even gives out free games with their subscription service. People on xbox get basically same services, but it’s more expensive and they don’t get any free games.

  • @Dregin

    LOL SO u cant understand what I said. YES it is SONY FORCINGme to subscribe for US plus cuz right now my interest is on EU plus and I cant get it using my exciting account, I want the plus yes for the idea is good but not US cuz its execution of that idea is poor and I cant choose EU plus who is executing the idea perfectly. OR maybe u are another 10 yr old kid who keeps screaming in COD thinking you are the best player in the world! Go to school else Mommy will scold you. Damn kid, eat ur cereal and get ready for the school bus. Leave now shoo!

  • I would have thought those of you calling for EU+ content in US+ would be happy today, us in the EU got this last month.

  • @sab_krit dude i don’t even play COD. This conversation is over.

  • I already own it from EU PS+ (yeah I have both PS+) it’s cool because I can enjoy the content of US and EU, too bad it doesn’t work for my Vita because I can only use 1 account there….will the Vita ever support multiple accounts???

  • I wish someone teach sab_krit how to use multiple accounts so he can stop crying.

  • @Dregin

    ‘you signing up in NA for EU benefits is silly’
    DUDE use ur brain for a min. I can do that if I had a account set up with an UK address. I cant sign up for EU plus, I am forced to sign with US plus cuz I created an account long back with US address. And US plus is taking advantage of this and giving me nothing for me weeks when of course EU is doing a lot better.

  • Because Europe got sleeping dogs and Red Dead Redemption ( Long ago), I was expecting a real bomb to drop on US PS+. It was a bomb that shocked the community. We will never forget that. However, I’ll stay faithful. Maybe US PS+ dropped a mini bomb and a big game is coming up next week. I’m a dreamer but dreaming feels good doesn’t it?

  • @sab_krit oh ok.

  • @ swisstylez – The poll is right above the last part that shows in pictures what the whole update is. it’s to the right in the we want your feedback box.

  • @Dregin

    I wish u had some brains to use. So u can stop posting dumb comments.

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