PlayStation Plus Battles: EU vs. NA (5-22-14)
Strider goes on sale in EU.
The two regions gear up for another round of battle as they struggle to prove which region is dominant. Though North America won the last round, the EU is sure to continue fighting.
Puppeteer joins PlayStation Plus (NA).
Having won the last round, North America gets to launch their assault first. They begin their attack with a free PlayStation 3 game that the developers claims is better in 3D, Puppeteer. This title tells the story of Kutaro, a boy whose soul is whisked away to the moon by the evil Moon Bear King. Your soul is placed in the body of a puppet so that you may serve as a slave. In a fit of rage one day the Moon Bear King rips off your head and throws your body into the castle dungeon. Thanks to a ghostly cat, you are able to escape and go on an adventure that takes you across locations such as the darkest depths of the ocean, snowman-filled mountaintops, and even the dusty plains of the Old West.
They follow this up with a free PlayStation Vita game called Surge Deluxe. This title is a block-matching puzzle game that is expanded from the original release of Surge. The Deluxe version adds in a new Combiner block that allows for higher multipliers in strategic play, as well as a new Chain Linker block that allows for longer chain connections. In addition to modified block graphics which makes the game 100% color-blind friendly, it features a Puzzle Mode, leaderboard, and unlockable backgrounds.
The EU is reeling from NA’s one-two combo assault, but have sworn not to go down without a fight. To that end, they fire off three sales. The first is Strider for the PlayStation 3 and 4. This title was reduced from £11.99/€14.99/AU$21.95 to £7.29/€8.99/AU$13.25, with PlayStation Plus members receiving an additional 10% discount.
The second game in the sale is a PlayStation 3 title known as Master Reboot. This game had originally been priced at £11.99/€14.99/AU$21.95, but has been dropped to £5.99/€7.49/AU$11.05, with PlayStation Plus members receiving an additional 10% discount, as with the previous title.
Finally they aim to take down North America with FIFA 14, a popular PlayStation Vita game. This title typically goes for £44.99/€49.99/AU$69.95, however gamers can now pick it up for £14.99/€19.99/AU$24.95, receiving an additional 10% discount if they are PlayStation Plus members.
So which region won the battle this week? It’s hard to tell. Some gamers appreciate the discounts more, as they will keep these titles even if they lose access to PlayStation Plus, while others prefer freebies to discounts. This is a guess, but I suspect more appreciate the free titles, since they may not play the games given out otherwise for various reasons. With that in mind, we have to say that North America managed to barely pull out a victory this time.
The EU’s ferocity took North America by surprise this week, nearly costing the latter the fight. They managed to pull through, but will they manage to do the same next week? We’ll find out soon, but for now, happy gaming!