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PlayStation Plus battles: NA vs. EU (week of 7/24/14)

by on July 24, 2014
 

The two regions step back into the ring, ready to determine a winner for the month (if NA wins the fight) or force a tiebreaker (if the EU wins). Will we have a champion this month, or will we be forced to wait until July 31 to determine the winner? Let’s find out!

NA has earned the right to make the first strike, but they decide to yield to the EU, playing defensively so that they don’t underestimate their opponents. The strategy is somewhat shocking, but the EU takes them up on the offer, launching a one-two combo of Oddworld New ‘N’ Tasty Abe Scrub Outfit (free for PS+ users who buy the game. Expires August 6.) and Don’t Starve: Reign of Giants (10% off until July 30). As NA stumbles back from the assault the EU rushes in, hammering NA in the gut twice with Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 Digital Bundle (PS3, 14.99/$22.95 with an additional 10% discount for PS+) and Dustforce Vita,4.99/$7.55 with an additional 10% discount for PS+) before ending the assault with a powerful uppercut in the form of Ragnarok Odyssey ACE Vita, 14.99/$22.95 with an additional 10% discount for PS+). The full update can be found here.

NA hits the mat, but manages to get back up by the count of five, surprising the EU. They smile, wipe off the blood from their lips, then launch their own assault with a barrage of gut blows in the form of Counterspy (pre-order, PS4/PS3 and cross buy. Regular: $14.99, PS+: $11.99.), Hohokum (pre-order, PS4/PS3 and cross buy. Regular: $14.99, PS+: $11.99), Rogue Legacy (pre-order, PS4/PS3 and cross buy. Regular: $16.99, PS+: $13.59.), and The Swapper (pre-order. PS4/PS3 and cross buy. Regular: $19.99, PS+: $15.99).

The EU stumbles back and NA moves in, hammering them with 35 more rapid blows, including Batman: Arkham Asylum (PS3. Regular: $19.99, Sale: $13.99, PS+: $4.20), Batman: Arkham Origins (PS3. Regular: $39.99, Sale: $27.99, PS+: $8.40), Batman: Arkham Origins: Blackgate (Vita. Regular: $19.99, Sale: $13.99, PS+: $4.20), and DC Universe Online: Ultimate Edition (PS3/PS4. Regular: $29.99, Sale: $19.99, PS+: $11.99). The EU collapses before NA can unleash the inFAMOUS duo (1 and 2, both on PS3. Both regular: $19.99, sale: $13.99, PS+: $9.79) or any of the other games in their Super Hero sale and other discounts.  The full list of discounts and other updates can be found here.
 
NA Super Hero sale. 1st column: PS+ price. 2nd: Sale price. 3rd: Regular.

NA Super Hero sale. 1st column: PS+ price. 2nd: Sale price. 3rd: Regular.

 
North America’s massive onslaught wins them the month, giving them the boxing title for the PS+ circuit. Due to an unspoken agreement, however, the EU will fight NA one more time next week, even though they have no chance of gaining the title themselves.
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