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

Morgan Haro's Avatar + Posted by Morgan Haro on Feb 04, 2013 // Community Manager, PlayStation Digital Platforms

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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+ RateX_BR on February 4th, 2013 at 7:01 am said:

Terrible update. We want Sleeping Dogs.


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+ Phoenix9889 on February 4th, 2013 at 7:03 am said:

I agree with post 1


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+ neokid832 on February 4th, 2013 at 7:06 am said:

i also agree with post 1


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+ Dregin on February 4th, 2013 at 7:07 am said:

All three of you, go get jobs and buy it it’s like 40 bucks. Stop complaining.


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+ likeanobody on February 4th, 2013 at 7:07 am said:

Awesome update! I’m glad I didn’t buy GoME in that sale some weeks ago.


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+ elkwill84 on February 4th, 2013 at 7:07 am said:

Europe gets Sleeping Dogs, we get a $15 game…

THANKS SONY!


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+ UncannySilk on February 4th, 2013 at 7:07 am said:

As much as I want Sleeping Dogs, I like the update. I’m a MOBA lover, and this appeals to me.

(c-c-combo breaker.)


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+ Gorvi on February 4th, 2013 at 7:08 am said:

Screw the haters, I love the update. The Guardians demo was fun, and while it’d be nice to get Knytt for free like Europe did, $5.00 is a no brainer buy price.


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+ jkirk13 on February 4th, 2013 at 7:08 am said:

Wish we would get Sleeping Dogs and F1 Race Stars like Europe. They seem to get really good games and we get the short end of the stick.


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+ Jesszman on February 4th, 2013 at 7:09 am said:

Pretty good update, i recommend Knytt Underground.


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+ Xer0Signal on February 4th, 2013 at 7:09 am said:

The Knytt Underground prices seem to be conflicting.

In the post, it says PS+ will get it for $5, but, in the picture, it’s $8.99


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    + Morgan Haro on February 4th, 2013 at 9:22 am said:

    Ah, I’ll get that fixed; it should be $8.99. Reg price $14.99.


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+ DeviantBoi on February 4th, 2013 at 7:09 am said:

Oh, look… we’re getting a PSN game that has a bunch of paid DLC.

Bravo, PS+ guys! I applaud your mediocrity.


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+ Xnightwish on February 4th, 2013 at 7:10 am said:

Nice, a throwaway game while Europe gets sleeping dogs…what a joke.


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+ ck2875 on February 4th, 2013 at 7:10 am said:

Happy with Guardians. Like everyone else, I would have been happier with Sleeping Dogs.


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+ andrenatam on February 4th, 2013 at 7:11 am said:

Awesome update… not!!!
I’m glad I have plus europe too, and i already have GoME :D
shame you, SCEA!!!


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+ swisstylez on February 4th, 2013 at 7:11 am said:

Where is the voting poll? I really want to put nothing for me this week since this update is so horrible…


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    + Morgan Haro on February 4th, 2013 at 9:23 am said:

    It’s in the post on the bottom right towards the end of the post.


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+ MassaBR on February 4th, 2013 at 7:11 am said:

Any chance of a demo being uploaded for Knytt Underground? I’m interested but the sale price is still a bit high for me to go in blind.


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+ castonph on February 4th, 2013 at 7:11 am said:

Tried Guardians of Middle-Earth Demo, liked the game type but preferred DotA over LoL…this looks like it uses the LoL engine which I was never a fan of. Still nice to have the genre on the PS3.

Other 3 look nice but I have too much content! Picked up Machinarium, LBPK and Warp last month, still so much to do!

Wish BSI was free, looks like a good time! I’m needing some multi-player games to play with wife and family, like Ratchet and Clank.


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+ Jakintosh on February 4th, 2013 at 7:11 am said:

Woo! Knytt Underground AND Big Sky Infinity on sale! Looks like I’ve got some new vita games to play :D


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+ zabcdef123456 on February 4th, 2013 at 7:11 am said:

I agree with @1.


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+ swisstylez on February 4th, 2013 at 7:12 am said:

Opss never mind I found it.


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+ InfinityDevil on February 4th, 2013 at 7:12 am said:

Oh I’ll be buying Big Sky Infinity and Knytt Underground. Both look like good fun. Thanks!

As for Sleeping Dogs I’m waiting for the super duper deluxe everything included all patched up to run awesomely edition at retail. Or maybe it’ll be a downloadable Ultimate Edition that would be good too.


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+ hush404 on February 4th, 2013 at 7:13 am said:

I love PS+, but this is garbage.


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+ MatheusRuggeri on February 4th, 2013 at 7:13 am said:

Europe gets Sleeping Dogs, we get a $15 game…
THANKS SONY!

And I still hoping Red Dead Redemption.


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+ Shinra_Soldier7 on February 4th, 2013 at 7:13 am said:

I actually took advantage of the ps plus offer this month and bought the year plus 3 month subscription which is actually the first time I have decided to purchase plus. I do say I am extremely disappointed with this update especially as it seems that EU always get major titles added to their collection while we get games of much less quality. After seeing all the cool updates EU has been getting I have been hoping for some good games here. Maybe it would have been best to have avoided the plus sub. like I have been doing bc I am kind of regretting it already…


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+ Xnightwish on February 4th, 2013 at 7:14 am said:

According to psn prices Europe gets sleeping dogs (49.99) and we get GoMA (14.99)…gee I wonder why everyone is mad.


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+ thebledkid22 on February 4th, 2013 at 7:14 am said:

Europe got Red Dead Redemption months ago. U.S. did not. Europe now gets Sleeping Dogs. U.S. also does not . I love PS Plus but the quality has been lacking recently for U.S. members


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+ Welthalion on February 4th, 2013 at 7:15 am said:

Is knytt underground sold for 5$ or for 9$? Pic says 9$post says 5$ what will it be?


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+ MAC2WIN on February 4th, 2013 at 7:16 am said:

I don’t understand why PS+ is so much more valuable for EU than US. There is clearly a discrepancy in the services when one game costs $49.99 retail while the other costs $14.99. Yes I understand Sleeping Dogs came out in August, but nobody wants to play Guardians of Middle Earth.


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+ JnF_Gho5t on February 4th, 2013 at 7:16 am said:

Sleeping Dogs would’ve been great. Thanks anyway, Morgan. Have a great day.


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+ FullMetalDoctor on February 4th, 2013 at 7:16 am said:

meh, not the greatest, but its something, I just wish sony could put everything on the DOWNLOAD LIST in alphabetical order, I mean seriously is it so costly to to do that, or does sony have broken fingers? What the heck is going on there?


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+ hartbrek310 on February 4th, 2013 at 7:16 am said:

Well, this looks like a real poor update. The Guardians game looks like crap, and nothing then a game with only online trophies. Nothing worthwhile in this week’s update. Can we get a reboot of this week and get something that doesn’t suck??? I’d be happy with Wheel of Fortune or Jeopardy, or even Hollywood Squares. Why not one of the older Lego games? Scene It. Monopoly, You Don’t Know Jack? Mod Nation Racers? Or if you want older game, why not Marvel Alliance II? Something that doesn’t require online gaming only. So far the best thing on + this year was the sale for Little Big Planet Karting. Been highly disappointed this year. Hope we get something better next week.


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    + Morgan Haro on February 4th, 2013 at 9:25 am said:

    If you’re a Plus member, why not give it a shot? You may just enjoy it!


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+ DaGimp13 on February 4th, 2013 at 7:16 am said:

not as terrible as previous updates, not the best either.

from what I heard, Guardians of Middle Earth actually isn’t the worst, and is mainly centered around the Hobbit book. this is definitely a good storyline, so it makes the game worth checking out. I never got the chance to before, so once again, the idea behind please strikes again.

remember, it’s not about if the game was a bestseller or not, it’s about good games and ones we may have missed, plus discounts/betas.


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+ unrue19 on February 4th, 2013 at 7:17 am said:

Guardians of Middle Earth is 100x better than Sleeping dogs. Sleeping Dogs is a terrible game.


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+ ninjatuned on February 4th, 2013 at 7:17 am said:

agree with @11 – the pricing on Knytt is messed up. Can we get some kind of confirmation on what the actual price will be?


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+ Welthalion on February 4th, 2013 at 7:18 am said:

Btw guys would you mind making updates monthly? I tend not to buy anything on psn because I might get it free in a few days. Monthly updates would help me chose the games I want to play a lot.

P.S this isn’t my real account for safety reasons


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+ FullMetalDoctor on February 4th, 2013 at 7:19 am said:

where did the kingdomd hearts guy go?


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+ VisionaryLight on February 4th, 2013 at 7:20 am said:

Your giving us Guardians of Middle Earth a game with matchmaking and Lag and disconnection issues. Why?


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+ Xnightwish on February 4th, 2013 at 7:20 am said:

And this is apparently our game of the month, oh well my subscription expires in 19 days and I won’t be renewing


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+ RyanSaotome on February 4th, 2013 at 7:20 am said:

I remember when Morgan was hyping this update to be something that would make PS3 owners forget not getting a free game last week

lol. I wonder what he actually thinks beyond the PR speak when he has to put out lame updates like this.


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    + Morgan Haro on February 4th, 2013 at 9:28 am said:

    I don’t think I ever said anything to that effect bud. But regardless, if you haven’t played it, you owe it to yourself to give it a download =)


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+ Anddo on February 4th, 2013 at 7:20 am said:

Getting better.. Knytt and Bigsky are good games.


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+ T-LAZ-3 on February 4th, 2013 at 7:21 am said:

another terrible update… i don’t even bother comparing with the EU plus content, nor I will be following further these updates in the future.
US PS+ is dead, more than a year insulting its paying members, not a single game worth paying a subscription for… The PS+ idea is great, the EU PS+ is awesome, how come the US PS+ can be so bad?? how come??


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+ DigitalReveller on February 4th, 2013 at 7:24 am said:

Nothing in this update for me.
No offence to who ever picks our Plus free titles, but you just gave up possibly the worst selling DLC title in recent years, the game was almost universally hated and you thought it’d make a great free title. Where’s the value in that for us? I didn’t sign up to PS+ for your free titles and usually I wouldn’t care because they’re just the sprinkles on my discount cake, but this was a huge WTF.

I appreciate the offer, but I’ll have to pass on this one.


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+ ptuck874 on February 4th, 2013 at 7:24 am said:

we get ps4 first, eu has to wait til’ next year, im fine with that :)


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+ kaythanksbye2 on February 4th, 2013 at 7:25 am said:

Been wanting to pick up Knytt Undergroud, glad I waited for the discount!


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+ EmperorLawlight on February 4th, 2013 at 7:25 am said:

Stop crying, guys. You have the cheapest video games market in the world and, on top of the massive 13 for 13 sale that you enjoyed, you got Darksiders and Guardians of Middle Earth this month. And NG:Sigma Plus for the Vita. If you’re not happy, don’t re-subscribe and your problem will be solved.


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+ sab_krit on February 4th, 2013 at 7:26 am said:

I see that 90% of the comments mention Sleeping dogs but still somehow it misses the eyes of SECA or its not metioned during group meetings deliberately. Either ways, Nothing for me this week. Even Crysis 2 and Just Cause 2 or Arkham CIty will give me something to vote for other than nothing. Still waiting to see what will be the full game for this month, if any. No thanks for this weeks update. What happened to the votes asking about last months overall update.


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+ IV-THA-UNITY on February 4th, 2013 at 7:26 am said:

I am literally about to stop buying games. I already Have GoME, RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHH


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+ Bergen75 on February 4th, 2013 at 7:26 am said:

Yikes! What an awful update.

How come every week there is a price discrepancy in the update? Could you guys figure out the prices first and then let us know instead of giving us two different ones all the time?


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+ mihaibara on February 4th, 2013 at 7:28 am said:

I am starting to regret my Plus subscription ending in November 2014. I won’t compare the US offer with the EU one, what I really don’t understand is the reason behind giving PS+ users some cheap nobody-wants-to-play games like Foosball or even Guardians of Middle Earth. It’s like Sony ran out of fuel and now, instead gas, they are putting mud in the fuel tank just to fill the weekly free game slot.
Another thing that almost drives me crazy is Morgan’s childish enthusiasm: another great game, an amazing offer, something you can’t afford to miss, the whole world is going to stop and wonder at this week’s plus updates and in the end: Foosball 2012 or another 8-bit game. Come on, some of your Plus members are way over 14 years old and those PR gimmicks sound absolutely pathetic. Most of us are Plus members because we love video games and know a thing or two about video games, or saying that a mediocre game at best is an amazing offer is like insulting our intelligence.


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