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Sleeping Dogs Headlines Explosive Euro PS Plus Update

Posted by Sammy Barker

It's full of stars

European PlayStation Plus subscribers will be able to rest easy knowing that Sleeping Dogs is set to awaken the service’s bursting Instant Game Collection next month. Sony has announced that the critically acclaimed sandbox crime drama will be available for free from 6th February, leaving you with plenty of change to splash out on a pork bun.

The title will be accompanied by F1 Race Stars, the cutesy casual kart racer from Codemasters, and Quantum Conundrum, the first-person puzzler designed by Portal creator Kim Swift. Again, you’ll be able to download each of the releases without needing to spend a penny. We’re going to need a bigger hard drive.

Over on the PlayStation Vita, the excellent WipEout 2048 will be racing in on 13th February, followed by the popular blockbuster Lumines: Electronic Symphony on 20th February. That’s all in addition to the usual array of discounts and exclusive bonuses.

If you aren’t already a member, Sony has confirmed that it will be cutting the price of the 90 day subscription for two weeks from 6th February. That means that you’ll be able to unlock all of the aforementioned content and more for just £7.99/€9.99. We suspect that there’ll be a few North American gamers grumbling into their keyboards as they read this.

[via blog.eu.playstation.com]

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divinelite

#2

divinelite said:

No, I'm not grumbling, just looking forward for the most-anticipated plus post later on US blog... with everyone cursing NA-Ps+ lol

just wondering how could EU got retail PSvita games while none other than the first titles in US...

Epic

#3

Epic said:

Im going to move to EU xD they get all the good Playstation Plus updates.

Seriously whats wrong with NA Sony?

jeccross

#4

jeccross said:

Annoyed about Wipeout 2048, come on anyone with a 3G Vita's got this already. Still, given Lumines is a full release I suppose I can't complain.

Knew I didn't bother with f1 race stars for a reason. I love PS+, but can't help but think Sony is shooting themselves in the foot a litte, as I have zero reason to buy anything new now.

get2sammybAdmin

#5

get2sammyb said:

@divinelite I feel for the North American team when their blog post goes live later. I think a big problem is that the weekly announcements make it seem like you're getting "less". They should switch to monthly like SCEE.

Splat

#6

Splat said:

It's a good thing I have all ready played Sleeping Dogs (in the US) or I would be upset haha. It's an awesome game if you haven't played it take advantage of this!

thedanman64

#7

thedanman64 said:

Looking forward to Sleeping Dogs. I've been hearing good things about it, so it should be interesting to see if it's as good as people say.

Squiggle55

#8

Squiggle55 said:

i still love ps+ but it's impossible not to say EUs value isn't higher. Strictly from a monetary value viewpoint it's often quite lopsided. Our full retail releases are often older and clearly given away as a way to get some folks to buy the sequel.

rjejr

#9

rjejr said:

How much time is needed for a normal playthru of Sleeping Dogs? My membership expires 1 week after the update so I can probably only get in about 20 hours.

I know F1 got bad review - if I recall from the demo it's basically a kart game but without a drifting mechanic - but we'll play it for a week for free.

Splat

#10

Splat said:

@rjejr - The main story isn't very long in SD. I rented it and beat the main story and all the side quests before I had to take it back. The only thing I had left to do was find some collectables.

rjejr

#11

rjejr said:

The US finally has a PS+ sale - extra 3 months with 12 month subscription. I'ld rather have the EU 30% discount though. Right now the US store needs a reason for me to resub rather than just being a member longer at full price.

Thanks splat. Guess I'll give it a go next weekend.

divinelite

#12

divinelite said:

@get2sammyb
yeah, monthly update will keep me from buying something that will eventually free or discount. Weekly like this make me insecure to buy anything from the store.

@rjejr
I can't find the 3 months bonus useful since I'm stuck until my subs expires right, well just hope other people will have incentive to sub/resub

Splat

#13

Splat said:

Yeah, I really don't understand why the US isn't monthly with their updates? I would love to know everything at once.

Kayoss

#14

Kayoss said:

@get2sammyb
Honestly I think that People in Europe are complaining that the U.S are getting the better deal.
So are the games mentioned above are all for Europe? nothing on the U.S. end?

Kayoss

#15

Kayoss said:

@Squiggle55
I feel the reason why is because the U.S market is more saturated with PS3 owners when compared to Europe. Sony is doing a smart move by getting Europeans to invest in the PS3 with stellar PS plus give aways. If you look at the sales charts, the PS3 are selling like hot cakes...

AceSpadeS

#16

AceSpadeS said:

Hoping we get Lumines over here in the States, but glad all you people over there can enjoy Sleeping Dogs. That game was amazing (PC).

AceSpadeS

#17

AceSpadeS said:

@Splat
If you play pure story/side missions, I'd say no more than 40 hours. Probably less though. I spent a lot of time just exploring the game world and having fun, so my playtime was closer to 60 or 70.

hamispink

#18

hamispink said:

When I saw the Facebook post by PlayStation about sleeping dogs I got excited, bit when I followed the link and saw blog.EU my heart broke just a little bit. :(

Squiggle55

#20

Squiggle55 said:

@Kayoss I believe you are right. It's a different market and there are different publishers and branches of publishers that are making the decision to give their game away for free or not. For whatever reason EU is saying yes more often than US — however the money works out best for them in the market, and maybe EU has needed a bit more convincing to spend their money.

Anyway, I still love US ps+. And I actually enjoy getting smaller PSN games that I can jump in and play for a few minutes as opposed to something like Sleeping Dogs that I honestly probably wouldn't touch for months b/c of my backlog and time constraints.

charlesnarles

#21

charlesnarles said:

I was definitely gonna buy that, but now I'll just wait a few weeks till they give it to the states : ) I'm green

SilentJ

#22

SilentJ said:

I hope I'm proven wrong but I seriously doubt the US will be getting this. We might, however, get lucky and get a discount on it in the next couple months.

Gamer83

#26

Gamer83 said:

Sleeping Dogs is phenomenal and it's a travesty that it didn't light the sales charts on fire like it deserved to. Hopefully by going up on Plus a lot more people will play it though and maybe it can garner enough interest to get them to consider a sequel.

MyCatEdwin

#27

MyCatEdwin said:

I found some 30-day European PS+ trials online, now at least until March I can enjoy what my friends across the pond enjoy :)

rjejr

#29

rjejr said:

I got a free 30 day PS+ for the EU even though I reside in the US from Facebook. This link should work if you have a FB account.

https://www.facebook.com/SonyPlaystation?sk=app_106681779474103&app_data=%5B%5D

You need to enter CC info but somehow it worked for me with a US CC, I just entered my UK account address which was autofilled for me. I have NOT tried to actually use the CC to buy anything though.

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