PlayStation Plus EU Update – March 2014

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It’s been quite late coming this time around but Sony Computer Entertainment Europe have finally unveiled all of the details of what games are coming to PlayStation Plus next month…

Kicking off with the big brother of the PlayStation family, the new game in the Dead Nation series is coming to the PS4 in the shape of Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition. This is a top-down shoot ‘em up set in an apocalyptic zombie-infested world, from the talented developer Housemarque who were responsible for the Super Stardust series and more recently Resogun.

Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition features a full campaign mode which can be played solo or in co-op. The ‘Road to Devastation’ expansion is included too, giving you two extra game modes – Arcade and Endless, allowing you to test yourself against ever increasing odds.

Onto the PS3 now and the first offering is 2013’s Tomb Raider. The game takes us right back to the beginning as we meet a young Lara Croft on an expedition to locate the island of Yamatai deep in the Dragons’ Triangle off the coast of Japan. Tomb Raider takes you on an adrenaline-fuelled adventure as Lara must fight to save her friends and uncover the mysteries of this dangerous island.

The second PS3 game is Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons and with this you embark on an epic fairy tale adventure through villages, hills and mountains, solving puzzles and challenges in an effort to save your ill father by collecting the water from the tree of life. In this unique title you control each brother simultaneously using the Dualshock analogue sticks allowing you to experience co-op play in a single player mode like never before.

But Vita Player isn’t about the PS3 or PS4 so you want to know what’s heading your way for the PS Vita so here goes… First up on PS Vita this month is Pixeljunk Monsters Ultimate HD. Play as Tikiman in this critically acclaimed PSN tower defence classic. Defend his offspring from hordes of monsters using an array of weapon towers. Engage in online/ad-hoc co-op to make the most of all three islands; encounter monsters, towers and challenges from all previous editions of PixelJunk Monsters.

Finally, check out Smart As! Use cutting-edge touch, tilt and camera controls to prove how smart you are in the first ever socially networked brain game on PS Vita. Solve math, memory, logic and word puzzles, crack augmented reality challenges and sharpen your rapid-fire reflexes to storm up the online leaderboards and show off your scores to the world via Facebook and Twitter.

So, taking a final look:

Leaving PlayStation Plus:

  • Outlast /Sound Shapes (PS4) – 5th March
  • Metro Last Light (PS3) – 5th March
  • Guacamelee! (PS3 / PS Vita) (Cross Buy) – 5th March
  • Dynasty Warriors Next (PS Vita) – 5th March
  • ModNation Racers Road Trip (PS Vita) – 5th March

Entering PlayStation Plus:

  • Dead Nation Apocalypse Edition (PS4) – 5th March
  • Tomb Raider (PS3) – 5th March
  • Brothers A Tale of Two Sons (PS3) – 5th March
  • Pixeljunk Monsters Ultimate HD (PS Vita) – 5th March
  • Smart As (PS Vita) – 5th March

We’re somewhat disappointed with the update this month. Vita owners seem to be losing three games and only getting two added, and of these losses two were full retail games and the third an indie title and the replacements include an indie title as well. Don’t get us wrong, we love indie games on the Vita but dropping two full retail titles and replacing them with one does feel as if Vita owners are being short-changed.

Also, there is still no news on when the annual titles of Gravity Rush and Uncharted: Golden Abyss are being replaced.

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