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PlayStation Network "Welcome Back" Goodies Revealed

Posted by: , 00:07 AEST, Wed May 18, 2011
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Sony reveals the free games you'll be able to download, plus other goodies to make up for the PSN hacking and downtime

Sony has revealed what gamers will get in compensation for the PSN being down for the last three weeks.

Details on what U.S. and Canadian PS3 users will get was posted on the official PlayStation blog, and as expected, it includes two free game downloads from a list of five. But instead of some crapware, Sony are pulling out the big guns with some well known games. PS3 owners can choose from two of the following downloadable PS3 games:

  • Dead Nation
  • inFAMOUS
  • LittleBigPlanet
  • Super Stardust HD
  • Wipeout HD + Fury

In addition, PSP owners also get to choose two from the following five games:

  1. LittleBigPlanet (PSP)
  2. ModNation Racers
  3. Pursuit Force
  4. Killzone Liberation

Game downloads will be available 30 days after the restoration of the PlayStation store, expected to be before the end of the month.

But that's not all, there will be some free video rentals where video services are available, and as detailed earlier, 30 days free PlayStation Plus subscription for anyone who hasn't already signed up to the premium PSN service, and if you have, then you get an extra 60 days subscription for free.

Qriocity Music Unlimited customers will also get an extra 30 days plus time lost, and those on Music Unlimited trial account will get another 30 days to test out the service.

PlayStation Home users will get 100 free virtual items, with more free content to be revealed soon.

As for the other regions, more will be revealed soon, and this article will get updated when information arrives. 

Update: EU, Britain, Australia and New Zealand details have been released. The game list is similar, except Super Stardust HD has been replaced with Ratchet and Clank: Quest for Booty. In Germany, inFamous and Dead Nation will be replaced with Super Stardust HD and Hustle Kings. Similarly, while the PSP games are the same for EU as with North America, in Germany, Pursuit Force and Killzone Liberation will be replaced with Everybody's Golf 2 and Buzz Junior Jungle Party. The other bonuses are similar, with only the PlayStation Home freebies yet to be finalised. 

One potential problem is that with the EU/UK/Aus/NZ welcome back programme, and possibly the North American one as well, is that it requires users to have had a PSN account before 20 April, when the PSN network went down. Users that purchased a PS3 shortly afterwards, while still being affected by the outage, may not get any of these goodies.

So PS3 gamers, is this enough to at least make you start forgiving Sony for the PSN stuff-up, or do you want more? And which games will you download? Post your opinion in this news article's comments section, or in this forum thread:


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