Sony explains 'Welcome Back' program, free games revealed

Matthew

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With the PlayStation Network partially restored, Sony has shared further details about the compensation package promised a few weeks ago. Hoping to sooth gamers' flaring tempers, the company is offering…

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TomSEA

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That's quite a bit of free offerings for a 3-week outage and really only impacted online gaming. If I were a PS3 owner, I'd be satisfied. Until it happens again... ;)
 

Emil

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TomSEA said:
That's quite a bit of free offerings for a 3-week outage and really only impacted online gaming. If I were a PS3 owner, I'd be satisfied. Until it happens again... ;)
I don't know... it wasn't just an outage. There were credit cards and other credentials stolen.
 

PinothyJ

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For all those PSN users out there I highly recommend Wipeout HD (especially since it comes with the Fury expansion which has the same amount of content as the original release). Whilst it has the mother of all learning curves and is incredibly punishing for any player that does not strive for perfection, it is also very rewarding and a graphical masterpiece.


I hope this is worldwide and not just NA…


EDIT: I just had a look on the blog and AU will be getting EU's selection of games which is as follows: LittleBigPlanet; Infamous*; Wipeout HD/Fury; Ratchet and Clank: Quest for Booty; and Dead Nation* - the asterisked games unavailable for the poor angry Germans (replaced with Super Stardust HD and Hustle Kings respectively).
 

Mizzou

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For all those PSN users out there I highly recommend Wipeout HD (especially since it comes with the Fury expansion which has the same amount of content as the original release). Whilst it has the mother of all learning curves and is incredibly punishing for any player that does not strive for perfection, it is also very rewarding and a graphical masterpiece.
I'll definitely give Wipeout HD a go, wish Ratchet and Clank was available in the US ... not sure yet which one of the others to pick.
 

Xclusiveitalian

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I can only select the two games I don't have and i am unimpressed...this is what my credit card info and private info is worth to you Sony?
 

PinothyJ

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blimp01 said:
Never heard of any of those games haha
Dead Nation is a zombie killing game that is like if you combined MacGuiver with GTA with Left 4 Dead; inFamous is a kick-**** game where you play a modern-day superhero doing kick-**** super-heroey things; Wipeout is a classic PS series (briefly had appearances in a few other formats) which pits you behind the controls of an Anti-gravity craft - with weapons - that you race around very amazing looking tracks; LittleBigPlanet is a cute little game that allows you to create cute little games for other people to play and enjoy (it is far more complicated and enjoyable than that); Super Stardust is an asteroids game if I remember correctly; Ratchet and Clank is a cute adventure game walking in the footsteps of titles like Crash Bandicoot and Spyro (although, unlike these titles, the series has gotten better with each title); and Hustle Kings is a pool game if my memory serves me correctly.

The MC scores are as follows: Dead Nation: 77; inFamous: 85; Wipeout HD: 87 and 89 for the Fury expansion; LittleBigPlanet: 95; Super Stardust HD: 85; Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty: 76; and Hustle Kings: 81. Whilst MC scores should never be taken as Gospel, it is at least a good indication that Sony didn't just lump the bargain bin warmers on to our laps.


:)
 

Wendig0

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I'll take the free games, but I'm still buying a 360. I'll just keep the ps3 as a blu-ray player.
 

PinothyJ

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I don't know... it wasn't just an outage. There were credit cards and other credentials stolen.
I just checked and most of my information was old and thus outdated - here's to laziness winning the day again!


*raises a glass*…
 
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If you're going to buy halo reach, and play online - careful! We eat up NOOBs in matchmaking.

...kidding.
 

TomSEA

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"I don't know... it wasn't just an outage. There were credit cards and other credentials stolen."

True. I guess if I'd had to cancel my credit card over this I'd be pretty ticked off. Still, I think that's quite a bit of swag being offered for the inconvenience.
 

bchen88c

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inFAMOUS and Wipeout HD seems to be what im going to be DLing-a friend highly reccomended the former, and ill take pinothyj's word on the latter =p
 

PinothyJ

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"I don't know... it wasn't just an outage. There were credit cards and other credentials stolen."

True. I guess if I'd had to cancel my credit card over this I'd be pretty ticked off. Still, I think that's quite a bit of swag being offered for the inconvenience.
I'm not terribly worried about my card's details though as the Credit companies as the second most aggressive company type, so if your card is used for fraudulent practices, not only will they fight nail and tooth to get it all back to normal for you, but you are covered by law (at least in Australia, up to $100,000 I believe, of which is covered by government insurance anyway) on top of that as well.


{shrugs}…
 

PinothyJ

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inFAMOUS and Wipeout HD seems to be what im going to be DLing-a friend highly reccomended the former, and ill take pinothyj's word on the latter =p
Some gameplay:

GameTrailers (720p): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxVB5wIqms4
Playstation (1080p): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGNbrQM5e54
Darkdrium777 (720p): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJo63xhF4NM

The FPS seems choppy in those videos and blurry in the latter video (he is playing it on Phantom which is the fastest speed class - 793km/h top speed). I can assure you this is definitely not the case with the game itself as it sits on a perfect 60 fps for the entire time.


You have to be convinced by now…
 

PinothyJ

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Damn, I already have all of the PS3 freebies :(
I take that quote and answer with a quote from Nick Caplin:
Nick Caplin said:
I’m really sorry tha there is nothing there that you want. We’ve tried really hard to put together a list of high quality BD games, rather than simply offering cheaper PSN titles. The average metacritic rating for these games is over 84%, so these are high quality games. Unfortunately with a user base of 77m people, it is really hard to offer something for everyone.
Also:
Nick Caplin said:
You’ll get two games for each platform
And:
Nick Caplin said:
The free games are yours to keep. It is only some of the content you get through PS Plus that will expire at the end of the month.

All good…
 
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Oh crap, I have to take my ps3 out of the garbage bin to get these freebies before the garbage truck comes tomorrow.