PlayStation fans have been through a lot over the last month or two. Fortunately, the security breach is over, the PlayStation Store is back up, and things have returned to normal. To top it off, Sony has introduced a “Welcome Back” package that’s available now to all PlayStation Network members.
Sony is being incredibly generous with free content. The company is offering up some of the most popular games for the PSP and PS3, as well as some free time with PlayStation Plus, free virtual items, and even free movie rentals. (The movies are ‘Ghostbusters’, ‘Bad Boys’ and, if you really want to watch it, ‘Final Fantasy: Spirits Within’.)
PS3 owners get to choose two free games to download from a list of five: ‘Infamous’, ‘Super Stardust HD’, ‘Wipeout HD’, LittleBigPlanet’ and ‘Dead Nation’. The standouts here are ‘Infamous’ and ‘LittleBigPlanet’, though if you already own one of those, ‘Wipeout HD’ is a good way to go as well. Whatever games you go for, simply log into the PlayStation Store on your PS3 and select the “Welcome Back” section.
PSP owners also get two games for Sony’s portable system. ‘LittleBigPlanet PSP’ and ‘ModNation Racers PSP’ are fine choices. ‘Killzone Liberation’ is a decent choice as well. While ‘Pursuit Force’ received fair review scores back in 2006, it might be a little too dated now for some. PSP users can start the downloads through the PlayStation Store on the PSP, PS3 or Media Go PC application.
Since the program just launched, expect downloads to go slowly. Downloading ‘LittleBigPlanet PSP’ took me upwards of two hours, and that’s just 1.3GB. Expect PS3 titles like ‘Infamous’ to take even longer.
One annoyance for those like me without functional PS3s is that there doesn’t seem to be a way to redeem the free PS3 games without accessing the PlayStation Store through a PS3 console.
You have 30 days to claim your free games before they expire, so make sure you get on it fast. Don’t stress too hard about which games you pick, especially on the PS3 where they’re all gold. If you run into any issues – and you might – then swing on over to Sony’s “Welcome Back” web site, which details fixes for some of the more common problems that might occur.