In case you hadn’t heard, PSN is back. At least for North America and Europe anyway, nearly one full month after the online system was compromised and Sony was forced to pull its plug, most of PSN’s services have returned. (We’re still waiting on the PlayStation Store, but nearly everything else is back.)
To encourage players to return and apologize for the extended downtime, Sony has put together a “Welcome Back” package that’s like a free goody bag, which will be given to all users (for now just in North America, but similar packages are being made for other regions). Here are the details.
All PSN members will get a free 30-day PlayStation Plus membership; existing PSPlus members will get 60 days of free subscription time. There are similar rewards being given to Music Unlimited Premium and Basic subscribers, too. And then there’s the 100 virtual items that you can download for free in PlayStation Home. Plus, there’s going to be a selection of movie titles that will be free to rent over a single weekend; these movies haven’t yet been announced.
But let’s get real. The most exciting stuff will be the free games for all users.
PS3 owners can pick two of the following classic games for free download-and-own: Dead Nation, inFAMOUS, LittleBigPlanet, Super Stardust HD, and Wipeout HD + Fury addon. PSP owners can select two free games from LittleBigPlanet, ModNation Racers, Pursuit Force, and Killzone Liberation. Those are darn good lists, though I wouldn’t have minded seeing ModNation Racers on the PS3 list. The free game selections will be available soon, and you’ll have 30 days to make your picks. Once they’re downloaded, you get to keep them forever.
Which games are you going to pick?