Free games for Playstation Network downtime revealed

Playstation Network users may have had their services down for over three weeks but they will soon be able to get two free full Playstation 3 games via download, along with other freebies, for the trouble. The official Playstation blog site has now revealed all the free stuff that PSN owners will be able to download soon once the Playstation Store has been restored to the network.

After the in-game store goes back up, all registered PSN owners will be able to pick two games from the following five PS3 titles to download for free for the next 30 days: the zombie action game Dead Nation, the open world action game inFAMOUS, the platform action game (with level editor) LittleBigPlanet, the arcade action game Super Stardust HD and the futuristic racing game Wipeout HD with the Fury expansion. If you own a PSP you can also download two of the following four games for free: the PSP versions of LittleBigPlanet and ModNation Racers, Pursuit Force and Killzone Liberation.

In addition, Sony will offer free movie rental downloads from its Playstation Store over one weekend with details to be revealed later. Users of the Playstation Home 3D virtual world service will gain access to 100 free virtual items. As previously announced all Playstation Network members will get 30 free days for the premium Playstation Plus service. Current subscribers will get an additional 60 free days.

European Playstation Network users will get nearly all of the free access and content available to US users. There is one exception; European users won't be able to pick Super Stardust HD as one of its free PS3 games. Instead it will offer up Ratchet & Clank: Quest For Booty.

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lol, they are crap games.. but then again.. sony are giving away free games just cas they had a problem with a service which is also FREE! lol.. if anything sony are getting screwed over. You pay for what you get.. if you want a quality online service then xbox live is way forward.. dont be cheap

If you have got all the games, don't worry you still get 30 days of the premium subscription... so your still get some free stuff. I have none of those games.. so im going to go with Dead Nation and inFAMOUS

I've got LBP2 so i'll choose from wipeout, infamous and dead nation... hmmm decisions decisions, this is win for me i'm not a hardcore gamer anyway so i haven't really missed it. mistakes happen and we learn from them..some mistakes are bigger than others but we're all human. Im quite happy with the way Sony have handled this.

i'm looking forward to the games and trying out PSN+ for a month.

Whats this digital download boll0cks that's not "FREE" you still need to pay for your ISP costs ergo it's not free.. Free would have been applicable if Sony had sent out actual disks to all those effected by the problems seen for the last 3 weeks... your all being had

Athlonite said,
Whats this digital download boll0cks that's not "FREE" you still need to pay for your ISP costs ergo it's not free.. Free would have been applicable if Sony had sent out actual disks to all those effected by the problems seen for the last 3 weeks... your all being had
Well most of us have high speed data connections through our ISP's and aren't paying by the GB unless you're hitting your data caps (meaning you're already downloading a ton of stuff). That problem doesn't apply to a large majority of the users that will be taking advantage of the offer. So yes, it is in fact "free" for nearly all of us. I suppose if you don't have a high speed connection then you're S.O.L.

Athlonite said,
Whats this digital download boll0cks that's not "FREE" you still need to pay for your ISP costs ergo it's not free.. Free would have been applicable if Sony had sent out actual disks to all those effected by the problems seen for the last 3 weeks... your all being had

go complain to your ISP about bandwidth costs, thats not Sony's fault.

This is a great deal for most people. I'm definitely getting wipeout, but then I'll have to decide between infamous and super stardust.

I'm not complaining at all. A lot of people don't give away free stuff who made their own mistakes...

S00N3R FR3AK said,
Can new users use this as I plan to take advantage of a coupon anyways.

Uh no you dont deserve anything what the hell have you lost?

S00N3R FR3AK said,
Can new users use this as I plan to take advantage of a coupon anyways.

Uh no you dont deserve anything what the hell have you lost?

I own all of the games offered so... Oh well. I'm just glad PSN is back up and I can play online (and not so online again). 60 more days on my Plus is nice anyway. Will probably get a few more games from there and everything will even itself out.

Tekkerson said,
You can sell the games you have on disc and download the ones on PSN
Yeah I thought about that too but they're old games so they won't fetch a decent price plus I would imagine there are going to be a lot of people doing the same thing which means the resale market for these games is going to be flooded.

Bun-Bun said,
I own all of the games offered so... Oh well. I'm just glad PSN is back up and I can play online (and not so online again). 60 more days on my Plus is nice anyway. Will probably get a few more games from there and everything will even itself out.
Considering the service was down for about a month, you got exactly the same length of time basic PSN users got for free.

If I was a PlayStation user I definetly wish that at every 3 weeks, PS's network to go down, and recive games every time =)

SubZenit said,
If I was a PlayStation user I definetly wish that at every 3 weeks, PS's network to go down, and recive games every time =)
Sure, if you consider the breach of your personal and financial information to be a price worth paying for those free games.

All I can say is…”well done Sony”. I feel they handled this as best as anyone could expect from a major corporation (especially overseas).

1. They took down a major money making business for weeks to solve a serious security problem. How many company's have ever done that. They don't, they don't care, they will not compromise their profit for you for one day, forget about 3-4 weeks or more.

2. They didn't lie about it. A lot of corporation hire lawyers to come in and teach them how to cover up security/data breaches so they don't have to go public with it.

3. They are giving back profit to the end user. How many other companies wait for the class action lawsuit, spend 2-3 years reaching a small settlement, then you (the customer) get a letter or email saying here is your $10 from the lawsuit and a 12 month subscription to some lame security software you will never install on your computer that you could buy for $40.

4. Who usually makes out well from these situations? The company who lied and/or tried to hide it, the lawyers handling the lawsuit. You get???

This should be an example of how other companies handle these matters. Be honest, don't hide it, take your time solving the root of the problem, take care of your customers and hope/pray it is enough to keep the greedy lawyers off your back.

You cant stop this stuff from happening, no more than you can stop yourself from falling down from time to time…But its how you handle getting back up that matters most.

I think Sony handled this pretty damn well.

Games that you would have paid $50 retail for, year subscription to life-lock which cost about $100 per year, free movie rentals, and “ACCOUNTIBILTY”. And you didn't have to wait 2-3 years to get this from a settlement.

And yes, someone will still file a lawsuit for this….Sony's pain from this is far from over.

I don't think they handled this perfectly.. [ and I'm not just saying that because I'm in NA and want to get Ratchet and Clank free lol ]

But I think they did very well.. This could have been worse, a LOT worse.. And if they were smart in the downtime they not only improved security, they also upgraded their network to make for even less downtime in the future, and better there experience..

So now to decide on my free games

Intel008 said,
They took down a major money making business for weeks to solve a serious security problem. How many company's have ever done that. They don't, they don't care, they will not compromise their profit for you for one day, forget about 3-4 weeks or more.

You say that as though Sony had a choice.

Intel008 said,
They didn't lie about it. A lot of corporation hire lawyers to come in and teach them how to cover up security/data breaches so they don't have to go public with it.

See above. And remember, they shut down PSN without a word and waited a week to tell anyone. Chances are they'd have covered it up if they could.

Intel008 said,
They are giving back profit to the end user. How many other companies wait for the class action lawsuit, spend 2-3 years reaching a small settlement, then you (the customer) get a letter or email saying here is your $10 from the lawsuit and a 12 month subscription to some lame security software you will never install on your computer that you could buy for $40.

Again, they have no choice. They have to do something to get new people to join, and to stop the rapid increase in the number of PS3s being traded in. And they've minimised the cost impact of giving away freebies with their choice of games.

Select old games with low sales figures, some of which have sequels coming up. You increase the sales of said sequels, lose a minimal amount of money and by offering them to non-current PS3 owners might be able to entice people into buying some of your consoles again.

It's not a "nice" thing they chose to do, it's something they HAD to do.

Intel008 said,
Who usually makes out well from these situations? The company who lied and/or tried to hide it, the lawyers handling the lawsuit. You get???

How about the hackers who got all your personal information, because it was stored on an unpatched, poorly secured server?

Intel008 said,
And yes, someone will still file a lawsuit for this….Sony's pain from this is far from over.

I sure hope so!

Nihilus said,

You say that as though Sony had a choice.

Considering the anti-Sony battle that goes on by people like you and geohot fanboys who are pro pirating and are willing to let a company who puts its limb out there to burn in hell.
Sony wasted billions and billions of dollars to create a project for the people, not for their profit... they earn enough from their other divisions.


See above. And remember, they shut down PSN without a word and waited a week to tell anyone. Chances are they'd have covered it up if they could.

Yeah, you go manage a multi million user network with thousands of servers world wide and when **** hits the fan. you bring out a news report based on THIN AIR?
or would you research the matter before you start giving updates before you claim incorrect or false things?

Again, they have no choice. They have to do something to get new people to join, and to stop the rapid increase in the number of PS3s being traded in. And they've minimised the cost impact of giving away freebies with their choice of games.

Select old games with low sales figures, some of which have sequels coming up. You increase the sales of said sequels, lose a minimal amount of money and by offering them to non-current PS3 owners might be able to entice people into buying some of your consoles again.


They already lossed allot of income, lets make Sony go bankrupt and demand the latest and the greatest games for a FREE service that has been down. Any other service would give goodies and freebies to paid subscribers, not to the free users. Sony however, gives both goodies and freebies. Its just a smart choice.

It's not a "nice" thing they chose to do, it's something they HAD to do.

They didnt had to do anything to PSN subscribers, just to PSN+ subscribers.... PSN is a free service. PSN+ is the paid one. But they offer goodies to PSN subscribers... so stop complaining.

How about the hackers who got all your personal information, because it was stored on an unpatched, poorly secured server?

Like you dont have that risk anywhere else? Look at how subpar governments are at storing your information. Or Hospitals, schools etc. Many of those have worse security then Sony.
And besides that, if someone WANTS to get in enough, they will get in if they try hard enough. No network is strong enough to last hacker attacks from all around the world for weeks on end (like for example... sony).

Nihilus said,

How about the hackers who got all your personal information, because it was stored on an unpatched, poorly secured server?

Proof please, You must be extremely naive to think Sony just left our details sitting on a server for anyone to see.

No company is impenetrable to these attacks, If someone/group with enough expertise and time, they will eventually get through their defences.

I think some people might need to get a grip about the whole situation!

Shadowzz said,
Considering the anti-Sony battle that goes on by people like you and geohot fanboys who are pro pirating and are willing to let a company who puts its limb out there to burn in hell.

I'm not a geohot fanboy, and I'm not pro-piracy. As for your image of Sony as a company that "puts it's limb out there", please, it's a company. It exists to make money, it is not an exercise in philanthropy.

I'm also not anti-Sony, what I am against is people who paint them as victims for holding large amounts of your personal data on a poorly secured network.

Shadowzz said,
Sony wasted billions and billions of dollars to create a project for the people, not for their profit... they earn enough from their other divisions.

Lolwut? Sony is not a non profit organisation, btw.

Shadowzz said,
Yeah, you go manage a multi million user network with thousands of servers world wide and when **** hits the fan. you bring out a news report based on THIN AIR?
or would you research the matter before you start giving updates before you claim incorrect or false things?

I was not attacking Sony's choice in delaying a press release, I have attacked none of Sony's decisions, in fact if you actually read my post I praise them as the smart, self interested, money making/face saving decisions they are.

What I was attacking was the assumption that Sony willing went public with this information, and has performed this and all subsequent actions out of the goodness of it's corporate heart. This is a silly and unfounded assumption, Sony would have buried public knowledge of any data theft had it had the capacity to. It would have been irresponsible for them to do otherwise.

Also, plenty of companies run networks that size and install security patches fine. Sony even knew about the vulnerability, and chose to ignore it. Responsible, huh?

Shadowzz said,
They already lossed allot of income, lets make Sony go bankrupt and demand the latest and the greatest games for a FREE service that has been down. Any other service would give goodies and freebies to paid subscribers, not to the free users. Sony however, gives both goodies and freebies. Its just a smart choice.

They didnt had to do anything to PSN subscribers, just to PSN+ subscribers.... PSN is a free service. PSN+ is the paid one. But they offer goodies to PSN subscribers... so stop complaining.


Herp derp, because PSN users didn't have any personal data stolen amirite? The issue isn't concerning the "goodies", it's concerning the amount of data they held and their poor security. Not to mention the impact of service disruption, something you choose to overlook? Why?

Shadowzz said,
Like you dont have that risk anywhere else? Look at how subpar governments are at storing your information. Or Hospitals, schools etc. Many of those have worse security then Sony.
And besides that, if someone WANTS to get in enough, they will get in if they try hard enough. No network is strong enough to last hacker attacks from all around the world for weeks on end (like for example... sony).

The "if someone wants to get in" line is really, really poor. You think no one wants to gain access to Microsoft's customer databases? How about stealing google's search algorithm while they're at it, or maybe magic-hack gearbox and get us an early Duke Nukem Forever release since they're so pro?

If they WANT it enough... oh wait, no, it doesn't work like that. Did you even read the unpatched, known vulnerability, part of Sony's admission of guilt?

You would have 30 days to claim ur stuff.

The games are pretty basic and old, I would expect current items as a "Thank you."

Well, I can always sell my ps3 and games, and tell Sony to shove it. I rather have my credit and identity intact than to suffer another Derp attack from Sony.

Lucien said,
You would have 30 days to claim ur stuff.

The games are pretty basic and old, I would expect current items as a "Thank you."

Well, I can always sell my ps3 and games, and tell Sony to shove it. I rather have my credit and identity intact than to suffer another Derp attack from Sony.

it is not like Sony asked for it. If this happened to Xbox, you would say the same thing to microsoft. This is least Sony can do and nothing will please the customers.

Lucien said,
You would have 30 days to claim ur stuff.

The games are pretty basic and old, I would expect current items as a "Thank you."

Well, I can always sell my ps3 and games, and tell Sony to shove it. I rather have my credit and identity intact than to suffer another Derp attack from Sony.


Blablabla, sell your PS3 then. See if they care seeing as they'll have a new user anyway when the guy who buys your console sets up an acc. The best thing you could do is to smash your PS3 and break the discs.

perochan said,
it is not like Sony asked for it. If this happened to Xbox, you would say the same thing to microsoft. This is least Sony can do and nothing will please the customers.

I think the point is that this didn't happen to Microsoft. Because their corporate network is a little more secure, and they don't hold large amounts of data that they don't need.

Unless you're suggesting Microsoft has security issues akin to Sony's? And which one got hacked was a simply 50/50 chance?

Nihilus said,

I think the point is that this didn't happen to Microsoft. Because their corporate network is a little more secure, and they don't hold large amounts of data that they don't need.

Unless you're suggesting Microsoft has security issues akin to Sony's? And which one got hacked was a simply 50/50 chance?

having fun living under a rock? like MS never gets hacked... oh wait.

Shadowzz said,
having fun living under a rock? like MS never gets hacked... oh wait.

I didn't say Microsoft have never been hacked, they've had sites defaced and DDoSed offline plenty of times. They even had a small part of their internal network compromised, what, 9 years ago now?

My point is that Microsoft doesn't have security experts saying they have serious l2play issues when it comes to securing their data.

"It's not like Sony asked for it" is not a valid excuse, because they DID ask for it. Holding that much valuable data on unpatched servers with known security vulnerabilities? Gz Sony, gz.

karl_87 said,
I bought my PS3 right before it happened and there-fore do not have a PSN account, does that mean we get nothing?

i think you should be able too.

karl_87 said,
I bought my PS3 right before it happened and there-fore do not have a PSN account, does that mean we get nothing?

Yes. It says right there on the website
"For eligibility for the welcome back programme consumers must be an account holder on 20 April 2011. Specific details about these offers and eligibility requirements will be posted as the services go live. All existing PSN registrants have 30 days from when the welcome back programme goes live to redeem their content."

Protip: If you have more than 1 psn account, which a lot of people do, download 2 games on each account on the same ps3 and you will be able to play them all from 1 account.

MurrayB said,
Protip: If you have more than 1 psn account, which a lot of people do, download 2 games on each account on the same ps3 and you will be able to play them all from 1 account.

Nice! That just made my decision a lot easier

MurrayB said,
Protip: If you have more than 1 psn account, which a lot of people do, download 2 games on each account on the same ps3 and you will be able to play them all from 1 account.
Meh. No biggie since I already have two of offerings and I'm not much interested in what I don't have.

MurrayB said,
Protip: If you have more than 1 psn account, which a lot of people do, download 2 games on each account on the same ps3 and you will be able to play them all from 1 account.

DLC goes per machine, not per users on a machine. You won't be able to get all of them unless you have 2 PS3s

bangbang023 said,
Those are some awesome games to pick from. Wow. I'm looking at inFAMOUS and Wipeout.

I really hope that was a joke. Besides LBP which any serious gamer already has, these are GARBAGE with all caps.

StevenMalone77 said,

I really hope that was a joke. Besides LBP which any serious gamer already has, these are GARBAGE with all caps.


Considering I just got a PS3 this year, I don't have these games yet so it's a great deal for me. I can get inFAMOUS before I get inFAMOUS 2 and I've always enjoyed the Wipeout games.

StevenMalone77 said,

I really hope that was a joke. Besides LBP which any serious gamer already has, these are GARBAGE with all caps.

inFamous a crap game? While opinions are accepted, it is generally considered one of the better game around.

StevenMalone77 said,

I really hope that was a joke. Besides LBP which any serious gamer already has, these are GARBAGE with all caps.

You do realise that WipEout HD Fury is in that list, right? Considering your trolling comment, I'm guessing no.

StevenMalone77 said,

I really hope that was a joke. Besides LBP which any serious gamer already has, these are GARBAGE with all caps.

What makes you think you deserve something better?

virtorio said,
inFAMOUS and LittleBigPlanet are great. They're just old.

It's not just that they're old. They also have (or will shortly have) sequels. They're basically giving out games that can't really sell any more. No one is going to buy LBP 1 when LBP 2 is already out. Likewise, no one is going to buy Infamous 1 when the beta for Infamous 2 is already out and the game will be released in 3 weeks.

geoken said,
It's not just that they're old. They also have (or will shortly have) sequels. They're basically giving out games that can't really sell any more. No one is going to buy LBP 1 when LBP 2 is already out. Likewise, no one is going to buy Infamous 1 when the beta for Infamous 2 is already out and the game will be released in 3 weeks.

It would also seem like a good choice on Sony's part as offering those games may actually increase sales of their sequels.

Also, if they are (and from the wording in the article this seems to be the case) offering these freebies to people now joining the playstation network it's working as a way of enticing people to buy a PS3. Something they kind of need given the 200% increase in the rate of trade-ins, a lot of which were traded in for Xbox-360s.

Good business sense on Sony's part, IMHO. Still not going to make this blow over though.

virtorio said,
inFAMOUS and LittleBigPlanet are great. They're just old.

Sadly I have these already. Would've been better to offer other arcade games that are maybe a few weeks old and cost about the same as the old games. Good thing I don't have Stardust or Wipeout yet so this is still a save for me in some way or another.