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Sony has announced the free games it'll be offering as an apology for the 25 days of PlayStation Network downtime and severe breach of personal information after the servers were hacked on April 20.

All European PSN users will be able to select any two of the following five games: LittleBigPlanet, inFamous, WipEout HD/Fury, Ratchet & Clank: Quest for Booty, and Dead Nation.

European PSP users will get to pick two from another four games: LittleBigPlanet PSP, ModNation Racers PSP, Killzone Liberation, and Pursuit Force.

American PSN users will be able to choose Super Stardust HD instead of Ratchet & Clank: Quest for Booty, as well as some free and unspecified movie rentals.

"Once we restore PlayStation Store, which will be just a little while longer, you will have the opportunity to claim your Welcome Back gifts," says Sony on its European PlayStation blog.

PSN users without a PlayStation Plus subscription will receive 30 free days of PlayStation Plus, whereas subscribers will get 60 days for free.

Music Unlimited subscribers will also be able to enjoy 30 days extra. If that wasn't enough, Sony is working on a very special Welcome Back offer for PlayStation Home.

All users have 30 days from when the welcome back program goes live to claim their freebies.

But what should you get, then?

inFamous was awarded a VideoGamer 8/10 in 2009. Tom Orry said the game "might not be the triple-A exclusive we wanted it to be, but it's still a fine game and well worth adding to your PS3 collection" in his inFamous review. inFamous 2 is out in early June, and this might be the perfect opportunity to catch up with the series if you haven't already.

LittleBigPlanet was one of 2008's most anticipated games. Tom described it as an "entertaining platfomer, highly polished training tool and potential gateway to greatness" in his 9/10 LittleBigPlanet review. With a superior sequel already on the market, however, would you really want to trek through the painful electric wheel again?

WipEout HD is one of PlayStation Network's best games. Tom - who seems to have reviewed absolutely everything - said "If Sony keeps churning out PSN games like this they'll put the retail industry out of business" in his 9/10 Wipeout HD review.

Ratchet & Clank: Quest for Booty was an adventure in digital distribution - a mini-sized Ratchet & Clank game with the same high production values as the full retail releases. "Compared to some other PSN titles it doesn't offer the same replay value, but it more than makes up for this in production values and overall quality" wrote (surprise surprise) Tom Orry in his 8/10 Ratchet & Clank: Quest for Booty Review.

Last but not least (unless you're going by review scores) is Dead Nation, Housemarque's 2010 top-down zombie blaster. "For anybody whose patience hasn't been gnawed to pieces by zombies this past year or so, Dead Nation is easy to recommend," wrote Jamin Smith (who definitely isn't Tom Orry) in his 7/10 Dead Nation review.

Which games will you choose?

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tvr77's Avatar


thanks, i think ill grab pursuit force then, i just checked out some screen shots and yes it does look like good fun, i didnt know kz was a top down, hmmmm might re-think my choice there, modnation maybe
Posted 11:40 on 17 May 2011
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dav2612@ pblive

I wasn't that keen on Killzone but I've got the Pursuit Force sequel so I'll give Killzone another try instead of getting more Pursuit Force.

And yes, Killzone works better not being a FPS, they don't play too well on the PSP.
Posted 11:29 on 17 May 2011


oh, and bear in mind that Killzone PSP isn't an FPS but a top down (well, semi-3D) shooter. Still a great game though and probably works better that way on PSP.
Posted 11:10 on 17 May 2011


Pursuit Force is great fun. Well, the driving bits are and flinging yourself from car to car. Odd on-foot bits aren't as good, but still ok.
Posted 11:09 on 17 May 2011
tvr77's Avatar


killzone for me too, is pursuit force any good
Posted 11:04 on 17 May 2011
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dav2612@ pblive

Splendid news indeed. In that case I will be having Modnation Racers and Killzone for the PSP.
Posted 10:42 on 17 May 2011
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tvr77@ pblive

buzzin, i dont play my psp much anymore but this will give me an excuse, got a holiday in a month so ill get some use out of the freebies then, im terrified of flying so i needs to take my mind of it, and gaming helps
Posted 10:24 on 17 May 2011


You can. The answers in the Euro Blog were that if you own both devices then you can pick up both the PS3 and PSP games. I, however, sold my PSP quite a while ago. But then the NGP may well be backward compatible, so worth picking them up for free anyway...
Posted 10:15 on 17 May 2011
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@dav2612...i was wondering the same thing, it would be sweet if we can pick the two from each platform but i doubt it, thinking of dead nation and wipeout the only two i dont have
Posted 10:08 on 17 May 2011

pblive@ Scabby_Sid

Good point.

@Draytone - no, you have to have had a PSN account live before 20th April to take up the offer.
Posted 10:06 on 17 May 2011
Scabby_Sid's Avatar


I think those are all exclusives, pb, to emphasise the whole "PS3 is still good, honest!" thing.
Posted 09:53 on 17 May 2011
draytone's Avatar


Can't smirk at free games! If I bought a PS3 now do you think I could take advantage? :p
Posted 09:33 on 17 May 2011
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I've had/have all the PS3 games on offer, but will be getting Modnation and Pursuit Force on the PSP.
Posted 09:08 on 17 May 2011
dav2612's Avatar


So does this mean if you own a PS3 and a PSP you can pick 2 games for both systems or just 2 games in total?

It will be Infamous and Ratchet & Clank for me.

@Gaston: if you like LBP on the PS3 then you won't be disappointed with the PSP version.
Posted 09:07 on 17 May 2011

pblive@ altaranga

Fury review here . Only an add-on for Wipeout HD though, but a very good one.

For anyone that doesn't already have wipeout HD this is the one to go for I reckon, great gameplay, full 1080p supported and the add-on looks excellent.

I've got the game but not Fury, which is making me wonder whether I should get it again just for that, but I think I'll try to go for Infamous and ratchet and clank and see if my US account can get Wipeout!
Posted 08:28 on 17 May 2011

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