After a 25 day outage, the PlayStation Network finally returned to service on Sunday, bringing online gaming back to PS3 and PSP owners. There isn't really a number that can be ascribed to the loss of customer loyalty resulting from the outage, but there is no doubt that some users will have lost some faith in Sony products. Whether or not this response is reasonable given the general fallible nature of information security, Sony is attempting to mitigate the issue by offering free games for PSN users. Owners of both PS3 and PSP devices may choose two games each from a wide range of titles. In that they range from the somewhat recent to the very old. They do not lack in quality though. Here are the lists.
PS3 owners may choose from two of the following.
- Dead Nation
- Super Stardust HD
- Wipeout HD + Fury
PSP owners choose two from the following list.
- LittleBigPlanet (PSP)
- ModNation Racers
- Pursuit Force
- Killzone Liberation
They have featured some fairly heavy hitters here, with the excellent LittleBigPlanet leading both lists and average Metacritic ratings in the 80s on the PS3 list and the 70s on the PSP list. Many of these titles were also full disc release games originally, and offer great value even as being free. These certainly are not strictly bargain bin offerings. At least not based on quality of gameplay. The relevance of the lists can be called into question though. None of the games were released this year, with the most recent release being Dead Nation, which was released in on November 30, 2010. Most of the selected games are at least 2 years old and a couple date back nearly to the release of the console. There is a good chance you already own or have played these games. The value of each title, if purchased in the store, is somewhere between $15 and $20. We couldn't really expect them to provide new $60 releases in compensation though, so the fact that these games don't suck is at least some consolation.
You will have 30 days to obtain your free downloads from whenever they are made available, which should be shortly after Sony revives the PlayStation Store. At the moment, however, they have not yet provided a timeline for this to occur. Once downloaded the games will be yours to own.
Source: PlayStation Blog
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