Sony's Free "Welcome Back" Game Downloads Go Live

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Sony's Free "Welcome Back" Game Downloads Go Live

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PlayStation Network users can now head on down to the PlayStation Store to download some free games.

Sony's apology for the PlayStation Network and PlayStation Store's downtime, called the Welcome Back program, is now live on the PlayStation Store. Users have an entry in their PlayStation Store menu called "Welcome Back" that'll run them through the process.

The Welcome Back program gives users two free PS3 games, two free PSP games, 30 days of PlayStation Plus, movie rentals throughout the weekend, 30 additional days for Music Unlimited subscribers, and 100 virtual items in PlayStation Home. Current PlayStation Plus subscribers get a free 60 days tacked onto their subscription.

Users can download the following games:

PlayStation 3:

Dead Nation
inFAMOUS
LittleBigPlanet
Super Stardust HD
Wipeout HD + Fury

PSP:

LittleBigPlanet
ModNation Racers
Pursuit Force
Killzone Liberation

You can actually get four free games in total if you have a PSP and PS3. To download, users have to go into the Welcome Back menu, download the Free Game tokens, and then choose their game.

As a word of warning, the PlayStation Store appears to be experiencing errors as of this writing. I personally downloaded the tokens, it didn't let me download the games, and then the tokens were gone. However, customer support reveals that anyone this happens to should go to the XMB --> Account Management --> Transaction Management --> Service List --> SCEA Promotions (or your associated region). Then choose the token and download the content. Unfortunately, even that method isn't perfect at this time, as Sony's servers may be overloaded.

Errors aren't the best way to welcome back a customer base, but presumably they'll be ironed out toot suite. Users must have had a PSN account before April 20, 2011 to take advantage of the Welcome Back offers. Welcome Back will expire on July 3.

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This would be great if their password changing systems weren't still down. I emailed sony's tech support about it and they told me it was lagging due to traffic...

https://store.playstation.com/accounts/security/resetPassword.action?token=UXJP9UJKZGBMNIYVN8BYRHFCRKV7UBEZLUTT4KGFH0NVTMXI9IGC2SJMHEW36XKK

Yeah, okay. Guess it's time to research what free game I want. I'm guessing my 30 days of free shit is counting down during this. What a joke of a company Sony is.

If anyone knows how to change your password please let me know.

Downloads worked for me, so I guess I'm one of the lucky ones. all in all I'm finally glad this is up so I don't have to keep checking if its up anymore.

Gonna jump on this once I get home from work. Wipeout HD and probably Dead Nation as I already have inFAMOUS. Hopefully it'll be working nice and smooth once I get home. I remember logging onto the store yesterday when it first started up and it was super slow and errors left and right, got home and it was fine, so I'm not worrying too much.

LBP and Wipeout for me.

I haven't played a Wipeout game since the demo of the first one on the PSX, on the disk you got with the console.

I've heard good things about this one.

inFamous and Wipeout for me.

Despite my friends insisting on LBP...

>_>

Yep, I'm just going to stand over here and count down how long it takes them to be taken down again.

I am so glad I decided to wait on Infamous. I knew it would be worth it.

I'm working on getting mine now, but it's a pain. That's not really Sony's fault though. They must be having a massive ammount of traffic. Still, can't wait to get my wipeout and Infamous.

Yeah, I just found this out. Problem is, apparently so did everyone else because I can't access the store now. Flood of traffic. Oh well. Not like it's going anywhere. I'll just wait. :-)

Wow it is unstable at the moment... got my PS3 games downloading, but can't manage to get into the games list from the PSP.

And out of the 5 games avilable, I already own 4. I am dissapoint.

This would be after we went in and changed our passwords. Again.

Right?

Let me get this strait.....
Do we have a month of welcome back in the sense that if I download the games in fifteen days from now, I only will be able to play said games for the remaining fifteen days? Or can I wait till the 3rd of July and download the tokens and have the games till my PS+ account expires?

Tom Goldman:
You can actually get four free games in total if you have a PSP and PS3. To download, users have to go into the Welcome Back menu, download the Free Game tokens, and then choose their game.

Thanks for mentioning that Tom, I've been wondering about that ever since they put out the list. I will get 4 games :D

Finally! Time for some insane speed racing!

ChillShark:
Let me get this strait.....
Do we have a month of welcome back in the sense that if I download the games in fifteen days from now, I only will be able to play said games for the remaining fifteen days? Or can I wait till the 3rd of July and download the tokens and have the games till my PS+ account expires?

You keep the free games forever.

Anything you download that's PS+ exclusive goes away when your subscription does, I think.

For a second I thought the article said it ended on June 3rd which, I'm sure you can imagine, sounded like total horseshit.

I allready got LBP as an earlier promotion (PS+ 12-year sub) and with said sub i got Wipeout HD (minus the Fury pack)
so that leaves me 3 choices: Infamous (played almost through at a friends place) Dead Nation (My friend got it, almost completed aswell) and Ratchet and Clank: Quest for booty (EU)
Guess that's R&C + Infamous for me!

Also: I think it's worth noteing this months PSN+ stuff that everyone can get: (atleast for EU)
Burnout Paradice (For some reason it has a 'PSN' on the back of it's name)
Pain
Magic the Gathering: Duels of the Planewalker (but atm there's an error with the full game upgrade apparently...)
a Dragon theme (kinda cool)
and a bunch of minor stuff that i won't go into detail about.
Point being: People shouldn't dismiss PS+ now that they've gotten the chance to check it out

Awesome. I'll prolly download them in a bit when the traffic goes down a little to avoid any problems. I was hoping I could get some more free games with the Plus trial, though.

I'm getting Wipeout and Super Stardust since I'm not a big fan of shooters and I already have the other two. I also have LBP on PSP, so I'll get ModNation Racers, but I haven't decided between Pursuit Force or Killzone yet... What do you guys think?

I can't even get onto the store again. Back to square one I guess.

LightspeedJack:
I can't even get onto the store again. Back to square one I guess.

i'm just like you, i tried to get it, then it appeared with an error, same again, and then i couldn't get back to the store !

Having only a psp (Yeah, shame on me, i know.).
I'll go for LBP. And maybe pursuit force.

Uhhh... what are we supposed to do If we already have those games?

Well i can imagine it not working perfectly if a big part of the users want their free games now. I don't know the exact numbers, but i think there are a lot of PSN users.

Orcus The Ultimate:

LightspeedJack:
I can't even get onto the store again. Back to square one I guess.

i'm just like you, i tried to get it, then it appeared with an error, same again, and then i couldn't get back to the store !

You just gotta keep trying. The amount of people trying to download the games is causing it to be a bit awkward. I kept getting the error message but I kept trying and now I'm downloading Wipeout HD.

Yoh3333:
I allready got LBP as an earlier promotion (PS+ 12-year sub) and with said sub i got Wipeout HD (minus the Fury pack)
so that leaves me 3 choices: Infamous (played almost through at a friends place) Dead Nation (My friend got it, almost completed aswell) and Ratchet and Clank: Quest for booty (EU)
Guess that's R&C + Infamous for me!

Also: I think it's worth noteing this months PSN+ stuff that everyone can get: (atleast for EU)
Burnout Paradice (For some reason it has a 'PSN' on the back of it's name)
Pain
Magic the Gathering: Duels of the Planewalker (but atm there's an error with the full game upgrade apparently...)
a Dragon theme (kinda cool)
and a bunch of minor stuff that i won't go into detail about.
Point being: People shouldn't dismiss PS+ now that they've gotten the chance to check it out

Son of a...I've wanted Burnout Paradise, but it isn't available in the NA version. CURSES!

AetherWolf:
Awesome. I'll prolly download them in a bit when the traffic goes down a little to avoid any problems. I was hoping I could get some more free games with the Plus trial, though.

I'm getting Wipeout and Super Stardust since I'm not a big fan of shooters and I already have the other two. I also have LBP on PSP, so I'll get ModNation Racers, but I haven't decided between Pursuit Force or Killzone yet... What do you guys think?

Pursuit Force and Killzone are both shooting games, and you've already said you don't like shooting games...

I'd just say go with Pursuit Force. At least it has some driving to balance out the shooting for you.

Bags159:
This would be great if their password changing systems weren't still down. I emailed sony's tech support about it and they told me it was lagging due to traffic...

https://store.playstation.com/accounts/security/resetPassword.action?token=UXJP9UJKZGBMNIYVN8BYRHFCRKV7UBEZLUTT4KGFH0NVTMXI9IGC2SJMHEW36XKK

Yeah, okay. Guess it's time to research what free game I want. I'm guessing my 30 days of free shit is counting down during this. What a joke of a company Sony is.

If anyone knows how to change your password please let me know.

well first off mate quit bitching

second it starts counting down when you go into the store and download it

third when you go to get your computer repaired because the screen cracked or a virus hit it, do you complain when you don't get your computer back within 15 minutes?

Sliverwings:
Uhhh... what are we supposed to do If we already have those games?

Trade them in for free store credit and then download them again.

killamanhunter:

Bags159:
This would be great if their password changing systems weren't still down. I emailed sony's tech support about it and they told me it was lagging due to traffic...

https://store.playstation.com/accounts/security/resetPassword.action?token=UXJP9UJKZGBMNIYVN8BYRHFCRKV7UBEZLUTT4KGFH0NVTMXI9IGC2SJMHEW36XKK

Yeah, okay. Guess it's time to research what free game I want. I'm guessing my 30 days of free shit is counting down during this. What a joke of a company Sony is.

If anyone knows how to change your password please let me know.

well first off mate quit bitching

second it starts counting down when you go into the store and download it

third when you go to get your computer repaired because the screen cracked or a virus hit it, do you complain when you don't get your computer back within 15 minutes?

How dare I be indignant when discussing a company that has potentially exposed me to identity theft. As long as my thirty days of free shit doesn't start until I can actually access it it's cool, but I doubt that's true.

Also, my computer doesn't get hit by serious viruses and I don't hit my $250 monitor out of rage so this is a horrible analogy.

Something I wanted to share with PSN users:

Make sure to complete the download of each title all the way otherwise you'll have to go into account management>transaction management>services list>SCEA Promotions to download the games.
Hope that helps.

Basically if you press 'back' twice after having downloaded your 'Free game' activation, the option to download the free game will seem to disappear from the store. Fret not, you can still get your game, but you'll have to take the route indicated in the quote above.

LightspeedJack:
I can't even get onto the store again. Back to square one I guess.

Orcus The Ultimate:

LightspeedJack:
I can't even get onto the store again. Back to square one I guess.

i'm just like you, i tried to get it, then it appeared with an error, same again, and then i couldn't get back to the store !

They are under heavy traffic at the moment. I'd try back later on, when it's cooled down a little.

Bags159:

killamanhunter:

Bags159:
This would be great if their password changing systems weren't still down. I emailed sony's tech support about it and they told me it was lagging due to traffic...

https://store.playstation.com/accounts/security/resetPassword.action?token=UXJP9UJKZGBMNIYVN8BYRHFCRKV7UBEZLUTT4KGFH0NVTMXI9IGC2SJMHEW36XKK

Yeah, okay. Guess it's time to research what free game I want. I'm guessing my 30 days of free shit is counting down during this. What a joke of a company Sony is.

If anyone knows how to change your password please let me know.

well first off mate quit bitching

second it starts counting down when you go into the store and download it

third when you go to get your computer repaired because the screen cracked or a virus hit it, do you complain when you don't get your computer back within 15 minutes?

How dare I be indignant when discussing a company that has potentially exposed me to identity theft. As long as my thirty days of free shit doesn't start until I can actually access it it's cool, but I doubt that's true.

Also, my computer doesn't get hit by serious viruses and I don't hit my $250 monitor out of rage so this is a horrible analogy.

before I start a flame war I'll just say this; you seem like an asshole for a man with a Fluttershy avatar. Also if you want a better analogy replace "computer" with Car, "virus" with 16 year old girl on her phone and "monitor" with windshield.

by the way, try being CEO of a corporation one day, it isn't a walk in the park to put it lightly.

Ive got Infamous and Little Big Planet in the queue to download as i work and probably through the night too, I wish they chose different PSP games since none look appealing at all

killamanhunter:

Bags159:

killamanhunter:

well first off mate quit bitching

second it starts counting down when you go into the store and download it

third when you go to get your computer repaired because the screen cracked or a virus hit it, do you complain when you don't get your computer back within 15 minutes?

How dare I be indignant when discussing a company that has potentially exposed me to identity theft. As long as my thirty days of free shit doesn't start until I can actually access it it's cool, but I doubt that's true.

Also, my computer doesn't get hit by serious viruses and I don't hit my $250 monitor out of rage so this is a horrible analogy.

before I start a flame war I'll just say this; you seem like an asshole for a man with a Fluttershy avatar. Also if you want a better analogy replace "computer" with Car, "virus" with 16 year old girl on her phone and "monitor" with windshield.

by the way, try being CEO of a corporation one day, it isn't a walk in the park to put it lightly.

That's not an excuse for compromising the credit cards, personal information, etc of all of your customers because they didn't feel like having decent security. If being a CEO is too hard for Sony's CEO he should probably step down.

Finally, what? What does having an avatar of Fluttershy have to do with me being angry? I'd be just as angry if I got mugged while a police man stood and watched; would you reprimand me in that situation? Not sure how being angry at a company for disregarding my personal information makes me an asshole.

So I emailed Sony because I still can't change my password...

This is about how it went down:
"Dear sony, when will I be able to change my password? Is there another way since the page I got linked to via email is down for maintenance?"

Thank you for contacting Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC (SCEA). We are happy to inform you the PlayStation®Network and PlayStation®Store services have been restored.
Our services went live late on the evening of June 1, 2011. Due to the high traffic on our servers, you may experience some delay and connectivity issues with the store. We hope you enjoy your upcoming weekend, and appreciate your extended patience during our service outage.

"But it says the password changing is down for maintenance. You didn't even attempt to answer my question."

NO LOL THERE'S HIGH TRAFFIC IN THE STORE SO YOU CAN'T ACCESS THE STORE

Their customer service won't even answer my questions. Damn right I'm pissed.

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