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    [PS3] PSN Welcome Back Program

    Now that the Sony Playstation 3 PSN network is fully up and running again, have you logged in and taken advantage of the Welcome Back Program?

    If not it is worth it. Log into the PSN Store and you will see a link to it from the right-hand side of the front page. For eligibility for the welcome back programme consumers must have been an account holder on 20 April 2011. All existing PSN registrants have 30 days from when the welcome back programme goes live to redeem their content.

    What do you get:

    30 Day PS Plus Subscription (for non subscribers) - Or if you are an existing subscriber you get 60 days free subscription added to your account (roughly what you lost during the downtime).

    If you are not currently a "Plus" subscriber don't knock this because it will gain you access to the free and discounted Plus content in the store, and this month Sony are offering a completely free download of Burnout Paradise, which is a great bargain if you don't already own the game.

    2 Free Commercial PS3 Games

    Also on offer is the choice of 2 completely free commercial games from a selection of 5. These are all very good games and definitely worth taking advantage of this offer for. It's not so great if you already own all 5 of these games, but great if you don't.

    In Europe the 5 games being offered are:

    1. Infamous
    2. LittleBigPlanet
    3. Dead Nation
    4. Wipeout HD/Fury
    5. Ratchet and Clank: Quest for Booty

    In the USA the selection is nearly the same, but with Super Stardust HD offered instead of Ratchet and Clank.

    And in Germany Infamous and Dead Nation are replaced with Super Stardust HD and Hustle Kings.

    A great selection of older titles you have to agree. And if you didn't already also own Burnout Paradise, with the free 30 day PS Plus subscription you are in effect really getting 3 full commercial games for free, plus some other mini and PS1 games from the PS Plus downloads.

    2 Free commercial PSP games

    If you also have a PSP registered with PSN then you also get to download 2 free commercial games from a selection of 4.

    In Europe the games being offered are:

    1. LittleBigPlanet PSP
    2. ModNation PSP
    3. Pursuit Force
    4. Killzone Liberation

    For the German market, Pursuit Force and Killzone Liberation will be replaced with Everybody's Golf 2 and Buzz Junior Jungle Party in the selection of PSP games. Killzone Liberation will not offer online gameplay functionality.

    30 free days for Music Unlimited

    For existing Music Unlimited subscribers, you will be given 30 days free subscription.

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    Obviously I won't need that

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    True... but it does mean you can't play any games online, which is a bit of a restriction.

    I know you don't play much online anyway so it's not a huge lose to you, but I personally like the ability to be connected, plus the addition of new content downloads for games, such as GT5 bonuses every time you log in, and time limited events.

    But even saying all that. You must agree that Sony have offered a pretty good package as compensation to the downtime? Especially as they actually didn't need to as it wasn't their fault (other than their security not being good enough). I don't reckon you would see M$ offering as good an offer of Love went down.

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    I of course allready own all five of the free games. Well, I own Wipeout HD but not the Fury add-on so can get that at least.

    Playstation Plus doesn't excite me much. Allright to get access to some discounts for a month of course. I allready have Burnout Paradise The Ultimate Box on Steam, so don't need that either. And I wonder about it being free, is it free in the same sense as all other free Playstation Plus content, ie that you only have access to it as long as you are a PSPlus subscriber? This is one reason it never interested me to subscribe to it in the first place.

    All in all, it is as many people say, some great content on offer here. But it doesn't really offer much to the people who's really invested in the platform allready as they will allready own most of the content and not get the opportunity to get anything out of this offer. Why not for example include the option to exchange one or both free titles for 5 worth of store credit each or something? That'd make people like me happy too.

    Oh well, you can't win them all. It is a great deal though and Sony should be commended for picking some quality titles to give away.

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    You could always sell the originals and then download the offered versions. And no, these games are not subscription limited and will allow you to keep playing them.

    BTW, if you get the Fury upgrade let me know then we can play some 2 player games!

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    Dave, are you sure that these games are not subscription limited? That means that if I will download such a game will be sit on my HD forever? Or it will say "goodbye" after the 30 free days?

    And exactly, where I have to go to find them. Don't use PSN so much, very very scarce.
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