Aussie ‘Welcome Back’ Package Detailed…

Aussie ‘Welcome Back’ Package Detailed…

Aussie ‘Welcome Back’ Package Detailed…… And it’s precisely the same as the European package – which is to be expected, and not exactly the worst news in the world! At least we don’t have to pay more for it!

Just to confirm, in case you haven’t seen our earlier European post, the package includes…

Two PS3 games from the following:

– LittleBigPlanet – Infamous – Wipeout HD/Fury – Ratchet and Clank: Quest for Booty – Dead Nation

PSP users will also be eligible to download two of the following PSP games:

– LittleBigPlanet PSP – ModNation PSP – Pursuit Force – Killzone Liberation

In addition, PSN users will be given 30 days membership for PlayStation Plus free, while existing members will be given 60 days free subscription. Music Unlimited user will be provided with 30 days free. Sony are also apparently working on a Welcome Back offer for home, with details incoming.

What do you guys think? Happy? Disgruntled? Seems like a decent package, despite the fact that I already own all of these games [sob] .

Apparently further details on how to redeem these games will be forthcoming when the PlayStation Store service is restored.


  • I could easily grab wipeout and rachet from that deal, not bad. Thanks for rewarding me for my patience 🙂

  • So are these all games on demand thingies? Do we just DL them and we own them?

    Not being a playstation guy at all, I have not played ANY of these games… what should I do?

    I think I own a PSP also, so let me know what to do on both sides of things??? HELP!

          • I know. The highlight of that day was having one of the game developer dudes looking over my shoulder while in some epic boss battle saying “use the rockets, use the rocket!”… when i didnt, he said “well, you are doing pretty good on your own” and left..

            I then turned around and said to someone else “do you have rockets do you?”

            I seriously have no idea about this game.

            Another awesome moment was when he pointed out that in this game you can use both hands… I have been able to do that since I turned 1 so I assumed this to be the case.

            I will just say that there was plenty of smiles and nods!

            Thanks Adam, appreciate you bring this up!

            But my actual response to this…

            Is inFamous so much different from Prototype. I have finished that one and thought it was OK, just not sure that is my kind of thing? Why is this one so much better?

          • Not to intentionally play Devil’s Advocate, but I find Infamous to be the most overrated game in recent times.

            The environment felt lifeless, the enemies bland, characters and ‘side-kick’ exceptionally annoying, and repetitive.

            Although, it did have Just Cause 2’s quick destructive fix if you’re after that.

    • I’m curious as to how this will work myself. Can Mr Serrels confirm how this is going to happen for us plz?

  • I haven’t read the fine print but are these ‘free’ games actually given to us outright? Or since we get 30 days of PS Plus, do we then lose these games at the end of our 30 day trial subscription like all the free games given to PS Plus users?

    • Over on the US PS Blog, it says:

      “All PlayStation Network customers can select two PS3 games from the following list. The games will be available for 30 days shortly after PlayStation Store is restored and can be kept forever.

      * Dead Nation
      * inFAMOUS…”

      So I assume it’s the same. The 2 full games we get are ours forever. If we get anything for free using the PS Plus, that’s only valid for the time we have PS Plus. Anything we buy using a PS Plus discount will be ours forever.

  • For anyone wondering, the games marked with an asterisk are unavailable in the German market and are replaced with Super Stardust HD, Hustle Kings for PS3 and Everybody’s Golf 2 and Buzz Junior Jungle Party on PSP.

    I’ll be collecting Infamous and Ratchet & Clank from this little deal. Considering I didn’t lose anything from the hacking aside from a month where I couldn’t play Demon’s Souls, this works out rather well for me.

    Of course, I typed out that bit about the asterisks and it looks like that was already edited out.

  • Only one of them I own is LBP! I’m thinking WipeoutHD will be a definite, but I’m not sure about the others. They all have potential!

  • – I was hoping it would be the same as the US. LBP I have no interest in. I have Wipeout HD Fury, Dead Nation and Ratchet & Clank: Quest For Booty.

    I would’ve loved Super Stardust HD 🙁

  • question? say if you have 2 psn id, will you able to get all those 4 games? 2 for each psn id? that will be awesome

  • SWEET!

    I don’t own any of those PS3 games yet, what does everyone recommend? Maybe LittleBigPlanet and Ratchet and Clank?

      • Ooooooh tough choice.

        I’ll say LBP is a shoe-in though, since the only local-multiplayer game I have so far is Portal 2.

        • LBP and Infamous!! Easy choice! They are both fantastic games.

          As for me, Dead Nation and Quest for Booty are the only ones I don’t already own so I guess that makes it easy for me…

  • Already got LBP and Wipeout from PS+, wish they would give us some more options. 2 games out of 3 isn’t exactly choice

  • I still think this seems like they’re trying to shift more copies of Infamous 2 and, to a lesser extent, LBP2.

    But that might just be because I’m a cynical old man.

  • To be honest, I’d have been happier with $20 of PSN store credit. But whinging aside, at least we didn’t get the dirty nappy, nor the stick it was wrapped around.

  • Well when I first heard about the package I was encouraged, now I see I once again gave Sony far too much credit again. 5 games that most people own or have atleast owned finished and traded, and one month access to a system you really need to stay subscribed to for it to be really beneficial. This has disheartened me more then the outage itself, not good enough Sony, there’s no incentive for their most loyal users.

    • Most loyal users? I would argue that those ‘most loyal’ users already pay for and therefore benefit from the PlayStation Plus service. Electing not to pay for a service and then whinging when they don’t give you a free lifetime membership hardly makes you a “loyal user.”

      Those already part of the Plus service are the loyal users who are getting screwed here, not you.

      Might I add, while the gesture Sony have made has it’s flaws, they weren’t obligated to do what they have done. Yes, they benefit from doing so but most of us were hankering to get back online anyway and would have returned without being bribed with free stuff and they know that.

      • PIAT if your not happy with the freebies Sony are giving you just go to xbox live and enjoy all te freebies Microsoft gives you…

  • I have previously owned LBP and wasn’t fond of it and I already have WipeoutHD.

    I guess I’ll get InFamous and Dead Nation as a priority. If they give us one game per account (since my wife has her own login of course), I guess we could get Ratchet & Clank (I liked Tools of Destruction but wound up trading that in, too)and have LBP just for the sake of having it since I traded it in awhile back.

    I have a PSP but I don’t think I ever linked it with my PSN account, so I don’t know if I can get the PSP games.

  • I still cant get onto the playstation store without another maintenance message, but I can sign into the playstation network. Anyone else have this problem?

    • Everyone does, the Store is not yet up. This first restoration was about getting everyone back online and allowing to play online games.

      The Store is going to be one of the last things to go back up, Sony have still announced they want everything back by the end of May.

  • Wipeout HD/Fury and Dead Nation for me because I own all the other PS3 games.

    I’ll also grab LittleBigPlanet PSP and I don’t know, Killzone? What games are the best out of that PSP list? (I don’t have any of them)

  • Just some info for everyone regarding R&C : Quest For Booty.

    The game is a bridging story between “Tools Of Destruction” and “A Crack In Time”, so it’s very short and if you haven’t played either of the above, then it won’t make much sense either.

    Infamous & LittleBigPlanet are probably the 2 best options for everyone.

    Failing that, my recommendation would then be WipEout and then Dead Nation

  • Besides Wipeout, I don’t have any of these, so I’m happy.
    Just not too sure which ones to get.

    I don’t have a PSP, can I still download 2 of the PSP games? (You know, for my future PSP2)

    • I’d like to know this as well please. I don’t have a PSP, but if I download the games now can I save them on the off-chance I get a cheap PSP down the track? Or do they have to be loaded straight away? (Not sure how this works :P)

  • This is not really doing anything for me here.

    I have ALL these games already. I am a PS+ subscriber so I will get 60 extra days of that service but TBH I had buyers remorse 3 days after purchase of PS+ and 2 extra months of free shovel ware doesn’t exactly make me jump for joy.

    Thanks Sony. I appreciate the kick in the balls for actively supporting your products in the past.

  • Might be getting Wipeout and Dead Nation. I was hoping we would get some free PS1 games as I would be getting all the FF games again but beggars can’t be choosers.

  • 60 free days for PS+ subscribers, but my subscription ran out during the outage, so I was unable to resubscribe.

    So I’m wondering whether I’ll get the 60 days or only 30.

  • That’s awesome, Little big planet for the missus, and wipeout HD for yours truly, which i was planning on buying when the networks went up anyway.

    Cheers Sony.

  • I can understand why some people would think that this is just a marketing ploy for Sony since majority of these games have sequels. But realistically, most good game these days have sequels so whatever Sony gives out for free, some people would still be unhappy.


  • This deal is like receive underwear from my mum on my birthday in front of my extended family.

    I have Infamous and LBP already and I don’t really want any of that G-string fury HD Alpha 2 deluxxe crap.

    It’s the thought that counts though. Thanks mum!

  • Here is a question.

    I got a (second) PS3 during the outage. It has never connected to PSN. Do I get free content on that one also under a different PSNID? I could get different games on that one and swap them *thinks he is smart*

    *then starts singing:

    I am so Smart, I am so smart, SMRT.. I mean SMART! while burning his MBA*

    • Console numbers are irrelevant, it’s based on Accounts, but what you are saying is correct.

      If you have… Fat_Shady #1 & Fat_Shady #2

      FS#1 could get LBP & inFamous
      FS#2 could get DN & WipEout

      FS#1 can play FS#2’s games as long as FS#2 account remains on the console, if FS#2 is deleted from the console, then the access to the games is removed and vice versa.

      This also means that both FS#1 & FS#2 can be on the second console and you can have these games on that console also.

      PSN Accounts have the ability to be “activated” on 5 different consoles at anyone time. I’ve also read that the offer is only available to accounts prior to the outage, so any new accounts made since the network is up will not get the offers.

      • I should add in a disclaimer, this is how it has worked in the past, with all the new security, this “could” change and they “could” limit the access of the games to only the “owner” (ie: who purchased it through the store).

        Personally don’t see that happening, but it would mean that “Person 2” in the household would also have to pick the same game as their free game to have access to play it.

        • It is two different consoles and two different accounts so it is the same as me and you DLing something. We are simply not linked (Sony does not know I own both devices).

          My questions was more focussed on someone who has never connected to PSN (new console during outage) would they get this deal also. I suspect you will because you could just argue that you tried to create an account (which we did) but could not log on!

          All good man!

          • The offer only extends to those that have a PSN Account before it was taken down, so anyone that bought new in the downtime won’t get it.

            Anyone that has a local user account only on the console, but never made a PSN account wouldn’t get it either. So you might fall into that category for the second PlayStation, you mentioned that the console has never connected to PSN.

  • Definetly getting Infamous and Wipeout HD/Fury, as I already own LBP. 😀

    Woo… free stuff! 😀 Not that I really lost much, maybe a little inconvenienced I couldn’t play ACB, RedDead or LBP multiplayer 😀

  • Already got 3/5 of the PS3 games, so Infamous and Ratchet and Clank for me.

    Same with PSP, so it looks like Modnation and Killzone for that. =D

    Extra month for my existing PS+ subscription? I’ll take that too.

    I’m not complaining – but then I didn’t really complain the 24 days PSN was offline too. I’m happy with Sony’s actions during the outage and I’m more than happy with the compensation after it.

  • pretty stoked about infamous – especially since it was still sitting at $40+ on the psn store – maybe ratchet or dead nation… couldn’t care less about ps+ free month… would be nice if the let that months “free” ps+ content be permanent.

  • Well I’ll definitely grab infamous, been in the mood to play it lately and a friend has my copy so she can keep it and I’ll have the downloadable version. I was sort of hoping they’d give away uncharted drakes fortune as a sort of publicity boost prior to 3 coming out but I suppose I’ll try one of the other games, maybe dead nation

  • Might get R&C and Wipeout unless Dead Nation is any good?
    And Modnation and Killzone since I have no idea what the other one is and I already have LBP.

    • Dead Nation is fantastic, one of the best PSN titles I’ve played. I highly recommend Wipeout HD/Fury too. Haven’t played R+C though.

  • to bad i’m a collector and want a physical copy of little big planet. although i guess i’d be ok with infamous and wipeout digitally. kind of like a play and finish and then buy for $3 each in 5 years.

  • For those who already have all the games on offer you could always download a couple then trade in your disc copies. It’s better than nothing!

  • I’m happy with the offer. Also happy to have a US account, which means I’ll be able to pick up the other games I missed (ie. Super Stardust!).

    Just wish I’d gone and created a Japanese account back when I imported Prinny 2. Could’ve gone for extra awesome goodies!

  • Aaah, they’ve all got the same “feel” to them, and it’s a “feel” I don’t necessarily want. Nest choices will be LittleBigPlanet and Ratchet and Clank, even if Ratchet and Clank is a direct sequel….

  • I’ll probably grab LBP and Infamous but I’m on the opposite side of Australia to my PS3 sooooooo how big are those 2 downloads?

  • damn… thats annoying… i only just purchased infamous (last month) and quest for booty (last week!!!)… oh well..

    i’ll go for dead nation and a digital copy of infamous and i’ll try to flog my platinum version (i hate the platinum cases!!!)

  • Looks like I’ll be getting LBP and either Infamous or Wipeout. Good thing I never had the money to buy these games 😀

    I can’t really decide between Infamous and Wipeout, I’ve played the Infamous demo and found it to be alot like Crackdown (which gets repetitive in an hour), and I haven’t really played Wipeout before.


  • Dead Nation and Infamous for me. Even though I’ve finished Infamous a couple of times now, It’ll help me get to speed on the plot.

  • Sweet, I’ll be getting Dead Nation and Wipeout of PS3 (already have Quest for Booty and inFamous). If the 2nd account thing works, will use the Girlfriends account to get LBP (will give a few more items for LBP2).

    PSP, I already own Killzone Liberation, so it’ll be LBP and Modnation I think.

    • Same here. Doesn’t really make up for having my details stolen, plus the time wasted getting a new card and updating all the direct debits.

      Big fail on Sony’s part, if you ask me.

  • Hmm, wondering if my pre-existing US account (on the same machine as my main account) will also be eligible for free stuff… and if the US will get anything different in their package.

    • I believe you have to be located in the country your PSN is registered to. The US PSN gave awat free copies of Flow a while ago but only to people in the US.

      This will cause problems as there are countries in South America and Europe that don’t have a local PSstore and therefore get nothing.

  • I suppose ill choose Infamous and Dead nation, I already have wipeout and LBP doesnt interest me.

  • Guess it’s Ratchet and Clank and Dead Nation for me. Already own everything else except Wipeout and I don’t really have any interest in that.

  • I have LBP2 but not LBP1, so LBP1 seems a no-brainer. And I guess Infamous.

    PSN credit would have been better IMO. Could spend on DLC stuff for games I already liked enough to buy, or on minis, instead of games which are already in the used bins for $20.

    • I clicked “Forgot Password” and it said we are sending info to your email. Then I instantly remembered my password, but it doesn’t work because it’s being changed. Then it said it can take 24 hours to receive the email. Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu..

  • I see there’s no info for free rentals for movies, like was mentioned for the US. I guess we’ll miss that.
    And great, we miss out on Super Stardust in replace for Ratchet and Clank

  • Aw no Fat Princess? that’s a game I wish more people were playing online.

    Still, pretty generous selection.

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