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The Truth About PSN’s “Welcome Back” Program – Get Over 20 Games For Free

by Ernice Gilbert on June 4th, 2011, under Hot, News, PS3, PSN, PSP, Sony

There are certain things in life that are free, from the people we keep closest to our hearts to a walk on a beautiful public, sandy beach. But there are things that we know can’t come unless moneys are involved, and quite honestly, that’s almost everything. Even certain privileges that one should never have to pay for comes with a price these days, and the more we venture into the future, the more we realize the absolute importance of money.

But there are times when the things that we usually pay for becomes free, albeit for a short time, and because of something that’s happened, in our case, the PSN hack which lead to millions of user accounts becoming exposed, including date of birth, address and other important and sensitive information. Because of this, Sony kept offline the PlayStation Network for the better part of a month, apologized and promised gamers that it would provide them with a “Welcome Back” package that would see them getting four games for free: choose two out of five for PS3 and the same for PSP. That promise was realized yesterday when Sony sent live the program and gamers the world over were rejoicing – but what they didn’t know is that they’ll have way more reasons to rejoice than they ever imagined. Because they won’t only get four free games, instead they’ll get 2×10. Do the math.

I’m sure you want to know how this all works, right? Here goes, then:

When you select the “Welcome Back Package” option on the PlayStation Store, you’ll get to choose two games for PS3 and two for PSP if you own the latter device. But there’s also another item which you can select as part of the package, as you know, and that’s 30 days of PlayStation Plus for free; and my friends, that’s where the secret lies.

Once you’ve selected the 30 days of free PlayStation Plus, you’ll receive a confirmation email in the account you signed up with, telling you “thanks for your purchase”. The PS Plus logo will now appear next to your avatar, and all the privileges of regular PS Plus members are now yours. One of the privileges is, wait for it, free games!

In this month’s selection, you have over PS Plus items which you can choose from:


Normally costing $4.99, I downloaded the Steel Rain DLC pack for Killzone 3 free of charge! There’s also SOCOM 4 DLC available that I haven’t downloaded as yet.


The 2D Adventures Of Rotating Octopus Character is just one of the many Minis available for free because you’re now a PS Plus member. And there’s lots, lots more!

Full Game Trials

Comet Crash is just one of the many full game trials that are available for download for free because of your PS Plus status, so don’t miss out! You can also try out Mass Effect 2 entirely free – the full game.

And don’t forget everything becomes cheaper and there are lots of free videos to watch, themes to download and much more. Like I’ve said, this weekend must be the best in gaming history! Go ahead, do a little searching around on PS Plus, and what you’ll get free of charge will amaze you.


  1. Sat, 4th Jun 2011 at 9:16 am

    The only problem with this article is that it doesn’t mention that you only have access to those free PSN games for 30 days. You need to subscribe in order to keep playing these freebies again. I personally think that the Welcome back options suck. I already played some of the options presented and am not interested in the other options. Same for movies…could they pick crappier movies. I’d prefer a free rental of a movie of my choice. I think Sony is being cheap for a company who totally disregarded protecting my private information.

  2. Sat, 4th Jun 2011 at 9:50 am

    I love your profile name.. :D

  3. Sat, 4th Jun 2011 at 9:52 am

    And I must admit the movie selection suck. Was actually thinking of writing an article on that. But as for the 30 days and then it’s gone, from the moment you start downloading the free PS Plus content it lets you know that…. Yet I understand your frustration with the whole thing. Remember though, it’s hard to please everyone!

  4. Sat, 4th Jun 2011 at 11:22 am

    It almost feels like a “Welcome Back” to a select few then. For someone who plays video games a lot, I already bought most of these games. I think there is a way to please everyone. Let everyone pick one game and rent one movie for free. At least then a true option exists.

  5. Sat, 4th Jun 2011 at 11:28 am

    But you do understand that what you’re asking for could be pretty expensive to Sony as, of course, they do not own all the games in the world. There are third-parties involved and it’s not as simple as you think. On the movie side of things, I hate the damned selection. It’s damned indeed. I mean, they own movie studios for crying out loud! They could have done way better there.

  6. Sun, 5th Jun 2011 at 3:03 am

    Ernice you should know one thing, the DLC for Killzone 3 is only free for USA, in Europe you have to pay for it.

  7. Sun, 5th Jun 2011 at 4:34 am

    not exactly sufficient for having the crappiest security in human history, and still do there still getting hacked now!
    but, eh what can you do?
    all i can say is sit back and watch the law suits roll in!

  8. Sun, 5th Jun 2011 at 5:14 am

    Yeah, just heard the news….Sorry there. I’ll update the post.

  9. Sun, 5th Jun 2011 at 10:07 am

    it only cost 50 bucks for the ps+ annual sub so i don’t see what all this complaining is about. you get 30 free days to see if its right for you.

  10. Sun, 5th Jun 2011 at 11:49 am


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