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Submitted by NJShadow 1124d ago | article

How Sony’s Welcome Back Package Helped to Reignite One Game’s Online Community

Sony’s ‘Welcome Back’ package, consisting of two PS3 titles, two PSP titles, and a free month of PlayStation Plus membership, was released to the public roughly two weeks ago, with mixed reactions all-around. Some loved the selection of games offered, some hated them, however, through this ‘Welcome Back’ package, Sony managed to reinvigorate the online community for a particular title, adding a ton more value to a game released over 2 years ago. (PS3, PSP, Sony, Wipeout HD, WipEout HD: Fury)

joinsideke  +   1124d ago
This is one of the one's I'll be grabbing when I cash in.
Joni-Ice  +   1124d ago
About time we see some positive news concerning the Welcome Back package.
mantisimo  +   1124d ago
Already had the games but nice to be back online.

All of my friends are back too so can't have pissed that many people off.
captain-obvious  +   1124d ago
i just realized how much of a great game dead nation is
especially the leader boards layout

that's innovations man
BISHOP-BRASIL  +   1124d ago
@mantismo

I'm still not able to reactivate my main account, but that's Sony Brasil mess, SCEA already game me the support they could but Sony Brasil isn't moving on with the process... Anyway, I have many friends on the same situation, so on ¨minor¨ markets probably there's a considerabel ammount of people not so happy. At least all my foreign accounts are ok so we keep gaming (and in the end, that's what matters... still missing those 1400+ trophies through).

To prevent people from exploting PSN the one account with my real adress is the one I can't get back to work... Oh the irony.

Anyway, I'm not pissed, the welcome back program and, specially, the free month on PS+ more than paid off for any frustration, I already decided to be a subscriber once the free month ends, I'll just wait 'till my account is reactivated or terminated for once as they announced the store for my region on E3, coming 'till october, but no confirmation of Plus or PS Cards for my region, so I'll wait and see if it's worth getting an American sibscription or if a local one will be viable, and if I'll had to make another brazilian account or keep my main one.
Kleptic  +   1124d ago
Wipeout HD has always been awesome imo...I played A LOT back when it released, bought Fury...spent some time with that too...but did end up kind of forgetting about it because the online community just wasn't there...

Just know what you are getting into...its easily the toughest racing game i've played this generation...trophy hunting in that game is a pipe dream, with several of them being simply the most difficult single trophies i've yet to come across on the PSN...Especially considering nearly every trophy has nothing to do with grinding (save the livery trophies)...but the arcade perfect, zone 75 trophies, sixaxis zone trophy, etc...are simply ridiculous...

love the game though...
mantisimo  +   1123d ago
@bishop.

Man I'm sorry to hear that, truly, and feel really bad for you that psn main account is down in Brasil.
Spitfire_Riggz  +   1124d ago
Yup, knew it would be Wipeout. I got online its fun as hell. Only thing I dont like is it has advertisements every once in a while.

Guess they had to make money somewhere
hamburger123  +   1124d ago
I got infamous 2 because i got infamous 1 from the welcome back package. Sot it was also good for sony i guess.
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strifeblade  +   1124d ago
what's good for sony does not mean it is necessarily good for you.

I love how all the sony fanboys give sony a pat on the back for the network breach. :(

what has the world come to?
badz149  +   1124d ago
^^^
and what are you up to? Sony definitely screwed up with the PSN outage but they certainly are trying hard to redeem trust by giving out A LOT of free stuff! what's more satisfying for gamers than getting free games? I don't know about you but I'm a gamer and I have got ALL their free offerings due to multiple accounts and I'm one happy gamer!

quit your bitching already! shit happens and what's important is that it has passed and now I have too many games in hand and I only spent 3 weeks worth of no PSN which I paid nothing for!

hate sony all you want but I've never got these many free games from anyone EVER!
strifeblade  +   1124d ago
^^^ I dont hate sony, i just dont like how sony fanboys have to spin things to take something negative and turn it into positive.

Just because you never paid for the network does not make it justfied that the breach was ok nor does it make it ok that it was down this long.
Bey0nd  +   1123d ago
@strife

How are free games not good for us..? And I'm tired of people blaming Sony for the hack job, as if they do it themselves. Are you also going to blame codemasters and the Spanish police for being hacked too? At least they were kind enough to give out free GOOD games.. Move on and leave it behind
NJShadow  +   1124d ago
I absolutely LOVE the WipEout HD + Fury pack. Man, not only is it beautiful, but the way the game changes and distorts the custom soundtrack support is awesome. (((d[-_-]b)))
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Pintheshadows  +   1124d ago
I had HD already but really wanted the Fury pack as well. Glad I did. Destructor is awesome. Got inFamous as well. Happy.
caliman87  +   1124d ago
Wipeout is great
NegativeCreep427  +   1124d ago
True, Very True...
but Infamous is way better. I'm loving that game.
Electroshocked  +   1124d ago
Nice, after that you should try InFamous 2, I'm pretty sure that if you love InFamous 1, you'll love the hell out of InFamous 2.
metsgaming  +   1124d ago
This will help them out so much when there next game is released.
NJShadow  +   1124d ago
I sure hope so. It's unfathomable how this game was overlooked by so many (but then again, based on the reasons in the article, I can see why). O.O But yeah, deciding to include this in the package was a brilliant move.
CaptainMarvelQ8  +   1124d ago
i think that this incident might actually increase PS+ users ,me being one of them ;im willing to subscribe for a full year,i didn't realize how much freebies you get until i got this one free month
who cares if you have to subscribe in order those free games
well,they're FREE ,so there shouldn't be any complaint at all
GrandTheftZamboni  +   1124d ago
I guess it's true what they say that there is no such thing as bad publicity.
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BigWoopMagazine  +   1124d ago
FINALLY, some opponents!
NJShadow  +   1124d ago
Ha ha, BUH-RING it!
HBK619  +   1124d ago
Same thing has happened with Burnout Paradise thanks to the free month of PS+.

There's just SO many people playing Burnout now it's incredible, online is thriving and everyone is loving the game as well.

I've even got back into Burnout after literally burning myself out with the game 2 years ago (finishing everything there was to do with the game) before the trophy patch came out, once the patch was out I tried to give it another go with a fresh save but the motivation wasn't there. Now that it's been a couple of years I've really got the need for speed and crashing, burning and collecting everything again!
NJShadow  +   1124d ago
Oh no dude... you're gonna end up getting me hooked again. xD Very true, I hadn't even considered how much Burnout had probably dropped off. SUCH a FREAKING good game! That game completely awed me when it first came out. I remember thinking "OMG, I can actually see a reflection in the cars' side mirrors!" LOL.
HBK619  +   1124d ago
HAHA I know man, I was absolutely blown away by the fact that a racing game had me addicted and putting in so many hours (literally the only game that I have put more than 2 hours in on the racing genre this gen...and realistically for a LONG time before that too).

But since installing the game last week I've put 6.5 hours in, that's just in pick up and play sessions.

All up I've only done 23 events, everything else has consisted of getting unassisted Smashes (364/400), Billboards (95/120) and Jumps (36/50).

SOOOO ADDICTING!
jack_burt0n  +   1124d ago
You should go for the platinum :) most addictive things to ever happen to gaming..... no other trophies ding the same lol
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gamingisnotacrime  +   1124d ago
hear hear, a quality article on N4G
Wipeout is great, that Fury expansion, should have bought it on release day, is da sht
TheKindRoost  +   1124d ago
second game should've been warhawk
NJShadow  +   1124d ago
That actually would have made a lot of sense, especially with the sequel right around the corner. That was the first online title I owned on the PS3, along with the first online title that opened the online world up to me, since my PS2 was never online. Awesomely addictive game, would've definitely been nice to perk the servers back up in a big way.
DlocDaBudSmoka  +   1124d ago
if anyone has 3D, they should take wipeout for a spin. the 3d is amazing for that game.
mr.selfdestruct  +   1124d ago
I just picked this one up due to the program and it is really awesome. It's so silky smooth and fun to play. I deffinantly reccomend it, if you haven't tried it yet.
thor  +   1124d ago
Got my platinum for this game way back, I think there were only about 2000 people with the platinum then. I expect that to go up now, but it isn't easy ;)
jack_burt0n  +   1124d ago
kudos, I dont lol game is effin hard and still looks like it just came out looks soooo good.
Bonobo12345  +   1124d ago
SUPER PHANTOM!!!!!!!!!!!
I love this game, it's close to the perfect game for me, love the soundtrack and the gameplay.

Best mode is ZONES, everything about it is just so stylish and awesome, from the equalizer in the track and the voice that tells you the zone, SUPER RAPIER!!, so, so cool.

There's really no other way to describe it, its not got the best graphics out there (although really nice) but you won't find a cooler game than this one.

My mission is to get to SUPERSONIC!!!!
StarWolf  +   1124d ago
shoulve been Uncharted 1 and inFamous 1 to increase sells for the sequels
Croash  +   1124d ago
Uncharted 1 wasn't and still isn't available as a downloadable game on the store, so it couldn't have been one of the 5 free titles.

And inFamous is part of this Welcome Back Package, so I don't know what you're getting at...
Croash  +   1124d ago
What I love about WipEout is how simple to is to just start playing it and let yourself be amazed by its beauty.

I felt like playing it today and reached Zone 75 (and then BOOM) on Anulpha Pass even though I hadn't played for a few months, and it still brings the same feeling of joy and amazement I had the first time I did it.

Everything about it is perfect: the soundtrack, the graphics, the fact that it runs at 60fps/1080p... And to think it was released in 2008...
I just hope WipEout 2048 will blow my mind just as HD did in 2009, and cross platform online play will surely help getting more people to play together.

The only regret I have about that game is that they didn't make a second expansion pack after Fury to bring more classic tracks and ships from previous games (WipEout Fusion deserves more love).

Edit: I really wonder why HD didn't get the player love it deserved. Sure it wasn't on blu-ray (at first), but it was 4 times cheaper than other PS3 titles and its only DLC made the game 2 times bigger O_o
It sure gave you your money's worth.
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bozebo  +   1124d ago
Wipeout is crap compared to rollcage, why did they stop making rollcage?
dragon82  +   1124d ago
I believe it. This game is just plain fun online too.

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