As I’m sure you’re all well aware, after almost a month of downtime, the PlayStation Network is finally up and running again after being hacked into back around Easter. Players have wasted no time getting back into the swing of things online, if the overwhelming, system-crashing number of password change requests are any indication.

To make up for the long downtime and the potential threat of credit card information being at risk, Sony released a “welcome back” package for the PlayStation Store’s return. Though some may not be able to get those rewards just yet, that hasn’t stopped some from criticizing the offerings made by Sony for the package.

One of the common complaints is the game selection up for download for the PS3 and PSP, usually directed at how old the games are because many players have them already. Sony defended their free games selection, explaining that they wanted to pick games that had earned highly positive reviews upon their initial releases. And while they acknowledge the complaints, they understand that it’s simply impossible to please everybody, so they did the best they could.

The other major complaint is the 30 free days of PlayStation Plus. While that may seem like a solid deal, gamers have discovered that any content downloaded during that 30 day period will be gone once the time has passed. Sony said that that’s simply how PlayStation Plus works and that there isn’t much that can be done about it. They further said that one should simply look at it as a free month of exclusive content and should try to make the best of it.

While the complaints are certainly valid to a certain extend and it would’ve been nice to have some more current titles available for download, at least Sony is doing something meaningful. They could’ve just as easily blamed everything on the hackers and not done anything to make up for lost time.

Do you think Sony’s welcome back package is sufficient? If not, what do you think Sony should have included instead?

Leave any thoughts you may have in the comments below.

Source: The Escapist

tags: PS3, PSN, PSP, Sony