PlayStation's Welcome Back Package: A Look at the Games

By Ryan Winslett in Features
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 11:00 am
Sackboy wants to welcome you back
The PlayStation Store is supposed to be up and running any day now, which means we can't be too far from having those titles included in the "Welcome Back Package" ready for download.


Sony is making a list of five PlayStation 3 and four PlayStation Portable titles available, with users able to download two games from each list free of charge.


In case you need help deciding which ones to pick up, we've included information on each of the games below.


The PS3 List


Dead Nation (Metacritic: 77)

From Housemarque, the guys behind twin-stick-shooter phenom Super Stardust HD, Dead Nation puts you in the boots of a survivor of the zombie apocalypse in a top-down, well, twin-stick-shooter. The game looks great but the story is pretty bland. But who really cares about story when you're murdering literally thousands of zombies through about 12 hours' worth of gameplay? Levels are beautifully detailed and fun to explore and, once you upgrade a few weapons and pick up some decent gear, chaining kills together becomes an absolute joy.


inFamous (Metacritic: 85)

Given the fact inFamous 2 comes out in a week, it's no surprise to see this PS3 action title make the list. You take on the role of Cole McGrath, a bike messenger who just found himself in possession of some shocking super powers. The world is large and varied, but the missions get to be downright repetitive by the time you hit the second of three islands. Still, the powers are fun to wield and the gameplay is exciting enough to make this a very solid download, free or otherwise.


LittleBigPlanet (Metacritic: 95)

I probably don't have to say anything about the original LittleBigPlanet. It's one of the highest rated games of all time and includes an online component filled with literally millions of additional levels to play. Building your own worlds is as fun as playing the game itself, so this one should be high on the list of anyone who hasn't managed to get around to playing it yet.


Super Stardust HD (Metacritic: 85)

It's hard to imagine anyone not having one of the earliest PSN successes in their collection already. You guide a ship around small planets and blow stuff up. The trick is knowing what weapon to use and when to cut your losses and boost out of harm's way. It's fun, strategic and insanely addictive.


Wipeout HD+Fury (Metacritic: 85+89)

If you're a racing fan and you don't have Wipeout HD yet, this should be number one on your free download list. Wipeout HD provides hours of single player content, as well as silky smooth online racing with multiple event types to keep you coming back for more. Fury actually doubles the content, adding new crafts, new courses and some of the game's best modes. There's also a whole new single player campaign, making this a huge game to grab for zero dollars.


The PSP List

ModNation Racers (Metacritic: 73)

While not as exciting as its console counterpart and lacking in presentation, ModNation Racers for the PSP is a solid kart racing option for gamers on the go. The basics carry over nicely and, thanks to an active online community, there are plenty of tracks, karts and Mods to download and try out. The creation tools suffer due to the limitations of the PSPs controls, but if you just want to take part in some fast and fun karting, this is a solid bet.


LittleBigPlanet (Metacritic: 87)

Similar to ModNation Racers, the creation aspect of LittleBigPlanet for PSP takes a hit in comparison to its console counterpart, but even that can't slow down this fantastic platforming adventure. There's loads to enjoy on-disc and, once again, an amazing community means you'll have more levels to play than you'll ever be able to get around to.


Killzone: Liberation (Metacritic: 77)

Killzone: Liberation breaks from the console formula with a top-down, two-thirds perspective of the battlefield. The story fills the gaps between Killzone 1 and 2 and the PSP's controls actually suit the game's mechanics nicely. Some great weapons make killing Higs a blast, as do vehicle sections and some well laid-out maps.


Pursuit Force (Metacritic: 75)

This is the only game on the list I haven't actually played (So guess which one I'll definately be getting), but the idea of chasing down criminals at high speed, leaping from vehicle to vehicle, certainly sounds like a blast. If any of our readers have some hands-on time with the title, we'd love to hear more in the comments section.

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