Yep, it’s still down. But we’re still waiting patiently, and to pass the time (in between playing through Portal 2 and Mass Effect 2 again) we’ve come up with a series of steps you should take when the PSN finally pops its head up from behind the coffee table. If we’ve missed something, let us know. Please note: It’s been brought to our attention this list is quite similar to others on the web; let us assure you this is nothing more than coincidence and no disrespect was meant when writing this article. You might’ve noticed there’s a lot of PSN talk on the web right now, some slight overlapping is inevitable but entirely unintentional.
1. Change Your Password
You won’t get any say in this. Sony have already told us that users will be required to change their password when they first log in. Just make it something different to any of your other passwords – the last thing you want is this happening again and all of your online banking details to match your PSN account.
2. Give XBox Fanboys the Finger
While we, and most other gaming sites, see the benefits and drawbacks of both systems everyone is well aware of how vicious fanboys can get. Those gamers who can’t see beyond their favourite console are a pain in the ass, everyone knows one, everyone wishes they could punch them in the face but recently the 360 fanboys have been out in force. Yes, XBL is still working. Yes, it’s a better system than the PSN even when they’re both online. Yes, my mother probably did do that to you last night. It’ll be a relief when the PSN is online, just to see them try desperately hard to think of something else to pick holes in.
3. Look for New Stuff on the Store
Ok so there won’t have been any PSN Store updates during the downtime, but if you hadn’t been online for a few days prior to the attack you might have missed a few things. Maybe you hadn’t tried the Virtua Tennis 4 demo, or you’ve been desperate to try out Fancy Pants Adventures. Either way, it’s worth a quick hunt round to see what you missed.
4. Sync Trophies
Most of you will have been playing offline for the past couple of weeks, and racking up new trophies like there’s no tomorrow. So what better way to show your friends that you’re physically and mentally superior to them by syncing your trophies and showing off that Portal 2 platinum? Well, we can can think of many better ways, but even so those of you who love a bit of silverware next to your avatar will be gagging to get this done.
The network went down teasingly after Portal 2’s release, leaving those desperate to try online co-op at a total loose end. Not only that but other recent releases such as Operation Flashpoint also offer brilliant multiplayer options, and you can’t help but feel for the COD crowd, those who couldn’t go 24 hours without their fix of gobby kids commenting on their parental upbringing. When the PSN is back, see what everyone else is on and join in.
6. Register Portal 2
Follow up our recent guides to Steam by hooking up your PS3 to your account. If you’ve got a decent PC or Mac you’ll be keen to register your copy of Portal 2 to get the free Steam version. While it won’t let you play against someone on the same Steam account, it does mean when the wife is watching Emmerdale you can bash through the co-op with a mate or just revisit the game for the excellent developer’s commentary.
A lot of people have friends on their PSN list that they have no further contact information for. You might be missing LolZBunny69 by now (no idea if that account exists by the way, probably best not to try it just in case) so find them in the list and send them a cheerful message saying just how much you’ve missed them and how keen you are to shoot them in the face again. Online friendships are strange, aren’t they…
8. Download Some Stuff
Ok, so you might not have missed anything on the store, but it’s still been quite strange knowing that you can’t go and download anything should the desire arise. It’s perfectly possible that in the last couple of weeks you haven’t even wanted to download anything, but we’re inclined to find something to download, even if it’s just a free wallpaper, and grab it. Just because we can.
9. Claim Your Prizes
Some of you have prizes from our competitions waiting until you can get into the store and punch the code in. It’s been an agonising wait, but those winnings are within reach!
10. Try Out Home
PlayStation Home has come on in leaps and bounds recently, but right now it’s quieter than a Sunday morning in Chernobyl. If you haven’t been on for a while, I’d urge you to get on and have a look. We’re looking at giving Home a decent chunk of coverage in the coming months, so get in, pick and outfit and see what’s new. Most areas have games or activities so you won’t be short on entertainment.
Follow these steps carefully – it could be the difference between a happy PSN future and a life of misery. Maybe.