Sony offers refunds for defective games

Posted by Mark Raby

Foster City (CA) - Customers who purchased specific titles from the Playstation 3's online Playstation Store will receive a full refund because of defects in the game emulation.

The "digital recall" affects Spyro 2 and MediEvil, both of which are classic PSOne games that were emulated for the PS3 and PSP hardware.  Customers who purchased the games complained about the fact that these titles did not work properly with memory cards, original Playstation peripherals, and in the case of MediEvil, the multiplayer version was scrapped.

Sony sent out e-mails to everyone who purchased one or both of the two titles, saying that a refund would be issued to the user's digital PS3 wallet within the next seven days.  In addition to explaining the lack of some original PSOne features, the e-mail claims "there appear to be more significant technical issues" with Spyro 2 and MediEvil.

Sony removed Spyro 2 from the PS Store, along with Crash Bandicoot 2.  The problems with Crash are not as significant, according to Sony, and an updated version is expected to be available in the near future.  There has been no word on whether or not Spyro 2 will come back to the online store.

MediEvil remains available for new customers to purchase.  Buried at the bottom of the game's description is the disclaimer, "This version does not support PlayStation peripherals (Controller, Memory Card, Multitap, etc.), therefore functionality such as multiplayer, versus, and co-op modes are not available."