I’ll start with the answer to the titular question. After firing up the PS3 with your new Dual Shock 3 (DS3) controller:
- start Resistance Fall of Man (RFoM)
- choose “Multiplayer”
- choose “online game” – the following notice will appear:
“An update to Resistance: Fall of Man is available. This update is required for online play. Download update?
- choose ‘yes’
- exit the game when the download is complete
- start it up again.
You’ll finally have 10 year old technology in your sparkly new PS3 – yeah!!!
Who came up with this clever idea? How are people that want to play the single player campaign offline supposed to know this?
Now for the back-story.
I purchased RFoM with my purchase of the PS3 about a year ago. After an hour or so of single player play, I decided I didn’t want to play it without rumble. Having followed the Sony-Immersion lawsuit on my video game law blog, I assumed that one day a dual-shock 3 controller would allow me to play the game with rumble.
The day finally arrived yesterday.
I purchased the over-priced DS3 at Best Buy ($54.99 Cdn) and returned home eager to finally play RFoM with rumble.
As almost always happens with my PS3, when I turned it on, it required an update. So, after that 25 minute oft-repeated teeth-pulling exercise, I started Resistance Fall of Man – but no rumble. I searched around the Internet and there were vague posts about the need to download a patch for the rumble to work.
OK. unlike 360 games that automatically update themselves on start, I had to hunt down the patch. I did a few Internet searches and nothing. I looked to the official Sony rumble compatibility announcement – nothing.
Based on some earlier blog posts, my next thought was that the patch might be available in the new Playstation Store. I headed to the Playstation Store to see if there was a patch section. The store was down for maintenance. I checked back several times yesterday but the store remained down – ALL DAY!! [Update: Seems I got caught in the middle of this]
Today I tried again. I booted up the PS3 and guess what? I had to install still another fracking PS3 update – enough already!!!
So I let that download go and started up the Xbox 360 to download the new Halo 3 Legendary Map Pack – that took me all of 2 minutes to accomplish (the maps are terrific – see video demos here). After more update teeth pulling, user agreement accepting (why do I have to accept a new Terms of Service agreement on every update? – Microsoft doesn’t require this), a reboot and and still another install, I finally got into the Playstation Store. The new Playstation Store was a nice improvement over the old. But, there was no patch to be found. Only after another 10 minutes of Googling did I find the answer to my question in an obscure forum post here. . Sheesh!
Sony … just copy everything Microsoft has done on Xbox Live already – I’m serious (except the regrettable Microsoft Points idea). Sony is so far behind. It really shows when little things like this are such a major pain in the behind.
I’m gathering I’ll need to solve a similar riddle for every existing PS3 game I want to work with rumble. God help me.