As far as DriveClub is concerned, every silver lining has had a cloud over this last fortnight. The release date was confirmed... eleven months after its original launch window at a ridiculous time of year. The PS Plus free edition is definitely happening... but you can't get your Platinum trophy in what's effectively an admittedly generous demo. And the discounted PlayStation Plus upgrade offer was neat way of saving a few quid on the digital version... yet Sony confirmed that access to your $50 purchase would immediately cease if your subscription lapsed.
"Straws" and "camels" spring to mind. It was no surprise that this last surprise caused a massive fan outcry on Twitter and the PlayStation Blog, but thankfully Sony has seen fit to pull a screeching U-turn on that front.
So, perhaps slightly late to the party, let's recap.
Evolution Studios confirms that the full version of DriveClub will feature 55 tracks set throughout five countries, 50 cars and 50 tour events. All pleasingly big numbers, though the 50 car figure does bring the widespread criticism of Forza 5's 200-strong roster into a little perspective. Personally, so long as each vehicle feels unique and exciting to drive, I'm not one to get hung up on the figures. Sony has also explained how the Fame and Club systems work in a pair of new videos.
Meanwhile the free PS Plus version features 11 tracks and 10 cars, and can be upgraded to the full version for £42.99 - which is likely to be more expensive than competitive pre-order deals, mind.
Sony originally planned to rescind access to the full version for customers who let their PS Plus subscriptions lapse despite the hefty price tag, and were quickly cut down to size by justified and sizeable backlash. In a new update today, Sony has decided to relax this restriction, which is as it should be. Good. Don't try that again.
Controversy remains over the disparity between DriveClub's free PS Plus edition and promises made last July, which Brendan describes as a potential "slap in the face" for subscribers. It's a fiercely debated issue, especially since Sony said the following last year:
"Yes, the PS Plus version will be the exact same as the full version, except that it may be missing a few assets such as cars or tracks, that will be found in the full version. However the online multiplayer, the asynchronous challenges and the single player campaign will all be present in the PS Plus version. The PS Plus version gives us to the biggest open community, day one. This game is all about socialising."
Sony's definition of "few" seems to be very different to ours -- and apparently there'll also be DLC and a season pass, which will require further scrutiny -- but regardless, let us know what you make of it.