It's easy as a gamer to feel scammed when a publisher spews out a slew of downloadable map packs before you've managed to hack through the box's security stickers. There's no way to know for sure whether or not the company had the stuff done in advance but just held it back in order to suck some more easy money from you.

With the just-released Starhawk, Sony has found a way to get rid of any distrust. According to the PlayStation Blog, all of the game's map packs will be free. The post says the reason for the generosity is the way the game's predecessor, Warhawk, lost its once-massive community.

Apparently each time a new map pack went on sale, the already dwindling player base splintered even more, causing servers to thin out and making it tougher to find a game.

The post concludes with this caveat:

"Now certainly we’ll have some paid DLC content in the future as well as our free map packs, but we’re still playing around with what that will be."

It's almost possible to believe that the paid Warhawk isn't already sitting on a server, having been completed months ago.