All started on Tuesday..... 1pm ride to wal-mart to buy NASCAR 08 for the ps3.... get home and play a few laps offline to get warmed up and then attempt, again i stress attempt to connect online and BAM!!!! EA servers are not available at this time. i look in the manual to see which ports need be open to play (they only list 2 ports, 3659 and 6000 (p2p and voip respectivly).. still nothing happens so i call the gloriuos tech support and they give me a list of 7 ports that need to be open so ok cool i hang up and open the ports, still nothing but the same error so next i go and put the PS3 in the DMZ zone (all ports wide open) and still nothing so i give up till wednesday after work.
second call they tell me its my isp not letting ps3 online (as i try to expliain i can play ANYTHING ELSE I WANT ONLINE, view web pages and browse ps store) so i hang up and call isp, they verify every thing is open correctly. thursday didnt bother too pissed off.. not to today the first of 3 calls resulted in them accusing the ps3 of having a corrupt network file, and to call sony for help, didnt think it was that but i called anyway.
i heed anyone considering buying this game to rent it and see if it screws you as it screws me over and over, and what ever happened to the days when tech support people actually knew more than how to read off the screen... if anyone else is having a similar problem let me know and if u have a fix PLEASE share it.