I'm having the same issue as everyone else, right after the intro when it prompts you to place the character on the base it freezes. Went through the long intro twice now and don't really want to go through it again just to have the same thing happen.
I also tried to quit out of the game, at which point it reboots the whole system.
Did they really not QA/Test this before release? I got an upset kid, which it alright, stuff happens, but kmon, really, something like this goes to release?
Thanks to all who came up with the internet disable fix. I went to network settings and disable internet on this PS3 and so far no more freezing. fingers crossed my poor kid can play offline until they make a patch. Thank you and good louck to all!