Excerpt: You peer through the scope of your bolt-action sniper rifle toward the enemy facility ahead. Moments ago, your scope was littered with targets, but now many have retreated within the safety of their walls. Even with your active camouflage, a sniper rifle isn't much good when you're moving onto the front lines, so you refit yourself with a jetpack and scale the wall yourself clearing a path straight through to the enemy control console with your trusty carbine and guard...
Pros: Unmatched massive scale of first-person shooter combat, Easily identifiable and iconic empire-specific models and sounds, Multitude of play styles available for any player's tastes, Experiences often result in war stories to share with friends
Cons: Technical hiccups can interrupt play unexpectedly
Conclusion: Planetside 2 is off to a cracking start, and judging by some of the musings that are coming out of SOE it’s a game that’s only going to get better. Apart from the micro-transaction store, there is the option to purchase a ‘premium’ membership, which gives you priority over queuing for servers if they get full – if you’re going to spend any money on Planetside 2, that might be a good place to start.
Excerpt: Planetside 2’s most expansive firefights might be among the most intense you’ve ever had. The massive first-person battles make you fear every step and celebrate every kill, knowing that one small victory contributes to the greater cause. A number of quality online shooters think big, but none think bigger; you are a small but vital cog in a restless war machine seeking to steamroll the opposition with a few dozen rumbling tanks and a vast swarm of armored soldiers.
Pros: Huge, intense battles are a chaotic blast, Even at low levels, you feel you are contributing to the war effort, Combat diversity makes every confrontation feel different from the last, Smart implementation of the free-to-play pricing model
Cons: Inconsistent technical performance, Lack of an in-game tutorial makes the first few hours intimidating
Conclusion: If Planetside should be remembered as anything, it should be remembered as a pioneer. A splendid game that pit thousands of players against each other for the hell of it. The kind of game where someone would be sniping someone from 1,000 meters away, and the distance covered was only a fraction of a percent of the actual map. A massive world where players shamelessly killed each other over petty land disputes and disagreement in hues.
Excerpt: A quick tour around PlanetSide 2 will reveal that much has changed on the war torn precipices of Auraxis, but for all its chaos and splendor, it’s the franchise’s surprising transition into a free to play model that stands out most of all. Charting a vision of the future filled with marines, machine guns, and micro transactions, it competitively engages a burgeoning market with a bold new plan of battle, but just how much of the series’ distinguished service record holds...
Excerpt: Planetside 2, SOE’s hulking, free-to-play MMOFPS, is the kind of game that friends conjure up when they get together and let their imaginations run wild. “Wouldn’t it be cool,” someone might say, “if there was a sci-fi shooter--and you fought over territory, and it was always persistent? You’d go to sleep, and wake up, and all your bases would be captured! And you’d have to fight and reclaim them!” Then you would say, “Yeah... and there would be tons of players!
Pros: Three massive, beautiful and persistent continents, Epic scale combat on land and in air, A gluttony of blood-pumping, jaw-dropping moments
Cons: A brutal and confusing new player experience, Occasional crashes and framerate issues, Finding out that base you just recaptured has been lost AGAIN
Conclusion: PlanetSide 2 is a hard game to sum up. It’s a beautiful, solidly built shooter that presents large-scale conflict like nobody else in the business. The rest of the game’s enjoyment, however, is entirely up to you. If you can dedicate the time to learning the systems, decoding the cumbersome UI, and finding a group of people that you like playing with, PlanetSide 2 will be a blast.
Excerpt: Planetside 2 is unlike nearly any other first person shooter you've ever played; the only game it's similar to... is the first Planetside . It's a massive multiplayer online shooter that divides players into three competing factions and sets them loose by the thousands onto large continents with a wide range of weapons, vehicles, aircraft, and other equipment.