Planetside 2 Review by an MMO Gamer
At first look, the online game Planetside 2 feels like a love child between Halo and first person shooter online masterpieces. This addictive game takes its players to a far-away world and asks them to fight for control. Brought to you by Sony Online, Microsoft Windows acts as the platform for this war on a planet of unique terrain and rich resources. The following Planetside 2 review should help you decide if the game is for you.
About Planetside 2
Planetside 2 is an MMO first person shooter. In the game, players are thrust into a war on the planet Auraxis. The citizens of Auraxis are in turmoil as three rebel forces fight for control over the planet. Players get to pick which warring faction they want to join, Terran Republic, New Conglomerate, and Vanu Sovereignty, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. The different empires come with unique weapons, attachments, vehicles, abilities and more. Once an empire is chosen and an avatar created, players are instantly thrown into the heat of battle and must fight for their empire. The intense conflict is pulled together with state of the art graphics, immersing each player into the technicalities of the game.
Developed by: Sony Online Entertainment
Published By: Sony Online Entertainment
Release Date: November 20, 2012
Available On: PC
Genre: Mass Media Online First Person Shooter
Modes: Multi Player World Online
MSRP: Free. It is available for download.
Choosing a Class
Players chose their class in the game much like most other MMO games. You can play as an infiltrator, a combat medic , heavy assault pros, light assault, engineer, or a max, and each class comes with a set of weapons for players to unlock. This gives the game plenty of variety so it doesn’t get boring after you have mastered a class. Players aren’t stuck with their original choice and can easily alternate between classes. It doesn’t matter what class you choose you can still purchase and operate tanks or aircraft inside the game. Every major obstacle and combatant in game is another player character. There are no computer generated characters.
Landscape and Terrain
Because the Planetside 2 is held on an entire planet, there are multiple detailed landscapes that players can inhabit. There are three different continents and they all feature areas with three different types of landscapes. The game is designed so that everything affects game play, from the time of day to weather. This keeps the game interesting because no two experiences on Auraxis are ever the same and the same map can be played again and again. The game never gets old because you are not competing against a pre-planned set of actions like you are with computer generated characters. The exact same bridge on two different occasions will be a completely different experience. Some battles can be over in a couple minutes, others may last several hours and involve thousands of people.
The game is continuous in length, so the game can never be “beat.” It doesn’t have a save option because the game continues even if players aren’t logged in. If you log out on one day and log back in the next day, the world could be completely different depending on what has happened while you were away. Navigation is easy with a regional map in the lower left corner, so no matter where on the planet you are, you can find your way around the map. You can bring up the global map with one key and choose from any combat zones on the map to drop into.
The keys are basic for online games, with the A, W, S, and D keys as well as the space bar, shift key and the mouse being an important part of game play. It is pretty standard controls for most people familiar with PC gaming. For those who are not used to first person shooters or online games, the keys might take some getting used to, but there are training videos to help novices get a feel for the game. That said, the videos are a bit long and leave a lot of questions unanswered which is one negative point about this Planetside 2 review.
For the scale of the world and complexity of the battles, the graphics are amazing. They are colorful and sharp and involve a lot of detail giving Planetside 2 a sense of realism. Most MMO’s struggle with the graphics freezing in areas that have a lot of player action, this is something that has not been noticeable with Planetside 2. The game’s theme song is triumphant, reminding players what they are striving for and each weapon comes with its own unique sound effects, adding to the individualism of each empire.
Final Review of Planetside 2
For those who aren’t used to first person shooters, getting thrown right into the action could be frustrating until a mastery over the game is developed. For masters of first person shooters, the game is terribly addicting due to scope of combat. My overall review of Planetside 2 is very positive, but the game is most recommended for experienced gamers.
In order to play the game you have to make sure your computer has the following minimum specifications.
Intel CPU 3.0 GHz or Athlon Phenom II X2 555 Black Editon
GE Force 8600 GTS 512 MB or Radeon HD 4850
4 GB RAM
Win xp 32
Direct X 9
15 GB Hard Drive Space
High Speed Internet Connection is extremely important. If you live rurally a Satellite Internet connection will work.
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Andy has lived in several different areas of the United States, but always calls Utah home. He wrote articles for a local paper about outdoor recreation with pets before joining the Dish Network Internet team in 2010. When he is not participating in outdoor adventures, he can be found at home playing a variety of MMO’s.