I’m finally getting around to giving you guys my thoughts on Planetside 2. Aside from being extremely busy the past two weeks, I had an issue with Planetside. Every single time I would play my computer would completely lock up after about 10-20 minutes. I finally identified the problem: STEAM. Uninstalling from STEAM and reinstalling via SoE’s standalone client solved my crashing,a nd I am finally able to enjoy the game.
I want to touch on just a few points that I feel make Planetside 2 a game worth playing.
Tonight we were defending a research station close to Vanu’s WarpGate when suddenly the entire sky was filled with aircraft. It was one of those mind-blowing moments that are so awesome they make you slam your hands onto the keyboard desperately trying to hit Print Screen. Although it felt like hundreds of fighters, bombers, and galaxies, in reality it was likely closer to 40. Still, 40 aircraft suddenly flying over is insane.
Those 40 aircraft proceeded to wipe out most of our defense, then a handful of galaxies deployed several dozen ground troops. While I was watching the enemy rain from the sky down upon us, a Sunderer burst over a wall and smashed into position, deployed its spawn beacon, and proceeded to flood our base with dozens of more enemy soldiers.
The entire experience was glorious, horrifying, and exactly why I play Planetside 2.
More after the break.
Meaningful Character Progression
The more you play, the more certs you earn. Certs are spent on purchasing upgrades and new items. You want certs, and you want lots of them. Despite leveling up and earning new battle ranks, I feel like certs are the true experience points, or what you really need to improve your character.
There’s also currency points used to buy infantry, vehicle,a nd aircraft. If you want a tank you’ll have to spend some currency. This stop people from getting vehicles and going on kimikazi runs, because you’ll only be able to buy a few vehicles before having to earn points to get more.
I feel like I can see progress when I play, and I get to play my way. If I want to be an Engineer, I can spend my certs buying upgrades for that. If I want to drive a Sunderer and transport troops then I can spend my point upgrading my vehicle to be the best it can be.
Massive Battles, Very Little Lag
Like I mentioned before, battles are huge. I think there were about 412 people at the battle tonight. That’s about 400 more people than games like Guild Wars and SWTOR can have before becoming a complete lag-fest. I think my framerate dropped from high 40′s to low 30′s during the worst of it. Gameplay was smooth throughout. Latency was minimal, although towards the end of the fight when numbers grew I started to experience enemy player pop-in. Leaving the area and traveling only a few miles away to another outpost reduced the latency lag.
Cash Shop: Powerful, but fair
All weapons available for certs can be unlocked with Station Cash (SoE currency bought with RL money). Unlocks are pricey — very pricey — but can be found in bundles and occasionally on sale. The unlocks are really, really good. If you drop $10 your tank will be better than someone else’s tank, but with time and skill anyone can have the same upgrades.
Right now I’m trying to decide how long it will take to get the weapons, and whether or not it is more reasonable to buy them. For example, if it takes 6 months to unlock something or $20, it may be worth paying for that upgrade if it’s something I want bad enough. I’d love to hear from some of you who are more knowledgeable in PS2 cash shop matters. So far, from what I can tell, it appears fair.
Give it a try — It’s FREE
You should definitely try out Planetside 2. The game is free, after all. So far I haven’t spent a dime, and I’m having a ton of fun. Well, that’s only half true. I bought the founder’s pack to get into beta a few months back so technically I have some Station Cash on-hand. Planetside 2 is exactly what I expect from a MMOFPS, and what I wish other MMO’s could mimic with their PvP.