In a moment of weakness I bought into the Planetside 2 beta via the Alpha Squad Benefits.Â I think the six month 10% XP and resource boost implant, on top of the $40 station cash were the cause — the value was there, and I wanted in.
Luckily SOE gave me a second key, giving Graev a free chance to try it out on his older comp.Â We both loved the original Planetside.Â It is, to my knowledge, the only true MMOFPS to ever exist.Â Everything since has fallen short — quite short — of the mark being either not a true open world MMO or not at all a true FPS.
The point of this entry isn’t to give you an all-encompassing look at the game, but instead to give you a quick look at the game through the Keen window of insight.
Here’s what you’re getting in Planetside 2:
- Truly, without any smoke and mirrors, an open-world capable of accepting massive amounts of players.
- A real FPS game with gun mechanics that feel like Battlefield’s past two entries.
- A game driven entirely by the players.Â No NPC’s.Â All PvP.
- Solid character progression with plenty of ways to improve your character.
- Fun gameplay (I want to focus on this one quickly)
The fun gameplay is key for me.Â Despite any current shortcomings, Planetside 2 nails the cooperative, teamwork, and map control elements crucial to the model.Â Nothing beats entering your team’s main base seeing 5 galaxies filling up with 12 passengers each, lifting off the ground with aerial escorts, and assaulting a base in an all out battle with hundreds of players.Â There’s nothing else in the world that gives the same emotions.
- So-so graphics and animations.Â You’ll see in the screenshot to the right that the walls look muddy.Â Terrain looks muddy and sometimes untextured.Â My weapon looks okay, but at times the models look wonky as well.
- Good performance, not great.Â At times the game suffers from network lag issues, although I’m happy to report that when running on the proper video settings I do not experience slowdown.
- Moderately aggressive cash shop.Â There will be a reason to use it but that’s inherent to the cash shop model.
Planetside is a classic — a true pioneer and standard setting game.Â Planetside 2 attempts to remake the original with some modernization.Â I am proud of SoE for not attempting to reinvent or change something that works.Â So far, well done.