Posted: July 4
In my experiences with Planetside 2 I've both loved and hated this game.
Planetside 2 is a Massively Multiplayer 'Battlefield-esq' FPS game with three factions fighting for control of territories. Each faction has its own unique selection of weapons and strengths and weaknesses. The game works like Battlefields conquest game mode where you have to hold and capture points with a variety of weapons/vehicles for your faction. Speaking of factions by the way, let’s break them down.
New Conglomerate (NC)
The rebel, separatist, 'freedom fighters' faction. Represented by the color blue. The NC tend to have the hardest hitting guns in the game but often have a slow rate of fire or are single shot weapons.
Terran Republic (TR)
The militaristic, tyrannical, jingoistic empire faction. Represented by the color Red. The TC tend to have weapons with big magazines and fast rate of fires but don't do as much damage and have slightly longer reload times.
Vanu Sovereignty (VS)
A cult made up of intellectuals, academics, and worshipers of the 'Vanu', an ancient alien race. Represented by the color Purple. The VS tend to have gimmicky plasma and alien based weapons.
Alright, is that out of the way now? Good.
After picking a faction I felt a little overwhelmed being thrown into the thick of Planetside 2. Being used to Battlefield and FPS games made me a little knowledgeable but my first few battles were hectic, chaotic, and usually ended up with me dying in a matter of seconds. However with all the frustrating battles I was in I also had plenty of satisfying ones. THIS GAME IS NOT NEW PLAYER FRIENDLY
. It took plenty of errors and deaths to finally figure out the unique 'playstyle' of Planetside 2. The game lacks the polish and shine of other FPS games. The VS purple outfits will look similar to the NC blue for some people, there's no really clear way to tell your teammates apart from the enemy(there is friendly fire in this game), and some factions have guns that seem OP at points. However, when I spent more time playing I came to gradually get used to Planetsides 'feel' and was able to start preforming well and ranking up kills. Assaulting and defending huge robot factories or bio-gardens became a blast. In one particularly epic battle while playing as the VS, we managed to defend a base for two hours from the combined assault of both the TR and NC. At the end of the entire thing it felt like we really accomplished something as a team.
Huge hectic battles
All factions are pretty well balanced
Free (there's an in-game shop where you can buy 'crets'(in game money) and a membership option but I found it's largely unnecessary)
For being a F2P game. There’s still a surprising amount of polish
Graphics are good, certainly not triple A tier, but nice to look at for a F2P game.
The instant action feature is really nice and along with the UI on the spawn screen you can usually find a battle to engage in the second you log on
Want to buy more guns? Lol I hope you like the grind m8
Depending on how many people are playing, certain factions can become completely OP or have much more people in them that can lead to huge imbalances. I've seen certain factions get up to making up 50% of the server and obliterating and capturing everything.
You earn certs at an incredibly slow pace. I'm talking about maybe 2-5 certs IF
you do well during a life. Maybe it's because I'm still a low level and I understand that they have to make money somehow, but the game is a grindfest.
Unless you join a squad, there's really no communication as a team.
The game is not noob friendly
Overall, I really like Planetside 2 and would recommend it to any friend who likes Battlefield or shooter games. It can get grindy at points and lacks the charm and polish other games have, but for a free game it's pretty good and I can see myself playing it regularly.