Back when PlanetSide 2 first came out, and when I first started playing, the game was awesome. Everybody was new, and battles were fast, sometimes bizarre, but always fair.
But now, only scant days later, I always run across cheaters, butthurt idiots, and folks on your own team who kill you in the spawn for the heck of it. I seriously hope Sony smartens up and deals with these dorksticks, as it's killing what is the single best multiplayer game I've ever been a part of. The server I use is now half empty at peak hours, where before I had to wait half an hour or more to join.
This isn't really intended as a negative look on the game, more a plea for anyone who reads this to at least give it a try within the next few weeks before it's totally ruined by the inactivity of the nutbags who created it. Even if you hate playing with other people over the net, this game is just so epic in scale you need to experience it at least once. Be sure to have the settings as cranked up as possible too, since even though it'll be a slideshow, it's an awesome one.
The original trailer for this game made it look totally insane, chaotic, and beautiful. For once a trailer did not lie. Revolving day/night cycles change everything, and the mix of prairie/forest, desert, and arctic battle zones keep things fresh. Fight on foot, in the air, or by vehicle. Fight, or support - the choice is yours. Teamwork is key, and when that works, this becomes much more than a simple video game.
Whether you and four other people are fighting to repair and hold on to a single AA turret after the entire base has fallen around you, barnstorming an enemy bridge and the freaked-out saps trying to cross it, or chasing some helpless nincompoop on an ATV across the tundra with a tank, you know what you do at any given time can change the tide of battle...for minutes, or even for hours, long after you've gotten off for the night.
6 December 2012