Planetside 2

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Planetside 2

Developer:Sony Online Entertainment Genre:ShooterRPG and MMOSci-Fi Release Date: Download Games Free Now!

About The Game

Fans of Bungie’s Halo series should find an affinity with Planetside 2, the latest MMOFPS from Sony Online Entertainment. You’ll assume the role of a soldier in one of three armies, the Terran Republic, New Conglomerate, or Vanu Sovereignty, all of whom are battling for the seemingly infinite energy sources of a newly-discovered and mysterious planet called Auraxis. With the possibility of up to 2000 players fighting simultaneously in a massive open world for dominance of these resources, Planetside 2 promises to be one of the most action-packed shooter experiences to hit the PC in 2013.

Game Features:

  • • Epic storyline written by Marv Wolfman, creator of Marvel Comics’ Blade series
  • • Six adaptable class specializations that can be switched on the fly
  • • Free-to-play model with microtransaction-based visual customization for your character
  • • Multiple vehicles bring the fight to land, sea, and air
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Planetside 2 Videos

PlanetSide 2 Trailer -- Epic First Person Shooter!

Soldiers use their jump packs to bring down enemy starships in this insane trailer for Planetside 2.

PlanetSide 2 - Factions Trailer

Who are you in the face of battle? Watch now and proclaim your allegiance to join the fight.

PlanetSide 2 Gameplay Trailer

Footage from Sony Online Entertainment’s upcoming MMO FPS, Planetside 2.

Planetside 2

Planetside 2 Review

By Gus McZeal |

Planetside 2 is a hotly-anticipated new MMO-FPS from Sony Online Entertainment. With massive futuristic gun battles and intense PvP between thousands of players on an alien world, this game will be a surefire hit for any fans of games like Halo or Resistance: Fall of Man.  

Sony Online Entertainment’s Planetside is one of the few MMO-first person shooter games on the market. The original game is excellent, but it was a bit ahead of its time. As Planetside’s developers noted in a recent interview, the game came out in 2003 when internet technology wasn’t really good enough to handle thousands of players battling each other at once in an open world. Flash-forward a few years and now most people who play video games have a pretty fast internet connection, so the developers’ vision is finally becoming a reality!

Planetside 2 is again set on the mysterious planet Auraxis, 300 years after the first game. The planet’s three factions are still battling it out for dominance of Auraxis’ massive energy resources. You must choose whether you want to fight for the authoritarian Terran Republic, the New Conglomerate rebels, or an advanced alien society known as the Vanu Sovereignty. I actually think that the storyline sounds extremely similar to the first game, but apparently comic book writer Marv Wolfman is involved in the scriptwriting—fans of Wesley Snipes in Blade will know why I’m excited about this.

The game is an MMO-FPS. Honestly, it shares a lot of visual similarities with Halo, but the difference between the two games is that Planetside 2 is much, much bigger: you can play alongside thousands of people instead of Halo’s 16! Planetside 2 features a bunch of new vehicles, intensifying the field of battle and allowing players to fight each other by land, sea, or air. With so many players, there are going to be some crazy warzones. Any fan of first person shooters should be really pumped about this game.

Typical of an MMO, Planetside 2 has a number of character classes who perform different roles in the game. What’s cool is that you don’t have to stick to any one class and spend tons of time leveling other characters if you want to change up your gameplay. Instead, players can switch class specializations at any time using special terminals littered throughout bases. Currently, the game has six classes, some oriented towards combat and others being more support-based. You level up through battle ranks which let you learn new skills called certs. It’s possible to learn all the certs on the same character. Whether you’re playing as light or heavy assault, a medic, an engineer, an infiltrator, or a Mechanized Assault Exo Suit (MAX), you are sure to be useful as your team fights for complete territorial control.

 

 

The graphics look quite good, although I wasn’t blown away by them. There were some weird janky animations in recent trailers, particularly with characters’ leg animations making them look like crazy dancers. The character and building designs really do look similar to things we’ve already seen in Halo. Call me shallow, but I like my games to look pretty and unique. 

While there isn’t currently a projected release date for Planetside 2, the game did go into closed beta on August 6th, so its development is moving along. Unlike a lot of MMOs on the market, Planetside 2 promises to have a free-to-play model similar to League of Legends. There will be microtransaction-based exchanges in the game, but these will be for things that are purely cosmetic and won’t affect gameplay. You can buy things like weapon modifications and visual upgrades for your soldier, but these can also be earned via a currency generated while playing, so if you don’t feel like spending money on game content you don’t have to. Planetside 2 will initially be available on the Windows platform.

 

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