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Hands-on Test Proves Planetside 2’s Worth

Sony Online Entertainment’s next flagship game has a lot to prove, but the majority of my doubts were erased once I took control of a grunt in Planetside 2.

I already knew I was on board with Planetside 2’s persistent warfare that puts everyone in the same world without splitting up into 16-, 32-, or even 64-player matches. The foremost question on my mind was whether it could deliver the kind of pixel-perfect shooter gameplay that any Call of Duty or Battlefield player expects. My hat is off to Sony Online, because I wouldn’t have known I was playing an MMO-scale title, with hundreds of players fighting dozens of skirmishes in a three-way war spanning multiple continents, from how good it felt to vaporize my enemies with hand weapons, vehicles, and aircraft alike. It may only have been a half-hour on the E3 show floor months before release, but the moment-to-moment gameplay itself is already on par with any triple-A sci-fi shooter you care to name.

The typical shooter archetypes are all well-represented. I tried the majority of them for myself, and each one I got my hands on was a delight in its own way. Heavies control their area wherever they go with powerful miniguns, snipers provide overwatch, engineers deploy deadly turrets, and jetpack-sporting assault players create havoc all over the battlefield. Aircraft, from the helicopter-like VTOL assault craft to enormous dropships that double as forward spawn points, are expensive but powerful support craft. Swift four-wheelers and a variety of tank-like assault vehicles provide land-based firepower, but also require a non-trivial investment of resources. 

The struggle for those resources is how Planetside 2 blows the doors off of our conception of a modern online shooter. Players belong to one of three factions, and rather than joining discrete matches with objectives like capturing a flag or planting a bomb they simply deploy wherever they feel like in the persistent public space that makes up Planetside 2’s game world. Control of territories depends on capturing nodes on the map, which are often fortified inside enormous bases. Wherever players decide to fight is where the action is; nothing is scripted or determined by NPC actions.

I was already sold on the idea of joining the enormous persistent war that Planetside 2 promises. Now that I’ve played it and have firsthand confirmation that the gameplay holds its own against the best shooters on the market today, it’s at the top of my competitive shooter list. We should see a closed beta starting soon, with a full release planned before the end of the year.

Oh, and it’s 100 percent free-to-play (with real-money purchasing of cosmetic and convenience items as well as sidegrade weapons, like an assault rifle that does less damage but reloads faster). That doesn’t hurt either.

  • Im now convinced

  • Wow, that sounds absolutely epic. It bothers me that I haven't heard more about this
  • So happy that G.I didn't skip Planetside 2. One of the best games of E3 imo.

    Tons of gameplay footage will be on YT tomorrow probably,

  • That picture for the article looks ridiculous. I'm glad that the game is better.
  • I love the reactions from people who didn't know Planetside was ever even a thing a thing after they see the Massive Air Combat trailer or TotalBiscuit's E3 coverage. xD "Whoa whoa whoa, hold on.... this game is free? Like, FREE free?"
  • I signed up for the beta. Can't wait to hopefully play it. I can see that it is going to be awesome.

  • This is going to be my game for years.. I just don't know what I wanna go into first.. Support.. or flying my mosquito around. D:
  • Can't wait to kick some smurf and barney ass. I was already thrilled when I heard that they were making a PS2 (and I mean Planetside 2, not a certain old beloved console), but after seeing actual gameplay (with some sweet Biscuit talk over it) i'm really hyped. I'm really genuinely hyped.

  • Original long-term Planetside players get into closed beta if they are currently subscribed to the game, even got my beta key just waiting for it to open up :D all this delicious news but no word on beta yet :( I think for those of you who have never played Planetside and are looking into PS2 are in for a treat though, some battles on planets last for hours, and for those who are really into team based play load up a Galaxy transport with a platoon of your best men and do a air drop on top of a enemy base and flip it to your side , 15 min to hold the base while you hack their defenses, weapons grid, and medical bay. Good time will be waiting for you in PS2 especially since they are taking gameplay up a notch. :D
  • I'm liking the way this sounds.