Planetside 2 is a revolutionary massive scale first-person shooter (MMOFPS) where soldiers battle as one in strategic, targeted missions against enemy empires in an all-out, never-ending, planetary war. The game challenges the skill and grit of the most seasoned soldier through intense infantry, air, and ground vehicle gameplay. The game is absolutely one of a kind! some would call it 'Battlefield on steroïds', however my opinion is that it cannot be compared to any other game out there!
A little heads-up, I got a bit carried away with writing. TL:DR at the bottom!
Why you should not play Planetside 2.
When looking back at this, im going to feel stupid for starting. But I think its important to not fuck with you, and give you the most honest opinion on this game possible!
This new player experience, sucks absolute donkey-balls! Before moving to a still very true quote from PC Gamer, let's start with the skill-gap. The current skill-gap between the new players and the (salty) vet's is huge. People with thousands of hours of playtime, knowing every corner, every glitch, every piece of cover where your head will be two seconds before your head will be there, making the vets much more strong then any new player. Many times they know what you will do before you will even do it (scary, but sadly true). This will often result in new players dying, and dying, and dying some more. K/Ds of around 0.1 aren't that uncommon in the game. The only way through this is patience and perseverance. Do not give up, focus on the kills that you do get, and enjoy the scenery.
Why you should totally play Planetside 2.
Most of the reasons will become clear in the tekst about the classes as well, plus from the small intro text at the top. The game is briljant in so many ways.
For starters, the con of this game, is also a pro. The high skill-gap makes improving in this game extremely rewarding. After putting in about 3000 hours myself, on many occassions I find myself learning new things about classes. There's even classes that I have hardly touched in all this time, specializing in others. So if you do manage to get passed the initial rookie phase, you are in for a world of fun, and this game can easily become a 'main'!
Secondly, Planetside 2 is Free to Play done right! You can play and love it without spending a cent, contending at the top level with all the other pro's, or you can spend some real world coins and get a kickass helmet to differentiate yourself. The scale of war being waged on each map is jaw-dropping and needs to be experienced by all FPS fans. The variety of classes, weapons and vehicles will provide hours upon hours of fun, and no two battles will ever be the same! And all of that, for a completely free to play game!
Once you figure things out, know your way around the battlefield and have figured out the fast ways of transporting over the continents, the game is extremely fun and rewarding! Luckily for most of you, I am here to guide you through these vast continents, to provide the most fun fights 'till you can manage yourself.
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The war is waged between three factions - these factions are essentially the army you want to fight and die for. Make your choice wisely; you cannot change factions without creating a new character. Free accounts are given three character slots, enough to have one character per faction, however you will not be able to switch servers. I play on the European Cobalt Server!
First, we have the Terran Republic; conservative imperialists who are determined to bring the chaotic elements of human civilisation under their own authoritarian rule.
Next, we have the Vanu Sovereignty; a transhumanist cult of academics, intellectuals, and technology worshippers who believe that human destiny lies in the further development and exploitation of the Vanu technology.
Finally, we have the New Conglomerate; a group of libertarian rebels demanding greater freedom from the authoritarian rule of the Terran Republic. To some, they are traitors, rebels and terrorists. To others, they are heroes, freedom fighters and protectors. Classes. Once you've chosen your server and faction, you're given access to 5 character classes, plus the intimidating MAX class. You can change your class whenever you die before re-deploying, at terminals or at Sunderers (mobile infantry deployment vehicles) during the battle. Basically, Planetside 2 doesn't tie you in - you can chop and change as much as you like.
I had a long piece on these written down, but last moment decided not to post since it's more for later. TL:DR.
Planetside 2 is a great, 100% Free to Play, game! And every FPS fan should check it out at least once! Downside is the gap in player skill between the salty veterans and the new players, making it hard to get a decent foot down. Make sure you select the European Cobalt server upon joining the game, for short faction description read above. Contact me: @Jim. for further information!