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Why every PC gamer should try Planetside 2

Planetside 2

Planetside 2 is like one big Michael Bay movie; a massively multiplayer first person shooter with explosions as far as the eye can see. It’s a brilliant mix of troop combat, vehicle warfare, and ridiculous aerial assaults. Sometimes you need to take a step back from the front lines and admire the carnage. Thank Auraxis, then, for YouTube. 

Here’s what we think are the best videos to demonstrate why Planetside 2 is just so exciting. There’s glory, failure, rage, and bombers falling out fo the sky.

1. Every army needs fresh meat. The New Conglomerate are looking for Fortunate Sons.

Of Planetside 2’s three factions, the NC has the most fun: rebel spirited, big guns, and bigger flags. Creedence Clearwater Revival supply the soundtrack.

2. Strike Fighters are terrifying in the right hands.

Fear the Reaver: exclusive to the NC, it’s usually considered the most cumbersome of Planetside 2’s air fighters. But in the right hands…

3. While invisible infiltrators put the fear of God into the grunts.

Moving from the air to the ground, this chap shows us how being a great marksman extends further from just the Infiltrator role. His aim is systematic and methodical. His weakpoint? Heights.

4. Just look at the scale of this game. Magnificent.

Planetside 2’s observer camera gives players a gods eye view of the action. Combined with smooth editing it can produce some impressive trailers: some are even better than SOE’s own efforts.

5. In Planetside 2, failure is usually funny. For the audience.

It’s always comforting to watch a video full of mishaps. To the men and women who are brave enough to create these kind of videos, I salute you.

6. Don’t ever get in the way of the Terran Republic.

There’s nothing like a good propaganda video, and no one does it better than the Terran Republic. New recruits are in constant demand: their battle strategy comes down to throwing as many soldiers at the problem as possible. 

7. It makes for some stunning front line war-reports.

Here’s a pretty convincing mashup of some Planetside 2 footage and remixed public service broadcasts from World War Two. The only difference is that nowadays the government would send this sort of information in a tweet.

8. Here’s a novel way to turn your bomber into a deadly anti-air platform.

For the uninitiated, Liberators are massive gunships capable of bombing ground targets from high above the battlefield. It takes some incredible pilot to gunner synergy to pull off these kind of shots, all while wielding the infamous slow firing Dalton cannon.

9. Special delivery: explosives!

Here’s a fantastic anecdotal monologue about how giving freely is a good thing; when you’re giving C4. Even some divine intervention comes into play.


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Htorne Avatar
4 Years ago

It's a great game, if you feel unsuccessful playing when just starting out, don't distress, its normal. Takes a little time to get used to each class and its strengths.

Also having played 4 alts to battle rank +50, with the free to play model, this game is not pay to win.

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Max Ursa(18 days 14 hours played)
4 Years ago

If you want to give ps2 a try then come join the PCGamer outfit on Miller. We are terran republic and are pretty relaxed and casual. We can show you the ropes and you can take it from there.

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feersum(50 minutes played)
4 Years ago

Bounced off the beta, might give another go now.

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UntoldAv3nGer(10 days 19 hours played)
4 Years ago

Played about 200 hours. I am impressed with the overall game, even though it is just the same locations pasted around the map. There's nothing to do besides the same battles that repeat themselves every day. The reason I stopped playing is because of tanks and planes racking up certs killing infantry and it seems like everyone really hates each other. Not very fun for me :(

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Dog Pants(16 days 18 hours played)
4 Years ago

How recently did you play it last? I've encountered these problems, but not for a while. A lot of the facilities have had walls and barricades added to stop armour rolling over them, and the ESFs have had a good whack with the nerf-hammer.

The cross-faction animosity probably varies by server, but I don't see it on Miller. We have RPS (Vanu) and PCG (TR), who are pretty good for friendly competition. Unfortunately we also have Goons, but they tend to silently zerg everything from the air.

The metagame is no better though. You're still going to be fighting over the same terrain for no real overall goal. That's enough for me personally, I just love the spectacle and the scope. Horses for courses though.

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Dog Pants(16 days 18 hours played)
4 Years ago

NC have the most fun? Try going into battle in purple tiger-stripe spandex. In the Vanu Sovereignty every night is disco night.

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4 Years ago

The only experience I have with this game is testing it out on my brothers rig since he was complaining about performance issues. I somehow have not gotten around to actually trying it out for myself even though I was incredibly hyped for it before release.

There are just so many games to play dammit! =/

I need to install this.