Planetside 2. The free to play sequel from Sony Online Entertainment is one of several up and comer MMOFPS games that has hit the scene, and this one is growing daily. So suit up, grab your battle rifle, and pod in with some of the thousands of players in Araxium to battle it out for control of a continent with other squaddies.
The game itself is a very persistent game of capture the flag. Players will find themselves running headlong through a hail of bullets and explosions to get the coveted “A” point in the smaller bases to start the capture in an intense and agonizing 4 minutes. This can all change with one well placed grenade or tank round through the doorway or window at any second. Keeping the area secure, knowing how to stay alive, and where the “best” place to hide is all paramount to claiming victory in this game. While larger bases may have a “B” and “C” point, they do add some flavor by making players destroy an “SCU” or “Spawn Control Unit”. This will limit the opposing force from spawning in that base’s spawn room, and make for an easier capture of the hard fought over base.
As for opposing forces, there are three in this game. There is no “Rock, Paper, Scissors” here. It’s all just different skills for different thrills in each faction. The Vanu Sovereignty specializes in energy weapons, making “bullet fall off” a thing of the past. Their ability to snipe people from farther away than most factions make them one of the most brutal, and hated by the other factions. The New Conglomerate is the rebellious “freedom fighters” who are stepping out of the Terran Republics tyrannical grip over the planet Auraxium. Their close quarters combat specialty with shotguns galore and the feared “Scatter Max” will send any platoon into a blind fury. Considered to be the fan favorite by some people, others will say it pales in comparison to the next faction. The Terran Republic. Considered the “bullies” in this game with their double barreled tank cannons and multi missle rocket launcher (the striker) they are where most senior players find themselves. Their ability to wreak havoc from medium to close range makes the Terran Republic a DPS machine that many people claim is “why they don’t like them”.
The Graphics, themselves, all follow standard gaming policy. Bullets glow in the night sky, explosions chunk your life harshly with movie-esque quality, and your vehicles all have a uniqueness to them for each faction. While most factions share some vehicles like the lightning or liberator, their main battle tanks and fighters all have their own unique look and feel when flying, or fighting against, them. This makes for a pleasurable experience regardless of faction.
Sound quality is near top notch. No matter where you are, every sound is captured at just the right volume as people run up from just outside, to inside of the echoing rooms of Auaraxium. When in battle, or near it rather, you will hear the close “boom” of explosions, even if they’re not right next to you. They create a surreal experience that can draw in many FPS players who are just looking for “that next game”.
Overall, the game, itself, draws from many other FPS games that are out there and creates some of the best fights over embattled territories across an enormous amount of terrain.
More to come next time as I delve deeper into Planetside 2. So keep your eyes open for my features, as well as tips and tricks from some of the gamers that are coming to know that Auraxium isn’t just a quiet corner in the galaxy, but a constantly embattled rock for supremacy over the other factions.