PlanetSide 2 – First Thoughts

By: Kitboga

Posted on: December 5, 2012

I’ve got to be honest, I didn’t have high hopes for a free to play shooter. A few of my friends play this game so I figured I’d download it. It was released a few weeks ago on steam and is now totally free to play (download here). Seems like you can pay money to get a few extra perks and upgrades, but it shouldn’t make you better than other players. Since I’ve only clocked about an hour of gameplay so far, this post will just be my first thoughts on the game.

 

Visual

After I got past the terrible character creation screen (seriously, it was bad) I quickly turned my settings to ‘high’ and put on the ‘motion blur’ element. When I started walking around, I was quickly amazed at how vast the environment was and how visually appealing it looked for a free game with hundreds of people playing on the same server, same map.

Gameplay

This isn’t anything like CoD or BF2, and if that’s what you’re looking for, don’t download this game. You move significantly slower, won’t see the enemy on your radar that often and are moving around a “map” that covers what must be miles of terrain. It’s much more realistic in some cases (like movement and bullet damage) which can be a bit annoying when you’re first getting used to the game.

There are quite a few classes to choose from, each fulfilling different objectives for the team, er should I say, empire ?

It’s incredibly overwhelming when you first “drop in” (no really, you fall from a space pod of sorts) to the game because there are so many things going on around you. Press the ‘m’ button to bring up the map and you’ll see a huge tutorial – far more complex than I’ve ever seen.

I’ll admit it’s pretty epic fighting alongside hundreds of other players though. You’ll see 10 to 15 tanks, atvs and planes zooming towards an objective along with another 20+ foot soliders. I had a lot of fun being a gunner inside of some sort of alien spacecraft, until my friend crashed into some huge mountain.

Recommendation:

You should totally download this game and give it a try if you like shooters. Check out a few of the tutorials on youtube if you’re having trouble figuring out what to do… and trust me, it’s pretty overwhelming at first.

This game has quite a bit to offer and it’s still in ti’s early beta stages. Stay tuned for more planet side 2 reviews and tips… right here at yellowdoggames!