In recent years I haven’t been so happy with the Star Wars games. With exceptions to the Force Unleashed games, I haven’t really played any of the other games since Battlefront 2 – and for good reason. Battlefront 2 is by far my favorite PS2 game, and for some reason Lucas Arts doesn’t really want to reboot the series. So craving the desperation of a new Battlefront game, I found Planetside 2, and man, is it good.
The story to Planetside is about 3 warring factions on the planet of Auraxis. The Terren republic are the old government of earth, the new Conglomerate are a band of anti -Terren republic followers. Then there are the Vanu. The Vanu sovereignty is a group who uses alien technology to advance their ways. Each side has its own perk, but story really isn’t important in this game.
The gameplay in Planetside 2 is a 1st person shooter with an extremely huge map. There are 4 different maps that each have their own terrain and theme. These areas aren’t the greatest treat to the eye but since it’s a free to play game, that is more than fine. The game combines a lot of key elements of popular shooters of late. It has a futuristic Halo vibe. The guns and fighting engine are like Call of Duty and the over world map gives a Battlefield feel. Weapons, vehicles and special ammo have to be bought, and this requires a lot of points. Points can be bought with real money if you don’t want to wait and save up, but the game never makes you buy it and it isn’t like a lot of iOS free to play games where you have to pay money for anything to go fast.
Now for a few bad aspects – Planetside 2 isn’t a perfect game. If you’re thinking that your kill to death ratio will be positive…well think again. You will die an exceeding number of times before you even score a kill. A lot of the time, vehicles (especially tanks) will be an intense pain and “Ramboing” is out of the question. If you are playing this game you will definitely want to join a squad. Another thing is that frame rate and polish could be fixed in later updates.
Planetside 2 is still a great game, however, the classes are fair and even. Hit markers are responsive and you can’t go wrong with free to play. The world is incredibly huge, and the game is a blast to play with friends. Even if the vehicles are OP, when you are in them, it’s a ton of fun.
In conclusion, Planetside 2 is well worth your time. The game has some faults but is awesome nonetheless. With levels to gain and bases to capture, Planetside 2 is a place you want to visit.
“DEFEEEND THE CROOOOOWN!”