I have oodles of fun in PlanetSide 2. Gobs of it. Barrels of fun. The fun is powerful in this one. You get the point. PlanetSide 2 actually makes me laugh to myself, makes me yell at the screen -- you know, those noises you hear from someone who is having a blast. Of course, there are a few other reasons I play PlanetSide 2 as well, so I'll fill you in on those.
The game looks so nice. I prefer stylized graphics, but somehow PlanetSide 2 avoids the uncanny valley that plagues other SOE titles like EverQuest II and Vanguard: Saga of Heroes. It's funny to find yourself in the middle of a massive firefight only to stop and admire the beautiful moons rising above. Oh, the glorious tracers that seem to be whispering violent love poems only to me like some sort of skywriting from Hades. My playtime in PlanetSide 2 is filled with screenshot-able moments like those, so it's a good thing that I am OK with dying while distracted.
Each faction has a distinct style of its own, so distinct that I can recognize aircraft from seemingly a mile away. The Vanu Sovereignty? They're my least favorite. They're sleek and fast and look a bit too futuristic to deserve any form of mercy. What about the New Conglomerate? They remind me of space marines from my table-top days. The Terran Republic? Those are my peeps. I rolled a Terran not only because of my love for the lovely red and black style of the characters but because of my hatred for the other two factions. Yes, I picked my faction due to its fashion. So shoot me.
Seriously, shoot me; I'm not a difficult target.
"If you are killed in combat, you just respawn moments later, a design that makes me feel like a member of an endless army of ants. The army with the most staying power wins."
Instead, it rewards you for being a better player. If you are killed in combat, you just respawn moments later, a design that makes me feel like a member of an endless army of ants. The army with the most staying power wins. I can spend money to unlock all sorts of powerful weapons, but if I have no skill, I can succumb to someone who has more skill and a weaker weapon.
The game remains free for many because it is fueled by memberships and an in-game cash shop. I have a membership, but I can easily drop 20 bucks by unlocking new weapons or decals. Free players do not have to spend a dime to unlock the same weapons, but they do have to save up certs -- short for certification points -- that are earned by playing the game. You can earn more by being a better player and can earn some while being offline, a deal-sweetener for members. I might pay $7 to unlock a weapon, while another player has to pay 1,000 certs for it. It takes some time to build up that many certs, at least in my experience, but it's nice to see that free players are not completely left in the dust. Membership starts at a few dollars per month, or players can pay for their game piece-meal and by earning certs through gameplay.
And that's why I play PlanetSide 2!
There's an MMO born every day, and every game is someone's favorite. Why I Play is a column in which the Massively staff members kick back and reminisce about all their favorite MMOs. Whether it's the new hotness or an old fan favorite loaded with nostalgia, each title we cover here tugs at our heartstrings and keeps us coming back for more.
- Key specs
- Game format Optical disc
- Drive capacity 40 GB
- Controller type Wired
- Motion controls Camera / optical
- Video outputs RCA / composite
- Backward compatible 1 generations
- Dimensions 3.07 x 11.85 x 182 in