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  • Summary: PlanetSide is a Massively Multiplayer Online First-Person Shooter involving thousands of players fulfilling all the roles needed to wage war across the face of ten gigantic continents. The war involves infantry, ground vehicles, and air battles in a science-fiction setting. Gamers play as any of the three global empires, each group struggling against one another to dominate each base, continent, and ultimately, the planet, for their Empire. [Sony Online Entertainment] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Forget hiking up to the woods for a rain-drenched, cattle-scattering game of paintball. Just hook yourself into PlanetSide for a measly $12.95 per month fee and you can feast on round-the-clock galactic virtual warfare with hundreds of faceless gamers worldwide.
  2. The intensity of the battles draws the players in, but the ability to improve your avatar...keeps you coming back for more. [July 2003, p.118]
  3. I have not had this much fun in years playing a MMO anything and I highly recommend this title as a must have if you’re a fan of the genre.
  4. It’s by no means revolutionary but it’s hard to complain when you can’t stop playing and that’s what successful online games are all about. If you’re a FPS fan and have always wanted to jump into a massively multiplayer world, then landing on PlanetSide is a good way to start.
  5. My rants aside, PlanetSide offers up a fun, 24/7 battle royal over giant continents with lots of toys that will delight FPS players of all skill levels, and with a free downloadable trial version of the game, you can give it a test drive for yourself.
  6. 80
    If you've grown accustomed to 16 on 16 battles in other shooters, nothing, we repeat, nothing, will prepare you for combat in Planetside.
  7. Finding a hot zone that doesn't play like a deathmatch in a broom closet [or getting to a hot zone at all] takes more legwork than you'd expect for the payoff. [Sept 2003, p.65]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 25
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 25
  3. Negative: 4 out of 25
  1. JamieF.
    Mar 20, 2004
    10
    Great game, for all those saying they wont pay the small monthly fee - get a job
  2. JulioC.
    Apr 24, 2003
    10
    Simply the most immersive game ive ever played, the gameplay is breathtaking...imgaine battlefeild/tribes 2...just alot better..its currently in beta but itll be out the 19th. Expand
  3. MarkO.
    Jul 26, 2003
    10
    Look out this game is as addictive as heroine, but well worth it.
  4. BenS.
    May 21, 2003
    9
    This game is very fun. It's true. I bought it and am having a blast. The drawback is that it's not very "newbie friendly." New players will often be wondering what the hell is going on and how they play. After a day I have learned a lot of things, but not nearly everything. I think it will take about a week before I am a real asset to squads. The Certification system is quite good and allows for a bit of customization. Not everyone has the same guns, and not everyone can do everything. In fact, most people at the moment can only do 1 thing (hacking, repairing, flying, etc.) That will soon change though. If you are not good at First Person Shooters and are looking for a game where that doesn't really matter, stay away. Even though there are "levels" and skills, your hand-eye coordination still counts for a bunch. Expand
  5. DavidR.
    Jun 4, 2003
    9
    These guy are just upset they have to pay to play. Brian doesn't even own the game and as for Dean's comments....Hmm, wonder why I've been playing since open of retail with only 2 crashes. Count them...1 , 2. There are literally thousands of people playing without issue on the servers and imo the game is a blast. Mr. zero there obviously has an axe to grind or he wouldn't be trying to constantly skew the results of this score. For me, the game has been a great find. A game with some character persistancy and massive battles to boot. I enjoy being able to get on the same server and play with the same people each evening. Almost nightly, I will be involved in a battle with 100-150+ people. It is unlike anything you've experienced to this point. Some may not like it and for that I say each to his own, but for me I'd recommend it. Expand
  6. Domicron
    May 28, 2003
    8
    I make this post in direct response to Brian P's rant about how there is no need for a monthly service charge. I outright feel he is totally wrong. He cites the $50 purchase fee as more then adequate to fund not only all the developmental costs but also the upkeep and maintenance of the servers as well as the game code itself. Of course, this is ludicrous. You think $50 is an outrageous price for a PC game? I think not, considering as far as I can remember games have always gone for the hallmark $50, I find it impressive that even with inflation and the expanding piracy markets that they haven't raised that unofficial standard price yet. As for the monthly charge, it goes towards covering the costs of maintaining a PERSISTENT game world. Your money funds the servers the game resides on as well as pays the coders who are constantly working on new patches to both enhance and keep the game world moving. To be blatantly honest, I do not think your proposed advertising method of revenue would be profitable. For starters, people hate the pop-up ads you compare it to. In fact, how many of you actually click on any of that pop-up ad crap? I would say slim to none. People hate the imbedded ads. When I play a game, I want to play the game, I don't want to be bombarded with 300 "special offers" or whatever. I could take this rant on and on, but basically I wanted to make the point that despite your good grammar and format and all that jazz, your point is rather ill-thought and your so-called boycott is just dumb. You want the best of both worlds - for free. I've got news for you, you will never get it. Sure you have online games that are free, but they lack any kind of cohesive persistent world. That is what you pay for, and it will never be free because of the associated ongoing costs. That being said, I'd like to make the next point that THIS IS NOT THE PLACE TO POST RANTS ABOUT SUBSCRIPTION BASED GAMING. The point of this board is to rate the game based on what it is, not to fault it for what you feel the industry should be. Your ranking of 1 should be dismissed and your comments stricken. Basically, go somewhere else unless you plan to actually review the game......... Expand
  7. BrandonK.
    Sep 6, 2003
    0
    This is a horribly bug ridden game. Training modes don't work, TONS of connection problems and crashes, and even saving a keyboard layout doesn't work 3+ months after release from beta. DO NOT get this game. If you REALLY want it, wait 6 more months til the bugs are shaken out. Don't believe me? Check out the tech support board. There's a post ever 2-5 minutes. Yes, seriously. Oh, and there are already cheaters screwing it up for everyone, too. Still sound fun? Expand

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