Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 18
  2. Negative: 4 out of 18
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  1. While I originally left Planetside because of it’s balance issues and general stale nature, I’m happy to report that not only have changes in the last few months made the game much quicker on play (really, really good change, in my opinion), but have also tweaked the balance issues pretty damn good.
  2. While I wished the Core Combat expansion was in use by more of the player-base, I'm confident the devs will perform the necessary tweaks to draw more players in, because the idea of the subterranean combat is exciting and Core Combat provides a great foundation.
  3. My biggest gripe is why am I paying 25 bucks or so for an expansion for a game that was just released about 6 months ago AND that I pay a monthly fee for that was promised to have weapons and things added anyway.
  4. PC Gamer
    Hardcore, platoon-oriented players will definitely enjoy what Core Combat has to offer. [Feb 2004, p.75]
  5. None of these changes fundamentally change the game, though. They are nice additions, sure, but hardly worth $30.
  6. Computer Games Magazine
    It remains the place for massive (and social) battles, and changes in the wake of Core Combat should bring lapsed players back to the fold. [Mar 2004, p.74]
  7. An amazing expansion in virtually every way. It looks awesome, it sounds fantastic, its design is superb and it has lots of cool details that make it extremely replayable.
  8. It provides cool new weapons, a long demanded artillery vehicle, and some cool enhancements to base capture and defense. However, it does not change the general Planetside experience: finding a good server with dedicated players and logging on at the right time for real action.
  9. 65
    Fighting in the Core is too disorienting and transportation too roundabout to recommend plunking down $30, especially when actual combat in the Core is so infrequent. The caverns are also too impractical to get to and take too long to get out of.
  10. While some are more interesting than others, in practice, Core Combat's new additions don't seem to add much to PlanetSide.
  11. 60
    With PlanetSide being constantly updating and patched, this expansion may become indispensable somewhere down the road, but it's not worth the admission price right now. Take that $$$ and buy a few Code Reds instead, because as all the good players know, the action is best late at night.
  12. There's nothing actually wrong with Core Combat, but as it fails to offer a significant improvement over and above the original game itself, then there is no reason to recommend buying it.
  13. If you're a fan of firefights, Core Combat gives you access to the complete PlanetSide experience, but if you've already got the original, the expansion isn't really necessary.
  14. Computer Gaming World
    Coercing people to buy Core Combat so they can get more-potent weaponry seems shady. This expansion should cost a lot less - or be free. [Feb 2004, p.76]
  15. Ultimately, since Core Combat's best features can be enjoyed by both the expanded and unexpanded players, you might as well let other mugs go to the expense of buying the pack and doing all the work required to gain them. Then you can just have all the fun and reap the rewards above ground.
  16. Just when you thought the updates and lack of people online couldn't make PlanetSide any worse, Sony Online Entertainment drops perhaps its biggest turd in history: Core Combat. [Jan 2004, p.157]
  17. 20
    Introduces far more gameplay problems than solutions.
  18. The game brought nothing really useful to PlanetSide, and all of the issues that needed to be dealt with were not. SOE continues to willingly avoid those issues...One of the poorest choices on the gaming market to buy.
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  1. AndrewH.
    Nov 13, 2005
    The Best game by far not matter how long you play it for it keeps dragging you back i now hundreds of people that bought it when it came out The Best game by far not matter how long you play it for it keeps dragging you back i now hundreds of people that bought it when it came out and that still play it with the same excitement they had when when they first bought it. If you buy this you should be warned its a game for life and makes all other games rubbish as this doesn't have the best graphics but has the best game play than any other game to date and will have for years to come. :D Full Review »