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  • Summary: Across the continents of Auxraxis, thousands of players will come together in enormous battles to win control of critical territories and key resources for their empire. With an extensive skill tree and free-form class-based system, players will be able to customize their soldier, weapons,Across the continents of Auxraxis, thousands of players will come together in enormous battles to win control of critical territories and key resources for their empire. With an extensive skill tree and free-form class-based system, players will be able to customize their soldier, weapons, and vehicles to match their play-style, as well as the needs of their squad, outfit or empire. Battles can last for days or weeks, so players will need to build alliances and specialized combat outfits to take on long-term strategic and tactical initiatives. With air, ground and seaborne combat, the battles will be larger and more intense than ever. Expand
  • Developer: Sony Online Entertainment, Daybreak Games
  • Genre(s): Action, Shooter, Shooter, First-Person, Sci-Fi, Sci-Fi, Tactical, Arcade
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Jul 14, 2015
    85
    Planetside 2 gives you a massive and fun online shooting experience, and it’s completely free. Yes, there are microtransactions, but they are very unobtrusive and do not give nearly enough of an advantage to be labelled “pay to win.”
  2. Jul 15, 2015
    80
    It will take a little to get used to the coordinated chaos that is PlanetSide 2. But the more time you spend on Auraxis the more fun you will have. If only the artdesign and engine performance were optimized.
  3. 80
    One of the most interesting things to happen to both massively multiplayer online games and shooters in years, and already a hugely enjoyable game in its own right.
  4. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Sep 5, 2015
    80
    A totally fresh proposition. [Sept 2015, p.89]
  5. Jul 15, 2015
    78
    After a pretty tough starting phase, you'll find a great game with some pretty neat battles and tons of content. The best of all is that it is really free to play.
  6. Jul 23, 2015
    78
    Planetside 2 is entertaining, huge and still a work in progress. It’s certainly worth a go, if you have the available time on your side.
  7. Jul 9, 2015
    70
    Like so many big games with dozens of complex moving parts, your enjoyment of PlanetSide 2 on the PlayStation 4 rests on how forgiving you are of technical hiccups you would properly expect to be vanquished.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 31
  2. Negative: 8 out of 31
  1. Jun 23, 2015
    10
    Planetside 2 puts u in the real battlefield. With gorgeous gfx, huge scale battles and solid gameplay, everybody with a ps4 must try this gamePlanetside 2 puts u in the real battlefield. With gorgeous gfx, huge scale battles and solid gameplay, everybody with a ps4 must try this game out,. It's easily one of PS4's best online experience and it's FREE! Expand
  2. Jul 3, 2015
    10
    This game is amazing! I've gotten so many interesting stories out of this game; more so than any other FPS/war game I've ever played. FromThis game is amazing! I've gotten so many interesting stories out of this game; more so than any other FPS/war game I've ever played. From sneaking into enemy bases and taking out people who walked right past me like a steath-game main character as an Infiltrator with Stalker Cloaking, to healing and reviving fallen teammates and occationally shooting bursts of fire into the enemy during massive 100 allies vs 100 enemy firefights as a medic, to riding in or driving a ground transport Sunderer in a huge 10 tank 20 Sunderer 5 air support and 50 ground troop rush of a base, this game has some intense, highly memorable moments that you'll never experience in any other multiplayer game. Seriously, some of the moments feel so much like watching a massive battle in a Star Wars movie play out that it seems scripted, but in fact it's all players and no NPCs!

    Pros:

    • Good graphics: Not groundbreaking or the best, but still great and immersive enough.

    • Classes: Quite a few classes to choose from, and they all have distinct uses. Two support classes, Medic and Engineer, guarantee that there will be plenty of useful cooperative team play, which is a huge part of what makes the game so fun.

    * The feel-factor: Like I mentioned before, this game WILL give you plenty of memorable moments just about any time you jump in, and with the different classes, you can pretty much play the game how you want. If you want to be a part of a huge battle, you can at pretty much any time. If you want to instead sneak behind enemy lines, hack enemy turrets and stations, and take capture points, all on your own (or in a stealthy ninja group with friends), you can at any time. If you want to be a pilot, a tank driver, a atv-riding scout-sniper, a troop transporter, or a spawn deployer, you can do any of those at any time!

    • Vehicles: They got the vehicle system right in this game. Vehicles cost a separate currency called resources. ATVs cost 50, while the most expensive vehicles cost around 450. The max resources you can have are 750, but every minute of gameplay you get 50 resources back, so if you use a vehicle you got for 450 resources for just 9 minutes, you've already got all the resources back. This system prevents people from just spawning a tank, rushing at attacking/defending tanks, and the spawning another tank ad nauseum, but it still gives plenty of resources to constantly stay in your vehicle of choice without too much worry of it getting destroyed.

    • Pay-to-Pay: You read that right. This game isn't pay-to-win or pay-to-play. The only reason to pay is if you want to level faster or get currency faster. It really doesn't give payers any advantage over non-payers, so you'll never really feel like "jeeze, I feel forced to pay to compete". This alone makes it one of the best free-to-play games I've ever played.

    Cons:

    • Currency gain: Currency (Certs) in this game are pretty tiring to get. You get 1 cert for every 250 xp. I'm still pretty new to the game, but I've gotten up to getting around 6000xp per hour, which is only about 24 certs per hour. Considering that most upgrades for equipment and skills go in tiers of 10, 30, 50, 100, 200, 300, 500, and 1000+ certs, and that guns are generally between 600 - 1000 certs, it can take FOREVER to get guns. That said, guns are usually sidegrades, so they aren't worth spending certs on anyway, so I usually invest in upgrades, which give the biggest advantages. They really need to increase cert payouts, as currently it'll take most users over a week to buy a decent amount of upgrades, and vehicle upgrades are very overpriced, to the point where you almost need to make a character that you'll only invest your certs into vehicles.

    • Pay-to-buy: While I did say it's not pay to win or play, the grind for certs can make paying seem slightly more attractive. Even so, the XP gain from booster packs (50% boost to XP for 6 months for $30) seems borderline not worth it. Making 6000 XP per hour means that I'd be making 9000 XP per hour with the boost pack, which means I'd still only be making 36 certs and hour. They also offer battle cash, bt battcle cash is usually about $1 to 100 certs, so 100 cert upgrades cost $1 while guns can cost $6-17, which is overpriced in my opinion. I suppose that, if its a game you plan on playing for a long time, spending $60 to get your character(s) to where you want them could be justified as buying the game, but considering pretty much all the stuff you buy is only for one character, and in some cases, just one class on that one character, it's a bit ridiculous.

    • Difficulty: The game throws you in, so it takes a while to figure out what to do. Thankfully, they put you on a starter island first, so you can get your bearings.

    Also, against what one reviewer said, there's only a queue on one server, which has a very high population; if you play on just a high pop server, you'll get in instantly every time and still have massive battles.
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  3. Jul 11, 2015
    9
    Taking place across the striking milieus of Auraxis, Daybreak Games’ colossal MMO shooter charts the trials and tribulations of an all-outTaking place across the striking milieus of Auraxis, Daybreak Games’ colossal MMO shooter charts the trials and tribulations of an all-out sci-fi conflict between three warring factions: Terran Republic, New Conglomerate and the Vanu Sovereignty. After swearing allegiance to a cause of your choosing, it isn’t long before you’ve crafted a character, selected a class, and been shipped out onto the battlefield — little more than a pawn on the galaxy’s biggest chess board.

    Moreover, friendly fire remains an issue and there’s little variation in the armor between you and your sworn enemies. Players do have the ability to tag a visible baddie so that they’re highlighted for your allies to target, but more often than not, you’ll hear “stop shooting, we’re on the same side!” echo around the battlefield quite regularly. Now, with such a huge install base, there’s plenty of trigger happy soldiers who will damage friendlies and dance to their own tune; though when you accidentally empty a clip on an ally, accumulating a fair share of Grief Points in the process, this lack of identity can be pretty frustrating.

    Overall, though, PlanetSide 2’s unique selling point remains its inordinate, at-times-mind-boggling scope. Engaging in The Great Auraxian War is a truly liberating experience, giving you free reign to experiment with classes and different strategies without adhering to a set round time limit. By the same token, this persistent set-up does mean that the concept of winning is somewhat abstract, with victory coming in small, periodical doses rather than one triumphant swoop.

    Rarely does a game resonate with me enough to keep playing beyond review, but for PlanetSide 2, it feels as though my journey is just getting started.
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  4. Jan 3, 2017
    8
    Deutsche Review - Kritik

    Der folgende Test ist in 5 Kategorien zusammengefasst. Diese 5 Kartegorien ergeben die Gesamtpunktzahl von 0 - 100
    Deutsche Review - Kritik

    Der folgende Test ist in 5 Kategorien zusammengefasst. Diese 5 Kartegorien ergeben die Gesamtpunktzahl von 0 - 100 Punkten. Um einen passenden Userscore zu geben wird auf oder abgerundet. Bei 84 Punkten ergibt das einen User Score von 8. Bei 86 einen von Userscore von 9. Falls eine 85 kommt entscheide ich ob ich es eher positiv oder negativ nehme. Regeln verstanden?
    Dann sind hier meine Punkte.

    Mein persönlicher Score = 80/100
    Mein User Score = 8/10
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  5. Nov 19, 2015
    7
    For a free to play game, this is one of the best. It is a great FPS, but not without its flaws. Let's discuss what is wrong with the gameFor a free to play game, this is one of the best. It is a great FPS, but not without its flaws. Let's discuss what is wrong with the game first.

    There is no sense of progression in the game despite "leveling-up". You earn certs for certain amount of experience to unlock/upgrade utility, weapons, and abilities. However, if you level to the highest rank of 100 and you have bought zero cosmetics, your character will still look extremely similar to a rank 1 player. You would expect to unlock some new camo, or armor, or helmets. Nope, the only thing that's unlocked like that are behind 5000+ kill requirements or extremely tedious directives. Not only that, but at the time of this review PS4 still didn't have weapon camos like on PC. Customization is extremely lacking unless you're willing to fork over a good amount of money for overpriced cosmetics.

    When it comes to gameplay, the experience can vary from the worst thing to ever slog through or one of the greatest moments of gaming in history. A completely new player who has no idea how the spawn system works can end up being a sole defender in a base and being completely outnumbered by the enemy. This is thanks to the lack of tutorial in the game.
    However, someone with more knowledge, especially with the aid of friends, can have a great time. You can spawn into massive 48vs48 or 96vs96 battles and see the sky and land glowing with rockets, firearms, and tank shells.

    Guns in these games are "sidegrades" to default weapons. The default weapons are some of the best in the game, only buy new weapons when you fully upgraded your class abilities and have auraximed the default weapon.

    As of right now the factions in the game are "Asymmetrically Balanced". Although many vets would argue the developer bias towards a certain spandex-wearing faction.
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  6. Jun 28, 2015
    6
    So let's begin. This games is a Free to Play, so don't expect an awesome game without payment methods.

    At the beginning you choose a
    So let's begin. This games is a Free to Play, so don't expect an awesome game without payment methods.

    At the beginning you choose a faction and create your character, The creation of your character is so bad, you only choose between American (White), African (Black), Asian (Yellow) or Latin; it's just a SKIN COLOR choice. The queue it's terrible, you need to wait more than 3 minutes to join. This games counts with some sort of "premium" accounts that doesn't requires to wait so much.

    As i said before, this is a Free to Play. As many other games, there is a shop where you buy weapons with game currency or with real money, of what i have seen there isn't advantages, you just save time to earn game money. Gameplay feels not so bad, sometimes its hard to control your soldier, vehicles are a pain to drive. Also, audio fails constantly.

    This game needs huge attention.
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  7. Oct 15, 2015
    0
    There is no killstreaks, no perks, and no Papa Emeritus. This game was designed by Donald Trump because it takes all your money and asks youThere is no killstreaks, no perks, and no Papa Emeritus. This game was designed by Donald Trump because it takes all your money and asks you if you have read my book Art of the Deal! Expand

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