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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 33
  2. Negative: 9 out of 33
  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. Dec 27, 2015
    10
    It's not Battlefield or Call of Duty so MOBA players go elsewhere. This game requires an investment of time to explore the weapons andIt's not Battlefield or Call of Duty so MOBA players go elsewhere. This game requires an investment of time to explore the weapons and vehicles and master each of them to become a good player. It also requires playing and coordinating with others. When you do these things you will find this one game contains the type of gameplay that exists in dozens of others. It's free but if you pay you gain access to fashion accessories. I have had experiences in PS2 that I have had in no other game -- some of the greatest MP experiences I've ever had. There is a learning curve though. Squad up and use your headsets to learn the game, it's no lowest common denominator game like Call of Duty. Expand
  3. Jun 27, 2015
    9
    I tried the PC version when it came out at a friend's house (my PC can't handle it), was in the PS4 beta, and finally played the final consoleI tried the PC version when it came out at a friend's house (my PC can't handle it), was in the PS4 beta, and finally played the final console version for a few hours hours. All i can say is that this is my kind of shooter!

    Sure it's not as polished as some 'AAA' shooter out there, but no game offers this level of freedom and scale. I'm also surprised with how well the console handles the big battles. I have experienced a few battles with a few hundred players, and the framerate always looked to be above the 30fps. Impressive, especially considering the beta struggled with 20 or 30 players on screen.

    + Massive scale and player count.
    + Great graphics and performance (for a game of this scale).
    + Nice gameplay and pacing (similar to Battlefield and the opposite to CoD, which is perfect to me).
    + Free to play but not pay to win.

    - The menus are still a bit slow and buggy (nothing compared to the beta, though).
    - It would be nice to see the actual number of players per continent before jumping in.
    - Instant action should take you to the area you are pointing at, instead of being random.

    All in all, i just hope that this game turns popular. I know it's not for everyone, but those who like large scale shooters, and give this game a second, third try, will love it for sure.

    I would give it 8/10 if i had to play for it. 10/10, since it's free and great, even for 'AAA' standards.
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  4. Apr 9, 2016
    8
    Planetside 2 is an awesome free-to-play MMO like shooter. While the graphics aren't as good as the PC version and there are still occasionalPlanetside 2 is an awesome free-to-play MMO like shooter. While the graphics aren't as good as the PC version and there are still occasional bugs, the game has a solid foundation with its battles that can easily contain hundreds of players. While the in-game currency can be a grind to come by, the default weapons are generally the most all-around and noob friendly. Other weapons (most of them you can buy with the in-game currency) are just more specialized in specific roles. Since the cost for entrance is free, anyone that likes Battlefield styled multiplayer games or multiplayer FPS in general, should give this game a shot. Expand
  5. Sep 20, 2015
    6
    I played this game since it was in beta on the PC.
    Its a great concept, a very big battlefield that consist of actually working together with
    I played this game since it was in beta on the PC.
    Its a great concept, a very big battlefield that consist of actually working together with fellow soldiers(players). Its challenging, time consuming, but so worth it when you get the hang of it.

    The playstation 4 version is still a bit slow for my taste, a balanced but still fast fps is a must with these sort of games, but unfortunately, thats not yet the case.

    One other slight downside that i think is the penalty users get when they team kill allot, mostly noobs or 1 day accounts are doing this to troll people, the penalty is just to low, they should in my opinion implement a probation system, not a weapon disabled system, boot them out of the game for a while i say..
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  6. Jul 5, 2015
    4
    As with any f2p game, whether it is properly identified as “pay 2 win” is often a primary concern to a potential newcomer. Though I do thinkAs with any f2p game, whether it is properly identified as “pay 2 win” is often a primary concern to a potential newcomer. Though I do think this game is more readily identifiable as “pay 2 win” than not, I’ll elaborate a bit on what p2w means to me to both justify, and better accommodate critics, of my view. However, I do not think being moderately p2w is Planetside 2’s biggest problem…

    To me, the phrase “pay 2 win” describes a system, typically within free-to-play games, that encourages players to purchase relative “advantages” by not making them “reasonably accessible” without paying. In this case: guns, abilities/perks, upgrades, vehicle parts, weapon attachments, etc. F2p games operate a bit awkwardly in that they often search for a certain sweet spot where determining the strength of the “advantage” and what constitutes as “reasonably accessible” are both as ambiguous as necessary to render the most revenue. They want to make the player feel as though their money wasn’t wasted on a crappy new gun, but they don’t want lower-geared players to feel helpless. They also want to reward long term player commitment and make progression towards upgrades seem reachable, but not so close to the player’s grasp that enough of them will feel satisfied without ever paying a dime. It is also important to note that the changing, subjective vagueness people may have with regards to identifying what is either an “advantage” or “reasonably accessible” entails constant forecasting and rebalancing in order to soothe such a temperamental economy and mold it in the most profitable favor.

    Whether it’s operating as a medic during a stalemate, playing a topnotch infiltrator, or just accumulating a massive amount of kills- from my experience, certification points are certainly acquirable and pseudo-farmable (I can make over 1000 certs on a good, fairly long day). But, relative to the cost of much of the equipment (and the advantages they bring), specifically for vehicles, Planetside 2 surely plays more on the grindy side. For new players, I generally think it is a bit too much. Ceteris paribus, certain weapon upgrades for infantry and vehicles alike are too relatively advantageous to those without, and they are accessible, but I have my doubts as to “reasonably” so (10+ hours a day, with great effort and experience often yields less than 1000 certs). As such, Planetside 2’s monetary system is at least moderately describable as P2W, in my honest opinion. This, though, is not my chief concern with the game…

    Planetside 2 is littered with an overwhelming amount of high impact/game breaking bugs, glitches, and occasional connectivity issues: overly intrusive outdoor/indoor(?) sun glare, audio bugs, distance render glitches, clipping underground/through walls, continual insta-killed at Sunderer spawn, fire-rate glitches, rubber-banding combined with enemies suddenly appearing, unable to respawn glitch, constant red hit locator on screen bug, out-of-bounds when inbounds bug, unable to respawn bug, vehicle will not deploy bug, no shield/shield will not recharge bug, cannot redeploy bug, cannot accept revive bug, cannot refill ammo bug, cannot change fire mode on primary infantry weapon glitch, and the list goes on and on and on and on- these are merely the ones I’ve had and remember, mind you. I understand that the game is in beta, and that it’s a HUGE mmo, but these glitches almost always ruin my experience when they occur (and they occur far too often). Also, the “spot” system is still a bit shoddy, if I die with my secondary out I do not want to spawn with it out, bullet spread could be a bit tighter for nearly all weapons, several animations could be improved, friendly fire should just be off, player profile (particularly for headshots) could use a tad of work, better spawn protection would be appreciated, and a **** ton of other personally picky things that tantamount into frustration all need “fixing.”

    Battles are big, however. For an fps mmo on the ps4, they are **** GARGANTUAN. Like 12v12 tanks with 5v5 air vehicles and 50 v 50 infantry is consistently found nearly, I don’t know, everywhere! It felt genuinely fun and unique (for the ps4) to take part in experiences I thought I could only have on my PC (though, albeit, I much prefer playing the PC version). Still, weak core gunplay (little strafe/dodge mechanics outside of hip-fire/jet-packing) and an overwhelming amount of glitches/bugs make this game borderline unplayable for me (though hopefully they are temporary issues). Without the bugs, the game would be at least a 7 (not much higher because I do not care for the mediocre gunplay). As is, it is initially impressive on scale- but, rarely have I ever felt a more appropriate time to echo the grandpaian proverb “quantity (even of this magnitude) certainly does not equal quality,” than when discussing this game. If you are asking people to spend money on your game then FIX THE DAMN BUGS! Slapping the word “beta” onto the title will not protect you forever!
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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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