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Old 2012-11-23, 22:18   Link #1
Arturia Polaris
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Planetside 2

I recently came across this apparently MMOFPS that is free to play on steam, and it was apparently released on the 20th.

Seeing a couple of reviews online I'm deciding to give it a shot, since the last MMOFPS I'd played was WW2OL, and It's an old game to say the least.

Anyone else thinking of playing it or has already and wishes to share opinions?

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Old 2012-11-24, 04:16   Link #2
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I am a veteran of Planetside 1 and I am a little displeased about the "dumb down" of planetside 2, mainly in the command and customization area.. But even with this oversemplification the game is REALLY fun and more interesting than every plain fps out of there, the persistent battlefield and the massive number of the players involved is great, the game needs a lot of work from SOE in the optimization and debug area.. the game actually isn't optimized and needs a really good CPU to run in a decent way (ps2 is one of the few games that put more stress to the CPU than the GPU).
Planetside 2 it's a really interesting experience if you want to try a massive persistent war and you are not worried about technical problems, IMHO the issues will be solved in the next months.

Actually I'm playing on the european servers (Miller TR, Cobalt TR, Ceres NC)
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Old 2012-11-24, 09:19   Link #3
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I was a die-hard Infantry player until Sony bought it and basically killed it (presumably for Planetside development).

I was a die-hard Planetside player, for the few months it had a healthy population.

Haven't tried Planetside 2 yet, as I'm just so burnt out by Sony. I can't remember how many years it has been since I enjoyed a product they released.

That said, with short attention spans running rampant, playing it now is probably the best time to ever play it. Games these days almost never increase in population/participation over time.
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Old 2012-11-24, 12:36   Link #4
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Played it during the beta phase, it's pretty good plus it's F2P so really no reason not to try it out. Not like there's many MMOFPS out there.

The cash shop model is pretty archaic though which is surprising for SOE which have a few F2P mmo under their belt. They are still trying to hold onto the sub + F2P hybrid model.

Probably be on the US West servers cause Australian server are useless for Asian players cause the ping is more often than not almost the same as what i get from American servers.
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Old 2012-11-24, 14:36   Link #5
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Going to give this a shot after I play a few more War of the Roses games. Seems appealing to me, and going to give a full opinion when I finish installing and trying out this game.
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Old 2012-11-24, 19:43   Link #6
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Also played it during closed beta. It was fun at first, but it got too...repetitive (then again, what FPS isn't haha). Duno. I mean, the graphics were nice. Classes were average and so were the weapons and "tools." I think it was just too big for me since I'm used to 32 v 32 or smaller fps matches. I really dislike the cash shop. Sure you can literally "farm" your way to getting the weapons, but that is gonna take years. In a sense, it its kind of a pay two win game, but at the same time not really since it does take some skill to point and shoot; however, if you miss out on new gear and upgrades if you don't purchase anything.
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Old 2012-11-24, 22:31   Link #7
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Ugh, depending on how long it will take you to get gear. *looks at Guild Wars 2's Legendaries* for the average gamer. Then I don't approve of the pay to win scenario that's being addressed. I'll check it out myself and see how long it would take me to get the weapons/etc.
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Old 2012-11-24, 22:40   Link #8
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I'm still downloading T.T

I've been checking out a few videos and it looks decent enough. I'll play it if only for the huge similarities to BF3 (even in the way scores are shown) and the MMO element to the FPS.

In all honesty, even if you have a sniper rifle that can predict bullet drop and everything, another sniper might take you out with sheer skill. I'll be that one.

A tank is still a tank, no matter what fancy stuff it has.

A fighter is still a fighter. Get on that 6 and you pretty much have it.

A bullet is still a bullet.

But skill is not money, and teamwork raises the ante as well.
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Old 2012-11-25, 01:30   Link #9
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It's not really pay to win because every upgrade can be purchase with certification points (ingame currency). Only cosmetic stuff like camo and different armor skin are limited to purchase with real cash.

Weapons itself are all sidegrades with the default free weapon being the good for all situation weapon usually and the unlocks being specialist weapon that excels in one area and sucks in another.

Basically you can pay to skip the grind or be prettier ingame, but there's no golden gun that's limited to cash shoppers.
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Old 2012-11-25, 12:17   Link #10
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Sidegrades aside from the lock-on HA, pretty much every air weapon and secondary vehicle turret.

My main problem is with the high cert grind / time scale it takes to unlock anything useful which makes things like manning vehicles very one sided when you have the paying crowd in attack craft and gunships raining down missiles and canon fire.

It should improve with time but at the moment the only people who could shoot back would be those who payed cash for the AA weapons.
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Old 2012-11-25, 14:28   Link #11
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Gotta agree with the AA part. Not sure why they kept the expensive cert price for them when it's essential for ground force to defend themselves against air with em. Single burster max isn't enough to effectively fight back.

Been playing the release the whole day, the cert gain isn't too bad as long as you focus on one class and only unlock essentials for the others.
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Old 2012-11-25, 14:46   Link #12
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I usually use tanks a lot but the air advantage makes it very difficult to move about in small numbers and seeing as I'm on foot a lot more because of that I've been focusing on the combat medic but its tricky trying to balance cert spending between the two because of the vast expense of the module and upgrades.

At the minute I've no idea weather to pour my certs into stuff for my medic or to save for the AA turret for my tank seeing as both could take weeks of grinding...
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Old 2012-11-25, 18:12   Link #13
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I slightly disagree on the HA lock ons being better than the stock launcher. While the stock launcher is dumb (no homing), the lock on AA launcher does less damage. Don't know if the anti-vehicle launcher is homing but I have yet to see a situation in which a homing anti-vehicle launcher would have been significantly more effective than the dumb-fired launcher.
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Old 2012-11-25, 18:23   Link #14
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Not much of a tank driver here but from my experience as a pilot, don't bother with AA upgrades just yet. It's not that effective especially if the pilot are good. Bad pilot can be shot down with your main cannon anyway. Best defense from ground against air is still a few burster MAX/HA AA launcher or skyguards. Or just having air superiority ESFs.

Medic works really well straight out of the box. All you really need is a proper scope and maybe a fore grip for the guns and upgrade the AoE heal. Medic gun upgrade can wait till much later. Personally i would just get the first 3 level upgrade of your choice and leave the last 2 level till after you got the stuff for your tank due to diminishing return of cert investment over effectiveness.

I normally play as Heavy Assault and ESF. Man it's going to be awhile to get the stuff i want. 1k cert for AA launcher, 1k for ESF A2G rockets and 500 cert for my LMG of choice. Not to mention the upgrades needed for it.

As for lockon launcher, i prefer to get the AA launcher because it's really difficult to hit air with the dumbfired ones. Ground lockon is nice but not necessary with practice and a bit of target leading. The lockon range for it is pretty damn short anyway @ 250m. AFAIK, the dmg difference is neglible if at all, all launcher only need 2 shots to kill a tank from behind.
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Old 2012-11-25, 19:29   Link #15
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Regarding the lock-on AA I think its an effective deterrent on its own but if used in conjunction with other AA weapons (base turrets and vehicles AA secondary turrets) its highly effective (especially if you can catch an aircraft thats already taken some damage) since its projectiles speed is high.

On top of that it can also be used for ground targets too with a lesser arced dumbfire mode making the AA launcher quite versatile.

The Lock on anti-vehicle damage is meant to be similar to the standard launcher (I've never used it so I wouldn't know for sure) but the hit rate should be far higher than that of the standard dump fire rockets since they'd be harder to avoid for ground vehicles so you'll likely land more shots than you would normally unless they can move behind cover.

Regarding medics I have spent some of my points on the health field generator as well as a couple of the lower level upgrades for the applicator, nanoweave armor and a 3.4x scope for the standard carbine so I'm starting to get reasonably kitted out.
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Old 2012-11-26, 00:39   Link #16
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O_O you can lock on?

well its a fine game but some bits suck, like a tank camping at the respawn area, you revive walk out BOOM tank shot died.
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Old 2012-11-26, 00:47   Link #17
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Oh have i suffered that in ww2ol when AA AT guns camped on a hill and let it rain...

Game is interesting so far, only played 30 mins due to exams, but whatever.

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Old 2012-11-26, 03:07   Link #18
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Any Australians playing?
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Old 2012-11-26, 04:02   Link #19
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Any Australians playing?
There's an entire Australian server (Briggs).

I played a bit, but I want to find an outfit before I get into serious play.
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Old 2012-11-26, 06:47   Link #20
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Oh, I now about Briggs, that's where I've been playing. I meant if anyone here was playing. Cause playing on your own is for sad pandas. Its a pitty you cant search outfits like you can with squads.
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