I know we have another planetside 2 thread, but that one is already several pages deep with various stuff and you have to go pretty deep into it before you get to anything that would try to sell you on the game. Plus there’ve been reasons to hold back on the recommendations until now.
One, upon release the game was really still in an advanced beta stage, not really meant to be what it was at release. With game update 2, we’ve reached the point where they attempted to be at release originally. Which is not to say it’s totally polished now - but they’ve made progress and they’re working on it. They’ve especially increased the GPU optimization so that it should run better on a wider variety of systems.
Two, the SDMB players were unfortunately on the lowest populated US server, which negated the whole epic scale point of the whole thing, but tomorrow they’re going to be merging some servers to get the populations back up. I didn’t want to try to drive people to play the game only to discover the scale - what makes this game so special - just wasn’t there most of the time.
So now I can recommend the game without reservation. Planetside 2 is a free to play, massively multiplayer online first person shooter/tanker/pilot game with a sci-fi aesthetic It’s unrivalled in scale by anything else, with continents that can host 2000 players, and battles can involve hundreds of them on foot as various classes and hardsuits, and in all sorts of ground and air vehicles. The aesthetic actually reminds me a lot of the war scenes in Firefly - a big battle looks quite unlike anything else in gaming. Here’s a random short video example of what I mean. You can take and lose territory, there’s a persistant war.
Without getting into a big discussion about it, I normally hate free to play games but I love this one anyway. If you never buy anything you can still be a viable player - the only things that are exclusively unlocked with money are cosmetic, everything else can be earned with time spent playing. And technically they try to balance purchasable items as sidegrades - for example another purchasable verison of a rifle might have a larger magazine but a slower reload time, or more damage but lower rate of fire, that sort of thing. Or with tanks, you start with HEAT ammunition which is pretty decent against everything, but you could unlock/buy HE (infantry) and AP (armor) specialty rounds. That said, it’s not perfectly balanced, and some purchasable things are generally upgrades. Still, you shouldn’t feel as though you’re useless or overmatched as an exclusively free player. That said, if you wait for a 3x sale day (where they sell 3x as much monopoly money as usual for the same price), you can buy a lot of stuff you want for just a little money.
There are three factions. The New Conglomerate are the tea party of Auraxis - ostensibly fighting for freedom from the evil government, but really funded and controlled by the large corporations. We’ve decided they’re some weird combination of frat boys and rednecks, sort of YEEHAW PASS THE MOUNTAIN DEW, BROSEPH!
The Vanu Sovereignty are militant scientologists, except they’ve found some technology that a future Tom Cruise android has left for them. They have, overall, the best equipment, but if there’s a balance change that takes away some of that advantage they all go hang themselves IRL, so their population can drop. Most of their camos look like ridiculous pimp pajamas, but to their credit they do have a modeller on board whose only job is to finely hone the female vanu’s spandex ass. They are lead by this guy
The Terran Republic are the rightful government and professional military. They are also the best looking faction.
The SDMB mainly plays Terran Republic (we have goof around characters on other factions), on the server Genudine that will soon be merged into Helios on the west coast. We’ve probably got around 30-35 people in the outfit/guild, but only maybe 15 of them regularly play with us anymore. Maybe the merges, which should revitalize the game, will bring people back. We regularly play together - we’re always on voice chat (mumble) and pretty coordinated, usually doing something pretty productive that all the idiots on our side can’t manage to do, but sometimes awesome shit.
Mumble is free and great and you should get it. Our server is (remove the slash, I’m just protecting against bots) silverbolt.blue/fangsolutions.com port 32768. It’s strongly recommended if you want to play with us you get on voice chat - there are 2 people who for some reason will play with us but won’t get on it, and it’s a hassle to type things out to them, and they’re missing out on a lot of the fun. Add me (senorbeef) on steam if you want to see when we’re getting active. We’ll probably be playing all weekend to check out the merges.
The game requires a pretty decent computer. It’s unusually CPU hungry for a game, especially in the massive battles. A mid range gaming PC should be fine. In game, you can hit alt-F to get a frame rate and it’ll also say GPU or CPU to show what’s bottlenecking you at the time. If you’ve got a low frame rate and you’re CPU bottlenecked, turning off shadows (find the planetside 2 useroptions.ini file, change overallquality=-1, lighting=0) or if it says GPU then play around with all the other settings.
So yeah, it’s free, it’s improving on a regular basis, lots of SDMBers to play with, and it’s one of the greatest games ever. Only reason not to try it is if you have a hobo PC or you are a filthy peasant.
We can use this thread to help new players get into the game. So post away with questions and issues.
More random gameplay videos to show it off:
Original launch trailer
I need to figure out how to make cinematic videos like this guy - I suspect it’s turning off the hud and then doing a pan and scan thing.
So what are you waiting for? Try it.