Join an all-out planetary war, where thousands of players battle as one in strategic, targeted missions against opposing empires. Utilize infantry, air and ground vehicles to destroy your enemies in this revolutionary, massive scale, first-person shooter.
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Mostly Positive (522 reviews) - 71% of the 522 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Release Date: Nov 20, 2012

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May 12

Need a Boost? Now’s the Time.

Soldiers! You’re needed on the battlefields of Auraxis, and we want to make sure you’re extra prepared. That’s why we have Double XP + a SALE on Utilities and Boosts! And this isn’t just your regular weekend… these bonuses will be available for over a week!

Here are the logistics:

Double Experience will be available for EVERYONE beginning at 12:01AM PDT on Friday, May 13th and running for over a full week (two weekends!), ending on Sunday, May 22nd at 11:59PM PDT.

During that same time frame, you’ll also be able to get 20% Off Utilities and Boosts. This includes:

  • Experience Boosts
  • Resource Boosts
  • Squad Experience Boosts
  • Character Slots
  • Additional Loadouts
  • Banners
BUT THAT’S NOT ALL! Just for this sale, the 30 Day Boost is returning! That’s right, you can buy Experience Boosts in 1 hour, 1 day, 3 days, or 7 days, OR you can buy one that’s good for THIRTY DAYS.

If the Double XP + the Sale wasn’t enough, we’re also adding New Player Studio Items to the Depot. You’ve got so much added firepower, you might as well spruce up your vehicle and helmet at the same time, right? Here’s a selection of the new items coming this week*:

  • Harasser Roll Cage
  • Sunderer Ambulance Armor
  • Sunderer Comm Array
  • Scythe Usurper Plating
  • Prowler Cavalier Armor
  • Prowler Peacekeeper Armor
  • Spartan Helmet
  • Farseet Hood
  • Shwarz Corp Culture Helmet
  • Shwarz Corp Storm Helmet
  • Shwarz Corp Skull Helmet
  • Schwarz Corp Medic Helmet
  • Schwarz Corp Bulwark Helmet
  • Inspector Cap (no not Inspector Spacetime)
  • MK 4 Brute Helmet (This is for the MAX)
  • Singularity Helmet
  • Lucanis Helmet
  • Buyce Helmet
  • Rift Helmet
*Unlike the Double XP + Sale, which are only available for a limited time, the Player Studio items will remain in the Depot.

Take advantage of the Double Experience and the AMAZING Boost Sale (did we mention the return of the 30-Day Boost? We did, yeah? Just making sure you saw it!), before it’s too late!

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May 2

Guide To The New Construction System

***UPDATE: To celebrate our biggest update ever, we’re going all out with 2XP for everyone from 5/13 – 5/22! And, XP boosts will be 20% OFF during double XP week. So get out there soldier, and grab your extra certs while you can! ***

In case you missed it, the construction system is now live on PC! The discovery of the powerful new mineral Cortium has given rise to all new objects, tools, and vehicles – so here’s all the intel you’ll need to start building your way to victory!


Players can summon an Advanced Nanite Transport (ANT) at any vehicle terminal. ANTs are 4-man transports that have mining lasers for harvesting Cortium nodes, which are scattered around the map. The ANT can be deployed at any time, which will reveal access to a building terminal from which you can equip and then place fortifications (at a cost to Cortium).
Placing Construction Objects
When placing fortifications, you can rotate the object using left or right click. Move the object closer or further from you by holding left and right click at the same time. Raise or lower an object by looking up or down without clicking the mouse. All objects have blue and green “placement points” which help the player determine the right height of an object. Blue points must be beneath the terrain, while green points must be above the terrain. When your object is in position, press “E” to place it.

A “Cortium Silo” can store large quantities of Cortium, and also “claims” the land for you and your squad. Claimed land means that players cannot deconstruct any of your fortifications with the “Decon Tool” (also found in the ANT terminal). ANTs can offload Cortium to friendly Silos using the same method as harvesting minerals: just approach the Silo and hold the firing button.

Powered Construction Objects
Some construction objects require a nearby Silo (with stored Cortium!) to remain active. Modules, for example, are constructs that can improve surrounding fortifications, but go offline if the Silo runs out of Cortium. While a module is near a Silo, Cortium will be drained automatically. The more objects that require power, the faster your Cortium Silo will drain.
Hardline Interference Volume Emitters or “HIVEs” are structures which can generate Victory Points over time. These structures also require a nearby Silo for power, but only when they are active. A HIVE becomes “active” when your faction has an available core.

Victory Cores
When a continent unlocks, each faction has a certain amount of cores available. By default, each faction gets 2 cores, with an additional core given to whichever faction unlocked the current continent. Cores are automatically placed in HIVEs closest to an enemy Warp Gate. The closer the HIVE is to an enemy Warp Gate, the faster it will generate Victory Points.
When an active HIVE is destroyed, the faction who destroyed it will recover that core for their faction, and it will then automatically activate the most ideal HIVE, provided another empty HIVE exists.
It’s worth noting that Silos must be restocked with Cortium constantly, as HIVEs, like modules, require an active power source to function. If a Silo runs out of Cortium, an active HIVE will no longer generate Victory Points.
Lastly, Victory Cores will occasionally jump from HIVE to HIVE. Cores gravitate to whichever HIVE is capable of generating the most Victory Points, but will not do so if there are too many enemies in the target region, and cores will also not leave a HIVE currently under attack.

By default, each player is given access to Rampart Walls, Bunkers, Anti-Infantry Phalanx Turrets, Silos, and Repair Modules as default construction objects, and HIVEs are also unlocked at Battle Rank 15 for free. New types of fortifications may be purchased with Certs or DBC.
All structures are much weaker while being constructed than they are when they’ve been completed, and at the moment, each structure type takes 45 seconds to complete.


  • Decon Tool
    Can be used to deconstruct misplaced structures.
  • Rampart Wall
    Long, horizontal wall with high health and firing areas for infantry.
  • Bunker
    Small, durable fortification with firing areas for infantry and an open area on top.
  • Sunderer Garage
    Small garage with enough cover to house a single Sunderer.
  • Cortium Silo
    Small, durable, and provide power to a base. A single Silo can store up to 50,000 Cortium at a time. It also claims the nearby area for you and your squad, which prevents unsquadded allies from deconstructing nearby objects.
  • HIVE
    Initially a vulnerable “chassis” when unpowered. While housing a Victory Core, the chassis becomes indestructible, and a small shielded area becomes the only point where it can receive damage. Active HIVEs generate Victory Points based on their proximity to the enemy Warp Gate, and require Cortium from a nearby Silo to operate.
  • Repair Module
    Cortium-powered module which quickly repairs nearby structures. This is an extremely important component of any base.
  • Structure Shield Module
    Cortium-powered module that creates one-way shields for most of the openings on Bunkers, Rampart Walls, and Sunderer Garages.
  • Skywall Shield Module
    Cortium-powered module which projects a shield above, protecting from aerial bombardment.
  • Turret AI Module
    Cortium-powered module which provides nearby deployed turrets with automated tracking abilities, allowing them to fire on enemies who stray too close.
  • Anti-Infantry Phalanx Turret
    Mannable turret which excels at taking down enemy infantry.
  • Anti-Vehicle Phalanx Turret
    Mannable turret which excels at destroying enemy vehicles.
  • Anti-Air Phalanx Turret
    Mannable turret which excels at destroying enemy aircraft.
Ready soldiers? It’s time to put your new construction system training to test on the battlefield!

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“Audacious. Sony Online built a multi-continental world wide enough for thousands of players on three factions to fight in the air, on the ground, and inside bases, and released it for free.”
PC Gamer

“Technically astounding mass-scale warfare that spews out gaming fantasy fulfillment.”
90/100 – PC Gamer

“With versatile classes, deep progression systems and various styles of air and ground vehicles, there’s no shortage of ways to contribute to a fight, and on a coordinated team in PlanetSide 2’s open environments, Sony Online Entertainment’s game of nonstop war can be a truly incredible competitive experience.”
9/10 – IGN

About This Game

PlanetSide 2 is a free-to-play, massively multiplayer online first person shooter (MMOFPS). Empires fight on a massive scale where soldiers battle in an all-out planetary war on a scale never before seen in stunning, breathtaking detail. PlanetSide 2 battles persist when thousands of players align in this game that challenges the skill and grit through intense land, air and vehicle gameplay.

Across four huge maps, players 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 customize their soldier, weapons and vehicles to match their play-style, as well as the needs of their squad, outfit or Empire. The world of PlanetSide 2 is massive and persistent with every soldier capable of making a difference.

Key Features:
  • THREE WARING EMPIRES: Players will choose to align with one of three unique Empires – the militaristic, authoritarian Terran Republic, the rebellious, freedom-fighter faction New Conglomerate, or the technocratic, alien-influenced Empire Vanu Sovereignty. Each Empire has access to unique weapons, attachments, vehicles, abilities, and more.
  • MASSIVE WARFARE: Battles take place not between dozens of troops, but hundreds; with air and ground vehicles slugging it out alongside squads of troops. Each battleground holds valuable resources and key positions, and the Empire that can conquer (and manage to hold) these territories are rewarded with tech bonuses, greater access to equipment, and more.
  • ENORMOUS MAPS: PlanetSide 2 features four incredible and diverse continent maps with dozens of square kilometers of seamless gameplay space; every inch of which is hand-crafted, contestable space. Whether in open fields, tightly-packed urban centers or enormous outposts, victory requires calculated teamwork and a quick trigger finger to survive the massive battles.
  • PERSISTENCE THAT PAYS: In PlanetSide 2 the war isn’t won by a single base capture. The core gameplay of PlanetSide 2 is about holding crucial territories and controlling resources. Working strategically as a team to secure tactical positions, such as power plants and ammo depots, has long-lasting effects that can shift the tide of battle and provide key rewards and bonuses.
  • CLASS-BASED COMBAT: Players can build their soldier to match their play-style, as well as the needs of their squad, outfit or Empire. With six distinct classes to explore, each combat role, vehicle and weapon has extensive skill trees that will allow players to grow characters laterally, unlocking hundreds of weapons, attachments, equipment, specialized skills, vehicles, and more. Play as one of six distinct classes:

    - Heavy Assault – Rush into the battle ahead, guns blazing. You are the dedicated foot soldier of Auraxis.
    - Light Assault – Go where the Heavies can’t with your short-burst jetpack. Pick a high spot, throw a grenade and surprise your foes!
    - Combat Medic – Keep your fellow soldiers healed- it’s your job to revive fallen comrades.
    - Infiltrator – Stealthy and silent, you are death from the shadows. Whether you choose a knife from behind or a single shot from sniper’s nest, you are the enemy’s greatest fear.
    - Engineer – A crucial support class with the ability to repair important gear including vehicles, terminals, and turrets. Engineers can drop their own shielded turret and mow down advancing troops.
    - MAX – Heavily armored, cannons for hands, and a disposition to match, you are the ruler of the battlefield and a walking mass of armored death.

  • OUTFIT TEAMWORK: Outfits play a very important role in each and every battle. From a small group of specialized soldiers or rapid response team, to a huge clan that can field multiple platoons of hundreds of players, outfits have access to unique customizations– allowing them to create their own identity and manage their reputation and overall role in the ongoing war.
  • VEHICLES & WEAPONS: Players are able to access a huge array of weapons and vehicles which can be extensively customized for player preference or purposed with unique attachments and add-ons earned in game to fit each player’s style.
  • PLAY FOR FREE: PlanetSide 2 is Free-To-Play with an additional in-game RMT marketplace with items that range from cosmetic camouflage patterns and armor paint jobs, to XP accelerators. Items that affect gameplay, such as weapon side-grades will be purchasable via resources earned in-game through gameplay and achievements.
  • VOICE INTEGRATION: Players are able to communicate with their squads both through keyboard and voice chat.

System Requirements

    • OS: 64-bit Windows 7 or later
    • CPU: Core i5-760 or better / AMD Phenom II X4 or better [Quad-core CPU]
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM (64-bit)
    • Hard Drive: 20 GB free
    • Video Card: nVidia GeForce GTX 260 or better / Radeon HD 4850 or better
    • OS:64-bit Windows 7 or later
    • Processor:Intel i7 processor or higher / AMD Phenom II X6 or higher
    • Memory:6 GB RAM
    • Graphics:nVidia GeForce 560 or higher / AMD HD 6870 or higher
    • DirectX®:9.0
    • Hard Drive:20 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX compatible Sound Card
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
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7.8 hrs
Posted: August 25
Its a good game
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Nero Serpe
5.0 hrs
Posted: August 24
I absolutely love this game on my Ps4, Not so much on PC. I strongly exceed the minumum requirements and based on other games I should be able to run this on high settings, It is not at all compatible with an NVIDIA Graphics card, even with that and high speed internet I manage to only grab about 40 fps maximum and about 15 fps when an enemy or other player is in view, It is unplayable as any class but infiltrator as if there is a Zerg or just a lot of players nearby when I start firing my gun the FPS drops to anywhere around 2-6 frames. Based on seeing what other people had to say depending on your computer, whether good or bad, this game is it or miss. Further showing how bad it is on Ps4 I have about a 3.00 kdr, When I play on PC, the system that I am way better at fps games on, I have about a .08 kdr so far because of the seriously bad optimization. If your PC runs this good then go ahead and play it, But my experience with it is pretty bad as other people with far worse computers can run this better than me.
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Inglorious Bastard
1,201.7 hrs
Posted: August 24
Great game, It has a steep learning curve and rewards smart agressive play. Get togeather with a few friends and have some fun.
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22.5 hrs
Posted: August 24
OMG, The scale of this game and the war taking place is unlike anything I have ever seen in any other game. Check it out, wont cost you anything and i feel like its worth that at least.
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5.3 hrs
Posted: August 24
Now about that planet side 2 i love iy so badly but 1 thing is standing on the way the requirements.
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Mr. Vulcanator
2.9 hrs
Posted: August 24
If you enjoy getting killed instantly and getting spawn killed, then this is the game for you!
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46.6 hrs
Posted: August 24
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9.8 hrs
Posted: August 24
Fought to take over places, got kicked out of the area because I didn't pay for the game and there are too many people there.
That is low and a good way to destroy your reputation.
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2.7 hrs
Posted: August 24
only fun online game
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[FDC] ZoidStrider
633.9 hrs
Posted: August 24
+Can Play with no lag

-Salty Vets everywhere
-Fight at same bases repeatedly
-Getting an answer from the Devs is like trying to get an answer from a brick wall.
-Very Very Steep Learning Curve
-Hackers are (for some reason) still allowed to play.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
74 of 78 people (95%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
1,337.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
After about 1500 hours across all characters, I am still learning this game. I am good, but by no means great at it. That being said, welcome to the Dark Souls of FPS games. The learning curve is brutal, the new player experience is rough, and there are a ♥♥♥♥ton of players like me and better shooting at you from all angles. There is no matchmaking and there is no MMR or Elo to pander to your skill level.

However, I can help make your new player experience a little better.

Step 1. Un♥♥♥♥ your settings. I wont go in depth, but there are a few things you can do right off the bat to make your performance better. Turn flora and shadows off, and turn render distance down to 1500 meters.

Step 2. Join an outfit. Soloing as a new player is the fastest way to get turned off to this game. Find a group you like and get to know them. Teamspeak 3 or mumble is also immensely helpful for this. They will speed your learning exponentially

Step 3. use starter weapons. with the exception of a few outliers, all the starter weapons are really good. Save your certs for suit upgrades and attachments/utility slots. Weapons are mostly sidegrades for different situations/playstyles

Step 4. Start out playing medic. It gains you a lot of easy XP through healing and revives and does not require you to kill get certs. It also teaches you to be a better player by not relying on the heavy assault class' shield.

Step 5. Accept that you will die. A lot. And there is little you can do to avoid it until you learn this game. You will imrpove with time, but it will be frustrating .

Step 6. The game is not p2w. Everything that affects gameplay can be earned for free. Only comsmetic things cost real monies.

Step 7. Koltyr, the new player continent, will probably be mostly empty. You will find better fights (and more people) on Amerish, Indar, Hossin, or Esamir.

This list is by no means comprehensive, but it entails a lot that I wish I had known as a new player, 4 years ago. Of all of these, most critical is finding a good outfit. The rest will likely follow if you have a good group to play with.

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41 of 48 people (85%) found this review helpful
54 people found this review funny
21.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
When you can't afford Arma 3 so you gotta improvise
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35 of 45 people (78%) found this review helpful
52 people found this review funny
64.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
>joins game
>becomes terran republic because badass air vehicle
>gets myself a dropship
>waits thirty minutes for a full dropship
>flies to frontlines
>gets locked on
>says "♥♥♥♥"
>missile hits me
>crashes into the forest
>somehow survives
>sees two other people survived
>i call over to them
>we attack enemy
>tank drives up
>says "rip."
>we die

10/10 ign would die again
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
45.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
Like potato chips.

the players are salty and the game is addictive
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
30.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
Still a better game than No Man's Sky.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
314.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
Very addictive game, would advise going a clan as things become much more fun in massive platoon.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
417.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
A truly amazing game, I played Planetside 2 back when it came out in 2012, but recently came across it again on Steam and started playing again. Wish I hadn't, this game is completely addicting.The community is great and people in chat are always willing to help new players, The class system has diverse choices for all play styles, and you always have some role to play in the massive battles that unfold. Just remember to get involved in the community and you'll have a great time.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1,198.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
I got banned for life after submitting a bug report.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
132.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
Planetside 2 has a very, very steep learning curve. However, when you get into the game, its fantastic. Just hold on; new players are always welcomed and needed!
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
2,681.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
Planetside 2 presents features that allow advanced teamwork for its players.

It stands out mainly for its unprecedentedly massive numbers for a First Person Shooter and its elaborated Voice Over Internet Protocol.

That feel when you first embark with hundreds of players, communicating through radio channels that go beyond your unit, in large troop transport vehicules forming huge columns headed to multiple fronts, almost in awe, subjugated. Then, you realise : your adversaries will be pretty much the same size as you and there will be two teams of them!

Its community is vast and diverse. Casual and competitive, lone and gregarious, they will all find a place.
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