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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Mixed (478 reviews) - 69% of the 478 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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23 of 27 people (85%) found this review helpful
100.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
For a free MMO FPS game this is definitely worth a try. I have enjoyed almost every minute I have played. I have a few hundred more hours than shown.

-Massive battles with hundreds of players on at any given time.
-Massive maps
-Simple yet solid gun play mechanics.
-Good overall design and concept.
-Good variety of weapons, vehicles, and customization for both.
-Mostly cosmetic micro transactions.*
-Multiple character slots.
-Multiple factions.
-A lot of teamwork and communication in the community.

-Grinding Certs can take forever
-Extremely limited character/vehicle customization for free
-Can be confusing for new players to get into
-Requires a pretty solid rig due to the intensity of so many players on very large maps

*I say mostly because you can buy unlocks for real money to accelerate the process instead of grinding certs to unlock them which may give an unfair advantage so it can be taken as a con or pro. There are also a few gun finishes/paints such as black and gold that can only be unlocked via daybreak cash(paid currency) but offer no advantage statistically.

Overall I would definitely give this game a try if you are into larger scale FPS games with a mix of vehicle combat such as Battlefield. It takes some time to get into but once you get the right weapons and equipment it becomes much more enjoyable.

A tip to newcomers since I sometimes see blueberries running around squad less.. I highly recommend that you start off joining a squad that is active and listen up to the platoon or squad leader and follow directions to learn the game faster and have a good time. Remember that this game is not like call of duty and is not a one man army game. Teamwork is essential and is key.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1,445.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
A FPS designed without guardrails. If you want to know if you'll like this game ask yourself a question. "Can I enjoy playing a game against a hacker?"

There is no matchmaking, so you'll be facing some world-class players who can spin around and triple headshot you before you can pull the trigger. You'll be facing tanks with no counters spamming HE shells into an infantry fight then pulling behind a rock to repair. You'll be facing 3:1 odds on occasion across the entire huge, huge open battlefield because three times as many people decided to log onto Terran Republic characters that day.

From the end user perspective, there is no difference between playing someone with god-like skill or a hacker. If you can enjoy yourself while losing helplessly as you are outmatched/outgunned/outmanned then you'll like this game, because there's nothing else like it.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
393.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
There's no reason why you shouldn't give this game a try out, it's a free to play game which offers great content not only that but the game is backed by a great community.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
48.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
I started the game. I was like "Uh. It's just some FPS. No Real fun uh ?" Then I got myself into my first all army assault. It was... Wow. It was just amazing. The adrenaline came into me. Like... I don't know. The feeling of being on the battlefield was here. And I truly loved it.
But one thing. You need to play that game on team. With friends. Either you're going to be annoyed really easily.
So yeah, play with friends, and have lot of fun. Because fun, glory and tactics are really some great points on that game.
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
best free fps game (just as good as team fortress 2)

free to play
NOT a pay to win game
great concept

sometimes hard to find a good fight

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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
Quite good. Solid shooting mechanics, good class balance, and no one thing being inherently over powered makes this a rather fun game. Little hard to get into the same game as a friend, but still doable. Overall, I'd say 8.75-9.0 out of 10. Little heavy on the Pay-2-Win side of things, but the servers need to be paid for somehow.

Also, Live free in the N.C.
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
121.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
victory is our tradition TR forever
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
377.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
PlanetSide 2 is an open world MMO-FPS which provides a unique experience. I enjoy it because it allows you to do whatever you want, and the gunplay and mechanics feel satisfying. It is fairly complex for a shooter, but it's free so I recommend you try it out. Every non-cosmetic in the game can be acquired for free though it takes some time. The starting equipment is usually the best general purpose gear. Read some guides and watch some videos to learn how to get decent FPS, the basic mechanics, and what to unlock first.

Oh, and population is still strong outside of Briggs so long as you play during your server's daytime.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
153.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
Vanu smile's Upon Me.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
930.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
If you want to waste your time and/or money on a game, waste it on Planetside 2. Its totally worth it.
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88.4 hrs
Posted: October 26
it's hard to get new guns and is grindy as hell, but pretty fun open-world mmo fps
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18.7 hrs
Posted: October 26
this game is not like the video but the game is great
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309.5 hrs
Posted: October 26
Excellent AND free. It's basically a Battlefield style game but on an even larger scale complete with a large arsenal of weapons to choose from, vehicles, bases, the works. I recommend anybody with a taste for FPS games to try this. Of course, you need to play as glorious Vanu: Remember, Technology Equals Might!
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530.1 hrs
Posted: October 26
I played it for a little while. It's okay.
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0.5 hrs
Posted: October 26
i havent even played one hour and it already sucks
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57.1 hrs
Posted: October 26
Amazing game! 100 % recommend you try this game!
Came back after a few months because of a computer upgrade and i just cant stop playing. The graphics are amazing and the gameplay also.

Some people might say "But its pay too win?!", to them i say, no its not. The only thing you have to pay for are cosmetics for weapons and your character. If you really want that one weapon then the only thing you need to put down is time, and yes, alot of time, but its worth. I spent a few hours working on getting a 1000 cert weapon for the VR. Now i got it. Cloaking and unclocking behind enemy lines with an SMG just cant get more fun!

I have but down about 15 euro in total but the game doesnt feel diffrent to me at all. Accept i can wreak some people with my NC-11 heavy automatic rifle while looking cool in my amerish forest camo. But hey, I could have equal amout of fun if i spent time in the game on grinding them certs. Thanks for me, give the game a try, you wont regret it!
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581.3 hrs
Posted: October 26
Simply one of the best MOOFPS game out there. There are few other games where you can be slugging it out in the streets hand to hand to take a base, then be racing across several km of terrain in a tank to meet the enemy counter attack, before engaging in dogfights and close air support. Don't be put off by the pew-pew lasers, what lies here is one of the greatest combat experiences known to man.

Sure, it can be frustrating and there are often dull periods, but this is a by-product of such a large world and offers the flipside of offering some amazing gaming experiences you won't find anywhere else. I would say in 30 years of gaming I've shouted "OMG!" in this game more than any other with my jaw on the floor at some of the sights you will see...

As a newbie rookie grunt life is hard and you will get ♥♥♥-whooped almost constantly at first, but there are so many niches where you can start to notch up kills. With experience your skill set will increase and you'll find new ways to slaughter, and I'm still finding new ways to wreck havoc even today.

Lastly, there is a huge level of comradeship in this game, everybody helps each other even for mundane tasks such as offering repairs, giving ammunition, or offering rides.
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Witty Titty
11.6 hrs
Posted: October 26
Awesome war scenario game but eats lots of processor power :(
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882.1 hrs
Posted: October 25
I got into a billing type dispute with customer service and they weren't helpful. Helped turn me off the game.
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954.5 hrs
Posted: October 25
Great Game. Massive scale battles, there is so much going on its so chaotic. You could die from anything and not expect it. There is a learning curve to this game, so expect to die quite a bit ;). If u think tactically all the time and have a good situational awareness you will do great in this game. Also get with squad, even if its small. It helps so much in the beginning. Air combat, especialy the esfs (empire specific fighters) can be weird if your not used to it, so dont be surprised if u get shot down. I personally like to fly esfs and i still am trying to learn properly how to use them. There is nothing that compares to this game, and is the reason i still play it. Maybe battefield but battlefield doesnt have the same amount of massive battles this game has. The way the war is in this game reminds me of ww1 because of the fact there were so many battles taking place in diffrent places, quite possbily at the same time. This game is a grind to get things, but most of the other weapons that are buyable are more specilalized to certain playstyles. I would not recommend grinding for those as a new player. Focus on your suit upgrades and slots because those are more important. Play the game and keep playing even if u die! You will get better after trial and error. Stick with your team and try not to be a lone wolf that will get u killed. If anything this game was to improve on, it would be the new player experience. This has already been worked on (u get default 1x sights and laser for carbine etc) and suit slots. But i feel this could be better because new players need to focus on playing the game, and not grinding for a weapon or suit slot. Overall, play this game! I love massive battles and this game does them exceptionally well! Good luck!
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