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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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*:

VEHICLES:
  • Harasser Roll Cage
  • Sunderer Ambulance Armor
  • Sunderer Comm Array
  • Scythe Usurper Plating
  • Prowler Cavalier Armor
  • Prowler Peacekeeper Armor
HELMETS:
  • 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!

HOW IT WORKS

ANTs
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.

Silos
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.
HIVEs
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.

CONSTRUCTION OBJECTS
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.

CURRENTLY AVAILABLE TOOLS AND CONSTRUCTS

  • 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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Reviews

“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

    Minimum:
    • 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
    Recommended:
    • 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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FredtheFailLord
1,023.5 hrs
Posted: September 24
Previously the game was at least mostly competently managed, but the developers have a long history of breaking at least one major feature and worsening performance with every patch. It finally caught up to me. After more than a thousand hours, I can no longer recommend this game because of the awful performance on even minimum settings and awful game direction that seems to be geared specifically toward nickel-and-diming what little core audience still plays.

I'll keep checking the state of the game after patches, but I'm not going to change my review outside of a true miracle.
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m.cab
851.1 hrs
Posted: September 24
You will never forget the fight over auraxis. Join a Platoon and enjoy combined warfare with hundreds of payers in single fights. A unique experience which no other game gives you like PL2 does!
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Foopster
60.1 hrs
Posted: September 24
Battlefield F2P: Advanced Warfare

lowkey p2w, no matter how much the vets say its not.
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Demonic Viking [Prince]
1,561.5 hrs
Posted: September 24
Best free to play game I know, scratch that, the best game that I know in its genre, Ive put over a thousand hours into this game and it still isnt boring. There is something for everyone, you can play as one of the many infantry classes or drive smaller or larger heavily armed ground and air vehicles, you simply have to give it a try to understand why this is the only game youll ever need.
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KrispyKrud
99.6 hrs
Posted: September 24
Pros: 400+ players per side per map (even if they're in a concentrated area).
Engine (DX9) works in many versions of Windows, Linux (under newer versions of WINE),
Balance is much better than the first version (Planetside 1)
Free, and you can make progress with the free equipment
Massive infantry, vehicle, and /or aircraft battles literally light the world with explosive fire

Cons:
In game content is very expensive
CPU (and sometimes GPU) intensive due to the number of in motion textures and objects possible (despite DX9)
When full, can be tough to queue into the real world from VR if not a subscriber

This is the FPS that gives you the ability to perform strategic movements to counter tactical scenarios, like flanking from outside field of view, calling fighter / bomber air support, and running in teams of 2-3 to 60+. If you've ever complained about standard FPS games not giving you the space to fully execute manuvers, penetrate behind enemy lines, or work with very large teams This Was Made For You.
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witch hunter erwin
47.9 hrs
Posted: September 24
this game is actually pretty good. But theres a little too much grinding
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owen445x
810.4 hrs
Posted: September 24
I could have a college degree with the amount of time I spent on this game... it's gud!
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Velmarshal
418.4 hrs
Posted: September 24
DBG jacked up the weapon prices up to insane levels. Until they reduce the grind I cannot recomend this game for new players.
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Kialandi
4.6 hrs
Posted: September 23
E Z P Z
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Gaminglobster
6.9 hrs
Posted: September 23
why does the trailer make it look so cool. yeah its a fun game but after about 2 months it starts to get boring, the pc version is better than ps4 version
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89 of 125 people (71%) found this review helpful
137 people found this review funny
Recommended
315.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
PS2 was there when I got cancer.
PS2 was there when my dog died
PS2 was there when my girlfriend left me.
PS2 was there when I lost my job.
PS2 was there when I was depressed.
PS2 was always there for me when I had nothing else to turn to.

PS2 was also the cause of the terrible things that happened in my life...
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32 of 42 people (76%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
6 thousand people killing eachother on the same map, and its free, you need a beefy pc to run it.
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31 of 43 people (72%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 1
Cool game just need a super computer :'(
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
544.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 15
Imagine a mix of Halo and Battlefield and then imagine a thousend players in a continent scale map, that Higby thing is PlanetSide2.

Play as a infantry soldier with one of the seven classes available, or be a driver in a one-man fast moving tank or a faction-unique powerfull main battle tank, or ride a buggy or a fighter or ... well you got the point.

And the best part is that this is free.

But be aware of the high demanding hardware to use this game, the hard-to-play for new players and the slow adquisicion on certifications.

One of my favorite games.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 11
Even years after its release, Planetside 2's playerbase remains strong enough to offer a satisfying magnitude to battles. Unfortunately, it does take an expensive PC to play at an enjoyable framerate.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
65.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
Learning curve is quite step mostly always get the hang of games within the first week or two which I have, but I still have alot to improve on. Planetside 2 is really fun and one of a kind game. I suggest you play with friends when you do play it as it gets alot more enjoyable when doing the repetetive base taking. Unlocking items in the game is a pretty big grind as getting a new gun for excample, takes a few days to get if you're playing less supportive classes like Infiltrator if you dont have a SMG to be more offensive with.

If you dont have a decent pc I wouldnt suggest you play the game as it would most likely lagg and not be enjoyable.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
26.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
I'm editing this review because when I made it I was mad salty. I have preserved most of the old post below, and continue to stand by it. Planetside 2 is certainly worth a shot, though I will quote the wisdom of one of my friends in saying that some nights are just bad nights to play Planetside 2.

note when you try the game, it does have a very high learning curve. This is part of why it remains unrecommended in this edited review. The second part is the expense of upgrades. The game is not quite pay to win, although it certainly is selling power. Instead, it is a very dedicated pay to not grind/pay to avoid frustration model. Amusingly, I actually feel that there's a lack of purchasables that I would be willing to pay for, as I focus primarily on cosmetics in F2P games.

Devs, not that you'll read this: Take out the grind, stop locking options like anti-air rockets behind a grindwall, throw your community some nice cosmetic stuff. Also, rockets feel like ♥♥♥, they do such piddly amounts of damage it feels like I'd be better off just unloading my machine gun into any vehicle that isn't fiat immune to small weapons fire. Also your UI is confusing.

Players: Don't spend currency on in-game money to buy new weapons/hives/etc. You're only encouraging a pricing model that is ultimately harming the game.
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Renegade did it better

Try the game out, give it a really good shot. You may like it. As with many games like this, it's only fun when it's working as intended (balanced teams skirimishing among themsevlves in a 3 v 3 showdown) and miserable when players are actually playing it smartly (2v1-ing a faction).
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 11
Do you want to engage in all out warfare?

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 31
i have more hoursn on anouther account but yea i like it verry much but i can say 1 thing its a verry hard game and its verry hard to get money
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 28
The game is quite pc intensive, and I would recommend not using it if you have an old graphics card the ram is usally fine if you have more than 3gb free for it
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