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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Reliaks
( 71.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
I cannot reccommend this game while NC weapons are so ridiculously ♥♥♥♥ing unbalanced
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CamaKazi
( 66.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Vanu is bad ok
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Defender
( 16.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
The game is great but if u want to look cool , u need to pay with money
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GuhMaster
( 872.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
In order to fully enjoy this game, you must be willing to put in the time to learn the multiple nuanced mechanics. This game is brutal for new players, but once you get to Battle Rank (Level) 25, things will start to click and you will start to improve as a player. This game is sometimes called the Dark Souls of FPS games and rightfully so. You will die a lot. You might think it is a pay 2 win game because you were killed by a Battle Rank 100 Heavy Assault who has cool looking skins and a non-default starting weapon, however the reason that player killed you is because they have an immense amount of experience playing the game. All of the starting weapons are very good, except for the Gauss SAW for NC Heavy Assaults due to its high recoil and cone of fire. Other than that, all weapons are side grades so they only shine in certain scenarios. In order to improve ask for help from veterans on reddit.com/r/planetside or the server based subreddit. Some general advice from a vet would be to turn down your settings to get at least 60fps. It will help a lot as it will make aiming much smoother. Also, go the VR Training Room availible from the warpgate terminal on any continent and learn how to control weapon recoil and bursting. Bursting is super important due to how cone of fire works in game. If you hold down the trigger, your shots will spread by a certain amount of degrees per shot making you more and more inaccurate. Firing in 5-7 round bursts will make you more accurate but also fire less shots per burst at longer ranges. For more tips, check out Wrel's YouTube channel, and for more advanced tips like prefire, crosshair placement, and partial cover, check out RenZ0r's YouTube channel. Hope this helps!

TL;DR
Great game once you learn its mechanics. Expect to die a lot initially. My first day had about 5 kills and 40 deaths, but each day after I only improved. Look at tips videos by YouTubers like Wrel, RenZ0r, Joshino, and CAMIKAZE78.

VERY IMPORTANT: Turn down your sensitivity! The default is .5 and is way too high. My hip fire is set to .136 and Aim Down Sights is set to .053 on lowest DPI Settings. This game is all about precision and being able to land headshots to reduce your Time To Kill.

EDIT: Recommended settings would be:
Grahpics Quality: Low
Texture Quality: Ultra
Lighting Quality: Low
Shadow Quality: Off
Effects Quality: Low
Terrain Quality: High
Flora Quality: Off
Model Quality: High
Particle Quality: High
Render Quality: 100%
Vertical FOV: 65
Smoothing: Off
Bloom Enabled: Off
Fog Shadows: Off
Ambient Occlusion: Off

These settings will make players easier to see and also maximize performance if you are running a good CPU and GPU
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Mitko_1878
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
♥♥♥♥ games
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Steve
( 61.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
A great shooter to play with friends. Although it has a free to play set up, and everything can be puchased with money making the game pay to win, you can still get almost all of the items and guns by just playing. Lots of zerg based tactics with squads and platoons. The best is getting with a group of people and just roaming around capturing areas. It takes quite a bit of learning the map to know how to play. But once you understand the systems, its pretty easy to find a huge battle to fight in. The graphics are amazing especially considering how much is going on at once on the screen. There is everything from class systems for on the ground units, to vechile and air combat. Since the game is f2p they will try to get you to spend some money on skins or gun upgrades but none of it is really needed. Its all about multiplayer though as no single player story is added. Also the character customization is very limited when creating your character. If you have played Guild Wars 2 World vs World, or Elder Scrolls online Server vs Server, expect much of the same but with guns. Its worth giving a try, and if you like it you can always spend some money to support the devs. Reccomend for any shooter fan wanting something on a greater scale.
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Andemaru
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Hra se mi nelíbila. Grafika nic moc, ovládání takové krkolomné na střílečku a absolutně nezáleží na tom, jestli jste lvl 1 nebo 100, když dostaneš headshot, je po tobě... to jsou ty levely potom jen takové na okrasu. Uviítal bych lepší rozvoj postavy, perky, skilly craft zbraí atd.
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Krokon
( 19.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
the free alien version of battlefield this game rocks !
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Posted: June 9
*Warhammer 40K* Imperial Guard Simulator 2016
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50 of 59 people (85%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
1,124.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
This game destroyed my drive to play any other FPS

You know why?

Simply put, there is nothing else out there like PlanetSide 2. Nothing.

11/10
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41 of 48 people (85%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
1,099.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
For maximum fun value choose 2 or so roles and stick with them(whether they be infantry or vehicle). Learn these roles well and stay persistent. This game is NOT intuitive; one has to work hard to understand map layouts, controls, what is and is not a feasible fight and more.

When I got into this game I had decided to be a pilot no matter what, and had the most difficult time getting into it because it was unlike anything I had ever experienced. I was eliminated from the sky over and over again by veteran pilots, flak, and the most viscious of predators (the hossin tree). After much practice and horrendous death streaks, I can hold my own in dogfights, and now sweep through bases with a flurry of rockets. Even when I run into pilots much better than myself and get wiped, I treat the experience as an oppurtunity to learn and get better.

In short...
If you want to be good at the get go, and have no tolerance for horrible deathstreaks then this game is probably not for you. If you are the sort who likes to overcome skill based mountains and see how your experiences all add up in a exhibit of bullets and roaring engines, then I highly recommend Planetside 2.- Emerald's Fushiawase
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23 of 27 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
118.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
Probably my favorite game right now.

Squads are amazing, you can have I believe upto 4 Squads, with 12 man each. With good leaders, its unbelievable the pain you can bring to both the opposing forces.

Theres like 4 planets, and those are divided up into like 50 or something little sectors, each sector has capture points, some have massive battles going on, some could just be empty.

Its cool, if you play go for Light Assault, you'll want to use all classes, but probably spend mostly in one class that you use most. Light Assault can really help you move around, the jet pack is a light assault only function that is so much fun.

The game is pretty unbelievable, you'll be surprised.
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20 of 26 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
Fun game and it's open world.
It's like a Sci-Fi Military type open world.
You Have:
Objectives
Main Objectives
Customizable weapons
Changeable Weapons
Loadouts
Attatchments
Level up
Vehichles.
10/10
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3,578.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
+One of the best and helpful online communities
+Sandbox style of game, that lets you play your own way in the given framework of an MMO-FPS-RTS game.
+Combined arms with infantry, vehicles and air
+Organized platoons of up to 48 players, or you can play solo
+4 Maps which can hold above 1000 players each, with small and big fights on different locations.
+Many outfits that run either big platoons or smaller tactical squads
+Build your own bases which different constructions or attack an enemy selfbuild bases

-Very hard to learn, expect to put north of 100 hours into the game until you see the light.
-Expect to die fast when you start the game, over and over until you gain situational awarness
-If you dont join an outfit that teaches the game or you dont join open platoons it will be hard to learn the trade of the game in the beginning. (No tutorial missions or ingame learning missions)

-> If you bite through the first 100 hours and/or find an outfit that fits to you, expect to play one of the best games of your life for a very long time.

-> GET HELP here and ask the community anything you want to know:

https://www.reddit.com/r/Planetside/

Tips for the start:

1. In the beginning you need "certs" the most to upgrade you infantry classes, vehicles and air. You earn "certs" for doing anything in the game. One of the fastest ways to gain "certs" is playing medic. Start with upgrading your medic to max level in the following order:
-revive grenades
-medical applicator (heal with left mouse button, revive with right mouse button)
-grenade bandolier
-regeneration field (place down near choke points)
Join big fights with that medic and heal and revive your teammates. This will give you a lot of "certs". When you feel you slowly get an idea how this game works, tip your toe into the other classes to figure out their traits.

2. If you dont mind spending money on the game, buy your weapons with cash. You can also use "certs" for that, but if you buy with cash, you can use the weapons on all other alternate characters you might create later on. This saves you a lot of time in case you move to a different server or faction at a later point.
Before you buy a gun, you should know, you can actually try every gun in the real game for 30 minutes for free. I recommend that, because some guns are easier to use for beginners or for your type of play and you want to find the best gun in the beginning to get you going...

See you ingame.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
455.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Awesome game, is now my favorite, definately a must play... it's addictive!

If you love massive mutiplayer combat games, you'll love Planetside2.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
25.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
Nice concept of hundreds of players fighting wars on the front lines,
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
It's okay i guess.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
149.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
The least newb friendly game ever. I'm serious. If you don't have a friend to introduce you, you will have a bad time.
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