PlanetSide 2 is a revolutionary massive scale first-person shooter where soldiers battle as one in strategic, targeted missions against enemy empires in an all-out planetary war. The game challenges the skill and grit of the most seasoned soldier through intense infantry, air, and ground vehicle gameplay.
User reviews: Very Positive (17,505 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 20, 2012

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"Technically astounding mass-scale warfare that spews out gaming fantasy fulfilment. Bring a friend, or you’ll get lonely."
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July 1

Hossin Is Live! Patch Notes for 6/26

Explore a brand new continent with over 80 new bases in a brand new biome.
This is an Early Expedition. Read about what that means in this post from Creative Director Matt Higby:

Continent Locking:
Continents can now be locked to a conquering empire in one of two ways:
Dominate the continent by owning at least 94% of the territory.

Win an Alert:
When a continent locks, the conquering empire automatically captures all remaining regions on the continent.
All players on the locked continent will be prompted to redeploy to another continent.
A maximum of 2 continents can be locked at any one time.
Whenever a continent is locked the oldest existing locked continent will automatically unlock.
A Continent Benefit is now only active while the continent is locked.

Continent Benefits have changed:
Amerish gives -50% Infantry Purchases (up from -10% Aerospace Purchases)
Esamir gives -50% Mechanized Purchases (up from -10% Mechanized Purchases)
Indar gives -50% Aerospace Purchases (up from -10% Infantry Purchases)
Hossin gives +25% XP (new) (It's almost like we want you to play there!)
To accommodate continent locking, Global Alerts have been removed from the game, meaning every alert is now specific to a continent
When a continent is unlocked the warpgates on that continent will rotate, and territory will be reset to a default starting configuration for each warpgate. (Tired of your warpgate location? Now you can fix it)
Warpgates will no longer rotate every other week and are now exclusively rotated via continent locking.

Outfits Recruiting:
Do you run an outfit? Looking for some new blood? List your outfit in the brand new recruiting system.
Are you looking to join an outfit? Want to meet some new friends? Find an outfit to join in the brand new recruiting system.
To list your outfit go to the outfit screen and there is a Manage Recruitment button.
To view recruiting outfits, go to the outfits button on the social tab. On the main page is a button to find an outfit.

Outfit Decals:
Your outfit can now select a decal to represent yourselves.
Purchase Infantry or Vehicle Outfit decals in their Depot categories for 100 SC or 250 Certs
Equip like a normal decal. If you’re in an outfit and the outfit has a decal selected, the decal will display as the selected decal.
If you’re not in an outfit, the decal will not display.

Outfit Base Capture:
When your outfit captures a base your outfit’s decal will be displayed on the faction banners at the base, on the scoreboard, and on the map.
An outfit is recognized as being the captors by being the highest scoring outfit during the base’s capture
For now, this score is simply the cumulative score of the outfit members that participated in the base capture (i.e. the scores that are displayed on the scoreboard).

The descriptions on the Medical Applicator now list the hotkeys required for healing and reviving.
Adjusted ranges of “Enter Vehicle” and “Equipment Terminal” interactions on Sunderer.
Change reduces overlap and is intended to reduce the chances of accidentally triggering the interaction you don’t want.
When the vehicle is deployed, you will need to get closer to the terminal and closer to the vehicle.
When the vehicle is undeployed there should be no change in the enter vehicle interaction.
A lattice link has been added between TI Alloys and Ceres Hydroponics on Indar.

Bug Fixes:
Desynch fix for multiple situations.
Fixed focus issues with the chat window after hitting escape.
Fixed an issue where thermal optics for the Dual-75 Duster were not set up like other belly guns.
The TR Honeycomb camo will now scale correctly.
Updated the descriptions for Liberator belly weapons to be more accurate with recent changes.
The un-purchasable magazine size certification should no longer appear for the Hyena Missile Launcher.
Camo will now apply correctly to the Bruiser Plating and Scrapper Vanguard attachments.
Kills caused by explosions will no longer grant double experience.
Equipping the Ammunition Package during a weapon reload will no longer skip the reload animation.
Adjusted the Ammunition Package so that it it less likely to continuously shake when thrown on uneven terrain.
Fixed an issue where tank reverse turning speed would change when toggling the ‘Invert Reverse Steering for Tanks’ option.

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June 4

6/3 Patch Notes

New Membership Perk - Squad Boost
Members in a squad will now provide the entire group with 3% bonus XP

• Continent Domination Threshold for gaining a continent benefit is now 94%
• Continent Domination Threshold for losing a continent benefit is now 7%
• Lattice links have been added between all adjacent warpgate-bordering territories.
• Hex regions around the warpgates have been adjusted to fit new lattice links between the warpgate-adjacent territories.
• Added a short deploy timer to Instant Action when a player is dead.

New Ribbons
• Resupply - for resupplying ammunition to friendly players, including vehicle resupplies.
• Air Deterrence - for surface-to-air damage inflicted against enemy aircraft.
• Air Superiority - for air-to-air ESF vs ESF kills.
• Anti-Tank - for destroying enemy tanks.
• Recon - for motion sensor and scout radar assists.
• Spotter - for spot assists.
• AMS Support - for supporting your team with Sunderer AMS spawns.
• Marksman - for infantry vs infantry kills at ranges >= 70m
• Vehicular Combat - for roadkill and ram kills while in a vehicle.
• Point Control - for capturing control consoles and kills around them.
• Savior - for saving your teammates from certain death.
• Objective Support - for overloading, stabilizing, and destroying generators.
• Squad Spawn - for providing a spawn for your squad members via beacon, Sunderer, or Galaxy.
• Deployment - For deploy bonuses from transporting friendly players who go on to earn kills shortly thereafter.
Area Bugs
• Speculative fix for the base flipping.
• Refactored some code that will improve how areas are handled in general (gravity pads, etc).
• Adding significant amounts of logging in case the above two fixes don’t work.

Cert Refund: Optics Incorrectly Deducting Certs
• We performed a grant to replenish certs for a small group of players who were incorrectly charged twice for certain optics purchases.

• Charger Energy Values have been Increased.
• Drop rates for implants have been reduced.

Bugs Fixed
• Updated Harasser nanite auto repair description to reflect in-game effect.
• Fixed a bug where EOD HUD implants were draining energy while the implant user was dead.
• Darklight flashlight should now be available on NC4 Mag-Shot.
• Sending a message from Outfit Members list will no longer redirect to friends list.
• Fixed some texture stretching issues on the Magrider.
• Infantry decals will appear over armor now.
• You can now resupply grenades in VR Training.
• Crouching then jumping on a vehicle will no longer result in suicide.
• Headhunter camo will now cover the entire body.
• The 3.4x Red Dot sight reticle will now show up better at night.
• Fixed an issue where some items could be removed from you when leaving VR Training.
• Fixed a bug where the Greenhorn Voice Pack was missing.
• The AV mana turret ribbon is now awarded at the intended number of kills.

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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

Just Updated

Hossin is a massive new map that will introduce an entirely new type of battle experience to PlanetSide 2. With its swamp-like terrain and natural barriers, players will be challenged like never before. Hossin will add an insane new element and its 80 new bases are scattered throughout, making infantry combat the most important it’s ever been.

In addition to the release of Hossin, there were other brand new features introduced into PlanetSide 2:

  • OUTFIT RECRUITMENT – New streamlined process for building, seeking and joining outfits. Players can choose their crew, their way with this new recruitment tool.

  • OUTFIT BASE CAPTURE – New “ownership” system where the facility / outpost is awarded to the top contributing outfit during capture.

  • CONTINENT LOCKING – Offering an unprecedented level of player control, the Auraxian population can now control which continents are open for contest, when those continents have alerts and when warpgates will rotate.

Connect With The Community!

To stay in the know in this constant evolving MMOFPS, be sure to:

• Like PlanetSide 2 on Facebook
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• Subscribe to PlanetSide 2’s YouTube Channel
• Follow Daily LiveStreams On Twitch
• Visit PlanetSide 2’s Official Wiki
• Subscribe To PlanetSide 2 on Reddit

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:Windows XP
    • Processor:Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 or higher / AMD Phenom II X2 or higher
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:nVidia GeForce 8600 series or higher / AMD or ATI 4850 series or higher
    • DirectX®:9.0
    • Hard Drive:15 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX compatible Sound Card
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • OS:Windows 7
    • Processor:Intel i5 processor or higher / AMD Phenom II X6 or higher
    • Memory:6 GB RAM
    • Graphics:nVidia GeForce 540 or higher / AMD HD 6870 or higher
    • DirectX®:9.0
    • Hard Drive:15 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX compatible Sound Card
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
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714 of 842 people (85%) found this review helpful
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Journal Entry 1

I'm dropped into a large spacey looking corridor, I find myself inside a tube surrounded by a pulsey looking shield... I guess this is what grows me? mom? After exiting the shielded tube I am now in a room of commotion, 20+ other players are running by in a hurry to go somewhere. I find myself confused and really out of place, like the new guy starting a job and everyone else can't be bothered to explain... sort of a "get out of the way were busy here" vibe. Thats cool, ill just do my own thing!

Journal Entry 2

After exploring the first few rooms full of shiny lights and blinking consoles I've decided to head outside the structure. I looked at the doorway leading outside, I can hear horrid amounts of explosions and gunfire and machines moving around. Its quite intimidating... I see 8 troops running out the door into no mans land. I then look to my right hand side to witness a giant walking heavy mech person... my god its beautiful.... the faceplate is painted to look like something out of a Jason murder movie, he has duel Gatling guns on each arm. He stops and looks at me for a second, I suddenly feel like everything might just be alright. He turns and heads out the door.... Now... when I deployed I unknowingly chose a very very violent and war torn section of the map. I walked outside and my Jaw hit the floor in amazement.

Journal Entry 3

Upon leaving the safety of the structure I was now standing on the steel ledge overlooking the most large scale and violent battlefield I've seen in a FPS to date. Above me dozens of ships waged war on each other, firing rockets and lasers through the sky. A larger ship swoops down onto a hill in the back and unloads soldiers.... below me appears to be hundreds of men charging from this structure towards and equally large force of enemies. Dozens of tanks lined up on both fronts exchange fire while smaller armed Suv's and Quads blaze passed each others lines, exploding and fleeing.

Journal Entry 4

On my level, engineers are desperately repairing turrets and heavy walking mechs. Medics run frantically to revive the downed soldiers that litter the parapets. Mounted machine guns and rocket fire are so frequent that you don't even know who to start shooting at. Standing back from the battle I can only watch in complete amazement at the scale of this battle.

Journal Entry 5

Armed only with my small assault rifle I work up the courage to join the fight. I walk forward on to some type of holographic elevator that takes me straight down to the battle. I look up and can see that there is a large squad of men floating down the elevator behind me. We touch down on the ground and without warning everyone charges forward, I do the same, completely ignoring the tank shells and bullets flying past our heads. Its crowd mentality now, I am no longer thinking for myself I'm just following the flow of this ocean of soldiers.

Journal Entry 6

I can roughly guess that there is about 30 of us in a squad running up this field. The explosions are starting to lower that number significantly as we get closer to the enemy lines. I don't know the men around me but I feel safe knowing that im not alone. The flyers have now focused in on our squad and begin to rain down rockets from the sky, medics are not able to keep up with the casualties anymore, they have to run for their own lives. We finally reach cover behind a large rock, our numbers are now more like 9 or 10 after the charge. We have one heavy mech with 2 engineers constantly repairing him and a couple medics that are keeping everyone alive.

Journal Entry 7

Suddenly 3 guys are dropped from the group, it appears a sniper far off on a hill to the right has flanked our position. We can't run back and we can't run forward, we can only dance around like fish in a barrel dodging a mariners spear. I can hear one of the other guys open mic call out to a friend for support, within seconds 10 tanks roll over the snipers position and we safe once again. We are now down to 6 guys, we are really far from our lines and it doesn't appear that more reinforcements are coming to join us anytime soon.

Journal Entry 8

The guy with the open mic tells us that we need to try and flank the enemy lines and take out some of their snipers, he says that we are all more then likely going to die but at least we can make a dint. Well... its been a good run, time to go out and make a good last charge.

Journal Entry 9

We burst from our cover and charge the left side of the hill that is now considered the sniper's line. I'm not in slow motion but if I was I think id be yelling "FREEDOM". We clear the field losing only 1 guy to sniper fire, 5 of us charge the hillside and over the top. We were expecting to see a couple snipers that we could take out easily.... unfortunately there was about 60+ ground troops all crouched behind the hill, I think they were amping up for a big attack. so here is the 5 of us idiots standing at the top of a hill like scarecrows in a parking lot. The 60+ soldiers open fire and within the blink of an eye were all very dead and laying on the hill. Today I learn that being the hero is another mans game, ill stick to hiding in the back with a rocket launcher next time.


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Battlefield with lazers.

And not made by EA.
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330 of 452 people (73%) found this review helpful
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the red guys shoot the blue guys shoot the purple guys, and nothing ever gets done
Posted: June 16
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79 of 93 people (85%) found this review helpful
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★Planetside 2 is probably one of the best open world, MMO, F2P FPS games I have ever played. PS2 is so diverse and adaptable to so many play styles for each individual person and this is reflected in its felixibility of the class system, the versatile amount of land vehicles, aircraft, weaponry available and also the numerous ways to implement tactics. The game spans over 4 stunningly huge continents where 3 factions have to fight eachother with the goal of total domination of each region in every continant. Its persistant never ending warfare!


+ Immense large scale open world battles
+ Versatile class system
+ Visually impressive environments
+ Satisfying competitive gameplay
+ Great for teamwork & teamspeak gamers
+ Nice customisation of weaponry
+ Impressive map system
+ Tanks, quad bikes, aircraft, jetpacks, stealth cloaks
+ Intense and frustrating while very fun and rewarding
+ You can form your own sqauds, platoon or outfit
+ Freedom to go where ever you want
+ Your playing alongside thousands of players


- While this game is free to play, it will feel very grindy and you will need to put in the work and many hours of gameplay like I have to be able to unlock new items and skills using certifcation points, which are basically points you earn in-game for doing various things. :) If you arn't up for the hustle and grind of starting from the bottom and working your way up slowly you can always purchase station cash with real life money to buy everything you desire, but its not cheap be warned. I appreciate that this game is free to play, although I do find everything to be very expensive when you do the math on most items. However, in my opinion its more down to having skill, persistance and patience to be good, I wouldnt really label it as a pay to win game at all, the element of buying station cash its just an easier way to get stuff faster if your willing to pay, but if your skilled, why worry, just play, learn, and most of all have fun, even when dieing! :)

My Verdict: I have grinded as a 100% F2P gamer earning cert points and it hasn't taken away my gaming experience at all so don't be discouraged, I worked for what I earned and I really enjoy this game everytime I play it and fully recommend giving it a shot, its frikkin epic! 9/10 ★
Posted: September 26
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41 of 48 people (85%) found this review helpful
423.1 hrs on record
Definitely one of the best MMOFPS games out there. There is so much to this game that it is impossible not to find something to suit you. Are you the type of person who likes to grab the biggest gun out there and destroy everything? Are you the type of person who likes to hang back and pick-off enemies through a high-powered scope? Do you like to play the support guy and provide ammo or healing for your team? Or maybe you're the type of person who doesn't like ground combat and instead you like to fly around in a single-fighter and shoot down enemy vehicles and ships? Do you like to do all of the above? Well you're in luck with this one! You get to do all of those things!

Now, you may be worried that this game is another pay-to-win game since it's free-to-play. Wrong! It's more like pay-to-get-things-faster. But this game is in no way giving the upper-hand to the person with the biggest wallet. So balance is definitely not an issue when it comes to equipment.

This game contains 3 factions:

The Vanu Sovereignty relies on energy weapons. The Vanu Sovereignty's weapons excel in accuracy and range while maintaining a fair amount in other things such as damage and fire-rate. The Vanu Sovereignty also has the most agile main battle tank in the game with its ability to hover and strafe. So it's fair to say that mobility and precision are the strong points of the Vanu Sovereignty.

The Terran Republic's weapons excel in unloading ammunition quickly. A fair balance of accuracy and damage, but when it comes to putting down targets quickly, the Terran Republic definitely has the upper-hand in this one. Chainguns, twin-cannon battle tanks, this faction is for anyone who likes to fill the air with explosions and bullets in a quick amount of time.

The New Conglomerate knows only one thing: Power. Sheer power. The guns of the New Conglomerate are by far the hardest hitting weapons you'll see. While sacrificing precision and fire-rate, if you have something that just will not die, you can count on the New Conglomerate to put it down quickly and walk away laughing. Enough said.

On top of having 3 factions, each faction has 6 classes, each with their own specializations and roles to play. The selection of vehicles amongst all the factions, both air and ground, is also impressive. And if that's not enough to impress, then the scope of the game will. Once you take-up a flag, you can take the fight to the enemy over 3 continents... with more on the way. And content is always rolling in as combinations of new weapons, cosmetic items, and game fixes are added weekly.

And as a definite plus, the DEVs and administrators of the game are also there to lend a hand as they are ever alert and on the look-out for trouble-makers.

So if you were looking for a new FPS game that is massive and is no cost to you, then look no further than Planetside 2. This game definitely deserves a thumbs-up.
Posted: June 22
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1,071 of 1,232 people (87%) found this review helpful
1,610.3 hrs on record
Edit: The Planetside 2 Elite Soldier Bundle is sweet!

You spawn as an infiltrator. You steath into the enemy base, pull off some solid snake bs, nobody sees you. Exposions all around panic everywhere. You hack the enemy base turret and start blowing up the enemy with thier own defences. Suddenly! You explode!

Ahhh darn they got you! but wait! You were teamkilled by a rank 1 NC Heavy on Connery named asdfghjkl.

At first your mad, but then it dawns on you that he is actually... A tactical genius! He knew that you were gonna die anyways, so he denied the enemy points. By shooting his rocket at the stationary base defense, instead of those small hard to hit infintry scattered around the ground. He insured something was getting done while denying an extreme menace kill to the enemy.

On NC Connery every teamkill has a tactical significance no matter how big or how small. They had your best intrest in mind when they shot you in the face.
Posted: March 31
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