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- Massively multi-player FPS
- Player roles to fit the situation, ie. join a team to conquer territory, fortify a base against attack, or support any offensive or defensive maneuver.
- Character development and advancement through ranks
- Team tactical combat for control of planetary regions, with real-time updates on control of territory
- Seamless worlds on a massive scale with large indoor environments
- Real-time weather and environmental factors
- Full team support
- Vehicle physics and flight model
- PlanetSide is an internet-only game, requiring players to connect to Sony Online Entertainment servers via their own Internet connections for which they are responsible. Additional online fees and valid credit card required.
PlanetSide is the first massively multiplayer online first-person action game and expands the first-person action genre into an entirely new universe.
The PlanetSide continents measure approximately 64 square kilometres, varying from arctic wastelands to scorching deserts. Players work to capture various technological bases--using both soldier-to-soldier as well as vehicle-based combat--with a view to bringing continents under the control of their chosen empire.
The action of the game takes place in a persistent universe represented by a planet divided into several continents. The wide variety of settings range from an ice desert to arid lands. In this universe, each player takes the form of a mercenary, selected before play from different rival corporations. Corporations assign missions to the players, with the aim of taking control of rival technology bases.
There are several interests to the game. First of all each player is free to carry out their mission in a group or independently. Secondly, each mercenary has a very wide choice of options: each corporation has weapons, special equipment and unusual vehicles. Finally, for even greater realism, mercenaries rise within the ranks of one of three empires that offer both character development and professional growth, sponsoring players with a starting apartment and a Personal Computer Terminal where they can access job assignments, news and e-mail. Each player has the option of watching their character's abilities develop as they climb the ranks in the hierarchy of their corporation and win international recognition.
Top Customer Reviews
The world has 13 continents, three of which are faction only sanctuaries. The other 10 are up for grabs. Each continent has a number of warp gates which link directly to warp gates on other continents. Players can travel through these on their own or with vehicles. Each continent also has numerous bases, some with specialist functions. Tech bases allow the building of heavy armoured vehicles whereas Bio bases have advanced medical facilities for quick healing. The simple aim of the game is for each of the three player factions to try and capture as many enemy bases as they can.
The first steps of the game are straightforward as you exchange your initial free certification points for skills, such as weapon handling or vehicle driving, at a certification terminal. You can gain more certification points by getting experience on the battlefield and improving your battle rank. When you've done this you can select the weapons, armour and support gear and so on that your certifications (certs) allow, at an equipment terminal. You can try out every weapon and vehicle in the game in the virtual training area on your home sanctuary. This is useful before choosing your certifications. You can also 'forget' certs every 24 hours, allowing you to use them for other skills. People change certs a lot.
Once equipped, you can use the Instant Action function to join an ongoing battle that your faction is involved in. It's hard to be effective going solo.Read more ›
The reality is certainly worth the experience - the feeling of being deep in the midst of a desperate fight to protect your base, or part of the offensive sweeping across enemy territories is hard to match. There is considerable freedom to do your own thing and head off to play lone wolf, but the real benefits will be felt as soon as you join someone's squad for the first time.
Basically, on your own and without a lot of the hardware/skill privileges available to higher tier players, your experience tends to go through a less than enjoyable cycle of spawn, tool up, walk out the door of a friendly facility and, shortly afterwards, get gunned down by somebody with a ridiculously more powerful weapon and seemingly impervious armour. Even if you get the drop on them, you always seem to end up worse off.
Annoyed by this, you may try spending some of your early certification points (the game's inbuilt experience reward system) on buying the ability to pilot a nice gunship, or buy a suitably meaty suit of personal battle armour.
And then you find that you still end up getting shot to pieces - trying to win the war on your own leads to a rapid demise.
However, the experience is transformed when some friendly person lets you into one of the hundreds of ad hoc squads in play at any one time.Read more ›
After the initial options screen you are presented with a list of game servers. At present (beta test) there are just 3 servers running which may seem unusual to an FPS player used to chhosing from 1000's of servers for MOHAA, Battlefield 1942 or UT2k3. Although this number will no doubt rise when the game goes live, it will never need to be too great as the servers provided by Sony Online Entertainment can hold 1000's of simultaneous players. This is a MMOFPS, a massively multiplayer online first person shooter and it is truly massive.
The game world consists of 10 linked continents. The total gameplay area is said to be 10 000 km² and it is all accessible to the players. If you see a building you can go inside. If you see a person, they are other players in the game. There are no "bots" and no "NPC" characters. If the other persons name tag is red they are the enemy and you need to shoot or run and hide!
Gameplay consists of the game objectives of capturing enemy bases and towers. These are also spawn points for when you are killed in game. You can play alone (though there will always be many other players within a few minutes travel time) or as part of a squad of 10 players. To take control of a base you have to hack the control console inside the building and prevent the enemy from re-hacking for a period of 15 minutes.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I appreciate very this game, but there is people that dont do anything else than play, so if u are noob in this game prepare to be dead oftenPublished on 18 Mar. 2014 by Antsnio Bruno Ferreira Pinheiro
Played this when it first came out in 2003 . Yeah it was great as there was nothing like it at the time. Read morePublished on 25 Nov. 2009 by Pub Landlord
I agree with those that say this is perhaps the most under-rated and overlooked game ever. It's superb. Read morePublished on 2 Feb. 2007 by Boris Vargas
Yes!!! This is the most overlooked game on the PC! This game is quite possibly a masterpiece.
I have played this game for 2 years now, and I can honestly say it is still as... Read more
I love online first person shooters, and even more the ones that are strategically challenging... this game rocks. Read morePublished on 13 Sept. 2004 by Amazon Customer
First and most important of all, you need quite a good pc to run planetside. Ignore the minimum specs, if you use these you will experience a huge amount of system lag in-game and... Read morePublished on 15 Jun. 2004
Planetside is, as far as I know, unique.
You pick one of 3 factions to join, which offer a slightly different style of play. Read more