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5.0 out of 5 stars Gaming Bliss - The most underated/overlooked PC of all time!, 21 Sept. 2005
This review is from: PlanetSide (Video Game)
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 exciting as it was when I first started playing. It is a superb equilibrium of gaming styles merged into an epic of a game. The game has constant updates keeping the gaming fresh and exciting (however arguable some updates have made the game worse). The team-based gameplay cannot be suppassed by any other game available currently; even the might BF2 cannot compare in terms of team based play! Upto 10 man squads and 3 squad platoons can co-operate of Teamspeak, using a rich variety of tactics! A near futuristic war raging across a galaxy of planets which never stops, 24/7 the war on Auraxis is going, in fact it is going right now!!! The aim of the game is to capture enemy facilities and dominate the Galaxy. 3 empires, 1 goal, total domination.
Don't be put off if you aren't a huge fps fan, you can happily get by in this game without needing to do much shooting! After all every tank needs a driver, every galaxy (flying transport) needs a pilot. They is a vast array of weapons and equipment available, each type of item requires the corresponding certification.
Let's begin....
When you first begin Planetside you are required to choose a server (Europe, Us west or Us east) then an empire from a choice of 3, The Terran Republic, the Vanu Soverenty, and the New Conglomerate. Each empire has 'Empire specific' weaponry and vehicles, meaning only that empire may use them (however you can loot enemy weapons from enemy corpses, and can hack unmanned enemy vehicles). Once you have chosen your empire you then have to create you character. This isn't as thorough as many RPG's and there isn't much choice. Enter a name, choose a portrait and choose a voice! Male and female character avatars are available. Once you have created your character it is advisable you start in the home Sanctuary.
The sanctuary...
You empire's sanctuary is only accessible by members of your chosen empire and all weapons are unusable, it is a safehaven away from the war on auraxis. The sanctuary is often used for organizing huge co-ordinated raids etc. It is common that when you log onto the game you will start here! Also it is useful for squads to gather! The Sanctuary is composed of a number of buildings, first the VR training facility - Here you can try out all of the different weapons and vehicles in game, secondly the HART building - here you can change implants and certifications (more on that later), and you can also access the HART, which is High Altitude Rapid Transports, you can use this to drop onto any planet in Auraxis in a small drop pod.
Battle Ranks, Certifications and implants...
There are 25 battle ranks (BR) in the game, and 5 command ranks (CR). You start the game at BR1 CR0 and have 7 certification points to spend. Each battle rank you increase (excluding BR6,12,18,24,25) you gain another cert point. At BR6,12,18 you are given a new implant slot. At BR 7,14,24,25 you are given visual armour upgrades to reflect your level. Each Command rank offers new skills ranging from EMP's to orbital strikes (more on how to obtain ranks later). There are 4 types of certification, 1. Weapons (ranging from heavy assault to snipers to anti vehicle) 2. Armour (ranging from agile to reinforced to infiltrators to MAX units - these are heavily armoured beasts with attached weapons (think terminators from Warhammer)) 3. Vehicles (ranging from tanks to light aircraft to ground transports to Mechs to buggies to artillery etc) 4. Support (ranging from medic to engineering to hacker). There are also a number of implants you can obtain which grant you various skills, such as surge (run faster) to personal shield (extra armour).
Experience points...
Throughout the game you obtain BEP (battle experience points) CEP (command experience points) and SEP (support experience points). You Obtain battle experience from kills you obtain, or kills members of the same squad obtain. You also gain BEP from hacking enemy facilities. CEP is gained from hacking enemy facilities while leading a squad. SEP is gained from support activity and assisted kills, i.e. if you revive a dead friendly soldier and they go onto killing 5 enemies, you will obtain sep.
Squads and outfits...
To join a squad some one has to invite you, unless you start one yourself, you can have a squad of upto 10 people. However 3 squads can join together to make a platoon, which is a maximum of 30 people. In a squad you share BEP you earn from kills with other squad members, so technically speaking, you will get more BEP when in a squad rather than soloing. When you log off you will automatically leave the squad, however an outfit is almost like a permanment squad, every time you log on you will be able to see who in your outfit is online etc. I would strongly advise joining an outfit. Many outfits communicate using team speak, a very useful 3rd party program, which enables you to speak to the other members while playing, this is great for team play and enable great co-ordination.
The aim of the game is to capture enemy facilities. They consist of towers and bases (and cavern buildings with the expansion pack). There are a number of different bases spread throughout the planets in Auraxis, there are 5 different layouts of bases, however they are all similar in style. There are 3 types of towers, which all are slightly different to the last, friendly towers and bases provide respawn points for you when you die. Bases also provide vehicle pads, where you can obtain vehicles (if you have the certs)
The war...
Though the idea of hacking enemy facilities may seem repetative (it sometimes can be), it's the battles that make the difference, a good battle will consist of 300 troops at once!!! I though a good PC is recommended for huge battle). There are different types of battle you will encounter, outdoor battles which can last hours upon hours, small tower fights, large scale base fights, though the principle remains, each style of fight requires different tactics, (i.e., you don't want to run into an outdoor fight with nothing but a rifle, you will become tank fodder). Some of the fights will get your adrenaline pumping, some are just frustrating, but hey! That's gaming for you!!!!!!!
Planetside is pure gaming bliss, a huge vast beautiful world filled with havoc and war!!! The game may not be a vast as some MMORPG's but unlike them, this game is purely PVP! Again unlike other RPG's there aren't any quests or jobs etc, it's just pure war!!! Definitely the best game I have ever played, and even 2 years on, Im still playing it 5 hours a night!
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