Ok, you have no excuse to NOT get PlanetSideSeptember 22, 2009
So this week is MMO week for Direct2Drive’s anniversary, and they’re offering a selection of games for five bucks. Now, normally I wouldn’t devote a post to this, but one title kinda stuck out at me on the list (aside from Age of Conan, of course. Speaking of which, you should buy that if you have 5 bucks. It’s not an amazing MMO, but it’s damn well worth 5 bucks. I’d make a mention about EVE being 5 bucks too, but you probably jumped on that like a rabid wolverine.)
You should spend the 5 dollars and pick up PlanetSide. No, I’m not joking.
PlanetSide is one of the games that has been trucking along quietly in the background for years now. Not too many websites cover it, there’s not that many updates anymore, and it kinda gets boring after months of gameplay, but if you ever want an amazing game to jump into quickly and enjoy from day 1, then you want PlanetSide. No questions asked.
For those not in the know, PlanetSide is the first (and pretty much only) MMOFPS. The game sports multiple continents that can hold 100 players from each of it’s three factions, meaning you get to have 300 person battlefields. There’s ground vehicles, air vehicles, hot dropping (first game to introduce a orbital drop as part of the action), mechs, battle armor, hacking, command abilities and more. The action of PlanetSide has the tendency to quickly escalate into feverish firefight fits of action, where you don’t even know who’s shooting you from where. All you know is that the sky is full of lead, and if you stick your head up it will probably be blown off.
Some of my best stories come from PlanetSide, and I wasn’t even a high level character. Leveling in PlanetSide (yes, killing people gets you experience) means nothing more than more certification points that you can spend on gun licenses and implant slots for specialized abilities. There’s no money in the game, just need to be certified for a gun (or vehicle) to use it (or drive it.)
The graphics, even for being a couple years old, still hold up just because the game will drive your computer nuts during intense firefights. If the graphics were any better, you wouldn’t be enjoying the 200 person sieges. You’d be watching a slideshow that ends in your character’s painful death. But, lucky for you, that’s not the case. Plus, even the smaller skirmishes are something to write home about, because the battlefield is persistent. Capturing bases gets your side special benefits for battles on that continent, and capturing a continent means that you get to warp to the next continent in the line. Every week, the map resets to neutral, and it’s once again a furious land grab.
The point of PlanetSide is to just have fun. It’s like Battlefield 2 meets Team Fortress 2 meets World of Warcraft, except no endgame. No raids. No grinding. Just having fun from day one. That’s why I recommend this game to you, my readers.
For five bucks, it’s a steal, and now you have no excuse to not get it. The monthly fee… well… that’s a bit iffy, but if you really enjoy the game, you’ll find the 15 bucks a month is well spent. Plus, you can always cancel if you don’t want it past the initial month. But, for five bucks, you have to try it. Seriously.