Hey Internet, Play Planetside 2 With Rezzed

So it turns out a big bunch of the RPS Giraffe-based Planetside 2 outfit are here at Rezzed, and tomorrow they’re all going to be playing the game from the show from 1pm. We need you to come and fight with an against them, as onlookers gawp at their plasma-toting prowess. Jump in tomorrow afternoon and give them hell/heals.



  1. Lord Custard Smingleigh says:

    Why can’t we all just get along?

    • phelix says:

      Because those pesky Vanu think they can make horrible purple grafitti on my big, shiny red tank. And in the game.

  2. Dowr says:

    You have my Galaxy.

  3. VelvetFistIronGlove says:

    So, I tried Planetside 2 for the first* time a few days ago, and I’m having trouble seeing what makes it interesting to play—especially as a footsoldier. I saw lots of tanks blowing each other up (while I ran around fixing them, when they weren’t running me over), just to get another strongholdy-type place. Meanwhile, a few snipers sniped, and a few people in flying things flew, and medics medicked everyone. What’s the goals? What’s the attraction in the goals? I was hoping to find a really fun multiplayer shooter, but am I missing something?

    (*Actually second, but it’d been a year and I’d forgotten what little I knew)

    • Joriath says:

      I must admit I had similar thoughts for a while playing as a lone soldier in PS2 until I joined the RPS outfit. PS2 is the sort of game where you need to be involved in an outfit to have the best experience (doesn’t matter which one but as an RPS member I’d certainly recommend having a look at the forums in case you’re interested in joining). The lack of goals (both short- and long-term) you mention are resolved through outfit-play as there’s a leadership structure to provide those goals. There are some strategic goals for each faction, namely continent locks, but those strategic goals are (in my opinion) best transmitted to the foot soldier through the organised leadership structure of a good outfit. The difference is quite incredible; on some occasions I log on during the day when there aren’t any outfit squads up and my game experience is vastly inferior to what I have in the evenings. I’m not suggesting everyone will agree but I haven’t looked back since joining an outfit.

    • Crimsoneer says:

      If you’re playing alone, you’re playing it wrong. Sad but true. Get on the RPS mumble server!
      link to rockplanetshotgun.com

    • EsotericReverie says:

      I agree with the previous posters here. Planetside 2 solo is a different game than Planetside 2 with a good outfit. Solo is confusing, chaotic, disorganised and generally pointless. With an outfit though, it can be all of those things, but it is also generally much more fun, with good leadership and friends that give you some context and a reason to fight through the pointlessness. You start doing coordinated manoeuvres with combined arms, MAX-crashing, Galaxy-dropping, tank-rushing…

      Seriously, it’s night and day. Don’t judge the game before you’ve at least tried it with an outfit. You’re more than welcome to come join us for a night if you want to give it a try! Check out http://www.rockplanetshotgun.com for info on how to find us.

    • AngoraFish says:

      For what it’s worth, I’ve got 21 hours of playtime mostly as a foot soldier. I’ve not once joined a squad.

      I find that the game feels like a slightly less frantic and more strategic version of TF2, which suits my temperament. The light leveling system helps to give me some sense of achievement and a little extra incentive to come back.

      I tend to use the ‘home’ key a fair bit to get straight into the action.

      Each to their own.

    • Bent Wooden Spoon says:

      I managed without an outfit from closed beta until I joined RPS a few days back. So long as you shop around for a decently led pub squad or start your own it’s fine enough. Definitely glad I finally joined up though.

      It does have to be said the current meta game is pretty pants. Continent locks aren’t worth much more than an ego boost for your faction (that might have changed somewhat now that stuff costs more resources, but it’s still not exactly a huge deal) and, with the partial exception of alerts, there really isn’t much more beyond constantly capping and losing bases. The game is still very much in development though, and I’m ultimately expecting more interesting meta game stuff to be added in. Probably not for quite a while yet though.

      Fortunately I find the core gameplay fun, so while it can sometimes feel a bit redundant I don’t think find the lack of overarching meta game an issue – it’s hardly like most other FPSs have one, and I think in this case (for me) any disappointment is more an issue with potential promise not matching up with current delivery. As it stands I’m happy just watching some of the stupidly big battles going on, or laughing at stuff like EMLD arriving in hundreds of Galaxies and causing utter chaos – I don’t get a fix like that in anything else available at the moment.

    • Mr.Snowy says:

      Probably echoing preceding posters here, but solo you miss 90% of what is happening. Join an outfit that is about tactical fighting (rather than the massive zerg outfits where you generally get no direction), and has dedicated voicecomms, and see your enjoyment soar.

      Playing solo you get no feel for the ebb and flow, when to push, when to lock down and defend. You have no squadmates watching your back or keeping you alive and armed. You are effectively a spectator to everyone else’s fun.

      Nothing is as evocative as an Outfit assault – same in 2 as it was in the original. Gather at your warpgate and pile in a convoy of Galaxy transports, before flying in and hot-dropping onto an enemy held base, Teamspeak an excited chatter, glances at the map showing the hell you are about to jump headlong into…purest win. And winning the day from such manoeuvres is just fantastic.

      Seriously, find an outfit, and take your time about it. Get a good one, and you are set for a load of fun.

      OriginalSnowy, Red Mist outfit, fighting for the mighty Terran Republic on the Ceres server, signing out :D

    • VelvetFistIronGlove says:

      Thank you all for your answers! Much appreciated.

  4. CaBBagE says:

    Yeah as said above playing PS2 outside of an outfit is just bleh. Playing in an outfit will bring you good and bad moments but at least you can share them lol. The lack of goals? Continent locks have been in for a while and recently alerts have been introduced to spice things up a little. What you need to do mainly is just enjoy the insane amount of variety the fighting brings, so many stages for some pretty awesome scraps :) Just come and join us for a bit, see what you think, stay a while, stay forever muhaha!

  5. MadJax says:

    Boooo Hisss! Anyone playing against the Rezzed lot, make NC chars! (I’ll be at Rezzed again today but will attempt to hijack a PS2 machine to join my fellow NC-RPS rebels against this scourge!) :P

  6. televizor says:

    I’ve been trying to get into Planeside 2 but it seems my computer (i7, 8 gigs of ram and geforce 650) can’t handle it no matter the settings.
    I even switched everything to low or off on a 720p resolution and can’t get 30 fps in fights.
    Any optimization tips?

    • moms says:

      Yeah, my old machine can’t run it, so I’ve decided to put off my dental work and buy a whole new computer.
      Sure hope this game is worth it. ;-)

    • Bent Wooden Spoon says:

      Are you using FRAPS, or the in-game FPS (Alt + F) counter? The in-game one shows whether it’s your CPU or GPU that’s the limiting factor. The game is hugely CPU-intensive, not so much on the GPU. I’ve got an i7-2600K, overclocked to 4.6GHz and I’m still limited by my CPU to 30-40 FPS in big fights. This’ll possibly be the same for you, so I don’t think low settings will help that much – in fact a lot of people see a performance increase by using a .ini tweak to change some of the settings to ‘ultra’. Apparently it means more stuff gets offloaded from the CPU to GPU, resulting in a performance boost.

      The fact you’re struggling to get 30 FPS might well just mean you’re one of the unlucky ones though. There are definitely still a few issues with optimisation. They’re working on a multi-threaded version leading up to the release of the PS4 version, so hopefully that’ll mean people’s CPUs start getting used more efficiently.

    • MrEclectic says:

      I have an i5 750, 8GB and AMD 7850, so our systems are kind of comparable (my CPU is actually worse), and I still get 50-60 fps and only dip to 30 in really large battle (multiple platoons vs multiple platoons).

      The game is CPU heavy, and when going for low settings, you implicitely offload some of the workload of the GPU to the CPU. Your i7 should see you through.

      Try going for high settings. Except shadows, cloud shadows and motion blur, you want to disable those Also reduce or even eliminate flora (all these are CPU heavy operations). If you have 2GB of VRAM, use ultra textures. Finally, do not use PhysX. It might cause crashes, and it will affect your FPS.

      Generally, google for useroptions.ini tweaks. What also helps is lowering the sound quality to 44.1 kHz and the voice channels to 48.

  7. Liudeius says:

    I really wish RPS understood what timezones are.
    1 pm RPS time? 1 pm Rezzed time? What is RPS time? Where is Rezzed?
    At least there’s a pm this time, last time I saw a time on RPS, it was just 6. No am, no pm, no timezone, just 6.

  8. killuminati says:

    I love littering the map with RPS vanu bodies. Especially when you think you can push a zone with that OP ZOE max crash you really seem to love soo much. ( Hint it doesn’t work.. at least for you!)
    Come in numbers you spandex banded RPS kids.. the Republic will always welcome you with an awesome wall of death!

    • Liudeius says:

      It’s not OP. ZOE reduces hits required to kill infantry by 1, but causes you to take 30% more damage (also, at short range, the majority of non-AA MAX engagements, NC’s shotguns are superior DPS. Meanwhile, the TR anchor ability gives the same damage boost I hear, while not reducing defense).
      Oh, and it makes you move as fast as normal infantry, but that’s not really OP either.

  9. Surlywombat says:

    If I ever get through the occulus rift queue I shall be participating… Come help!

  10. Captainwinters says:

    Haven’t played since the beta(s), how much has changed? Would be interested in joining the RPS outfit, even if I might not play a whole lot, worth another shot?

    • Bent Wooden Spoon says:

      Lots. Many, many lots. There was enough changed in the beta, and there’s been constant, gradual changes since then. Not all for the better in my opinion, but the game overall has definitely improved. Probably worth jumping in for another shot and seeing how you like it.

  11. Ernesto25 says:

    So tempted to join the rps ps2 group but they are Vanu and i already put my measly points into TR

    • MadraGorm says:

      Well measly points don’t take that long to earn back and if you have already played a bit you should have a good idea of what you want to focus on. Roll a new BR1 with either us or those pesky traitors and I’ll bet it’ll become your main quick enough