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Planetside

2 years ago

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Watch The Dying Seconds Of PlanetSide

"This is the way the world ends," wrote T. S. Eliot, "Not with a bang but a whimper." They didn't have video games then, see. The world of PlanetSide [official site?] ended on Friday with meteors raining from the skies, and... then a whimpering "Connection Error" message. Say, this 'poetry' jazz really is timeless, isn't it? Here, watch a world ending.

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4 years ago

Feature: From The Archive

Planetside: The 1%

Every Sunday, we reach deep into Rock, Paper, Shotgun's 142-year history to pull out one of the best moments from the archive. This week, Quintin's tale of Planetside heroism, originally published September 2008. Planetside, then. Do I have any veterans in the audience? At ease, gentlemen. It might not have dredged up the subscribers Sony were hoping for, and you personally might have found it…

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5 years ago

Why Not? – PlanetSide 1 Kinda Free Now, F2P Soon

REVELATORY NEWS. Did you know that PlanetSide 2 - free-to-play titan and king among first-person Jimshoots - had a prequel? That's right: the two in the title isn't just for show like everybody clearly assumed it was. There is another. It's still about refreshingly colorful spacewars and shootouts with more moving pieces than an upturned ant hill, but the graphics are worse and wobbly netcode…

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6 years ago

Planetside 2 Beta Is Go For The Privileged Few

AND I'M NOT ONE OF THEM WAAAAAAAAAAH. That's all this post is, really - a public lamentation that I'm not part of the latest New Hotness, said New Hotness being fab-looking MMOFPS Planetside 2, which will finally open its doors to a selected few members of the public later today (about 7pm UK time, I believe). Hopefully I'll be welcomed to the ranks of the…

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Planetside 2’s Fire In The Sky

If there's any justice in this dark, terrible world, PlanetSide 2 will be the last action videogame we ever need. If it can do what the first game did, fix the problems and escalate it to new places... then ooh. Ooh. I do fear what the post-COD ubiquity of ranking systems and unlocks might do to it, mind. This peek at 'massive air combat' certainly…

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7 years ago

Feature: From The RPS Archives

Planetside: The 1%

Next up from the dusty annals of prehistoric RPS is a 2008 barnstormer of a tale from our all-too-quickly-departed gentleman caller Quintin Smith, and probably the best thing you'll ever read about the one-time greatest videogame in the history of existence, Planetside. Planetside, then. Do I have any veterans in the audience? At ease, gentlemen. It might not have dredged up the subscribers Sony were…

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Phew/Boo: Planetside Next Is Alive/Delayed

Bad, sad times hit Sony Online Entertainment last week, with the revelation that the MMO division is closing three studios, laying off a third of its staff and summarily executing planned spy game The Agency. This all sucks - hope everyone affected finds safe harbour very soon. So what does this mean for the game we've waited our whole lives* for, the sequel to massively…

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8 years ago

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The Very Important List Of PC Games, Part 1/5

Here at Rock, Paper, Shotgun we take the business of PC gaming entirely seriously. There is no smiling, or making rude noises at the back of class, there is only important gaming fact. So when it came to compiling an exhaustive list of the greatest, most important PC games of all time, we realised that the only way we could articulate the importance of the…

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The First Image From PlanetSide Next

It's only a render of a tank, but: it's a render of a New Conglomerate tank! And that means PlanetSide Next has the NC tank in it. And I glean from that we are looking at a straight update/remake/relaunch with a graphics overhaul? Hmm. Something like that. The image was twitted by SOE bossman John Smedley yesterday. Okay, that's all I got. Thanks to everyone…

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PlanetSide Next Beta “Early next Year”

SOE's John Smedley has been busy blogging about their games, and he says this: "...early next year we will have announcements about Planetside Next followed by a beta. I can say this - it's coming along awesome. I can also say that the first beta testers are going to be current Planetside subscribers. I've gotten a lot of email from current players offering to help…

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More PlanetSide Sequel Hints From SOE

Over on The Escapist we get some hints from SOE's John Smedley about the next PlanetSide game: "We have a very big launch coming in the month of March," Smedley said. "It's a big first person shooter franchise that we're really happy with." I took a leap of logic and asked whether it was Planetside. "Could be," Smedley said sheepishly. "We haven't technically announced it."…

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Kingdoms: The Crytek MMO?

File under 'slightly spurious', but it's worth having a chin-scratch about the mounting evidence. Back in January, a Crytek level designer revealed via LinkedIn that he was working a "Not announced Online MMO FPS" (so that's doubly online?), at which point the gates of silence swung shut. Now LinkedIn's at it again, with a Crytek senior IT manager proclaiming to the world his involvement in…

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9 years ago

Sony To Develop PlanetSide Sequel?

Sony have sent out a survey to Planetside players, asking for feedback. Here's what it says: We plan to expand the PlanetSide® universe with another game and we need your help with the design. After all, who knows the game better than you, our customers, the people who actually play it! Don't worry about the original PlanetSide, it isn't going anywhere. We want to hear…

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10 years ago

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Planetside: The 1%

Planetside, then. Do I have any veterans in the audience? At ease, gentlemen. It might not have dredged up the subscribers Sony were hoping for, and you personally might have found it a disappointment, a bully, a bastard, or most unforgivably, a bore. The developers were perhaps overambitious, and in any case they managed to screw up both on paper and in practice. But their…

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Brave Old World: Remember Huxley?

Back in the dim and distant past, anyone who was anyone and had a (for the time) pornographic amount of RAM was playing Planetside - the MMOFPS that was surely surely the bright future of PC gaming. Actual FPS, not vague cursor aiming and damage based on your stats - it was about reflex and precision, and military tactics. Four years later, we're not playing…

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