Posts Tagged ‘PlanetSide 2’

Nominative Determinism: PlanetSide 2’s Battle Islands

I'd have called it 'Nap Island' and covered it in beds.
Like Snake Island, Pulsing Wart Peninsula, and Angry Infected Monkey Lake, I can’t help but feel that PlanetSide 2’s upcoming Battle Islands have had their fate decided for them. You know what you’re getting into when you visit Snake Island, and the same goes for the newest chunks of Auraxis. The Battle Islands have twin purposes: giving the game smaller maps that are separated from the larger continents for e-sports purposes, for events and the like, but for the live game they’ll also act as mid-point maps that link the continents together. The name that’s been given to this first lovely, foresty chunk of land: Nexus. Want to see it in action?
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Player Power: Planetside 2’s Player Missions

The mission: come get some
Planetside 2’s missions are pretty general. They’re mostly focused around the push and pull of attack and defense at specific spots on the map. That’s fine for just getting teams to fight each other, but it doesn’t take advantage of Auraxis. All those valleys and mountains, all the connecting roads, all that space can feel unused. While there’s probably an argument to be made for letting the game generate smaller missions for people to take part in away from the larger territory control meta-game, SOE are doing it differently: soon they’ll allowing players to request support via player-generated missions, mini-alerts that will create hotspots on the map for players to drop into.
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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.

Fight!

Rezzed: Planetside 2, Watch Sessions Online


A last-minute addition to the Rezzed 2013 line-up will be my current favourite game, Planetside 2! I’m sure there will be plenty of our determined PS2 players there, and if you haven’t tried it yet, you’ll be able to sit down and have a go. We also have word that the developer sessions, which include things such as Chris Avellone mud-wrestling with Ragnar Tornquist (I can dream), will be streamed online via the Eurogamer YouTube channel. So even if you can’t make it, you can feel like you are (in some weird, solitary way) part of the party.

Speaking of parties – Rezzed attendees please note Saturday night drinks. See you there.

Come And Play Planetside 2 With Us!


Yes, that’s an order. We’re going to be doing a big old call to arms on the Miller server on the 16th. The last couple of these have been completely fantastic, with hundreds of RPS readers working together in multiple platoons to set the various continents on (purple) fire. It’s a Sunday evening this time, too, which should make things easier for many. You’ll need to be able to listen in on our Mumble voice comms to participate.

And if you are playing NC or TR, well, bring it on.

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 is a mightier enemy than any mecha tank. Also, it still costs money for some reason. SOE’s not crazy, though. It sees the writing on the wall. Soon, PS1’s subscription fee will be extinct just like all the others, and it’ll join the F2P era.

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Thanks, All Planetside 2 Soldiers!


The Call To Arms event was another huge success, with the Vanu group peaking at about 235 concurrent RPS players across five platoons. The NC Outfit was also in action, and there were dozens of other allied and opposing groups which made the evening a splendid brawl across the continent of Indar. We saw several large tank battles across open ground, and dozens of smaller, intense battles for territory. It has to be have been one of the most spectacular multiplayer events I have seen, and I enjoyed leading one of the platoons enormously.

See you all at the next one. Perhaps a Sunday night for the next one.

Tonight: Come Play Planetside 2 With Us!


Tonight on Planetside 2‘s Miller server, from 7pm UK, we will be doing laser war. Everyone is invited. You are doubly invited if you haven’t played the game before. On the Vanu faction, our heroic team of giraffe-fatigued warriors will be organising platoons for you all to play in, making an ideal introduction to the game. They’ve provided a guide to play which you can read here. That’s presented as a video, if you want to watch it as such, below. Also: action video!
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An RPS Call To Arms: Planetside 2, Thursday 9th


The last RPS Call To Arms event was a thing of legend, with hundreds of readers teaming up for colossal conflict on the Miller server. We’re doing it again this Thursday. Organisation will once again be done via our forum, and via the RPS Mumble server. You should not miss out on this, it will be memorable.

Planetside 2 is free-to-play.

Thanks, Purple Planetside People!


Thanks to everyone who showed up to play in our Call To Arms last night, and particular thanks to PC Gamer and the other TR and NC Outfits who showed up to batter us with tanks and rockets. It was a resounding success, with hundreds of RPS readers working together in multiple platoons. I had a great time running one of the squads, and I’d like to say thanks to reader CMaster for attempting to co-ordinate such an enormous number of players. I think the twelve-galaxy hot-drop might have been the highlight for me. Amazing scenes, and we’ll be doing that again soon. If you want to catch up with the folks you played with, or want to get involved on our PS2 community, head over to the forum.

It’s War, Again! Planetside 2 Call To Arms For RPS


You’re not doing anything on Thursday (11th) evening, EU-time, right? I didn’t think so. And that’s convenient because everyone is going to be playing (my currently favoured timesink) Planetside 2 – which is free, by the way – as part of an official RPS call-to-arms. The main event will be from 7pm UK on the Miller server.

Also, it looks like PC Gamer threw down the gauntlet. We can’t have that, eh?

More information soon.

A Call To Arms: Planetside 2 Tomorrow Night


Right! Tomorrow night: Planetside 2, EU server “Miller”. Everyone get your fighting trousers on, and get in there. The game is free to play, so you have no excuses. It’s Strategic Thursday for Vanu, which means getting on Mumble, getting in the outfit, and working together to explode things. It’s the most fun I’ve had all year. And I have a lot of fun. Too much, perhaps. Also you don’t have to go purple, because there’s even an NC outfit, which is welcoming new freedom fighters every day.

People of North America: perhaps you can organise a similar gathering in your own timezone?

Members of outfits that are not RPS: bring it. SPREAD THE WORD.

Cloaking Quads: Planetside 2’s Sexy March Update

Pretty. What's that smell?
Brave soldiers of Vanu, I bring you news of the war. This is classified, so don’t let it slip into enemy hands. First off, manicures are now manditory. You are mean and nasty, but that’s no excuse for the level of nail-care I’ve been seeing. Buff, people. We are Vanu. We have standards. Secondly, there are new quadbikes and rocket launchers on the way for all of the Planetside 2 sides, but if we don’t tell the others they might not realise. All hail Vanu.
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Panicked Sigh: Planetside 2’s Been Hacked, Sorta

This is actually Planetside 1, but don't tell anyone.

As surely as night follows day, as surely as “meh, not a game” comments follow enthusiastic posts about Proteus or Dear Esther, most every big online game will at some point suffer a scary hack. Latest to fall prey to Internet Badmen is SOE’s Planetside 2, or at least the ProSiebienSat EU-run aspect of it. The outsourced operators reckon their encrpytion tech means player details are likely safe, but someone has indeed found a way to access “one of our systems” so players are advised to do the password-changing fandango.
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Let’s Share Some RPS Community Video Antics


There are quite a few communities bustling away in the General Sociability forum, and some of those have produced of videos of their antics. I’ve embedded just a few of those below. There are many more, and I am sure others still I haven’t seen.

Are you doing video stuff with the RPS community? Link your work/play in the comments!
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Six Things I’d Like To See In Planetside 2


I’ve made a list! The items herein are probably not all entirely likely or reasonable, but neither am I. These are just the things I think would make the game 5000% more like the ultimate space manshoot that I am searching for. I know everyone playing Planetside 2 has their own quibbles and developmental priorities, this is just my pie in the sky wish list.

Onwards!
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