Planetside Aftershock - PC

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  • Contains Planetside and Planetside: Core Combat


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Join the first ever massively multiplayer, online, action game where thousands of players wage war in futuristic battles involving infantry, ground vehicles, and air battles. Join one of 3 sides, the Vanu Sovereignty, the Terran Republic or New Conglomerate, and engage your enemies in large scale battles and tactical assaults for total control of the planetary continents of Auraxis.

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ASIN B0002WRSJ2
Release date October 11, 2004
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3.8 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars
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Product Dimensions 8 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
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By M. Jaludin on October 12, 2004
First of all I would like to note that Planetside is an MMO and most uniquely it's an MMOFPS [Massively Multiplayer Online First Person Shooter] and the only one of it's genre out there. As with every MMO there are people that want to win all the time and aren't happy, here is the review of a balanced un-biased player.

I have played this game since beta and it truly is totally unique. There is nothing quite like being flown towards an enemy base in your squad's galaxy dropship. Your vehicle sways as you get hit by enemy aircraft fire and your pilot shouts at you all to get ready to drop. You are at max altitude and you can barely make only recognise the base by the tracers and missles flying upwards towards your dropship. The pilot shouts drop and you and 11 of your fellow soldiers drop in silent yet ultimately atmospheric fall to the roof of the base where you will battle your way through hordes of other players trying to defend their base. This is just one experience of many that is unique to Planetside.

Planetside aftershock is a great expansion that includes the Battle Frame Robots, Planetside's newest toy [The developers constantly work on patching and updating the game]. These vehicles look amazing and certainly give even more atmosphere when you and your soldiers are faced by one of these terrifying behemoths.

I advise that anyone reading this heads to [...] to read more about Planetside / Aftershock to see how read more about how great a game this is.
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When Planetside first came out, as one reviewer pointed out, you could have 200 players a side. Most of the time the battles involved just two factions at a time. You rarely had to worry about three way battles, which can be a nightmare. At any one time you could have three or four population locked continental battles, 24 hours a day. These massive battles are the greatest thing I have ever experienced in online gaming. What also made the massive battles popular is you didn't have to be a good player. Frankly, even poor players could compete and contribute in massive battles, because your weaknesses would likely not come in to play or be exposed.

Then came the nerfs(making weapons weaker) to grunt weaponry, especially against vehicles. I like to play the grunt, almost exclusively. Even after reaching BR20(BR stands for Battle Rank), which at the time was the highest battle rank possible, I did not certify in any ground or air units, I used all my certification points on grunt things. I know from talking to many people, they felt the same way. The majority of players wanted to just play the grunt. And we wanted to play the grunt outside, not just in the bases or towers.

After the nerfs, vehicles started to slowly dominate the game, to the point now that grunts are outnumbered 5 to 1 or worse, sometimes much worse. I know there are many players that like to play the air or ground vehicles, but they were the minority. As the vehicles started to dominate, the player base started to drop. The massive battles started to disappear. The average players, myself included, started to have their weaknesses exposed and felt helpless.

These massive battles were the only reason I bought Planetside.
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I have been playing Planetside off and on for about a year and a half. You can solo or group in a squad/platoon or outfit. The game is easy to play. You can get on, play 15 minutes or an hour or more and simply quit when you want. No worries where you are at or silly quests that take forever. Core Combat is a great expansion with the caverns and alien technology. It's a game I have always come back to. I have played quite a few MMO's. EQ, DAOC, COH, Earth and Beyond, SWG, AC2 to name a few.. This one is a keeper.
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Planetside, the worlds first and only MMOFPA(S)... It owns

The largest battles see up to 200v200v200 wars on one zone, of which there are 10 :D. The most popular server at peak time see's up to 2000 people online and fighting... 2000 freaking people! This game holds the record for the largest number of players in a MMOFPS. There are 3 Empires to choose from, The New Conglomerate, The Terran Republic and The Vanu Sovereignty!

Seriously this game will blow your mind, its just immense!

The Developers have just added Mechs or BattleFrame Robots (BFR's) to the game... And I am sure this will make this game even better :@

5/5 !
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I misss this game alot, i really do. I played it since beta in 2003 and for two years. The level of interaction you get surpasses every game i have played to date,and that includes recent games, such as bf2, and mmo's like Auto Assault (another excellent MMO).

BUT, (and there had to be a huge but!)

You play a fantasy/ futuristic mmo, to escape. They put adverts in, you wanted to be a grunt (infantry unit), they but BFR's in (big f... robots), you wanted the game to be developed (its an mmo, its what you pay for).

instead you have the same bases you did nearly three years ago, you have many bugs you had nearly three years ago.

this all sounds so bad, and it is, its such a shame that SOE really have dealt this game a deaths blow by putting office politics into the forums (try getting a reply from a dev on an idea/ current status of the game), pulling the art team,and reducing it to a skeleton staff.

many things are promised in Planetside and never delivered. BFR's were not what really ruined the game, they were just rushed to the table, to stem the steady flow of players leaving. instead they aided it.

Planetside is still in limbo, and it will be until it closes when later this year three main competitors release (huxley, Auto Assault (now online), and SOE's new "answer").

Try planetside for free, you get engrossed, infact it kept me hooked for two years! Its a little hard to pick up to start with, and you do need a decent spec system to run it. The graphics are not that great, but the gameplay in a zerg, or in small teams can be great.

try doing a full gal drop on a base, just ahead of the zerg to really make a difference. The game is amazing, its just a shame SOE are so good at killing it.
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