Planetside 2 Review

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Posted: 8 months ago, last updated 10 days ago.

Author: Andy Robertson.


PlanetSide 2 is a free online game you play with 1000s of other players online. Set in a sci-fi universe players join factions and then fight together to win territories. These massive battles feature typical first person shooter elements such as sprinting, iron sights, and regenerating shields. As you kill enemies, heal allies and capture bases they earn experience to enhance character abilities.

You jump into one of the ongoing battles on a server and contribute to the war from one side or the other. On console this experience is a bit haphazzard as players aren’t as organised. On PC, there is a strong community that co-ordinates attacks with hundreds of players and employs detailed strategy to take over territory on the map.

It’s unlike other shooting games as you play this role in an ongoing war with thousands of other players. This takes both the exhileration of playing and the actual combat in a different direction. The complexity and scope of the game does make it a bit overwhelming at first, but given time the tactics and strategy starts to make more sense.


Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 20/11/2012, updated in 2019

Platforms: PC and PlayStation 4.

Genres: Action, Open World and Shooting.



Duration: It takes between 5 minutes and half an hour to play a round of this game. How long you last until you die depends on where you spawn into the game, and how your side is doing in the war.
Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 2000 players online. One player on your system enters online battles that can involve thousands of other players.


This game is free to play. Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. This includes a regular subscription fee (known as a 'battle/season pass') to unlock access to reward items and other aspects of the game.

In-game purchases for upgrades and guns. Or you can purchase the "Essentials" pack for weapons and camos. You can also purchase Membership Passes for up to 12 months to get +50% XP and resources, 500 Battle Cash per month.

Although you PlanetSide 2 does not require PlayStation Plus to play, all PlayStation Plus members receive a special discount on the versatile Nanite Systems Starter Bundle through the PlayStation store.

You don’t need a paid subscription to play this game online.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

PEGI 16+ with frequent moderate violence. The examiners report expands this rating with the following: Realistic looking violence towards human characters. Characters react to being shot with guns as you would expect in real life and die realistically. The game features online playing capability which may involve real-time interaction with other players

This game has been rated ESRB TEEN.

Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.


There is a shooting range and tutorials.


How you can adjust the challenge of play, and assistance the game offers when you fail or get stuck.

Competitive Difficulty: Difficulty not adjustable, because you compete against other players.


Practice Area: You can practice freely without opponents or time pressures.

Tutorials: There are helpful tutorials, instructions and tips.


How much reading or listening comprehension is required, and how accessible this is.

Moderate Reading: Moderate reading required.

Some spoken content has subtitles: Some spoken content has subtitles.

Some Dialogue is Voiced: Some of the game dialogue and narrative is voice acted.


How you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.

Multiple Buttons & Two Sticks: Can play with multiple buttons and two sticks.

Mouse And Keyboard

Mouse and Keys: Can play with mouse and multiple keys.

Mouse and Controller: Can play with mouse and controller simultaneously.

Remap Controls

You can customise the controls for the game as follows:

Remap Buttons: Re-map all buttons/keys.

Remap Mouse and Keyboard: Remap mouse and keyboard.

Remap One Action to Multiple Buttons: Map multiple buttons to a single action.

Holding Down Buttons Optional: Holding down buttons not required or can be turned off or switched to toggling the action on and off.

Rapid Pressing Optional: Quick, repeated button pressing not required or can be skipped or disabled.

Adjust Mouse/Stick Sensitivity: Adjust how sensitive mouse/stick controls are.


How you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game.

Audio Cues for Visual Events: Audio is provided to indicate visual events.


How you can adjust the audio of the game and whether audio cues compensate for aspects of the game that are hard to see.

Adjustable Audio

Balance Audio Levels: Set music and game sound effects separately.

Customise Audio Levels: Control volume levels of specific events and elements in the game.

Visual Cues for Audio Events: Text or other visual indicators of audio events.

Play Without Hearing: No audio cues are necessary to play the game well


How you can communicate with other players in the game and what options are available to customise and control this interaction.

Player-to-Player Communication

Preset Chat: Communicate with other players with word-less icons, sounds or preset phrases.

Text Chat: Chat to other players by typing text.

Voice Chat: Chat to other players by speaking with headset.

Filtered Chat: Option to filter out profanity and/or sharing of personal information from online chat.

Ping Communication: Send quick preset messages to teammates as safer alternative to open communication.

System Settings

Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping)... read more about system accessibility settings.

Supported by PlayabilityInitiative and accessibility contributors: Andy Robertson and @ThatPhageGuy


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