Ahh, Planetside. The very mention of the game makes many of us go all misty-eyed and ‘rose tinted spectacles’-like.
Planetside was the first MMORPG I played and boy did I love it to death. I had the good fortune to play in the good ole days before BFRs came along and upset the game balance for months to come, as the Devs struggled to quell the whines, then over-balance the other way.
The epic battles for bridges, the ability to fly fighters, gunships, bombers and transports (or to crew them), the many different weapons and vehicles. It was absolute fun in a bottle.
The reason I mention it is that a great article looking back on PS has been written here. It similarly looks back at the fun times.
I stopped playing PS, not so much because of the BFRs, although they did change the face of the game irrepairably (IMO), but because the population was dwindling and finding a decent battle was hard. I’ve not really gone back since, but I am wondering what it’s like now. The forums don’t really give much away, apart from server merges to improve low population (there were seperate servers for Europe, East and West Coast US). I think Werner, the European server, got shafted somehow as there are a lot of moans about Werner players and the inability to transfer characters to other servers. I dunno what that’s all about though.
SOE had a great game, but lack of promotion and bungled balancing led a lot of people to leave. Shame
/ChangoMutney, BR23 CR3 NC Werner