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Renaissance of the MMO shooter?

Planetside 2 has been out for over 3 years now, and since then its enjoyed a great level of success, but lately some have been wondering if the game is losing steam(pun not intended) on PC? some players have been complaining about a drop or fluctuation in the number of people playing. While most agree the game isnt dying any time soon it's far from its peak numbers and this long into its life cycle, one would have to wonder how much longer the game will last?

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MysticStrummer1413d ago

I don't know how this will do on consoles. On the one hand just from playing the beta I know I'll love it and I've been telling people how awesome it is. On the other hand the game has a steep learning curve and an extremely bare bones tutorial which isn't even in the beta yet.

I'm not a fan of Call of Duty at all but I can see why it's so popular. It's very accessible to new players and doesn't require any communication or strategy to do well enough to have fun. I've always been more of a Battlefield kind of guy, and Planetside 2 makes BF look like CoD from a tactical point of view. As someone in a stream put it, Planetside 2 makes BF seem like a typical arena shooter and CoD seem like a shooter being played on a map the size of a bedroom closet. That will be overwhelming to many new console players even if they make the tutorial drastically better.

Lastly, picking between 3 factions and fighting a war is a cool concept but there is no balancing of numbers like there is in a more typical shooter. Instead of approximately half the players being "good guys" and half being "bad guys" you can have one faction significantly outnumber the others. Even if your team is being farmed you can earn good XP but it's not fun to be dominated most of the time. You can see it happening already in the beta and I'm not sure how consolers will take to that.

RealFry1412d ago (Edited 1412d ago )

Im hoping they can spice things up with more dynamic events, players have been talking about it for a long time. Let's see if their new parent company will really give them the money, manpower or whatever they need to get it done.