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Planetside 2 Getting Retail Edition

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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MMOFPS, Planetside 2, Sony Online Entertainment

Planetside 2 Getting Retail Edition

Bear with me, because I'm not entirely sure how to explain this. Here goes: Planetside 2, the superb free-to-play MMOFPS that's currently one of the most intense shooters out there, will soon be available to buy in shops. Even though it's freely downloadable, for nothing, and you'll need to have a decent internet connection to play it.

At least you'll get a few bonuses, one of which might actually make it worth buying for existing players.

£7.99 will net you the client and its latest updates, along with the following extras:

  • 24 Carat Power Pack: Exclusive to the retail version: Golden SMGs for each of the three empires; Vanu Sovereignty Eridani SX5-G: The Eridani SX5 fully automatic submachine gun excels in close quarter combat situations; New Conglomerate AF-4 Cyclone-G: The AF-4 Cyclone is a fully automatic submachine gun that has a higher damage output than most weapons in its class; Terran Republic SMG-46 Armistice-G: The SMG-46 Armistice fully automatic submachine gun features a fast rate of fire and larger than average ammunition capacity.
  • A 7-day +50% XP boost: increases experience gain by 50% for 7 days on your character.
  • 1000 SevenCash / Station Cash (worth £7.99), redeemable through PlanetSide 2 accounts from ProSiebenSat.1 Games and Sony Online Entertainment.
  • Battle Buddy: This 3-day +50% XP boost code can be given to a buddy or squad mate to increase experience gain by 50% for 3 days on their character.

The bundled SevenCash might make this a reasonable purchase for Planetside 2 players, though many will probably hold out for sales or promotions. More to the point, you really don't have to spend anything.

I recently nominated Planetside 2 as one of the best F2P games out there, since it has provided my most memorable gaming moments of the year thus far. Well worth checking out if you like the idea of thousands of players duking it out with multiple classes, vehicles and aircraft.

Add a comment13 comments
schnumpi  Jul. 26, 2013 at 23:46

at least, it'a going down on starting "retail". What a shame .. :-/

jakeyism  Jul. 27, 2013 at 02:14

This game is failing, bleeding players left and right. It is not worth it.

Herplestein  Jul. 27, 2013 at 02:36

at least, it'a going down on starting "retail". What a shame .. :-/


Eh? It's simply just a cheap starter pack is all. Would you prefer Pay 2 Win? Frankly, it's an excellent deal.

pagbol  Jul. 29, 2013 at 02:14

Try it for free and if you like it buy the starter pack, its a very good deal indeed if you decide you like the game.

Its a unique mix of MMO and FPS played on massive continent size bases. Battles with over 100 people or more per side are not at all uncommon.

Tsung  Jul. 29, 2013 at 10:48

I think the biggest problem with the game is there is no coherent introduction. Being thrown into massive battles without much of a clue of what is going on, what to do, or why; makes for an extreme learning curve.

I think the game could benefit from more new player friendly levels. Maybe some off world planet battles (or training) with less players, infantry only areas. Get people into the game, so they have an understand of what is going on before ramp-ing it up to the max.

At the moment it's throw you in the deep and see if you sink or can be bothered to swim.

JonLester  Jul. 29, 2013 at 11:22

@Tsung: Actually, the latest updates have addressed this with new tutorials, a VR training sim and a friendlier new player experience. This was one of my biggest gripes with the game at launch, but SOE have been hard at work over these last few months.

Tsung  Jul. 29, 2013 at 12:11

Excellent News, I might download it and give it a go again. :D

JonLester  Jul. 29, 2013 at 12:25

I would. There's still a few niggling issues, such as the lack of a strong metagame, but Planetside 2 has evolved into something incredibly impressive IMO(and doubly impressive since it's free!). It doesn't just drop you feet-first into hell any more.

[FYI, if anyone finds themselves on the Miller server, let us know. Carl's healing skills are legendary, and just what you'll need when I accidentally discharge my Mini Chain Gun into your back... :S ]

EDIT: This garnered quite a few posts! If you want us to increase our Planetside 2 coverage (or look into a tiny Dealspwn outfit/squad), let us know.

Last edited by JonLester, Jul. 29, 2013 at 13:16
DivideByZero  Jul. 29, 2013 at 12:50

I have been meaning to try this... time to pull my finder out!

Tobax  Aug. 1, 2013 at 05:19

This game is failing, bleeding players left and right. It is not worth it.


Player numbers are going up actually as recent updates have done a lot of good with tonnes still to come, just around the corner is a new cont and 3 battle islands all linked up in a lattice being showed off at SOE Live this week.

As for this retail box I'd say try the game for free first, but if you like it then yes buy it because the station cash it gives you pays for itself.

RFV  Aug. 15, 2013 at 08:49

OK, but what if you're already playing on PS2 can this starter pack with the added weapon, XP boost, & XP boost for a buddy, and 1000 station cash be added to your existing character.

Last edited by RFV, Aug. 15, 2013 at 08:53
Tobax  Aug. 15, 2013 at 14:44

OK, but what if you're already playing on PS2 can this starter pack with the added weapon, XP boost, & XP boost for a buddy, and 1000 station cash be added to your existing character.


As far as we know it can be yes, the box is meant to come with a code that you enter into the "redeem a code" section in game, but if you give me a couple days for it to come in the post (releases tomorrow, 16th) then I can be 100% sure and reply to you again here.

RFV  Aug. 15, 2013 at 17:08

OK, but what if you're already playing on PS2 can this starter pack with the added weapon, XP boost, & XP boost for a buddy, and 1000 station cash be added to your existing character.


As far as we know it can be yes, the box is meant to come with a code that you enter into the "redeem a code" section in game, but if you give me a couple days for it to come in the post (releases tomorrow, 16th) then I can be 100% sure and reply to you again here.


I just got word from PlanetSide2 EU support team ... "You should be able to redeem it on existing character of your choice". But yes please let us know how it works, do you need to re-install the game using the CD, is there a time limit on giving out the "Buddy XP", etc.

Last edited by RFV, Aug. 15, 2013 at 17:16

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