Since Planetside 2 was released today I thought I might download it and have a look.
Honestly, not impressed.
First I had to unplug my controller simply to get the game to start. It appears that on Windows 8 if a controller is plugged in, when you launch the game it waits a couple of seconds and up pops a dialog saying Planetside2.exe stopped working.
Okay, that’s not so bad, unless you prefer the controller. After all Win8 hasn’t been out long and there are bound to be some issues between that and any new releases.
But the worst thing about this game. The UI is an absolute mess.
Every user interface element just shows ##UI.element_name. The logout is ##UI.logout. It’s like the devs couldn’t be bothered to replace the placeholders.
User interface elements were also completely unpopulated. I got a list of servers for example, but it only showed the capacity, full, medium, or low. I didn’t even get a list of server names. I just selected the first server in the list, no idea what it was called.
Creating a character was interesting since I had no idea which faction I was joining. A side note here, Planetside 2 has very limited character creation just 4 racial types, Caucasion, African, Asian, and Hispanic. One face for each. And of course 2 genders.
Then I was dropped into battle. Okay, so I knew that from other posts I’ve read, but it would be nice to have some instructions first. I tried to bring up the options menu, but it took several tried with ESC to even get something to show up. And once it did a lot of the tags meant very little and lots of data was missing.
When I did start shooting. I didn’t really know who I was shooting at. I think it was the enemy factions since they had different color indicators. I was the purple faction, so I shot at the blue ones.
I did get a lot of lag. A lot more than a low population server should have, but to be fair that might be my PC and not the game. In any case it wasn’t enjoyable. It was hard to aim with the reticle overshooting.
I only ended up playing for a little bit since it was getting late in the evening. Still, after only a few minutes in the game there’s only one conclusion. Planetside 2 is half-baked. From what I experienced the game isn’t anywhere near ready for release.
I reckon I’ll wait until they fix the issues before I go back and try again. Especially with limited time these days I need to make my gaming time count.
Just glad I didn’t have to pay for it.