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Play OverviewPlay Overview

PlanetSide 2 (2012) is a free online game you play with thousands 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 consoles this experience is a bit haphazard 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 exhilaration 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.

Our examiner, Jo Robertson, first checked Planetside 2 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 5 months ago.
Kids not old enough for this yet? There are lots of games similar to Planetside 2. Here are some similar younger-rated games:

Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Shooting game. You can play this by yourself or as a 2000-player online game. One player on your system enters online battles that can involve thousands of other players.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: 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.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

PEGI 16+ with frequent moderate violence. 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
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.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB TEEN for Violence.

Skill Level

14+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content.

Account Rating

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


Planetside 2

Steam Store PC Free
Steam Store PC Free
PlayStation Store PS4 -
This game is free to play, but there are other costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
  • In-Game Pass: Purchase a season/battle pass to gain access to limited in-game purchases, 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. 
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DetailsGame Details

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

Price: Free

Out Now: PC and PS4

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Players: 1 (2000 online)

Genres: Action and Shooting

Accessibility: 23 features

Components: 3D First-Person and Open World

Developer: Rogue Planet SD (@RoguePlanetSD)

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