Planetside 2 Catch-All

They announced that Player Studio is now available for Planetside 2.

Gawd I have way too much on my plate but man would I love to some armor, vehicles, guns for this.

What's Player Studio? And does everybody love the new Esamir? I do (except for still only having one tech plant).

Like the workshop for TF2, getting player made content into the game, or at least a step in that direction.

I like what I've seen of Esamir so far. I like the old Esamir too, but it's certainly got more interesting, and some bases were just plain boring (the pit). The lattice will help a lot too, the bottom quarter was just a ghost town a lot of the time before.

Meet Hossin:
IMAGE(http://i.imgur.com/JzACbRw.jpg)

Hi Hossin!

Here is the official Hossin trailer:

Played on Hossin on the test server (also my two other freaking test server characters got deleted!).
It's even harder to get around on foot than Amerish.
The part there with the harasser's are partially in water, that's..not in yet I think.
The base design seems very interesting, for this one place I heard people talking about, apparently it's got energy bridges. That place also had a huge room for the vehicle generator, should be good for great indoor fights.
My favorite part is the trees though. They're f*cking huge. Flying will be fun, very fun (because you'll be flying under them).
The trees are from Endor, everything else is from Dagobah.
Beware the holes, and I do not mean places in the terrain where you fall forever, there is at least one place that's just a hole in the ground from which you can't get out.

THe performance update for this is crazy. Such a massive improvement across the board.

Still enjoying playing this one quite a lot. Fun to boot it up and tool around for a while.

Recently subscribed to this again myself, so I should be in a bit more often as well. I forgot how good looking this game was!

I play it almost every night before bed. Joining an active outfit improves the game to a degree that's hard to describe. I was lucky to find one on Matterson VS that's large enough to almost always have at least one platoon going, but casual enough to not have many requirements.

So how have things been going? I stopped playing back in October when my membership ran out and I've been waiting for the performance patch to come out.

Tamren wrote:

So how have things been going? I stopped playing back in October when my membership ran out and I've been waiting for the performance patch to come out.

They changed the health and shield bars. I'm not sure I like it.
I haven't noticed the performance increase, but my current rig never had a problem, so not much to notice.
Scratch that, I do notice it, the game is so much prettier now and the fps stays rock solid at 60 fps.
edit: the patch also redoes your settings to fit your performance level, so more eye candy is probably turned on for me, so that's probably why it's prettier

I just played it Sunday for the first time in a month (so maybe it's prettier caused I missed it?).
I still love it, but I'm playing all six classes of Dragon's Crown to completion and that sh*t takes time. 132 hours for DC, 546 hours for PS2.
(Also many hours for DC were with the game on but not actually playing it)

The health bar thing was in one of the videos they did. Apparently the old one was made up of like... 40 individual sprites, and the game had to draw all of these. They simplified it so that things would perform .001% better or whatever, but clearly everything adds up.

Haven't played in six months. I'm dying with better frame rates.

Spawn, die. Spawn, die. Spawn, walk a bit, die. Spawn, heal some guys, die. Spawn, die.

Yep, just like old times!

Archangel wrote:

Haven't played in six months. I'm dying with better frame rates.

Spawn, die. Spawn, die. Spawn, walk a bit, die. Spawn, heal some guys, die. Spawn, die.

Yep, just like old times!

That's sort of the point I'm at. It's fun, but far less so without the Goodjer squads we used to field.

Xeknos wrote:
Archangel wrote:

Haven't played in six months. I'm dying with better frame rates.

Spawn, die. Spawn, die. Spawn, walk a bit, die. Spawn, heal some guys, die. Spawn, die.

Yep, just like old times!

That's sort of the point I'm at. It's fun, but far less so without the Goodjer squads we used to field.

If your Vanu on Matherson look for platoons with the [DaPP] tag. It's the outfit I joined and so far they seem to be a great group.

As to the spawn, die, spawn, die cycle... ya that happens =P. But sometimes, rarely, you will have a run where your an unstoppable force of nature, and that makes it all worth it. Don't ask me how but I managed a twenty kill streak the other day, including three tanks and an aircraft hit with a dumbfire rocket. Best gaming moment in a long time.

Archangel wrote:

Spawn, die. Spawn, die. Spawn, walk a bit, die. Spawn, heal some guys, die. Spawn, die.

You're spawning at the wrong spot. Also, vehicles, they're super fun.
It's best never to think of it in terms of a regular team death match (unless you're just a digital fps god, but in that case you wouldn't have the problem of dying so much).

Also, I was wrong, I'm at 180 hours of Dragon's Crown.

Two steps to enjoy a random infantry situation in PS2:
1) Figure out the best objective, in terms of what you like and martial efficiency, do I kill that tank? guard that point? attack this point? defend the sundy? Flank? Defend a chokepoint? Whip out some AA? Maneuver yourself to a better firing position?
2) Achieve your objective. No matter how many lives it takes. edit: unless it simply becomes impossible, in which case you f*cked up step one, redo it.

The first thing I do after logging on is spawn a fighter and try to blow up a tank by hitting the backside with a full volley of rockets. Then I spawn a tank. I only fight infantry when and where it's fun, unless I get blowed up a lot, obviously.

If you're being zergged, forget about taking the point, focus on taking out the metal bastards that brought the crowd to the party. Of course some people enjoy farming xp.
It takes two C4 to kill a tank and let's say you only have one. Your options? Either make two trips or get a comrade. (Two trips is harder, they have time to repair)

I've been subscribed since launch. It's the only game I pay a monthly fee to and I probably shouldn't. I took quite a lot of time off, but this past month has found me running solo more often than not. I have to get the old outfit together (read as: We have to get the old band together) because the FPS improvement is really amazing. I went from heavy single-digit chop to a much more fluid experience.

While I'm a Connery-NC fellow, I still use my Briggs-TR and Waterson-VS characters now and then. I'd love to know some handles so I can add some of you as friends. I didn't play enough to stay in the Waterson outfit that I was in at the start (with some of you GwJ folks). I'm just not regular enough to run with the serious crews, I guess.

I wouldn't mind playing this more often as well. I took a long break and found that I'm no longer in the Outfit, but that's ok, I'd just as soon have a bunch of people on my friends list and play with whatever Goodjers are on. Anyone want to play?

There's a spreadsheet linked in the OP. Not sure how many folks are still active; I know I haven't played in a couple months:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/...

Public Service Announcement: docbadwrench is one of the nicest, most helpful guys to have on your team in any game involving murdering thousands of brightly-colored fellow soldiers.

You are way too kind. I try to be helpful. Just keep me the hell out of an aircraft cockpit and no friendlies have to die.

Also, I now know why I don't see most of you in-game. Aside from Archangel, there are no other NC GwJ'ers on Connery. You're all on Waterson. I'm going to print that list out and start adding friends on to my Vanu character.

docbadwrench wrote:

You are way too kind. I try to be helpful. Just keep me the hell out of an aircraft cockpit and no friendlies have to die.

Yep, being useful is the way to win. Hehehe, I remember one time I accidentally killed a teammate while in a scythe. My favorite way to kill a tank is to launch rockets into it's backside. I was on a milk run and lo and behold, a teammate was simultaneously performing my second favorite way to kill a tank: drop jetpacking out of a tree and planting C4. I can't remember if I detonated the C4 or if just the tank explosion killed him or both, but I killed the tank. I apologized afterward, luckily he sent me a frowny face so I think it was a simple "/r".

Also, I now know why I don't see most of you in-game. Aside from Archangel, there are no other NC GwJ'ers on Connery. You're all on Waterson. I'm going to print that list out and start adding friends on to my Vanu character.

You heathens choose greedy corporate pigs over enlightened Vanu!
(I run all three factions )

I would put all three of my characters in the spreadsheet except for the fact that I don't want to do that.

I'll roll up a new NC character on Connery then, I think.

EDIT: All set. You'll find me running around as XeknosII. It said Xeknos was taken, so I guess it doesn't allow duplicate names, even on different servers?

Dropping C4 on fliers is so special. I have done it (successfully) once and that was only because we all got dumped out of a Gal by the pilot - on top of a Reaver. It was total luck.

Yeah, all names are unique across the whole server-spectrum. I think they were concerned about server-merges creating a mess - which they did during the original Planetside. Johari server got axed and we all got our names appended with -J if there was a person already with that name on the server it got merged to.

I'll look you up, Xek! I should probably put all my characters into that spreadsheet...

Huge change log with new PU02 update (PU = Performance Update)
(Don't have a heart attack when they say they're reducing some things by 66%, they really mean to 66%)
https://forums.station.sony.com/ps2/...
Also, the patch introduced a server crash, but I've been playing without problems so far, YMMV.

Looks neat, what days are the daily sales going to be running for?

Just posting to lament, the game is fine, don't worry, but my ability to predict outcomes for battles and individual actions has turned it into a slog.
I'll probably come back in a few weeks when I'm bored.
Though I think the real thing that would help is playing in an organized fashion - and I do not mean a zerg platoon, it really sucks knowing what would help win and being absolutely unable to direct people to do such a thing.
Something like a Red platoon in VDRS

Had such fun today!
What can I say, I felt like driving a tank.
Killed a skyguard with my skyguard.
Killed a sundy with my skyguard.
Made a hover dogfight reaver run into the ground, cockpit first. I so wish they'd change the hovering mechanics, which is ironic cause it'd totally make sense in a space combat game and I love those.

Two lightnings having a duel with our max and maybe some heavies, bombarding our sundy's covered garage.
I ran alongside the hill on the side of the road, turned, saw the second lightning was further back, kept running, got behind him, planted C4 and kaboom!
His friend seemed to note the lack of sustaining firepower or he heard the explosion, but I ran up to him and he started to turn the turret in my direction and back up, but I let slip my C4!
I wasn't sure if it stuck, but I jetpacked to be harder to hit and avoid the explosion and it worked! Pop goes the lighting!

NS-7 PDW, possibly the best weapon in the game. You can use it for almost anything. You can practically hipfire bursts at mid.

At any rate, if you use station cash, it can be used across all characters and it can be used by all classes 'cept Max of course, so it's a good deal.