If you find being brand new to the PlanetSide 2 beta a little daunting, fear not! We've got a guide to help you find your feet as a new recruit.
Planetside 2 Beta is in full swing, and with all the new players, we
thought you guys might find a Planetside 2 new players guide
helpful. Besides this article, you might also look at my Beta
where I go into several of the systems new to
Planetside 2 and you’ll find some additional tips not covered here.
Let's assume you've scored a PlanetSide 2 beta key (if not, sign up at
the official site
downloaded the client, patched, and you're ready to go. The next thing
to do is launch the game and create a character. At the character
creation screen you'll be choosing between three factions. Your faction
makes a difference in how your character maneuvers in battle, so choose
Conglomerate – Slower, but harder-hitting weapons and more
Sovereignty – Energy-based weapons with damage fall-off
over range, and more maneuverable hover-tanks.
Rebublic – Rapid-firing weapons and lightly-armored, but
very fast vehicles.
Choose a faction and then hit next, and this is where you’ll pick a
server. A graph to the right will let you know what the
current mix of factions on the server is. Playing on a server
where your faction is out-numbered nets you a bonus to experience, but
a server that looks unbalanced now likely won't always be. So,
while population balance is something to consider, it’s not hugely
After you choose a server, you pick your character’s sex, face, and
name. After you hit next this last time, you launch to the
loading screen, and then you’re in-game where you’ll start off in your
faction’s warp gate. Warp Gates are a subject for another
article. What you need to know for now is that this is a
protected area for your faction and flying into the gate allows you to
warp to other continents.
So you’re in the game, and you think you’re ready to fight…
Well, stand-down, soldier. You’ve got a few more things to go
over, namely, your kit and any vehicles you might want to purchase.
This is handled through convenient terminals scattered around the warp
Infantry Terminals can be found all
over in almost any facility.
First up is your infantry kit, so look around for a terminal with an
icon of a pistol over it. It’ll also have a diagram of a gun
on it, but the icons show through walls and can make finding the
terminals easier. In this case, there should be several in
the room you spawned into, so just walk up to one, and hit “E” as the
text that appears on the lower part of the screen suggests to you.
– Think James Bond as these guys pack a large assortment of toys to
include Stealth Suits (“F” to Activate), Hacking Tools, Numerous
Electronic Countermeasures and Counter-Intelligence systems, Sniper
Rifles, Pistols, and some explosives.
- Light Assault
– Jump Packs allow these guys to leap tall buildings in a single bound.
Lightly Armored and packing light assault rifles and some explosives,
they're like the FedEx of destruction--they deliver anywhere.
- Combat Medic
– Every Soldier's best friend is the medic. Packing a light assault
rifle, these guys aren’t defenseless, but it’s when they whip out their
bag of healing tricks that they really turn the tide of battle. Various
healing kits include several options like the Healing Hand Grenade of
– For when it absolutely positively must be destroyed overnight, you
call the corps of engineers to the fight. As they get upgraded through
certs, these guys pack a plethora of explosives, various mines, and
turrets for holding important choke-points or blowing things up in a
- Heavy Assault
– It’s hard to roll as one of these guys and not affect an Austrian
accent. Heavy weapons specialists, these guys carry heavy assault
rifles and various counter vehicle weapons (Anti-Air or Anti-Tank).
Perfect for Terminating at will.
– If Mac Trucks could pack heat, they’d be something like this. Heavily
armed and heavily armored, MAX suits can take every-bit of what they
can dish out, and that’s a lot. Their modular design allows them to
equip a large number of various types of weapons from general guns, to
flame-throwers, to several types of anti-vehicular weapon systems.
Select a class and make any
modifications to loadout from the Infantry Terminal. This is where
you'll load new equipment and weapons when you unlock them.
Once you’ve picked your infantry kit, the next step is to pick a
vehicle. Walk outside the building you spawned in and look for one of
two other icons, the tank icon and the aircraft icon. There are
actually a couple types of each. For the tank icon there will be some
that allow you to spawn the heavier tanks and squad transports, and
others that allow you to get personal transportation like the ATVs and
[IMAGE:PS2-VPad.jpg|CAPTION: Look closely at the picture and you’ll be
able to see Tank Terminals on the bottom with a couple Aircraft
Terminals that can be used to spawn Galaxies, and the Aircraft
Terminals up top are for the Liberator and Faction Attack Aircraft. ]
Aircraft-wise, there will be terminals where you can get the Galaxy, a
large transport aircraft that also doubles as a spawn location when on
the ground. Alternatively, there’s a terminal for your faction’s attack
aircraft (Reaver, Scythe, or Mosquito) and the Liberator gunship. There
are cases in some bases where you may find all three available from a
single terminal, which is also true of ground vehicles.
Selecting a hotspot on the map and
hitting Instant Action is another way to get to the fight.