Personally, I think gaming heaven is a PC multiplayer shooter that supports a large number of people and consists of large sophisticated maps that provide a variety of terrains and complex establishments which allow complex game modes with objectives that have a team-based significance to them, maps where vehicles and stationary weapons and gadgets and destruction all work together to create a believable world.
Ever since I stumbled upon Battlefield 2 in mid 2008 and joined a clan that gave me the best teamplay-driven virtual combat and fun in my life, I've been trying to find a similar game that allows that mindblowing scope and teamwork to take place, and it looks like it's going to be Planetside 2.
It's a truly surreal experience to spawn at a point, push your mouse forward a bit, and gaze upon the infinite-feeling acres of land stretching in a virtual world around you. it is surreal to be standing there and to see tanks and jeeps and choppers drive or fly across the roads and skies of the map stretching before your eyes. Surreal to see real people running around that land squadding up, doing stunts in one corner or picking a fight in another, capturing a flag or blowing up enemy assets, all happening in real time as you sit there with your jaw dropped to your desk.
This is my dream, my passion. This is why I organize these gamenights and keep them alive, always looking out for new games that will provide such a surreal experience, but since my Battlefield 2 days, no other game could compare.
And then Battlefield 3 was announced. I thought that, once again, after all those years, it will happen. I thought that surreal, open-ended virtual adventure will begin again in an all new chapter, and with my Giantbomb friends by my side, no less. I pushed for it to become a reality with all my heart. And hundreds of people signed up, and we rented our own max capacity server that had some of the best moments and matches this community has had together. But sadly, while the game is a lot of fun, it has proven that DICE have been brainwashed by EA and that they're making games for the publicity and money, not for the fun. They're designing virtual drugs that are intended to cause addiction, not a real BATTLEFIELD where gaming memories will be created and forever remembered.
They're designing games that are meant to expire after 6 months, not live on for years to come. All the DLC in the world won't get the sour taste of Battlefield 3's cheap disgraceful map and weapon design from my mouth.
And just when I was losing the last drop of hope in that broken clusterF of a game, Planetside 2 came along riding on a white horse in the night, and promised me what I had thought was an experience stuck in the past, never to be experienced again in a new title.
But being the realistic gamer that I am, I can't help but keep thinking that it'll probably be severely flawed (technically), one way or another. The shooting might feel like total shit. The world and its objectives or quests might get boring really quick. They might try to imitate Battlefield 3 and lose all kinds of purpose in the process. The lag and latency of the fact that its an MMOFPS might make it unplayable. Etc...
But a man can dream. And my dream is that Planetside 2, being in Alpha testing now and going into Beta testing and having all the attention and support and hard work of its developer, is going to suffer from issues but come out on top, victorious and kicking ass sideways.
And so, in the case of this game actually turning out to be a solid, balanced and polished MMOFPS that won't come out as a broken wreck of game code trash, I'd like to announce that I will be dropping the Battlefield 3 server and will endorse Planetside 2 and push very hard for it to become the go-to online shooter for the PC community of Giant Bomb.
I will leave you with Total Biscuit who will show you just a taste of Planetside 2's groundbreaking brilliance.
Dynamic real-time weather and time change allow servers to switch from daytime to nighttime while the server's running. This video shows how REAL and dark the night time is in Planetside 2.
Just imagine what you're seeing being polished into a Golden build and played by hundreds of people in the masses of land in front of you. Just. Amazing.