Planetside 2

Game review by
Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media
Planetside 2 Game Poster Image
Competitive multiplayer battle tests player skill, patience.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 8 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Factional, ongoing warfare for resources; no positive messages.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Players join one of three factions, none of which really has any kind of moral high ground. Player characters not seen as good or evil as they kill enemies, conquer enemy structures, defend their factions' holdings.

Ease of Play

Bad tutorial clumsily conveys the basics. Movement, weapon controls simple enough, but only way to learn how to fight in a team is to jump into action. 

Violence

Since main point is to rack up enemy kills, violence is more or less nonstop. Fortunately, not graphic, bloody; when players are killed, they merely see their screens turn red. Enemy players "light up" when hit, fall down when killed. 

Sex
Language

Game itself has no bad language, but content of player voice chat, in-game chat window can vary. Text chat has a profanity filter. 

Consumerism

Free-to-play, but launch screen chock-full of advertisements for in-game membership, other MMOs. Membership costs from $9.99/month to $14.99/month, gives players in-game currency to buy weapons, armor, in-game marketplace discounts.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Planetside 2 is a downloadable sci-fi war game where players spend all their time shooting one another. Though violence is constant and one of the main points is to rack up kills, it's not graphic; players simply fall down when killed. On top of this, players are in constant contact with other players via text chat, which has a profanity filter but can't be turned off. Voice communication is completely unmoderated, potentially exposing kids to inappropriate content. Planetside 2 also exposes players to loads of ads for memberships and in-game purchases, as well as those for other MMOs. Signing up for one tier of membership provides in-game currency that can be used to purchase new weapons and armor.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byBob Deckland December 11, 2015

Amazing Game

Great Game. My 11 year old son loves to play this game with his friends, apparently it's quite "boring" playing solo. I've watched him play,... Continue reading
Adult Written bySharon Elliot August 1, 2015

Nice little Free Game for Teenagers

I think planetside 2 is suitable for ages 13 and above. It is an online 'shooter' game but saying that there is no blood and little violence compared... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written bytDavis759 December 31, 2015

Great MMOFPS.

I love this game and have been playing for nearly as long as it came out. It's a sci fi shooter where you can have battles with up to three factions and ov... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old July 10, 2016

Don't bother

Really happy to finally get the game. Spends few hours downloading. Great now I can play! oh now I have to make an account, OK takes me few minutes no 20 minute... Continue reading

What's it about?

PLANETSIDE 2 is a futuristic game about humanity's search for (and discovery of) an alien planet. A power struggle arises after the discovery of ancient alien technology that splits the once-unified population into three factions and starts a seemingly endless planetary war. Players can select from one of six classes, each with its own special abilities, weapon loadouts, and skills. It also claims the ability to host thousands of players fighting for a faction at the same time.

Is it any good?

Planetside 2 is a competitive first-person team shooter on a massive scale. Initially, it makes a poor first impression with its awful tutorial -- it presents a series of overlapping voice-overs, poorly triggered objectives, and annoying on-screen messages most players will want to speed through. Fortunately, the game makes up for that horrible experience once you dive into the real meat of the play experience, which is choosing among three factions and six combat classes before hitting the "Instant Action" button to join the battle. Instant Action tosses you into the heart of the fight on one of several huge and detailed maps. These are packed with interesting geographic details and strategic opportunities, not to mention guys who want to kill you.

You'll find early on that success in Planetside 2 means constant movement. The best players are able to make snap judgments on the fly, all while shooting, running, climbing, and driving. They'll also be adept at using the game's various vehicles. That means you'll need to invest a significant amount of time to master all these abilities if you want to be good in battle. Whatever your skill level, you'll earn experience and can level up by achieving objectives and racking up kills; higher-ranked players also earn the privilege to use additional items and upgrades. All in all, Planetside 2 is a standout multiplayer shooter. Ignoring the subpar tutorial, the game represents action on a tremendous scale that's literally nonstop. Anyone who's ever wanted to test her mettle against an army of enemies or find out what planet-wide battle might be like really has to give it a try.  

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about living in outer space. Would you want to live on another planet? 

  • Discuss the idea of discovering alien life. If humans found a populated alien planet, what do you think would happen? 

  • Think about the reasons for war. Why don't people just talk things out? 

Game details

Themes & Topics

Browse titles with similar subject matter.

For kids who love multiplayer games

Our editors recommend

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality and learning potential.

Learn how we rate