Some free-to-play games are more polarizing than others, with some sides taking the stance of “great, totally non-exploitative implementation” and others thinking “total pay-to-win trash.” We’d like to see on what side of the spectrum the gaming public — and by that, we mean you guys — think of certain F2P games, and so we’ve invented something new called Love It Or Hate It?

Every week, we’ll present a new F2P game and give you the option of passing judgment on it. Then we’ll look back at it the next week and see what people thought. There are no prizes, except for the satisfaction of knowing you clicked on a button and made something happen. Really, what else do you need?

Last week’s game was Marvel Heroes, which seemed appropriate given the new Avengers movie in theaters. While it didn’t get quite the same turnout as Age of Ultron, critics were generally pleased with Marvel Heroes, giving it a 43% positive rating versus a mere 16% negative. Time to make six more sequels…

In that same spirit — OK, not really, I’m just looking for a clever segue — this week’s game is PlanetSide 2, dedicated to all the mindless action blockbusters sure to pop up over this summer!

Pros: Open-world FPS action, inclusive style of gameplay, great graphics
Cons: Performance and balance issues, can still find bugs and hackers

Tell us what you think of PlanetSide 2, and leave a comment below to expound upon your views!

Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.


  1. In terms of pay to win I dont really think so. Alot of business models now adays kinda go off the time it would take you to farm said item thats in the cash shop without actually using the cash shop. This games progression can feel a bit sluggish with unlocks but on the other hand its not insanely terrible. Still think its a great game even tho its not really my style of shooter.

  2. I often use Planetside2 as a reference to a good cash shop. Some people will never understand that f2p is a business model and needs to make money, but some games are way too greedy, PS2 is one of the better ones.

    • Yeah no. This is an example of a Good cash shop gone wrong. Though you can earn everything for free… this cash shop is completely fucking wrong. The unlocks are way to expensive. 7$ per gun, per class, per character? Yeah, your idea of a good cash shop is ignorant.
      A great cash shop is one in Path of Exile (all cosmetic).
      LaTale: Tradeable, cosmetic, very few items give an advantage (slight, and tradeable)
      Warframe: Similar but most use it to speed up construction, I can wait days offline while it builds thats not a problem.
      This shop is way to fucking expensive, even if you are a sub. The time you need to put into the game to earn the gear is not in a good balance is all. The weapons/gear/etc should be far less expensive. I mean your gun cost 7$+any other unlocks+ a skin=nearly 15$ per gun?

      • i have to correct one thing about you, but first, let me say that i agree with you about the greatness of PoE and warframe’s cash shop, they’re great.
        but if you are comparing the price between Warframe’s prices with PS2’s prices, they’re not that different(yes, one warframe wep can get up to 150-200 plats(15$-20$) but they gave plat discounts a lot, so i had to reconsider this), and about 7$ pergun, per class, per weapon, i have to tell you that you’re wrong, gun bought using SC are available for one whole account, and say that you’re buying a carbine(with any currency), or even a gun, every class that could use the said weapon will be able to use the bought gun, i am not lying, i’ve bought one handgun for 1000 certs and every class could use it, because every class could use a handgun, the only stuffs usable only for one characters are class specific weapons(heavy’s gatlings, snipers, assault rifles, and MAX’s weps) and c4s(yes, it does suck that we have to buy c4 per class)

        • the difference is that in Warframe, you can get anything for FREE. Yes, free. There is something called the player trading where you farm for parts and sell them. You can easily earn 100plats per day if you’re hardcore.

      • I’d have to agree with you, at least you make a good point, but you do not need to insult people to get it across.

  3. The word “Pay 2 win” doesn’t exactly fit on Planetside 2, because, Planetside2 is almost the same as Warframe, the only thing you can’t get without using irl cash are cosmetics.
    yes, yes, it does require time to buy your most wanted 1000 cert weapons, but it’s not impossible to get it without using cash.
    i’m not a hardcore player, i would usually play between 1,5-2 hours a day, and that is just enough time for me to get me 100 certs or even more.
    and there are quite a lot of way to have fun in planetside2, i’ve always shifted my way of playing the game to avoid getting bored,
    want to be a ninja with a permanent invisibility? why not?
    want to be a douche sniping people in the head while they are trying to change loadout and trying to spawn a vehicle? of course why not?
    want to be a mischievous fairy that drops bricks of death? it’s possible
    want to ram on people and maxes with an invisible flash? it’s fun and rewarding, do it.
    want to camp in one place and pawning vehicles and people with your camera guided rocket launcher? it’s fun, why not?
    want to try to ram a tank with a big ass galaxy? it works.
    want to spam grenade on those spawn campers from inside of your spawn? i did that and it got me 20 kills.
    want to try being a robot with a gatling on each hand? TRs love them.
    what about dual shotguns? go with NC.
    and yes, there are cons in the game, the game lags heavily on mid tier rigs, and even the low settings are just not…. low enough, if possible, i would like an ULTRA SUPER LOW SETTING, i don’t mind playing the game with a graphic equal to a game from more or less 10 years ago, i just want to get a constant 60 fps, no, even 40 is okay too, and if possible, i want ragdolls to be back.
    the support aren’t that bad, they helped with my problems 2 times, where the first would be a lost account, and the 2nd would be about market problems.
    i’ve played the game for quite a time, and when i’ve reached more or less BR40, i just decided to spend 20-25$ on the game, it just felt bad to not contribute to the game when i’ve come this far, and i used those SC i got to buy camos, and a horn, and sometimes they gave discount to weapons.
    i am now a BR60 TR player with a green camo, and finally having more kills than deaths on my K/D Ratio.


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