Let me preface this with the disclosure that I have not really played much Planetside 2 lately because I finally got tired of SOE breaking the game. Primarily the fact that PS2 is catered to the COD generation and not the Planetside generation.
Sony has been on a massive (for them) PR campaign to show players how they are improving the game by reducing lag and CPU pressure on players computers. After watching the latest “Operation: Make Faster Game” episode by SOE I can safely say that there appears to be progress. That’s good news right? Not really. The ultimate problem is that the game is almost a year old and just now they decide to optimize the game. I hate to be the bearer of bad news but most players who gave up on Planetside 2 because their high-end machine wouldn’t play it well are not likely to return after its been optimized. Essentially you have one moment to make a good first impression and Sony you simply blew it. I know its better late then never but I don’t think this will earn you any new players. Now if they were to release this in conjunction with new content like….Hossin then maybe they could regain some ground after all. To be fair the optimizations need to be done, I’m not against them but they are simply to late to redeem my faith that SOE can do a good job developing a game.
They recently talked about how Dual-core and Quad-core processors have a huge difference in performance because the game was not optimized for Quad-core’s but they don’t even suggest that they will be fixing that problem. It has been my experience that the bottleneck is the CPU in most computers primarily because the game doesn’t utilize more core’s. I don’t know how feasible it would be to write in programming for more cores especially this late in the game, but it is something that should have been done from the start. In a post by SOE they tell us about the various improvements that they are working to improve to make the game more responsive. I think that the changes they talk about making sound great, but its all talk right now. Don’t get me wrong I like knowing they are fixing these issues, but honestly SOE has done some terrible work and its not easy to trust that they are doing a better job now.
I understand that SOE is producing these videos to convince players that big changes are on the way and soon everything will be oreo’s and bacon. However I am not easily convinced, these videos just show that they are attempting to diagnose the problem. They do not show them actually solving the problem or convincing me that their optimizations will be worthwhile. That is really all that needs to be said, if they cannot convince me that what they are doing is working then odds are these video’s aren’t going to convince most players. Telling me they can extinguish a fire and actually extinguishing the fire are two very different things.
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