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Author: Teala

Planetside 2 is a Hackers Paradise.

Posted by Teala Wednesday February 20 2013 at 6:06PM
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As I mentioned in my last blog regarding Planetside 2 I jumped into the game full force.   I was hoping the game would be similar to PS1 in how the game was played - as it turns out, PS2 shares one of the faults that drove me away from PS1 - cheaters.   So in a sense PS2 does have more in common with PS1 and that is the game is easily hacked.  

You would think that SOE would have learned from the previous version of the game that players will not stick around if cheaters are allowed to run rampant.   In PS2 they do run rampant.   Even if the hacker is banned, it turns out they can easily work around the ban, whether it is IP and or hardware related ban.   Why?  Because PS2 is free to play.   No need to register a credit card or use your real name at all when creating an account.  

That means Planetside 2 is a hackers paradise and it  is.  

SOE did fix the /report player and made it easier to report the players you come across that are blatantly hacking, the problem is that there are no in-game admins, and the ticket you file may take days before it is answered.  In the mean time the hacker you reported is in game griefing entire factions.   With a game like Planetside 2 where capturing and holding territory is one of the games key elements, this becomes almost impossible when a hacker can camp a spawn room of a base and kill player after player as they spawn denying the faction he is griefing the ability to defend a base.   Yes, this does happen and it happens quite often.

You would think that SOE would develop a method to catch these players using speed cheats, wall cheats, aim-bots, teleport cheats, ESP cheats - but I guess this is beyond them.   So this is a warning to people considering playing Planetside 2.   The game is rife with cheaters.   Not a game session goes by that you will not encounter a cheater.  Some are very sneaky in the way they use them and are not easily spotted.   Others just outright cheat and can be spotted almost immediately.  

So with this in mind, if you do decide to play this game inhabited by cheaters, be prepared to have to deal with them because Planetside 2 is a hackers paradise.
tranceauf writes: While there are hackers I have yet in 200hrs of play to be spawn camped by a hacker.  In fact I have yet to have a hacker cause any real effect in any battle so far.  They are out there for sure and I see them now and then but to say they are effecting the flow of the game is too much. Wed Feb 20 2013 9:13PM Report
nolic1 writes:

I agree with you Teala that the game has become a hackers dream but not just because of F2P but the fact SOE is not trying to stop the amount of hacks that are out there for games you can google hacks for most games and find them pretty easy. I remeber  in DC universe how bad hackers are and still are in PvP and still SOE does not try to stop them there. There other shooter they are closing down was a hack fest as well and I do feel its the reason it is or was shut down. 

 

But there are plenty of companys that dont do anything about hackers and there still around today in these games from APB to Fallenearth to even Warrock and more.

 

Thu Feb 21 2013 8:42AM Report
h0urg1ass writes:

My experience has been exactly the opposite of tranceauf.  My BR 70 has seen dozens of hackers who have effected gameplay.

Had a speed/aimbot hacker capture a biolab all by himself while my entire platoon attempted to defend it.  As soon as we started to switch a control point back, he would run in the room faster than we could react and headshot us all.  Eventually we just left.

Another time our faction lost the crown to two VS hackers.  They dropped onto our tower in MAX suits and wiped out the unsuspecting defenders, then each of them parked in front of the spawn area and killed us as we spawned while VS forces came up the hill and capped the tower.

I could also detail at least a dozen other instances of hackers that have influenced the outcome of a battle on my server, and caused me to rage quit and go back to World of Tanks.

Thu Feb 21 2013 8:51AM Report
Teala writes: <span com_who"="">tranceauf just yesterday, on two different servers, Helios and Mattherson, there were hackers disrupting game play.   In fact it got so bad people went to the official forums and wrote about them(the hackers) camping spawn rooms.  The very thing I described in this blog.  There are plenty of videos on Youtube alone that show this being done.    This is not an isolated incident that occurs only once in awhile, but daily.   Yes, hackers do camp spawn rooms.   Yes, hacking is rampant in PS2.   Deny it all you want, but that doesn't do anyone any good, and in the end PS2 will continue to lose players because SOE is not doing enough to stop them. Thu Feb 21 2013 12:48PM Report
Nihilist writes:

Yes hacking sucks and ruins the game, but no matter what a company does hackers will find a way to....hack it.

 

Thu Feb 21 2013 12:49PM Report
Rommie10-284 writes:

I don't think it's beyond SOE to develop anti-hacking tools and strategies - they simply are unwilling to pay for them.  A lot of companies ride in that boat, alas.

If you think about it, the hackers are a hidden reason for the FTP movement.  Who wants to pay a subscription to get cheated?

Fri Feb 22 2013 8:35AM Report
ktanner3 writes: It's ironic. I've been going round and round with a poster on this site who continues to praise SOE. When I bring up good reasons to avoid SOE games his response is "Oh, that was in the past. You shouldn't boycott companies blah blah blah. "  Needless to say I enjoyed your blogs on Planetside 2 very much. I will continue to avoid to giving money to SOE games.  Fri Feb 22 2013 7:44PM Report
Alleneira writes:

@ Problem is that every tool takes some time till it finds hackers and if they are found they just can make a new account.

Sun Feb 24 2013 3:58AM Report
Heartspark writes: I saw a few hackers at game release, zero hackers at all since then.  I think OP is just tired of getting killed in game and blames it on hackers.    Sun Feb 24 2013 9:58AM Report
Asellia writes: Yah, I haven't seen any noticable myself; I mean, if they were there, I didn't notice. As reference; I deny it because I see no evidence it's true. I am 100% certain there ARE hackers, I mean, every game has some. It's impossible to completely rid a game of them. But, I don't think it's as rampant as you're making it seem. Look up games like Combat Arms, WarZ, ect. You have a good 70% hackers, lol.  Sun Feb 24 2013 3:54PM Report
Hatefull writes: I agree there are hackers in PS2.  I disagree that it is as rampant as all this.  Too many people scream hacker when it is simply because they do not have the skill to beat someone.  Then, they foolishly keep going at said person several times and losing.  Then frusterated, they less skilled player starts the hacker chant.  Most of the time it is just BS.  I have been playing PS2 since closed BETA, I run an outfit there, and yes I have definitely seen hacking, but nothing nearly as drastic as what is being described here. Tue Feb 26 2013 4:41AM Report
MurlockDance writes: @ktanner3, it depends on the SOE game. I have not seen hackers in VG so far, and I think I only saw one hacker in EQ2 in all of the years I played it (think I saw a speedhacker). In PS1 though it was rife and one of the reasons I left it. Wed Feb 27 2013 2:28AM Report
Teshrrar writes:

That's why I quit and ended my monthly sub. It's impossible have fun being a regular player.

 

Sad, because I had a hope that Ps2 could be a great great game.

Wed Feb 27 2013 3:41AM Report
zWolf writes:

Here is my two bits as a 'new' player - I have spent the last 3 to 5 days playing quite a bit. (like 30 hours or so,)  I run with a large platoon - and have been having an absolute blast!  though, a couple of times, some one has been reported for cheating / hacking, it has not effected my fun times at all.

 

I imagine at some point it may, but I just wanted to add my voice that as a new player, I have not directly been effected - and though it 'might' go on around me, so far, the 'fun factor' has been high.  

 

Since it is free, if your considering playing, I'd not let this 'warning' scare you away from at least giving it a shot.

your out nothing but time, and chances are, you'll find that the game has a lot to offer.

After my 'trial' I'm signed up for a year of their 'membership' thing - though, I didn't feel like that was a 'requirement' at all - I just wanted to support what I think is a very well made game.

Thanks,

 

zWolf.

Wed Feb 27 2013 8:49PM Report
zWolf writes:

Here is my two bits as a 'new' player - I have spent the last 3 to 5 days playing quite a bit. (like 30 hours or so,)  I run with a large platoon - and have been having an absolute blast!  though, a couple of times, some one has been reported for cheating / hacking, it has not effected my fun times at all.

 

I imagine at some point it may, but I just wanted to add my voice that as a new player, I have not directly been effected - and though it 'might' go on around me, so far, the 'fun factor' has been high.  

 

Since it is free, if your considering playing, I'd not let this 'warning' scare you away from at least giving it a shot.

your out nothing but time, and chances are, you'll find that the game has a lot to offer.

After my 'trial' I'm signed up for a year of their 'membership' thing - though, I didn't feel like that was a 'requirement' at all - I just wanted to support what I think is a very well made game.

Thanks,

 

zWolf.

Thu Feb 28 2013 1:25AM Report
Trionicus writes: Thx for the info Teala. I was thinking about jumping into PS2 but had no idea things were that bad, especially for a fairly new game. Fri Mar 15 2013 3:49PM Report

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