Erik Wolpaw
June 13, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Planetside is an online-only game in the tradition of Sony’s ”Everquest.” But in contrast to the leisurely pace of traditional MMOGs (massively multiplayer online games), the action is unprecedented: Think ”Counterstrike” with thousands on each team. Gameplay includes some character building to help justify the $12.99/month fee, but the battles — often involving hundreds of players piloting planes, cars, and armored combat suits — are the real draw. Seamless play and staggering detail make this quite possibly the most ambitious online action game to date.

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