After you create your character, the game will start a tutorial. Do not rush through the tutorial! It starts basic at first, but covers important and unique to PS2 mechanics like spawning and capturing points, so take time and pay attention.
After the tutorial, the game should spawn you on Koltyr – a small continent for beginning players. Experienced players that have a character above Battle Rank 15 on the account are not allowed on Koltyr, so you are nearly guaranteed to be fighting other newbies.
PlanetSide 2 population nowadays isn’t what it used to be, so it’s possible Koltyr will be deserted. In that case, you can leave Koltyr to play on main continents with all other players. You can return to Koltyr at any time later. To warp between continents use the Warpgate Terminal located at any warpgate:
Play this game like a war simulator. Many people come from casual arena shooters like Battlefield and Call of Duty and expect to get the same treatment. Playing PlanetSide 2 like an arcade run’n’gun will just lead to frustration.
You will die a lot as a newbie player in PlanetSide 2.
The game is unfriendly to players who don’t know what are they doing. You will be going against experienced players that seem to be able to kill you quickly from any distance, even if you get the drop on them.
Often you will be killed by things you had no chance to defend against. There is a huge amount of threats a single player can’t deal with in any way, and an even bigger amount of threats that he can theoretically deal with, but only if he has a lot of experience and right equipment.
There is no death penalty. Learn from your deaths and move on.
Join an outfit (guild, clan) of players that speaks your language and play with them.
There is no pay to win, no overpowered equipment, only player skill and experience.
Seemingly immortal BR100+ player in shiny armor is not hard to kill because of some overpowered weapon he’s using. He’s hard to kill because of years of experience.
Your starting equipment is decent and competitive, and there is no rush to upgrade or change it right away. However, make sure to equip the 1x reflex sight that is granted for free on all your starting weapons.