I can see there's some personalities that clash and maybe even tempers on this forum. Heck in game there are. I'm about a week into Planetside and I actually enjoy the orbitals. I want to paint the picture about how I came to that statement and touch on all of the mechanics. My first encounters were these seemingly mindless endeavors and then something happened... the map lights up, I hear a warning, and 50 feet in front of me people are dead or flying. Its pretty epic to witness considering guys fly farther than your average games map size. The cry's for medic ring out and such. From what I gather Orbitals kill indiscriminately either side so if there is "spamming" its simply trying to deny battlespace to the enemy and you have to be careful you don't fry everyone. I'm amazed in that video posted, that Sunderer lasted that long without guys on the building rocketing it. You all were assaulting with a cliff face behind you with no to escape... it asking to be bombarded by that or air power. I'm sure this will be triggering to some: What baffles my mind in this game is how there is a large contingent that just bee line to the objective, peripherals and general awareness be damned, they'll hit a group of enemies and do this distance bob and weave thing at each other... not a whole lot of maneuver warfare beyond this dance for some. I watched this from a distance. Try as a might though, newbie me couldn't hit the broad side of a barn and it was off to VR for marksmanship training. Ultimately you do need a force in a blocking position from time to time to bring your side to victory. Now that what's so cool and massive about this game. You can sort of do whatever you want on the battlefield in this. For some, that quick, right to max bullets flying, spawn/die/farm/spawn/die/farm is something they love. With all that said, I'll call my time exploring the country side "phase 2" of my PlanetSide experience. This adventure began when I decided I was going to go around the outside of the object a bit and try to find another door... well turns out there wasn't another door and just a cliff I slid down and it instantly made more sense why everyone wanted that door. Nestled at the base of this hill was a (thank God) friendly outpost... which I actually couldn't interact with at all lol. However there was a truck with mandibles there and I decided to hop in. I'm sorry to whoever's truck I stole. You spawned another shortly after placing some items as I struggled with fixing my keymaps for vehicles... and I saw you laser crystals as the game flashed on the screen what this truck was but I missed it... I don't remember how I knew what the silo was but I nearly filled it up. I also apologize, despite saying in local chat I would return the truck in one piece... I got into a little Baja situation and it went for a tumble and when things settled aircraft took me out. At this point I had no idea what all that mining was about but once again... to each his own. The war machine wanted cortium, so I gave it cortium that day. Lastly, I feel fortunate I was able to join an Outfit rather quickly after my day of exploring. I know some get real enjoyment out of these virtual stalemates, filling silo's, driving trucks etc. All of it adds up for those that want to do some territorial and battlespace management. These fights spill out into the country side and end up secondary battles at different bases. Its exceptionally gratifying knowing you broke a camp by using combination of these mineral powered FOB's, or rolling up defensive sunderers from the next base over then loaded up your satisfied defenders and deploying at the new front. I rather enjoy pulling off sneaking around and objective with some outfit members who decided that "they have the farming/camping handled". The Orbital ends up being a tool to supplement that. So with that, I say, happy orbital everyone.