Game - SOCOM 3: U.S. Navy Seals (PS2)
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Another squad based shooter. Havenít we seen enough of these? This is quickly becoming one of the most clichť genres in the industry. We have all the Rainbow Sixís and Ghost Reconís we need. The actual U.S. Army endorses Full Spectrum Warrior. We have a zillion other squad shooters covering all spans of history. So why the heck should we even care about this one? What makes this one different from the rest? Because my friends, this is the only one with balls.
This is the only one to be reportedly played by actual Navy Seals. In fact, itís rumored to be their series of choice. The first thing that grabbed my attention was the overall playability. I was up and running in minutes. I was fully trained within fifteen minutes. The configuration of the controller is just short of genius. There is no long drawn out buildup to the missions. No need to map out every footstep. You are elite. You have a job to do and you are expected to accomplish it using training and skill.
If you are a fan of the series, then expect to be blown away. This episode really opens things up. You now have over 900 weapon combinations with which to choose. The variation of firepower will astonish you. Halo may have introduced us to the duel wield, but Socom has perfected it. And now, just about every vehicle is playable. Not only that, but the vehicles actually have real physics. A tank feels sluggish and beastly. A Humvee feels light, and arcadey. You will appreciate the openness of it. I found I could not resist going awol from certain missions just to try out different vehicles. While still linear, it has sandbox playability.
Surprisingly enough, the multiplayer is truly where this game shines. They have now inserted the ability to have 32 players in a game at a time. Sure, thatís been done before, but this is truly seamless. After countless hours of play, I noticed not one taste of lag. It contains all the prerequisite multiplayer games such as capture the flag and deathmatch. It has also added a new feature called Convoy. This is about just what you think it is. Your job is either to protect a convoy or attack it, depending on which side your on. The only downside to multiplayer is the occasional whiney teenager you may run into online. But that's a pitfall of any online experience.
It is extremly hard for me to find fault with this game. The new gameplay mechanics such as swimming come off extremly well. The enemy A.I. leaves alot to be desired, as they don't seem to coordinate their attacks well, but that just makes it easier for you. The maps are rather large, giving multiple objectives on each mission. Yes, this is about as fine a squad shooter as you will find anywhere. I would highly recommend to this title to just about anyone that owns a PS2. This may just be the killer app that Sony's been trying so hard to produce.
Added: Tuesday, November 01, 2005
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