Excerpt: While we've had to wait a while for its release (North American gamers received SOCOM 3 late in 2005), Zipper Interactive's latest SOCOM title has finally arrived in Europe. SOCOM is far and away the most impressive online military combat series on the PlayStation 2, and SOCOM 3 very much builds on what has gone before it. This isn't a complete reinvention of the series, but it's essential for fans and even manages to cater for people looking for some substance offline.
Excerpt: My girlfriend is not an idiot – she’s just finishing off a PhD – nor is she new to bloodthirsty shooters – she’s a veteran of Syphon Filter and Resident Evil . But within 30 seconds of taking over the controller in SOCOM 3 , two of her four-man team were lying dead in the desert and she was running one way, firing the other, and screaming ‘Someone’s shooting! Someone’s shooting!’ I guess some games are just for the boys.
Excerpt: If you’ve ever played a SOCOM game before thn you know the basics of what’s in store for you in SOCOM 3. The basic gameplay has remained intact, but there are a number of new features that veterans of the series are sure to enjoy. If you’re new to the SOCOM world, your enjoyment of SOCOM 3 will probably depend on whether or not you take the game online.
Summary: Parents need to know that this is a violent action game with a lot of shooting and destruction; when characters are shot, blood sprays from the impact and spreads on clothes and the ground. Cut scenes show beating and death by poison gas, as well as cigarette smoking. The game has a vibrant online community ; Common Sense Media does not recommend online play for anyone under age 12.
Excerpt: Despite being the third in a series of long running games on a high end console, SOCOM 3: U.S. Navy SEALS looks surprisingly bland. It seems that more time was spent on the cutscenes than was on the in-game content. Models are rife with jagged edges, and the level of detail on both people and environment is disgustingly sub par. The quality of the graphics has an impact on gameplay as well as on the aesthetic appeal.
Excerpt: When the original SOCOM was released in 2002 on the PlayStation 2, it made an impact as one of the best online shooters available on a console. A year later, SOCOM II continued that winning formula, becoming a wildly popular game among console shooter fans. It's been almost two long years since the last SOCOM game, and SOCOM 3: US Navy SEALs makes some significant strides over its predecessors, offering 32-player online play, drivable vehicles, much larger maps, and a...
Pros: Smooth 32-player online play, Vehicles that are fun and easy to use, Worthwhile but brief single-player campaign, Presentation values
Cons: AI nothing to write home about, Jerks in the online community
Excerpt: Developer - Zipper Interactive Publisher - Sony Features: 1 player Multiplayer 2 - 32 Players Online Compatible - Broadband Only USB Headset USB Keyboard Progressive scan Admittedly I do not play my PS2 very much as I spend most of my gaming time on my Xbox or with my handhelds. There are a couple of reasons for this, one being the online community. There's really no substitution for human interaction and human opponents.
Summary: SOCOM 3 for the PS2 takes the series
forward with several new features and more robust production values. As you'd
expect, squad based tactical combat remains the focus, but now players have the
ability to use vehicles during their missions. While previous SOCOM titles have
emphasized the online aspects, SOE has buffeted the single player this time
around with a more cohesive focused approach.