Excerpt: Damn! Here we go again…Terrorist groups such as Al Quaeda, the Hezbollah and other scum are threatening world peace. What can you do? Easy, you insert your SOCOM2 DVD into your PlayStation 2 console and you start shooting! Hoojah!
Excerpt: Developer: Zipper Interactive, Inc. Publisher: Sony Players: 1 Online: Broadband, 16 players, Socom Headset/USB Headset Memory Card: 3,000 KB Other: Progressive Scan, Dolby Surround Pro Logic II Da Introduction Once in a while a new game comes along that really makes you proud to be a gamer.
Excerpt: Albania—early morning. Our four-man fire team was dropped by helicopter into the Albanian countryside. SOCOM had informed us that a local group of black market arms dealers were storing some dubious weaponry in the nearby village—weaponry that needed to be eliminated with extreme prejudice.
Excerpt: SOCOM II is the latest game in the young SOCOM franchise. SOCOM I(here on out referred to as S1 and SOCOM 2 will be referred to as S2) took the online play of the PS2 to the next level. Over 10,000 people would be playing at any given time, and over 25,000 at peak hours.
Excerpt: When Sony was looking to get into the online gaming arena, they needed an incredible title to make their network adapters fly off the shelves. Luckily, their goal was reached with Zipper Interactive’s SOCOM: U.S. Navy Seals, an impressive covert ops title.
Excerpt: Without getting too long winded, last year Sony launched its online plan with a few key games. Although most were sports or racing games, one title managed to stand out among the rest. This game was, of course, SOCOM: U.S.
Conclusion: The most notable addition to the single player mode is the interconnectivity of the missions. Your performance in one mission will dictate the difficulty of another mission. One good example is the terrorist roster. The terrorist groups have a limited number of members.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: Those weaned on other forms of online gaming are likely to scoff at the relatively shallow nature of the online experience, but for PS2-only gamers there is much to like. Kudos to Zipper Interactive and Sony for a much improved package this time around.
Excerpt: SOCOM II for PS2 is a modern-day war game for multiple players. In it, you join a squad of like-minded tactical action buffs and play through numerous missions and scenarios, co-operatively or competitively, online.