Conclusion: THE VERDICT: All in all, the SOCOM series, be it on PSP or PS2, is a decent one. It isn't epoch-making and it doesn't change the face of gaming, nor does it do much for international relations with out Middle Eastern and Eastern European cousins, but it makes an alright game.
Excerpt: In SOCOM: US Navy Seals , you play as Kahuna, a member of a four-man Seal team. With your teammates, Boomer, Jester and Specter, you are sent on a series of missions to deal with terrorist factions. Zipper Interactive has gone to great lengths to get the game as close to the real action that Navy Seals go through. In fact, they've had the Seals provide advice and even motion capture their movements and techniques.
Pros: Great stealth/team experience, Online gameplay, Audio portion is well done
Cons: Graphics have some rough spots, AI inconsistent
Excerpt: Welcome to the last two weeks of my life. Before you even begin to consider stepping into SOCOM: U.S. Navy Seals , know that it is easily one of the most addictive games available for the PS2. For the next couple of months, expect to hear countless stories about broken marriages, destroyed relationships, or jobs lost because of this game. It is that damn addictive. SOCOM is not the prettiest game available for the system.
Excerpt: I'm not really sure what all of the fuss about SOCOM is, but I did manage to have somewhat of a good time. The first thing I noticed was how crappy the graphics were and that there was a slight choppiness issue. Once past this, I started having fun while running around with my teammates and dying really fast.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: The definitive PS2 online title, though, given the dearth of online-capable titles currently available for the machine, this is not quite the glowing recommendation it may at first appear. Still, it's a worthwhile investment, offering an engaging single-player experience and a good excuse to fire up the Network Adapter yet again. Provided you come across opponents with a little maturity.
Conclusion: The graphics of SOCOM are some of the best yet seen on the system. The frame rate, offline, rarely stutters—only during the busiest of firefights and never to the point of distraction. The lighting and particle effects, as we have come to expect from the PS2 are first rate. The textures, also, are some of the best yet seen on Sony’s black box. Additionally, the character models and animation routines for the main character and his support squad are excellent.
Excerpt: Let's get this out of the way fast: if you aren't planning to play this game online, you shouldn't bother buying it. The bulk of the game is dedicated to playing online matches while communicating with your teammates via the headset that's packed in with the game. There are three types of matches that you can play: Extraction, Demolition and Supression.