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: 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: 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: SOCOM: US Navy SEALs is essentially two games in one. On the one hand it is a realistic tactical shooter that places you in command of a squad of special forces operatives in a variety of anti-terrorist missions around the globe. On the other, it is the flagship game of Sony's newly launched online service and offers multiplayer combat on a scale never before seen in a console game. Sometimes trying to be two things at once can doom a game to mediocrity.
Excerpt: Over a year after the release of SOCOM, I decided to purchase it for the budget price of $19.99. I figured that owning a network adaptor without SOCOM was about pointless. To my surprise, the single player offline missions were quite entertaining alone.
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.