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.
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.
Conclusion: SOCOM US Navy SEALS: Combined Assault is a good game, but so was SOCOM 3, and aside from the different story they are hard to tell apart. Both are showing their age and have a few problems but are great fun online. I just find it hard to recommend buying what is essentially a rather shallow add-on to what was already a very good game.
Pros: Still great fun online, New missions
Cons: Looking its age now, Not different enough from SOCOM 3, Quite reliant on stats and weapon combos, It’s all gone a bit PC…
Conclusion: Looks-wise SOCOM is solid and convincing with some nice attention to detail. The shadows and lighting effects give plenty of atmosphere, and the animation of the Seals and enemies is excellent (including some cool deaths and surprise recoveries). A fine (and surprisingly complex) game offline, a frantic yet tactical game online. Fans of the squad shooter won't be disappointed.
Pros: Voice commands are cool., It's atmospheric and tactical, but allows for plenty of Rambo moments., PS2 online really works!, Some impressive AI.
Cons: Initially complex, the game throws you in at the deep end with no training options., Aiming gets a bit twitchy indoors and the AI is dumb enough to allow your Seals to block a doorway or even kill themselves., No offline multiplayer.
Summary: Overall, SOCOM is a great start to online gaming. With Australian online gaming to start within months now is a good time to pick up this title, practice in the single player and then hit the online servers when the broadband Network Adapter is released to the public.