Excerpt: With two previous SOCOM games already on the market since the launch of Sony’s Portable Playstation; SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Tactical Strike arrives on the PSP with little hoopla. When our Editor-in-Chief handed me the game last week I was stunned that there was another SOCOM game as I hadn’t heard much about its release. Unlike previous games in the series, SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Tactical Strike was developed by Slant Six Games as opposed to Zipper Interactive.
Excerpt: I'm not sure why, but Sony's PSP mantra seems to be, “Portable versions of beloved franchises mustn't bear any resemblance to their console bigger brothers. Instead, we need tactical gameplay, dammit!” When the PSP first game out, Metal Gear Solid was the first to get this treatment, with the release of the two admittedly excellent Metal Gear Ac!d titles. Next came Final Fantasy, with the remake of the original Final Fantasy Tactics.
Excerpt: Thanks largely to the popularity of the PlayStation 2's online services stateside, the SOCOM series has always sold well, and carries significant clout as a series in the US. Here in the UK it's faired slightly less successfully. Though SOCOM has always enjoyed reasonable critical success and healthy sales on these shores it has never established itself to the same level that it has managed elsewhere.
Conclusion: While fans of the series may be feeling put off by this latest direction of the franchise, it’s a solid tactical offering that still retains a lot of the qualities that made the previous campaigns so popular.
Pros: Tense tactical gameplay that requires you to consider every action, Expansive maps let you approach objectives in a number of ways, Impressive array of multiplayer modes and options, Striking, detailed visuals are a real treat
Cons: Limited camera sometimes makes it hard to see what you need to see, Movement reticle can be a hassle, Laggy multiplayer, both online and off
Conclusion: If there’s one aspect to Tactical Strike that came together almost perfectly, it’s the game’s presentation. This game looks extremely nice, like Logan’s Shadow nice. The levels are huge and lushly detailed. Some of the animations are a bit over-the-top, but given how detailed everything is, we can be forgiving. The lighting is also very impressive for a PSP game.