let the last SOCOM game scare you. Although it wasn't
bad it didn't really fit the bill of a true sequel,
but SOCOM 3: U.S. Navy SEALS more than makes up for
that little fiasco.
about everything has been tweaked to bring you a better
overall game. The menus are easier to access. There
is more flexibility with the weapons thanks to peripherals
that allow for hundreds of combinations. The AI has
been given a stern talking to and they've smartened
up considerably. The maps are huge and you can travel
around using jeeps, tanks, trucks, hummers and boats.
Last but not least is the excellent online experience
complete with new modes. There's nothing not to like
about this game and I don't say that lightly. It's
definitely a contender for Game of the Year - at least
the online portion.
single-player campaign is no slouch either. The storyline
is still not interactive in that you are forced to
watch cutscenes and receive mission briefings but
it's done so well that you want to see more. The missions
are really nothing new but the way they are presented,
with great animation, pacing and voiceacting, you
become totally immersed in your role. It seems that
you never do the same thing twice.
of the best upgrades to the single-player campaign
is the implementation of a checkpoint system. No more
unnecessary frustration. There are about four checkpoints
per mission, well spaced and well paced. It's not
so much a favor as a necessity since the maps are
streaming and are five to six times the size of the
last game. You will go through urban and rural areas
with highly detailed routes. The gameplay varies to
include different degrees of stealth and full-blown
battles in just one mission.
can be put to good use since you can not only use
them to get to different points on the map but you
can fire from them using your own weapons or the installed
turrets. On land or on sea you can give the bastards
hell while on the move. They handle well and are relatively
easy to drive. The tank is cumbersome but extremely
powerful. It will take a small army of enemies to
destroy it. If you can't aim the cannon fast enough
you can just run them over. The hummer is my favorite
as it acts like a cross between a jeep and a tank.
It's maneuverable and heavily armored.
games can accommodate up to 32 players. The size of
the maps vary depending on the server and the number
of players. You don't want too huge of a map if you've
only got five players per team as things could drag
on for days. As it is you will be warned when you
are going out of bounds so that players can be more
confined which will result in more intense action.
and Control are two of the new modes. In Convoy a
group of terrorists attempt to drive a small convoy
to a pick up location close to the SEAL's outpost.
Their goal is to rendezvous with their drop off, load
up their illegal contraband and get the hell out of
the territory without alerting the SEALs - or protecting
the truck by any means possible if it comes under
attack. Control is a race that pits two teams against
each other to see which one can plant all of its markers
on the map. Points are chosen and cannot be changed
until the game is over.
there is a downside. You will experience some slowdown
and lag online. But there's not much at all - a great
feat when you consider there are almost three dozen
characters onscreen with weapons, vehicles and a huge
all of the game is a looker. The developers decided
to make the un-pretty regions even more un-pretty
such as the wastelands, and put more eye candy where
it belongs such as in the city streets. The characters
and vehicles display great detail and animation. Particle
effects such as sand, dust, smoke and fog look and
respond naturally. The sound effects are convincing
with plenty of punchy mids and rumbling bass. It sounds
like you're in a war zone and not an arcade.
best compliment I can give a game is to return to
play it after I finish reviewing it. I can guarantee
I will be online with SOCOM 3 for at least the next
few weeks. In case you can't read between the lines
I really like this game. I don't need my Magic 8 Ball
to tell me that you probably will too. See ya online!
be the one killing you over and over and over....