SOCOM 2 U.S. Navy Seals
|a game by||Zipper Interactive|
|Editor Rating:||9/10, based on 2 reviews|
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THE GOOD GUYS:
THE BAD GUYS:
Arab, Russian and Thai terrorists, with a few Eurotrash thugs thrown in for the fun of it.
Finally, you get to visit all those scenic hotspots--Thailand, the Congo, Turkmenestan and Alaska--you see in Soldier of Fortune magazine. Better still: You bring three SEAL buddies with you on the 12 singleplayer missions, and you can command them to do your dirty work via the snazzy headset mic that's packed with the game (the whole package costs 60 bucks). Missions have you infiltrating terrorist bases, rescuing hostages, retrieving files and generally just making the world a safer place. Stealth and teamwork are more important than John Wayne-style, run-and-gun heroics. You'll want to sneak through the foliage and off those terrorists up close and personal, preferably with your knife--and hide the bodies when you're done!
SOCOM is also one of the first PS2 titles you can play online (not counting last year's Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3), as long as you buy Sony's $40 Network Adapter and have a broadband Internet-service provider (unfortunately, this game doesn't support dialup connections). Up to 16 players can wage their own mini-wars online while yapping orders to each other with the headset.
THE BIG DEAL:
As if voice chat and online play weren't enough, SOCOM also packs so much realism that you might wanna wear kevlar Underoos while you play this thing. Enemies will follow your footprints in the snow. Each bullet type has different velocity and penetration characteristics, so you can shoot through walls--and even terrorists--with some guns but not others. Real SEALs served as consultants. "They wanted to counter the Hollywood cliches," says Jim Bosler, president of developer Zipper Interactive. "They wanted to get the message across that this isn't Rambo." The developers even recorded the terrorists' dialog in their native languages. Play like a pro and you might just hear "Don't shoot--I give up!" in Arabic.
Download SOCOM 2 U.S. Navy Seals
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
In the time it takes you to read this sentence, hundreds of Americans have been killed. Which isn't so shocking, really, when you hear those hundreds were part of the more than 50,000 gamers out to kill each other online everyday in Sony's tactical shooter, SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALS. And that's not even counting everyone playing the squad-based single-player game offline. When a game is this popular (it's already sold over 1 million copies), a sequel is inevitable.
SOCOM 2s gameplan is so simple, a drill instructor could've shouted it: "MAKE THE GOOD STUFF BETTER AND FIX THE BAD STUFF." (He probably wouldn't say "stuff," but, hey, this is a family magazine.) The single-player game promises new enemy vehicles (tanks and such), adjustable difficulty settings, and, most importantly, improved A.I. for both friends and enemies. The three original online game modes-- deathmatch, bomb your opponent's base, and hostage rescue--are joined by two new ones that have you escorting innocents and breaching a fortified stronghold. Zipper's also pulling out the big guns, literally: Rocket-propelled grenades and machinegun turrets should spice things up nicely. On the voice-communication front, SOCOM 2 will once again support the headset controller (even in the lobbies while you wait for a game), but it won't come packed-in; you can use the set from the first game or buy one separately. Now, if they can just find a way to stop those damn cheaters....