The SOCOM franchise was one of the jewels in the PlayStation 2's crown, with no fewer than three critically acclaimed and popular instalments. Widely praised for its deep, tactical gameplay, the SOCOM games were also almost solely responsible for multiplayer gaming on Sony's last-generation wonder. Needless to say, the series' first entry on the PlayStation 3 has been hotly anticipated. Released in North America last October, SOCOM: Confrontation sold well but met with a chilly critical reception, mostly due to the large number of technical deficiencies and bugs which, in some cases, even rendered the game unplayable.
With the game finally seeing a release in PAL territories this month, most of the technical hassles have fortunately been ironed out. So, was SOCOM: Confrontation worth waiting for? Unfortunately, the answer to that question is not quite 'yes.' While Confrontation is a competent and enjoyable game, both long-time SOCOM fans and newcomers to the series will be disappointed to find it a remarkably un-ambitious title that simply doesn't do enough to stand out from the crowd.