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SOCOM 4 thoughts

I’ve played through 50% of the SOCOM 4 single player at this point, and for the most part I’ve enjoyed it. The shooting is satisfying, controls are functional, and there have been points at which I was legitimately impressed by a detail or set piece. I like that often the levels allow for multiple approaches to any given situation. I could try one approach, and if it failed, I could try again from a different path, with completely different results.

The weapon system simultaneously encourages the player to try new weapons and rewards the player for using the same weapon often. New weapons are unlocked by picking them up from fallen enemies and finishing the level with them, and the game also issues “experience” for using individual guns, unlocking scopes and barrel attachments to improve stats for that gun.

Giving commands to team members is simple and usually works fine. It’s not terribly complex, but it does provide the ability to issue delayed orders – useful in setting up ambushes – and to give numbered orders that the team will fill in sequence. Squad AI will likely get you and themselves killed more than once, but for the most part they are competent.

I have a few minor complaints, mainly stemming from playing either definitely better (Uncharted 2) or possibly better (Army of Two: The 40th Day) 3rd-person shooters. Whether it’s a roll move, a slide, a roadie run, or whatever method, the ability to enter cover early is a small detail that makes a big difference. I shouldn’t have to crash into the barrier before I can press the cover button. I want to signal my intentions before I get there and transition into cover smoothly. Speaking of cover, a blindfire mechanic, while probably not strictly militarily accurate, would be appreciated in heavy firefights.

Lastly: do those concussion grenades I’m throwing actually do anything? Because I can’t tell.

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Digitaldude2575d ago

Doesn't sound too bad, most impressions seem to give off the vibe that its a pretty solid game but lacking the factor to be great.
Probably pick it up when it drops a bit in price personally.

Newtype2575d ago

They need to fix the camera angle, IMO.

brockst4r2575d ago

Or maybe some options to play with, or something. A button to swap shoulders (like in Army of Two: TFD) would be appreciated. too, like wanaraceu said.

wanaraceu2575d ago

I thought it was a great game.The only thing i wish i could do is swap shoulders when shooting, but all in all I realy injoyed it. I cant understand why some sites gave it 3 out of 10. Man there are sooooo many worse games out there that have gotten 8s from the same reviewers.

-MoOkS-2575d ago (Edited 2575d ago )

Games that are in this condition shouldnt even be allowed to be released. It's a broken mess, online and offline. It's almost like a teenager sitting in him moms basement has designed and put together the coding - thats how bad it is.

Would car companies be allowed to sell brand new cars that are poorly put together and have missing pieces that are needed to make it work like it should? no, they aren't allowed. So why is it ok for $ony to sell this unfinished mess to the public? heck, they are already releasing a patch for crying out loud

AntiHeroComplex2575d ago

i have my own gripes with the game, but its funny to see someone bash on it who probably never played it.

afterMoth2575d ago (Edited 2575d ago )

Agreed, it is crystal clear Mooks doesn't have a clue as to what he is talking about. I've played through the campaign and while it isn't the great shooter ever it, it is fun and it isn't broken by any means.

awiseman2575d ago

its not broken its just lost its identity.

brockst4r2575d ago

Yeah, not sure what the "broken" comment is about; granted I only played half the single-player, but I didn't run into a single glitch or bug. I never was able to take it online, though, so maybe that's where the issues are?

orange-skittle2573d ago

Mooks you're an idiot. This game is far from broken and in fact,'s better looking than a lot of the games out there. The ingame cutscenes are good, the acting is better than expected, and the facial expressions are amazing. Not only in the cutscenes, watch the characters' faces when they die. As enemies fall on the ground still alive, when you walk up on them to finish them off, they wince and close their eyes. That little detail says a lot. When explosions go off, the character animations remind of you of uncharted. I love diving to prone and crawling in the grass for a better vantage point. The game is top notch. Thanx Zipper. I have to agree on one thing, Sony exclusives are by far amazing

orange-skittle2573d ago

Mooks i dont give a rats ass if you disagree with me. This is N4G, dont you know by now that people disagree on here even if you say I LOVE YOU MOM

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ExitToExisT2575d ago

i am thinking of getting it just for sp when the price drops to $20 level on ebay :D

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