If you happen to be an international terrorist you'd better work up your CV and start looking for more gainful employment - because the SEALs are coming, and we don't mean Flipper and family. SOCOM: US Navy SEALs is a detailed, squad based game which casts you as the leader of a team of SEAL commandos on a series of deadly missions to keep the world safe from terror. This engrossing game is made all the more unique by the inclusion of the SOCOM Headset that allows you to issue verbal orders to your team, while receiving radio messages in response directly in your ear. SOCOM also takes full advantage of the Network Adaptor for PlayStation 2 allowing broadband Internet users the chance to take part in multiplayer combat with up to 16 players at once. After SOCOM, the PS2 is never going to be the same again.
Like the very similar Ghost Recon, you take direct control of Able's leader, while Able 2 tags along and the Bravo element is at your disposal to be ordered around as you wish. Orders are issued via the Headset by pressing Circle to open the channel (just like a walkie-talkie) and stating simple orders - such as "Run to checkpoint", "Fire at will" and "Hold fire". What really pulls you into the game is when your team mates respond or update you directly via the headset, so the sound arrives in your ear rather than through the TV speaker (where all the other game sound comes from). It's a simple touch that makes the game much more immersive than previous soldier sims.
Gameplay wise, you and your team will attempt 12 life or death missions across four international locations - Alaska, Thailand, Congo and Turkmenistan. Facing numerous trained, intelligent and above all deadly terrorists your objectives will range from all-out assaults and demolitions to careful reconnaissance and search and rescue. Remember the SEALs are a precision implement not a blunt weapon so use careful planning, stealth and teamwork to carry out your orders.
SOCOM is the vanguard of a whole new gaming experience for PS2.
- Detailed and realistic combat across 12 challenging single player missions
- Equip yourself with over 60 realistically recreated weapons including SMGs, grenades, laser designators and mines