Socom 4 takes you
into the world of Cullen Gray who is the Ops Commander in this
latest instalment of the series. Taking on the action from a third
person perspective, I found this to be a ripper of a game, however
only lasting about 8 hours in single player mode. This seems to be
becoming more of a normal occurrence sadly enough now even though
the playability of the title certainly is an entertaining and
You are the leader
of a small squad of professionals, who of course defy plausibility
and take on an entire army using only your wits and backed up with
limited firepower from a disabled carrier in the ocean. Onboard,
maintaining radio contact is your outside link, Oracle. She can
deliver devastating fire down upon positions that you nominate.
Taking control of your squad is a breeze. The controls are quite
intuitive and easy to remember. The game presents you with a number
of gameplay options, and the way that you get through it is really
up to you. The level of control that you have over your team is
comprehensive and to be honest you can almost get away with not
having to fight hardly at all when the high level of AI is there to
help you against enemy forces.
I must confess at times I had to make a conscious effort to get in
there and fight as it is a lot of fun running the show from the
safety of a barrier, but when you do it's an excellent time to be
had. The aim is surprisingly good and there are a variety of ways
that you can use the various weapons you will be equipped with or
find on the field.
Graphically this title is a real treat. The abundance of detail is
amazing and when playing it to show some non gaming friends of mine
the title, there were exclamations as to just how real it all
looked. With the exception of the eyes, a friend noted. The
characters all look as though they have dead eyes. Otherwise, detail
is crisp with a lot of attention given to it. Colours are far from
drab and it really does show how much work was put into making this
a darn fine looking game.
presentation throughout the title is a lush soundscape. Explosions
and weapons noises are a treat and are clear enough that you can
pinpoint where movement and actions are taking place. The overall
audio mix is fantastic and all recorded dialogue, whilst at times as
hokey as a B movie, are pretty well synced to the lips of the
On a downside to this review, the Playstation network was
unavailable during the time of review do to the hack that has made
international news upon it's network. The lack of network prevented
me from playing the title online against human opponents.
This game was reviewed using the Dual Shock controller, as opposed
to the Move Controllers which the title also supports.
This is a cool game that will sit well in the collections of most
gamers. Playing from the third person perspective works well and the
over the shoulder perspective doesn't get in the way of the action.
I really enjoyed the storyline though found how quickly it was over
to be somewhat of a let down. Is it worth the buy, I do believe so,
even without having experienced online play. It's a good game and
the Socom franchise is built upon solid multiplayer.
Give it a shot. (no pun intended)