• Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Oct 11, 2005

Generally favorable reviews - based on 59 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 49 out of 59
  2. Negative: 1 out of 59
  1. The controls are tight, the action tense and the graphics crisp. And, most importantly, lag was rarely an issue, even in 32-player firefights.
  2. The series has maintained - or improved - its gritty realism, its immersive, nail-biting single-player campaign, and its extraordinarily engrossing online play in spite of some substantial alterations. [Dec 2005, p.102]
  3. Games do not come much larger than SOCOM 3, which has been designed very much with the internet in mind: go online and you can play against up to 31 opponents.
  4. This is the best online action on the PS2, period. Nothing else is even close. Whether you want to gun down terrorists, hop in a tank and blow stuff up, smuggle goods across the border, or extract hostages from hostile territories, SOCOM 3 is where it’s at.
  5. Every element is represented in a way that keeps the game balanced and familiar, yet extremely fresh.
  6. I think SOCOM 3 is a bigger jump forward then the second one was, but with the graphics engine of the PS2 at its limit, I can only hope to see a much better looking SOCOM 4 on the PS3.
  7. One of the best online experiences that I have ever had on the Playstation 2. The interaction with other gamers is a blast and is critical to success in the game.
  8. One of the best games in the crowded squad-based war genre. It has a few off and online glitches and bugs, but overlooking them there's a ton of authentic and addictive war gaming to be had.
  9. With its breathtakingly expansive environments, unparalleled musical mastery and enough gadgetry to make Sam Fisher look about as deadly as Action Man with a broken arm, SOCOM 3 both dazzles and delights.
  10. The SOCOM goodness lives on with another blockbuster tactical shooter, featuring massive environment, interactive vehicles and slicker visuals.
  11. 90
    My favorite online game for the PlayStation 2 thus far. It has an excellent mix of the best elements from "Battlefield" and "Rainbow Six," both of which are games I love. The singleplayer is pretty good this time around as well.
  12. Sony has delivered a worthy war-time shooter. [Holiday 2005, p.72]
  13. To be honest, this is really the sequel to the original "SOCOM" that players have long been waiting for. Expanded multiplayer, larger mission maps and a dedicated single player story makes SOCOM III stand out above the infuriating missteps of its predecessor.
  14. There's nothing not to like about this game and I don't say that lightly. It's definitely a contender for Game of the Year - at least the online portion.
  15. 90
    The bigger environments and drivable vehicles are both welcomed additions to the series. The only let down is poor enemy A.I. in the single player missions but these are forgivable once you start playing multiplayer.
  16. More than an expansion pack with only minor improvements; it is a complete overhaul of one of the most popular and greatest games ever. With its new features, SOCOM III easily holds on to its title of the best online game for the PS2.
  17. SOCOM 3: U.S. Navy SEALs appears on PS2 for another tour of duty that is improved graphically and expanded in size to surpass the series’ previous two outings.
  18. Makes some significant strides over its predecessors, offering 32-player online play, drivable vehicles, much larger maps, and a worthwhile single-player campaign.
  19. The massive maps, the use of vehicles, both as transportation and weapons in combat, as well as advanced tactical strategies for working as a team really bring this series into the next generation of military gaming.
  20. Improving on this venerable franchise with bigger environments, controllable vehicles, and a revamped online mode, newcomers and veterans to the series will both be able to appreciate the new features.
  21. The environments are massive compared to "SOCOM II."
  22. Online play with vehicles, giant maps and customizable weapons are a blast that you won't get tired of any time soon, and the single player mode is a nice diversion especially with the addition of checkpoints.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 61 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 24
  2. Negative: 4 out of 24
  1. Oct 27, 2011
    This game is godly. It has large combat with vehicles and small combat with no vehicles giving you the best of both worlds. The only downside is some of the small maps are poorly designed, but most of them are great and so much fun. Very challenging and tactical game modes too. Full Review »
  2. May 24, 2011
    Just plain fun. I could go on SOCOM bingers for hours at a time online. Tons of maps. Easy to meet new friends online. Too bad the cheaters have to ruin it. RIP SOCOM. I wish my PS3 would play the old PS2 disks. Maybe for kicks Ill pick up another PS2 but Id rather see the original SOCOM games rewritten for PS3. Full Review »