Metascore
72

Mixed or average reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 38
  2. Negative: 1 out of 38
  1. Combined Assault isn’t a major leap forward for the series but this is still one of the most addictively fun military shooters available on the PS2.
  2. This is a good looking, good sounding, good playing game that really pushes the limits of the PS2. There's never been a better time to be a Seal.
  3. While Combined Assault may not be the leap forward we would like to see in the SOCOM series, it’s still a very solid title that’s worth checking out.
  4. As it stands, it feels like the exact same multiplayer game that was offered a year ago. While a great deal of fun, this does little inspire existing players to jump from the equally entertaining SOCOM 3 to this latest game in the franchise.
  5. It focuses on creating a lengthy and engaging campaign that works great as a single-player experience but can also be played cooperatively online. The result is a new SOCOM game that offers great value for returning SEALs and new recruits alike.
  6. Combined Assault takes the already great multiplayer and adds a solid single-player component to the game. It’s a no-brainer.
  7. Issues with teammates following commands and path finding are annoying, but overshadowed by solid action gameplay across near-limitless multiplayer.
  8. 80
    While its online functionality has always been key to the series' success, Combined Assault rides on this as its single-player stuff simply isn't as strong as it has been in the past, which it's never really been known for anyway.
  9. On what may have been its last foray on the aging PS2, the developers have continuously refined the SOCOM formula, and added fun connectivity with the PSP for good measure.
  10. It's a great chunk of new maps and guns(and co-op!)for SOCOM fans, and it's as good a point as any for newcomers to try to penetrate the hardcore depths of the online community, no question. [Jan. 2007, p.80]
  11. Even though Combined Assault, which looks to be the last SOCOM game on the PS2, is showing signs of the console's aging hardware in the graphics and AI department, it's a hell of a game to go out with. [Feb. 2007, p.81]
  12. While it’s not perfect and does have a few detracting flaws, Combined Assault is still one of the best SOCOM titles to date.
  13. 80
    While there isn’t a lot of innovation since the last version, there is enough action—both new and old—to assure the series’ place as one of the premiere online shooters on the system.
  14. However exhausted (or not) you are with SOCOM, this still packs in excellent atmosphere, tense engagements and a great sense of achievement against the odds. [Mar 2007]
  15. Combined Assault continues the SOCOM tradition with the added bonus of a campaign that can be integrated with that of U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 2 for the PSP.
  16. SOCOM vets might have trouble justifying another purchase when Combined Assault is so similar to the previous game, but this is still a solid shooter as long as you’re content to play almost exclusively online.
  17. 77
    More a SOCOM 3.5 rather than a full-blown sequel, Combined Assault both improves on what the franchise has always done well in its execution of multiplayer action, but highlights the shortcomings with the single player mode as a result.
  18. If you're a fan of the series, it's a no-brainer, but if you've been turned off in the past by the focus on the multiplayer aspect, the buggy AI and questionable graphics aren't going to sell you very much.
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 33 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Jul 15, 2013
    6
    This game is a sad piece of propaganda from the mid 00s and a cash in on what was left of the Socom series for Sony. Opening titles try toThis game is a sad piece of propaganda from the mid 00s and a cash in on what was left of the Socom series for Sony. Opening titles try to recruit you into real military service. The point of the game is to fire on other armed people who supposedly captured other teamates and oppose you. Elimating the enemies is barely satisyfing. Firing the weapons is only sort-of fun. Today, without online play, a Socom game is only half as good. The server has been shut off for this game. It does have a single player, but it seems the story is barely there. The controls, graphics, and sound are all okay for PS2. The voiceovers and music aren't as good as Socom II's. Neither is the sense of urgency of the missions. The epic scale is gone. The level design is more undefined than previous games, as are enemy positions. Enemy AI is quite good. Lots of times you will get fired upon and not know where the enemy is. The open maps can make the game more difficult than it should be, as well as the kickback of the weapons makes the controls too hard. Sniping should have been easier so you could pick up and play this one. Instead you die often enough you won't want to play it. You are supposed to become a hero, but its an average game that won't stand the test of time, and its a pretty sad cash in on war and what was popular in video games. Full Review »
  2. MitchN.
    Aug 12, 2007
    9
    Socom Combined Assault is over all one of the best military shooter games i've ever experienced. it has realism to a certain extent, but Socom Combined Assault is over all one of the best military shooter games i've ever experienced. it has realism to a certain extent, but there are a few edges that could be trimmed. hopefully the new release of confrontation will be more improved. Full Review »
  3. RyanJ.
    Apr 21, 2007
    10
    Wow! It has a great combination of stealth and head-to-head battles. It is really realistic because it has enemies surrendering and men not Wow! It has a great combination of stealth and head-to-head battles. It is really realistic because it has enemies surrendering and men not noticing you in the shadows. Probably the best third-person shooter ever! Full Review »