Mixed or average reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 38
  2. Negative: 1 out of 38
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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. It’s not that Combined Assault is hard. It’s more like the game is very impolite, barely introducing itself to new players. The control and game interface are showing their age, too. They weren’t very good even back when the first SOCOM came out. It’s probably time to rethink the way this game plays.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. If you already own "SOCOM 3," and you’re really only playing it for the multiplayer stuff, then you can avoid this one and save yourself a few bucks.
  7. For those seeking good online play on the PlayStation 2, Combined Assault is the best there is, for better or worse. Anyone seeking a strong single-player game is strongly advised to look elsewhere.
  8. 70
    A solid sendoff for the console that made it great. Just be sure to bring a few friends with you when you sign up for this tour of duty.
  9. The story's less interesting than SOCOM 3 and the levels, objectives, bonus objectives, enemies, prisoners and hostages all blur together into one big brown blur.
  10. It isn’t for people who own "SOCOM 3," either, because they already own all the best SOCOM U.S. Navy SEALs: Combined Assault has to offer. It is for everyone else, though, being the best comprehensive shooter package available for the PS2, thanks to the beefed up missions (and in spite of the moronic A.I.).
  11. Games Master UK
    As sturdy as ever but you'll feel like you've seen it all before. [July 2007, p.80]
  12. 60
    For fans of the series, you'll feel like the developers ordered the series to "hold its position" because it hasn't gone that far from the previous SOCOM. And unfortunately for us, unlike your teammates in the game, it actually obeys every order.
  13. Combined Assault feels more like an average expansion pack. The new multiplayer maps are welcome and well designed but there are only 10 of them, making it feel like you're playing SOCOM 3 1/2 instead of the legitimate sequel you paid for. Combined Assault does introduce a 4 player co-op mode into the mix, but why would you opt for that when 32 player matches are going on all around you?
  14. 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.
  15. Whilst the whole package is graphically very dated and lacking in originality, there is an undeniable depth to this tactical shooter that knows exactly what its target demographic wants, and it's nice to see Sony continuing to support the PlayStation2 online community.
  16. AceGamez
    I enjoyed quite a few lengthy gaming sessions on this title; the online ranking helps you quickly team up with fellow elite Seals and you can easily while away the hours negotiating the many maps available.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    Last year's realistic military-shooter SOCOM 3 was great, but I felt tricked after popping in the so-called sequel, Combined Assault. The game is a lot like the previous one, with a key difference: the "combined assault". [Jan. 2007, p.104]
  20. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    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]
  21. Combined Assault feels much more like an expansion pack than a full sequel. The single player game once again doesn’t show much improvement, while the online play shines.
  22. 70
    At its core, you’re playing the game with the SOCOM 3 engine making it seem like an expansion pack with new levels and such. It’s a shame they couldn’t completely fix some of the problems with the AI but it’s still SOCOM and if you’re a fan you’ll find enjoyment through the various gameplay options available.
  23. 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.
  24. Play UK
    Awkward, fiddly, unwieldy and lacks any kind of atmosphere whatsoever. [Issue#153, p.88]
  25. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    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]
  26. PSM Magazine
    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]
  27. About as ugly as Leatherface and just as rough around the edges. However, it's still a pretty decent shooter.
  28. 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.
  29. Crap squadmate AI and a lack of advancement online. Got any other SOCOMs? Then don't bother. [Apr 2007, p.70]
  30. 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.
  31. While it’s not perfect and does have a few detracting flaws, Combined Assault is still one of the best SOCOM titles to date.
  32. The single-player is decent, but relies on its co-op functionality to pull you out of its twitchy gameplay troubles. If you can get around that, Combined Assault is worth sticking your head out in the firing line for.
  33. Combined Assault takes the already great multiplayer and adds a solid single-player component to the game. It’s a no-brainer.
  34. 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.
  35. Issues with teammates following commands and path finding are annoying, but overshadowed by solid action gameplay across near-limitless multiplayer.
  36. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    Stomach-churning graphics and bad AI undermine an otherwise solid tactical shooter. Has "For Hardcore Fans" written all over it. [Apr 2007, p.89]
  37. What's even more annoying is that like in previous SOCOMs, the characters have a bad habit of getting stuck on the environment.
  38. 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.

Awards & Rankings

#65 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2006
#35 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2006
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 38 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 38
  2. Negative: 4 out of 38
  1. Jul 15, 2013
    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
    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
    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 »