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  • Summary: (Also known as "SOCOM: Special Forces") A militant revolutionary has unexpectedly seized control in an important South Asian country. As the Ops Com, your mission is to command an elite five-man squad charged with stopping his aggressive agenda before it's too late. In only six days, you must lead your team through a hostile jungle and urban environments against an army of well-armed rebel insurgents that completely outnumber you. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 64
  2. Negative: 2 out of 64
  1. May 31, 2011
    91
    I've played less than ten games on my PS3 and reviewed only three and I'm proud to count SOCOM 4 as one of those games. Playing this game solo brought back memories of Full Spectrum Warrior with all the squad-based tactics and ordering options, and playing co-op was like reliving all my best Tom Clancy moments, and the online versus modes had all the fun of MAG with the added bonus of the incredible Bomb Squad mode. And while it may never be able to compete with Call of Duty in sheer popularity, SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy SEALs definitely wins when it comes to reality.
  2. May 9, 2011
    80
    It's a good game and the Socom franchise is built upon solid multiplayer.
  3. May 25, 2011
    75
    Taken as a whole, there's a lot of content in SOCOM 4.
  4. May 5, 2011
    70
    The single player campaign is not the strongest out there, and lacks intelligent AI and an abundance of tactical options. Coop and multiplayer has a satisfying focus on teamwork, which is refreshing in a genre where most players only aim for a high kill/death ratio. Zipper Interactive haven't forgotten their core fans, and the Pro-mode is a good way to please long time SOCOM players.
  5. Apr 26, 2011
    65
    There is fun to be had here, but by being unable to connect past distinguishing features and moderns sensibilites, SOCOM: Special Forces is unable to do enough to stand out of the crowd.
  6. Apr 27, 2011
    60
    SOCOM: Special Forces is, by some distance, the best SOCOM game yet, although it still lacks polish in comparison with the likes of Call of Duty and Crysis 2.
  7. Apr 12, 2011
    30
    It's an antiquated shooter that's trying to hang with the new blood and failing at every turn. The fact that it's thoroughly broken serves only to rub salt in an already stinging wound.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 51
  2. Negative: 21 out of 51
  1. Sep 24, 2011
    10
    I guarantee everyone on here that is crying about how they hate this game are playing it right now. You can't tell me that you don't have fun when you play it, regardless of it's problems. Stop comparing it to other socom's. No one care that you've been playing socom since the first one. Get over yourself and be honest, you probably play socom 4 everyday like the rest of us. Expand
  2. Apr 22, 2011
    10
    I have played every single Socom game, and I feel that is a great modernization of the Socom franchise. No its not exactly like classic Socom, but it DOES make the game more comfortable to a wider audience while keeping the core fans satisfied with the Classic gameplay mode. Zipper is actively listening to the community to make it an even better game. I really enjoy the game. Expand
  3. Apr 19, 2011
    10
    Best SOCOM since SOCOM 2. After SOCOM 2 zipper pretty much fell off for me. Then Slant 6 came in and I loved their work on the PSP, but when it came to confrontation it was just as bad as Zipper's last project, but Zipper came back to change all that and as a diehard SOCOM fan I must say they did rather well. Sure their are issues, but playing in classic mode is a nice change of pace for things. Definitely can't play this game like or compare this game to other modern day shooters. This one actually takes time, teamwork, and patience. Overall what I expected. Expand
  4. Apr 27, 2011
    6
    Easily one of the easiest shooters I've ever played. This game and for now this series, has been 100% dumbed down for the casual audience. Graphically its ok. The Single Player lacks all sizzle, and is just wounded by awful team and enemy AI, not to mention a story that is so mundane and mediocre you cant wait for it to be over. The multiplayer is no where close to being finished and requires at least 3 good patch jobs before anything starts to improve. The saving grace for Socom 4 is the Co-OP. You team up with 4 other buddies and run through custom missions. This is an awesome feature. Although i wouldve like to have seen the entire SP experience on Co-Op, the Co-Op experience is nothing but 100% pure fun. If it wasn't for the Co-op this game would be a debacle. Expand
  5. Apr 22, 2011
    4
    I was completely unimpressed by the lackluster story and its' half assed attempts at trying so hard to pretend it's original. The shooting mechanics are atrocious and nobody should have that much recoil while shooting a weapon. The camera was extremely close and claustrophobia inducing, also severely limiting your field of view in SP. MP is a work in progress. I get that most games nowadays can be patched later, but that should be left for exploits, not for fixing things in a game that was already delayed. Doesn't feel like a SOCOM experience at all. Overall, one of the bigger disappointments of this year. Expand
  6. Jun 20, 2011
    0
    A sad day for SOCOM fans and a slap in the face from the devlopers, there is nothing good to be said about this title or the dev anymore....this game is literally MAG2 (in 3rd person) and nothing like SOCOM...co op can be fun but as far as MP goes......terrible....and ONLINE GAME WITH NO PARTY SYSTEM Expand
  7. Apr 24, 2011
    0
    One of the greatest playstation franchises has officially died, and socom 4 is the final nail in the coffin. The key features that made this franchise stand out amongst everything else, leave you asking WTF? The single player is no longer a tactical mission, it plays out like any other shooters SP. Where you walk into an area as quietly as possible, yet the enemy some how knows you are there. The cover sysem is a nice addition to the game, but again its nothing innovative since so many other shooters are using it as well. And as for the multiplayer, its a total nightmare. There will be times in classic mode as soon as the match starts, everyone spawns, than about 15-20 seconds later it allows you to respawn. And by the time you even leave your spawn, you are hit with a nade or gun fire. The camera view doesn't do this game any favors either, the over the shoulder view blocks out any peripheral vision that you have. And going around objects makes the camera zoom into the back of your characters head. Lack of weapon customization and character customization really hurt this game as well. All in all socom 4 is a mediocre game, that tries to imitate all the other shooters out there. Not worth my $60 Expand

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