SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Tactical Strike PSP

  • Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Nov 6, 2007
Metascore
72

Mixed or average reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 35
  2. Negative: 1 out of 35
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  1. A good addition to the series, albeit one that needs some special consideration. It's the black sheep of the SOCOM family and is in need of some refinement. It's close to greatness, but close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.
  2. Tactical Strike falls just short of doing the tactical thing right, the same way the original SOCOM games fell just short of doing the online shooter thing right.
  3. If you factor into your plans the possibilities of your commands not being followed perfectly, you can have a slow-burn, satisfying experience.
  4. 70
    Although the A.I. can be stupid, the overall control interface is slick and setting up strategic attacks can be totally rad.
  5. Think what you will about SOCOM's change from a straight shooter to a tactical shooter on the PSP, but Tactical Strike manages the transition quite nicely.
  6. VideoGamer
    70
    A considerable multiplayer mode and truly excellent musical score round off a nice package, but Tactical Strike isn't quite the amazing new direction for real time strategy it could have been.
  7. New developer Slant 6 has done a good job capturing the look and feel of the original franchise, but the new gameplay will disappoint those looking for a standard third-person shooter, and the game's flaws keep it from impressing more than it frustrates.
  8. Edge Magazine
    70
    Apart from being an excellent reminder of its host’s graphical oomph, Tactical Strike is engrossingly detailed and generous, if not wide, in scope. [Jan 2008, p.91]
  9. A finely-poised slice of real-time tactical action. Tactical Strike won’t pry you away from the likes of Company of Heroes, and series purists may lament the loss of direct control, but it stands foremost of its genre in the handheld arena.
  10. 68
    Taking it as a whole its blatantly not perfect, in fact it's almost shoddy at times, but there's a nugget of gold inside SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Tactical Strike that shines through bright enough to almost make up for the numerous problems.
  11. Unfortunately, Tactical Strike's story isn't that immersive.
  12. The concept of SOCOM Tactical Strike is remarkably cool, and when the controls aren't getting in the way, it's a pretty fun game.
  13. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    63
    That strategic team planning and stealthy single-player combat is fun. It just needs to be more consistent...and controllable. [Jan 2008, p.95]
  14. Games Master UK
    62
    The complicated control strategies are an acquired taste. [Christmas 2007, p.84]
  15. 60
    When Tactical Strike works, it works really, really well. In spite of the soul-crushing frustration I experienced, those moments of genius made it worth soldiering on for me. If you have an extraordinarily high tolerance for cheap deaths, long load times, and insubordination, you could have a pretty darn good time with this game.
  16. AceGamez
    60
    As a departure for the series, the idea of a tactical SOCOM game is a great one and is executed mildly well. I say mildly, as without the annoying camera, cheap deaths, lack of story and lukewarm audio, the game would be a lot of fun to play.
  17. The spread-out checkpoints infuriate, particularly since they take over a minute to reload. Despite some provocative multiplayer options and a likable presentation, this Tactical Strike lacks impact.

Awards & Rankings

#49 Most Discussed PSP Game of 2007
#50 Most Shared PSP Game of 2007
User Score
8.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Jan 6, 2013
    3
    Worst socom ever made,i was expecting a new socom then it turns out to be real-time gameplay,do not buy or you will regret buying thatWorst socom ever made,i was expecting a new socom then it turns out to be real-time gameplay,do not buy or you will regret buying that game!!!!!!!!!!!! Full Review »
  2. OliverW.
    Dec 20, 2007
    9
    A very nice package for us older gamers. It's still real time, but no twitchy aiming - you just give order to your team. Great game. The A very nice package for us older gamers. It's still real time, but no twitchy aiming - you just give order to your team. Great game. The multiplayer is a bit deserted and the few matches I tried were over a bit too quickly. Full Review »
  3. KerryJ.
    Nov 13, 2007
    10
    Wow, I just adore the gameplay, just stellar. Wooo!