Review by THAguyINgta3

Reviewed: 08/28/02 | Updated: 01/18/03

THE Halo Killer

When I first heard about SOCOM US Navy SEALs, I had actually just got done playing Rainbow Six for Nintendo 64. Needless to say, I was hoping for a nextgen reincarnation of this game or something close to it in a way.

GAMEPLAY
The gameplay is great. It makes you feel like a real Navy SEAL in a way. The controls are easy to learn and there re a few control schemes. You just need to find which one suits you best. When you first start off, you have a big selection screen where you can see a map of the area you are about to play, pick your weapons for your teammates, find out your objectives, and so much more.

The enemy artificial intelligence isn't that great, but neither is your teammates artificial intelligence so I guess it all fits together. Some examples of the bad a.i. are when your teammates just act like they don't see a terrorist when the guy is 3 feet in front of them. The terrorist will then kill the SEAL and possibly get a few hits on you as well. The terrorist a.i. is the same way and this really messes up the game. But as I said before, since both sides are dumb, it isn't that bad.

The game is hard, yet very fun once you get the hang of it. It might not be too fun on your first time playing though mainly because you will die frequently, but once you get used to it, it is great fun (and you will or should be better). Also, rely on your teammates. It is how you will survive in this game! You can command your teammates on what to do by using the headset which is boxed in with the game (great feature). There are 12 missions in 4 areas which are Alaska, the Congo jungle, Thailand, and Turkmenistan. The levels look really good and are designd well.

There are over 30 weapons in this game. There are weapons that are exclusive to terrorists and exclusive to SEALs. The SEALs have an advantage in weapons over the terrorists power-wise but the terrorists have the better guns. The SEALs have military guns such as the badass M4A1 and M16. The terrorists have some sweet guns such as the AK-47 and FAMAS.

This game is fun on single player, but online multiplayer (broadband only), it's a blast!!! You can play online with up to 8 people against 8 people. Since there is online multiplayer, you would think they would at least put a co-op mode in the offline version of the game, but sadly, they didn't. Maybe we can get offline multiplayer in the future.

Overall, the gameplay is top notch.

STORY
The story is pretty much the same old, same old video game cliche. Terrorists groups have stolen weapons of mass destruction (nukes) and they are going to use it and stuff like that. But hey who really needs story when you got a great game like this?!

AUDIO AND VIDEO
The sound is great. When they were developing SOCOM, they brought in real SEALs to fire the real weapons in the game and they used the same sound and recoil in the game as the guns have in real life. Explosions sound great. The FMV's are great. They have great graphics and usually reveal how the SEALs got into whatever place they are in.

REPLAYABILITY
The game has great replayability. It features online multiplayer for up to 16 players where you go head on with real people. If you aren't going to go online with this game, it still has good replayability. Not all of the weapons are available in online play though which is kind of a flaw in a way. If you can only play the game offline, it still has pretty good replayability if you like this sort of game or just like to kill terrorists.

TO BUY OR TO RENT?!
I would recommend you rent this before buying because this game is not for everyone. If you liked games such as Rainbow Six or Rogue Spear for PSX then you will definitely like this. This game is not fast paced such as games like Counter Strike (PC) among other games. This game is more stealthy which means it requires more skill. THIS IS NOT A RUN AND GUN!

Rating:   5.0 - Flawless

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