Ahh you many be wondering what on earth this title is about, but this is a direct quote a buddy of mine got when the very first Socom game was released from a lady on a telephone helpline. I must admit I found it very funny. Its crazy to think that the Socom series is a decade old now. A decade really? Who ever would have imagined that this series would have had that kind of staying power?
My experience with Socom is kind of a strange one. At the time it was released I never played online games, but I found the idea of controlling a team of soldiers with my voice very interesting. Now the friend of mine who the game could not understand was from North East England and he did have a very strong accent. I my self am from Scotland and I never had a single issue. While I never played the game online I still found it a very enjoyable shooter. Socom 2 however was different I was already online before it was released and I could not wait to play it against real people.
Socom 2 was the game that really got me into online gaming. I had dabbled in it a little bit, but this was the one that got me hooked. I never realised how amazing it was to play a game online. Especially in the modes where you would work as a team and have to actually work together. Do not get me wrong I love all out kill every one on the screen multi player action, but this was just as much fun.
Sadly for me and I know a few other gamers who felt this way also Socom 2 was kind of the peak for the series on the Playstation 2. I did like the other two games in the series, but they just never blew me away the same way that Socom 2 did. It was like they had a winner with Socom 2 so they just kind of left it at that and added a a few features here and there.
Despite my somewhat lack of interest in Socom by the time the fourth one hit on the Playstation 2. I was really excited for Socom on the Playstation 3. I mean this was next gen stuff it had to be awesome right? The online must be really well done right? Well turns out it was not. Now I have heard a ton of mixed reports about this game, but I hand on heart can tell you from the perspective of a gamer here in the UK that the online was a real pain in the butt. I think I had the game just over a week before I gave up and traded it in. The online experience was that bad and that was a shame because I felt the core game play was decent.
The last Socom game on Playstation 3 that was released just last year I felt was like a kick in the pants for this series. I did not get this game on day one, but I did keep my ear open as to what was happening. Of course with the Playstation hack there was no way that I would buy an online game. Then one day in October of 2011 I saw it on clearance and I thought what the heck I will give it a chance. And you know it turned out to be a whole heap of fun. Yes the game play may not have been anything new or special, but for me this was easily the best Socom game I had played since Socom 2 on the Playstation 2.
So where does that leave us with Socom? Lets face it this is a Sony flagship franchise that has no sign of disappearing despite what the reviews say. I would be very surprised if we got another one this console generation I guess the Playstation Vita is a possibility, but I would guess that the next console instalment will be on the Playstation 4. So the question is what do we want from Socom on Playstation 4?
I personally feel and I know that many disagree with me that Socom is a very solid shooter. I have pretty much zero complaints from a game play point of view. Story however I never really got into. I am not saying they are boring, but they all just feel so incredibly stock that I never get that invested into them. Now this may be way out there, but for the next Socom game I would love to see it set far in the future with futuristic combat. I know many people are probably thinking what the heck is he on about? But I would really love a Socom game set in the far future. Perhaps even on a far away planet.
My biggest want for the Socom series is reliable online servers. Granted the last game was much better, but I still had more connection and lag issues than I should have. I have heard that some lucky people never had any issues with the last Socom, but there was still more than a few of us that did.
So what about you guys what do you want for Socom on Playstation 4? Would you be interested in A Socom game set in the far future?
Article by - Jason Delacey
Insert Date: 09/11/2012
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