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SOCOM II: U.S. Navy SEALs – Consumer Guide

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According to ESRB, this game contains: Blood, Violence

Parents will want to approach SOCOM II with caution. The title is a realistic depiction of covert Special Forces operations, and as such, people are shot, things are blown up, and the game can be an intense experience. Because of this, most children won't be interested.

Fans of squad-based shooters will no doubt love SOCOM II. The game remains one of the premier tactical shooters on the market, and the first game was a definite trendsetter in the field. While the gap between SOCOM and games like the Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3 has narrowed dramatically, SOCOM II still does enough things well to remain as one of the seminal gaming experiences for fans of this subgenre.

Casual gamers might find the $50 price tag a little hard to justify given that SOCOM II plays more like an expansion pack than an entirely new game. If the player doesn't have broadband and an online adapter, then purchasing the game isn't recommended—the real heart and soul of the SOCOM experience lies in the online component of the game. However, gamers who are able to play online and have an interest in this subgenre will almost assuredly enjoy the experience.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing gamers will want to skip this one. While the game does feature a lot of subtitled dialogue, hearing things is integral to the experience—from the sound of squad mates in the headset to the ambient noise and sounds of battle in the game's scenarios. Without being able to hear the action, the game becomes essentially unplayable.

Category Tags
Platform(s): PS2  
Developer(s): Zipper  
Publisher: Sony  
Series: SOCOM  
Genre(s): Shooting   Online/Multiplayer  
ESRB Rating: Mature (17+)  
Articles: Consumer Game Guides  

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