SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy SEALs is now available for North American PS3 owners, complete with full stereoscopic 3D support and PlayStation Move support. The 3D support is awesome for those with a 3D TV (yay, DailyGame!), but the limited SOCOM 4: Full Deployment Edition is even cooler with its inclusion of a PlayStation Move motion controller, PlayStation Move navigation controller, PlayStation Eye camera and PlayStation Move sharp shooter.
SOCOM 4, continues the franchise trademarks of squad-based multiplayer and a robust single-player campaign. SOCOM 4 has gone back to the drawing board with the multiplayer aspects with team-focused, tactical gameplay and a new five-person cooperative mode. The story-driven single-player narrative, meanwhile, focuses on an intense modern combat experience that balances intense firefights with covert operations in the middle of the night.
SOCOM 4 takes place in Southeast Asia after a NATO fleet is severely crippled by a terrorist attack and civil war grips the region. Operations Commander Cullen Gray must rely on his multinational force and his expertise in strategic combat to overcome hostile territory and even more hostile rebels. In just six days, OpsCom and his team must capture a radical revolutionary who plans to disrupt the global economy by annihilating a critical waterway. Throughout their journey the team receives assistance from ORACLE, a surviving intelligence analyst stationed aboard an offshore, immobilized NATO carrier.
Each team member brings a unique skill to the battlefield: First Lieutenant Park Yoon-Hee (call-sign “Forty-Five”), a South Korean covert operations specialist; Chief Petty Officer Dion Wells; Heavy Weapons Operator Eric Schweitzer; and Chung Kwan, a South Korean reconnaissance operative. OpsCom must command and optimize each team member’s skill to successfully maneuver his team out of enemy territory and complete his objective.
Supporting up to 32 players online, SOCOM 4 brings team-focused competitive modes to the battle ground. In Uplink, each team infiltrates the other’s base to obtain valuable data. Last Defense pits teams against each other as they attempt to place recon beacons at key sectors to locate and assault the enemy base. For fans of the series, Suppression returns and challenges teams to neutralize the other and be the last team standing. Bomb Squad makes its debut as the newest addition to the multiplayer arsenal. Escorted by allies, the special bomber units attempt to defuse enemy explosives, while warding off the rival team. Classic SOCOM mode is available for all maps and game types and dares players to turn off health regeneration, re-spawn, the cover system and adds faster movement speeds.
The new five-player online co-op campaign spans six maps and two game modes. Takedown tasks the squad to locate and neutralize the enemy VIP and Espionage relies on a more covert approach as the team must gain access to the enemy position and gather valuable data. Randomized scenarios, tactical objectives and unpredictable, dynamic AI lie in wait to test a squad’s strategy and plan of attack.
Customization adds another layer to both the competitive and cooperative SOCOM multiplayer experience. The multiplayer environment allows for a variety of options for custom matches, including Classic mode, gametype map, player count, timed rounds, weapon class restrictions, teammate revival, damage and friendly fire. Chaining together up to five cooperative missions creates a unique, custom campaign where players also have the option to modify both enemy density and difficulty.
The final update to SOCOM 4 since its predecessors is SOCOM Pro, which is exclusive to purchasers of brand-new copies of SOCOM 4. SOCOM Pro provides free downloadable content via a voucher code. Once players enter their codes, their PSN IDs become SOCOM Pro accounts and will give the player have access to content free of charge. Members will have access to a wealth of SOCOM Pro DLC, including custom game queues, weapons packs, and bi-weekly custom co-op challenges. Players purchasing a previously owned SOCOM 4 copy will be available to purchase a Pro membership for $14.99.