What does PS2's premiere online shooter SOCOM get for its 10th anniversary? Its servers shut down

What a world we live in, eh? A conflict that's gone on for the best part of a decade comes to an end and all people can do is complain and say 'I was enjoying that'. Tsk. But seriously, it is the end of an era, as PS2's SOCOM: US Navy SEALS series and the PSP versions are having their servers switched off on August 31, 2012. 

PS3's SOCOM 4 is still going strong(ish), of course, but that won't help the still-loyal fanbase from feeling sad. Especially as they were hoping for some kind of HD collection to mark the game's tenth anniversary. In truth, they've been feeling sad for a while anyway, with each new sequel seemingly doing something to take the series away from the game it was when it first launched.

Above: "Right men, this is PS2 country. Keep moving and do NOT look at the floor"

But what a run it's had! Most current-gen games' servers only stay live for a couple of years at best, so a 10-year stint is pretty remarkable. The closest thing we can think of in terms of consoles at least would be the Halo 2 servers, which ran from November 9, 2004 until April 15, 2010. But that's nothing like this PS2 game's stint, which started on August 27, 2002.

It does make us think about how far online gaming has come in 10 years. Remember the PS2 Network Adaptor? Or buying a PS2 Slim that had the adaptor built in, but knowing you'd never be able to play Final Fantasy XI on it because it needed the hard drive too? Remember not caring because San Andreas was coming soon anyway? Happy, happy days...

Source: The Real SOCOM


  • Pacific - May 30, 2012 2:53 p.m.

    Ultimate online anyone? :)
  • talleyXIV - May 30, 2012 9:43 a.m.

    I never played it and I still feel bad for some reason. How much could it be costing them to keep it running? No way that it is worth more than the love of the game a lot of people still have.
  • ChaosEternal - May 30, 2012 8:41 a.m.

    This is the downside to multiplayer in great games, as it can't be kept up forever. Enjoy it while it lasts, and pity those who are born to late to truly enjoy a game in its prime!
  • FETALJUICE - May 30, 2012 8:04 a.m.

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I still play SOCOM 2 and 3 online!
  • gazdog9 - May 30, 2012 7:15 a.m.

    It's a real testament to that series of games that they stayed alive for so long . SOCOM 3 and COD 2 (the big red one) were my first on line console experiences (along with that free game you got with the adaptor that i can't remember the name of) . A couple of years ago , my 360 red ringed and I went back on to the PS2 . I was totally surprised to see thriving communities for SOCOM and COD still playing those games online .
  • Tjwoods18 - May 30, 2012 6:15 a.m.

    Every good online game servers must go down eventually. Come june 6 I will cry for metal gear online 3's closing 8'(

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