SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Combined Assault review

The king of PS2 shooters gets a minor expansion

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The crosstalk feature is probably the biggest deal in this sequel. You'll be able to sync your data from Combined Assault with the new Fireteam Bravo 2 the PSP allowing you to unlock extra characters, weapons sets, movies, and most importantly, extra mission events. For example, if you complete a crosstalk mission objective in Combined Assault by taking out squad of mercenaries, those troops will not pose a threat to your team when playing through that area in Fireteam Bravo 2.

This feature offers more depth, but is it worth shelling out another 40 bucks for Fireteam Bravo 2 to get more mission objectives and dialogues? We don't think so. Since many of the missions in Fireteam Bravo 2 take place in the same areas as the ones in Combined Assault, playing through both single player campaigns to complete all the crosstalk objectives gets old fast, and becomes more of an obsessive chore than a fun pastime.

But let's put our criticisms of the single player campaign and crosstalk feature aside for now. After all, SOCOM still stands tall as the top dog of online shooters for PS2 and everything you loved about SOCOM 3's intense multiplayer action is present in Combined Assault's multiplayer modes.

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DescriptionThe fourth PS2 SOCOM adds new vehicles, weaponry and a four-player co-op mode to the team-based tactical shooter series.
Franchise nameSOCOM
UK franchise nameSOCOM
US censor rating"Teen"
UK censor rating""