I don’t know if you people know SOCOM: U.S. NAVY SEALs? Well, I spent my whole childhood in it. I was around 10 years old when I started playing SOCOM: U.S. NAVY SEALs on the PlayStation 2 those days (2002). It was the first online shooter on a console and also third person! It was pretty fun, because you could communicate with other players by using an USB headset. Of course, as you can guess, this game became my addiction. I was young, nothing to care about and very fast after playing the game on my brothers PS2, I got my one on my room. That’s the moment in time when everything changed.
Playing together with my brother, which was playing upstairs, my parents freaked out because of that game. The whole day we were playing, screaming, calling, communicating in everyway and getting upset. It was the perfect game and day after day went by. Then, in 2003, SOCOM II: U.S. NAVY SEALs came in the market. That’s when addictive players became obsessed with the game.
The communication was awesome with the headset, people created clans to play against other teams. Clan ladders were made on http://www.gamebattles.com (now MLG) and it became a sort of a community. At one point, I became the #3 in Europe of SOCOM II. I was like 13-years old and SOCOM was my world back then. I defeated guys that were 20 or even older. I felt awesome. I was playing serious in clanwars and in normal games I was fooling around and socializing, but still beastin.
Until the downwards spiral came into the SOCOM collection. SOCOM III: U.S. NAVY SEALs was there and wasn’t better. Well, let’s say it sucked. After that SOCOM U.S. NAVY SEALs: Combined Assault came and the SOCOM community was falling apart. I quitted playing with my friends when we were about 15 years old. The relationship between me and my PS2 was gone and the new PS3 didn’t brought me a lot of excitement either. BUT: SOCOM U.S. NAVY SEALs: Confrontation showed up on the PS3. Some people who played SOCOM II were started playing again because some old SOCOM II maps were created in HD. Well, the game didn’t last for long because the gameplay was different. The aim system didn’t match the perfect one from SOCOM I & II and next to that, the game didn’t feel like SOCOM.
The latest version is SOCOM 4. This is, if you ask me, the best SOCOM version after SOCOM II. That’s because Zipper Interactive also made it and looked, besides the way higher resolution, the closest at SOCOM II. Still, the game wasn’t that much of a success like SOCOM I & II was. Zipper Interactive quit the SOCOM series and the fans were left alone. No more SOCOM’s, pure nostalgia was SOCOM for us.
Then, I saw some rumors come by (10 feb, 2012) that Zipper’s director said that “SOCOM was not over yet”, so there is a new one coming? Everyone was yelling for years and years that they wanted SOCOM II (HD), including me! It was the best way for Zipper if they want to start creating great games and earn some money again. After that the combination of SOCOM I & II (HD) and maybe even III as well would create the success. SOCOM I & II has sold over 5.5 million copies all over the world, so that’s a lot.
Today, when I write this, I still have no clue if the SOCOM Legacy is coming in HD or not. If you think about it: pick the engine from MAG (other Zipper game), hold the same system as SOCOM I & II and don’t change the aim system or whatever. Just leave everything the same, except for the resolution. Then it must not be that hard right? If we look at SOCOM: Confrontation and SOCOM 4, we already got a lot of maps in HD:
3. Night Stalker
4. Desert Glory
6. Bitter Jungle
9. The Ruins
That’s a lot right? We only miss:
1. Blood Lake
2. Fish Hook
3. The Mixer
4. Death Trap
5. Rats Nest
8. Shadow Falls (although you might leave that one out haha!)
12. Chain Reaction
I mean, we are almost halfway! You can start with the ones we got Sony! Listen to the fans, let Zipper or an other company create it. Start with the ones we got and creat DLC’s with 5 new maps every season. The game will rock!
I think it would really work! What do you guys think? Underneath you can find one video of SOCOM II: U.S. NAVY SEALs in the map The Ruins and underneath that you can find a video of The Ruins in SOCOM 4, enjoy!
I hope you guys enjoyed the post and for the SOCOM fans: fingers crossed!