Pros Infrastructure On-Line Play, Diverse Single Player Missions, Ability to Syn to Socom 3 for the PS2.
Cons Not Bundled with the PSP Headset.
Summary Although not required to enjoy the On-Line games, the Sony PSP Headset with Mic makes the experience that much more enjoyable.
Pros Great involving gameplay, fairly realistic, great online play
Cons mediocre graphics, could be more weapons
Summary This game is very enjoyable, although the lack of weapons can make it get old after a while
Pros Easy learning curve, Good fun
Cons Too simple gameplay, Mediocre graphics
Summary The gameplay can be too simple sometimes. To lock onto an enemy you merely hold r, this makes the game often too easy: you can lock onto enemies even when you can't see them behind bushes etc. Once you hold down x and empty a magazine into them they haven't had the chance to shoot at you.
The online play is not bad however it can become repetitive and the one life per round rule can become frustrating. The bundled headphones and microphone are not good quality either (I didn't expect them to be), on a related note many of the people online don't understand to hold down the mic button for the duaration of the speech making a rather irritating noise. I wouldn't recomend online play to younger audiences (It is a 16 but you know, many people on the game frequently curse, for older people the white noise from speakers can often become annoying.
The single player missions can become repetitve once you've killed enough people and rescued enough intel. The game's comand function however is easy to use and is often useful for clearing rooms etc.
Graphics in the game aren't as great as other PSP games. The Character's features often look rather jagged. The Cut scenes provide an interesting contrast: they are of much higher, cinematic quality and show what the team behind the game is capable of.
I've spoken at reasonable length of the drawbacks of this game however, it should be said there are definate reasons why you should buy this game: hence the good rating i've given it.
The offline single player missions become more engaging once you begin to find bonus objectives and you increase the difficulty. The more challenging makes the game much better than it is on the low diffculty settings.
The graphics though i complained about earlier being occasionally jagged are animated quite well throughout the game. The level details are not bad for the PSP but are definately recognisable.
The online play can be rewarding once you get the hang of it. Once you've found a suitable server, jumping into a game is very easy. Being able to talk to your team mates is great for discussing tactics and your next move making the gameplay much more engaging.
SOCOM is worth buying for the PSP. It is succesful in all the aspects of a great game. Apart from some setbacks i'd recommend this game to people who either have or don't hand experience in this genre of gameplay.
Pros Awesome game play with little to no lag. Online play is great. Voice communication is so cool.
Cons This game has 0 cons!
Summary With full missions, customizable gear and online play. this is the best shooter for the PSP out there. My favorite game ever. I never owned a PS2, XBOX all the way...anyway, this game looks amazing, sounds great, and the ability to use communicate online is the new standard.
Buy this Game!!!
Pros excellent effects & graphics, highly challenging yet doable
Cons steep learning curve
Summary When I got my PSP I picked up 5-6 games. None have been exciting enough to get me to play them again, except for SOCOM which I can't put down. The different mission settings are well thought out and are done with brilliant graphics. I didn't think I'd be a big fan of shooter games but this is one is awesome.