I bought this game instead of waiting to Gamefly it. It's not that bad of a game, it really isn't. Definitely better than Confrontation. What makes this game so good is actually the single player and co-op. But when I buy a shooter game, I expect the replay value to be in multiplayer. The mp in Socom 4 isn't horrible, but it isn't good either, in my opinion. You don't have to play on just hardcore in mp anymore, which should be a good thing, but when you get into a game online, and the other team is just spawn camping you as soon as you get into the map, it gets very frustrating. Even Confrontation wasn't like this. The aiming isn't that great either, but you can get used to it. Overall it's a fun game. And ever since I bought it new, they've had double xp, but trust me, it still takes time to rank up, since u only get 5 xp per kill. I just think this game is probably a better rent than buy, but to each his own. I'd still give it a solid 7 outta 10.
This game is anything but a Socom game. A very sad mix of uncharted and call of duty is more like it. You will find difficulty finding people to play with at times because it seems so little people are playing this due to the fans being disgusted at the direction zipper interactive have take this long beloved title. My advice is that if you are looking for a casual shooter in which even a 4 year old can land a head shot on then this is your game, if you want more of a challenge and are looking for a classic Socom feel I would recommend Socom confrontation instead.
I've never played a SOCOM game until now and I really enjoyed this one. The game is fun but there were a few things that brought it down for me.
First the AI is buggy. I could walk into a room and walk around an AI and he would never fire at me. I had to kill a commander on the 2nd floor of a building and the only way up is the stairs but there were 2 AI soilders stuck in some chairs that never moved or that were affected by a flash bang. When I made it to the top right as I reached the last step they blew me away with shotguns. It sucks because you can't get to them first before they shoot so its a death trap. Plus I don't know if its just me but the AI with shotguns seem way overpowering even from a distance.
Also AI with LMG and Snipers never seem to stop shooting. They just go on and on and on never reloading. Not fun when your trying to get out of cover and take them out. Even worse when your teammates just stand there and get ripped apart. The only good thing about that is at least they are distracting them!
The main thing I hated about custom campaign mode is that when you die you have to start back at the beginning. The reason why this ticks me off is when you finish an area and go to the next area the next set of AI will just spawn out of no where and if your in the open then your dead! Plus the map doesn't always show enemies. The best thing to do is to wait for your teammates to say "All clear" or close to that. it usually happens but not always. The only other thing is the camera. Its at a really bad angle and sometimes it zooms into your head and takes a while to re-adjust into place.
Also why can't your teammates revive you? You can revive them anytime they are down but when you go down your dead. Plus on top of that the death sequence when you die gets annoying after a while. I don't need to see myself dying for 10 seconds which you can't skip. I just want to get back into it.