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March 8 2009
SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Confrontation - PS3 Preview
Release Date Distributer Publisher Developer
19/3/2009SonySonySlant Six
Offline Players Online players Price Anticipation
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SOCOM Confrontation looks pretty nice.
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One of the first screenshots released.

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Aiming at the enemy above.
Sony's SOCOM series was one of the biggest successes on the Playstation 2 as it ushered in online gaming to millions of console gamers around the globe. Sure PC games have supported online gaming for quite a while, but for such a 'low specced' console it was quite a revolution. While Zipper Interactive have moved onto a new franchise in M.A.G. (which stands for Massive Action Game) the development of the first SOCOM title on the PS3 has been handed over to Slant Six Games a rather new developer whose only game to date was the respectable SOCOM: US Navy Seals Tactical Strike on the PSP.

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Is that an enemy ahead in SOCOM?
SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Confrontation focuses on online play and the global community and clans that support it. With an emphasis on Tournaments, Clan Ladders, Leader Boards, this is exactly what SOCOM fans have been clamoring for. Delivering a true global-scale experience, players can battle online against the best and brightest from the U.S., Europe and Asia.

Indeed SOCOM: Confrontation has five different Special Ops squads to choose from including: Navy Sea, Air, and Land (SEALs, United States), Special Air Service (SAS, United Kingdom), Kommando Spezialkräfte (KSK, Germany), Unidad de Operaciones Especiales (UOE, Spain), 1er Régiment de Parachutistes d'Infanterie de Marine (1er RPIMa, France). No doubt each of these different services will include differnet equipment and 40 weapons in total and provide different experiences.

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Some enemies up ahead!
SOCOM: Confrontation is a multi-player game through and through. Supporting up to 32 players online the game will include multiple game modes, a lobby system, ranked and unranked system. Tournaments will be held on a regional, national and global level and the game will include full match-making. Of course it will be possible to team up with your friends and enter matches together. Users will also be able to form clans to compete online. Make no mistake, should this game be lag free (or as close as possible) to Activision's Call of Duty 4 then it has every chance to topple it as the online game to have - perhaps.

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Surrounded by squad mates during a battle.
The game will include 7 different North African themed maps including a remake of "Crossroads" which has become the most popular map from the PS2 titles. Two other maps from SOCOM II have been reworked as well - "Desert Glory" and "Frostfire". The other four maps will be brand new with three of them named "Urban Wasteland", "Quarantine" and "Kasbah". Each of the maps will include seven different game modes.

Developers Slant Six Games have opted not to include any vehicles in the game with the focus to remain on soldiers on the battlefield, rather then equipment. One of the changes to previous games is the ability to use either the classic viewpoint, or an over-the-shoulder view instead. The game will make use of the tilt sensing of the Sixaxis and Dual Shock 3 for an advanced cover system however we can't say how well this will work given previous attempts. Also new to this game is a knife melee attack and a sprint feature.

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Looking at the battle from inside a building.
Graphically we must say that Slant Six certainly seem to be on the money with the development of this game. Levels are highly detailed, and with numerous soldiers running around the screen, with explosions and gunfire in all directions it certainly looks the part. Let's hope that lag is kept to a minimum and the frame rate holds strong.

Certainly the biggest unknown about SOCOM: Confrontation is how well new developers Slant Six (as opposed to usual SOCOM developers Zipper Interactive) will cope with such a large property. Things are looking pretty positive already, but it won't be until we get our hands on this game in late March, and test it online significantly, that we will be able to give you the full skinny on if this game is worth your time. One good bit of news though is that the game will be released to retailers in Australia for the very generous price of $AU49.95 - just remember though that this is an online only title, no single player story or missions are included.