Feeds
70%
Socom 4

SOCOM 4

Another banger?

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

3 Big data security analytics techniques

Review If the murder-sim genre has taught us anything, it’s that gamers require little pretext to kill. It helps, of course, when justification is provided through exposition, or by that simplest casus belli of all, an enemy pulling the trigger first. But occasionally, along comes a game like SOCOM 4 to prove all we really need to know to justify our virtual bloodlust is, to quote Aliens’ Vasquez, “where they are.”

Socom 4

Burn a corner

Any attempt SOCOM 4’s narrative makes to excuse your 1000+ killstreak is drowned out by gunfire and a dialogue so stilted you can almost hear the script turning. As your covert NATO fireteam struggles to prevent a bloody revolution in an unnamed Southeast Asian country from escalating into a wider conflict, SOCOM 4 itself struggles to avoid a minefield of clichés and prevent the series' continued decline into ersatz Clancy.

The game's novelties fail to compensate for its tired conventions. Southeast Asia offers a welcome sojourn from the military melting pot of the Middle East, but the repetition of bamboo villages, flavelas and utilitarian military complexes makes for an indistinguishable trudge through Murderland.

Socom 4

Catching bullets instead of buses

Centred around corrupt revolutionaries and a nefarious defence contractor, the plot fails to enliven the slog. Although some occasionally witty enemy dialogue and a convincing performance by your female squad member, First Lieutenant Park Yoon-Hee, aka Forty-Five, at least make up for the overbearing banality of your other squad members.

SANS - Survey on application security programs

Next page: Last orders

More from The Register

next story
Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner hacked in just 4 DAYS
Sammy's newbie cooked slower than iPhone, also costs more to build
US mobile firms cave on kill switch, agree to install anti-theft code
Slow and kludgy rollout will protect corporate profits
Leaked pics show EMBIGGENED iPhone 6 screen
Fat-fingered fanbois rejoice over Chinternet snaps
Microsoft lobs pre-release Windows Phone 8.1 at devs who dare
App makers can load it before anyone else, but if they do they're stuck with it
Oh no, Joe: WinPhone users already griping over 8.1 mega-update
Hang on. Which bit of Developer Preview don't you understand?
Report: Apple seeking to raise iPhone 6 price by a HUNDRED BUCKS
'Well, that 5c experiment didn't go so well – let's try the other direction'
Feast your PUNY eyes on highest resolution phone display EVER
Too much pixel dust for your strained eyeballs to handle
Rounded corners? Pah! Amazon's '3D phone has eye-tracking tech'
Now THAT'S what we call a proper new feature
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft – A jolly little war for lunchtime
Free-to-play WoW turn-based game when you have 20 minutes to kill
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
SANS - Survey on application security programs
In this whitepaper learn about the state of application security programs and practices of 488 surveyed respondents, and discover how mature and effective these programs are.