Feeds
70%
Socom 4

SOCOM 4

Another banger?

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Last orders

The tactical command system at the heart of SOCOM 4 is reminiscent of SCI's Conflict series and Pandemic's excellent Full Spectrum Warrior. Action is divided between controlling Squad Commander Cullen Gray and issuing orders to his squad members, combining cover-and-shoot gunplay with tactical exploitation of multiple routes to flank and outmanœuvre an engaging enemy AI.

Socom 4

Do you smell what the rock is cooking?

Three basic orders: go there, cover me and shoot him, work well in preparing for firefights. And they excel in the game's underused 'last stand' set pieces, where you need to keep re-organising your squad to repel incoming waves of enemies. But with no option to take control of individual squad members, or pause the action to issue commands, the constant distraction of self-preservation in sustained engagements dilutes their efficacy, reducing the mainstay of combat to an average, third-person cover shooter.

Espionage sections provide welcome respite from the monotony of combat. Set during nighttime, you control Forty-Five, using the cover of darkness and vegetation to infiltrate cleverly designed compounds. The third-person mechanics transpose well into stealth, and, although highly derivate, Forty-Five's stealth kills and dead body concealment abilities bring a satisfying additional depth to gameplay.

Socom 4

More potholes than a Bob Marley T-shirt

But espionage levels also reveal SOCOM 4's technical cracks. An additional ability to distract guards by throwing empty bullet casings proves hit and miss, with guards often failing to react, or heading in completely the wrong direction. And dim lighting and threadbare undergrowth require you to suspend disbelief entirely by providing impenetrable cover from nearby enemies, despite your body remaining clearly visible on-screen.

Website security in corporate America

Next page: Forward march

More from The Register

next story
Bono: Apple will sort out monetising music where the labels failed
Remastered so hard it would be difficult or impossible to master it again
Oi, Tim Cook. Apple Watch. I DARE you to tell me, IN PERSON, that it's secure
State attorney demands Apple CEO bows the knee to him
Your chance to WIN the WORLD'S ONLY HANDHELD ZX SPECTRUM
Reg staff not allowed to enter, god dammit
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Monitors monitor's monitoring finds touch screens have 0.4% market share
Not four. Point four. Count yer booty again, Microsoft
Getting to the BOTTOM of the great office seating debate
Belay that toil, me hearty, and park your scurvy backside
Hey, Mac fanbois. HGST wants you drooling over its HUGE desktop RACK
What vast digital media repository could possibly need 64 TERABYTES?
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.