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SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Confrontation
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Developer(s) Slant Six Games
Publisher(s) Sony Computer Entertainment
Designer(s) Allen Goode[1]
Series SOCOM
Version 1.60
Platform(s) PlayStation 3
Release date(s) NA October 14, 2008
JP October 30, 2008[2]
AUS March 19, 2009[3]
EU March 13, 2009[4]
Genre(s) Third-person shooter, Action
Mode(s) Online multiplayer
Rating(s) ESRB: M[5]
CERO: D[6]
PEGI: 16+[7]
OFLC: MA15+[3]
Media Blu-ray Disc, PlayStation Network
Input methods Sixaxis, DualShock 3, PlayStation 3 light guns, and Bluetooth headset

SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Confrontation (also known as SOCOM: Confrontation) is a third person tactical shooter video game for the PlayStation 3. Slant Six Games developed the game instead of the original SOCOM developer Zipper Interactive. The game was released on October 14, 2008 on the PlayStation Network and Blu-ray Disc in North America and March 2009 in Europe.[2][4] The game is the fifth title in the SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs series and the first for the PlayStation 3. An online-only shooter in the same vein as Warhawk, Confrontation came packaged the same way as Warhawk, with the retail version coming packaged with the official PlayStation 3 Bluetooth headset or as a standalone game, and also released as a downloadable title from PlayStation Network.[8] Teamwork is essential to success in the game, as this phrase says: "Alone I'm Lethal, as a team I Dominate". The player is able to customise their character, choosing from a list of pre-defined items, using mix and match. This includes armor (light, medium and heavy; both leg and torso; for commando and mercenary), camoflauge (head, shirts, pants, armor, straps and mask), and weapons attachments (two slots, weapon specific; e.g. front grip and suppressor on the M4A1 assault rifle).

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Gameplay

Similar to previous games in the series, SOCOM: Confrontation focuses on online play and the global community. Also, the game features several playable special operations forces teams: the U.S.'s Navy SEALs, U.K.'s Special Air Service (SAS), Germany's Kommando Spezialkräfte (KSK), Spain's Unidad de Operaciones Especiales (UOE), and France's 1er Régiment Parachutiste d'Infanterie de Marine (1er RPIMa).[9]

Development and release

An early in-game screenshot of SOCOM: Confrontation

SOCOM: Confrontation was officially announced during Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) Gamers' Day on May 17, 2007 by Scott Steinberg, SCEA's Vice President of Product Marketing.[10].

With the release of the SOCOM series website, it was announced that the game was scheduled to be released on September 16, 2008.[11][12] However, SCEA Director of Development Seth Luisi announced that the game would be delayed one month so they can deliver "the best SOCOM online experience possible."

When Confrontation was released, the game was missing several features that were claimed on the cover of the box and in the manual. The game received a patch on January 9, 2009, version 1.30, which claimed to fix several issues including frame rate and invisible gun glitch, however some of these issues still remained. New features that were missing during release including trophy support were included with the patch. After the patch came out, online players increased by 50% and the number of players per hour increased 33%.[13]

PlayStation Home

Slant Six Games has released a themed space dedicated to SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Confrontation in the PlayStation 3's online community-based service, PlayStation Home.[14] The space is called "SOCOM: Tactical Operations Center" (TOC). At this new SOCOM strategy post, users are be able to plot the next course of action with their friends by gathering around the "SOCOM Telestrator" tool and coordinating their next assault. Chock full of maps and modes from SOCOM: Confrontation, the Telestrator is a powerful tool that the Home community can use to collaborate, strategize, and enhance their gameplay experience. On top of this, the TOC boasts a regional "SOCOM Leaderboard" that pulls data from the SOCOM site and updates Career stats (such as all-time ranking, kills, deaths, and kills/deaths ratio) in real-time. There is also a "TOC Terminal" where users can read up on the Crossroads, Urban Wasteland, Quarantine, Fallen, Kasbah, Desert Glory, and Frostfire maps. As of July 16, 2009, users can purchase SOCOM themed clothing for their avatars from the PlayStation Home shopping complex. This space is the first installment of a two-part SOCOM Home hub (the second highly interactive space – OPFOR – will follow the TOC shortly) that is the ideal 3D locale for the SOCOM community to meet up and socialize. This space was released on June 18, 2009 for the North American version of PlayStation Home, on July 2, 2009 for the European version, and on August 27, 2009 for the Japanese version.

Outso developed the "SOCOM Telestrator" for Slant Six Games in the SOCOM: TOC Game Space.[15]

Reception

 Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 65[16]
Metacritic 62[17]
Review scores
Publication Score
Game Informer 6.0/10[18]
Game Revolution D+[19]
GameSpot 6.5/10[20]
GamesRadar 6.0/10[21]
GameTrailers 7.5/10[22]
GameZone 6.5/10[23]
IGN 4.5/10[24]
X-Play 2/5[25]
Cheat Code Central 3.7/5[26]
GameDaily 5.0/10[27]
PlayStation Universe 8.5/10[28]

SOCOM: Confrontation received mixed reviews at its North American launch as critics cited technical issues, lag, missing features that were advertised, and only seven maps. The game is widely considered a flop and disappointment by fans. To this day, complaint posts are common on the official SOCOM forums. A major bug present at the game's release caused many player's systems to crash while either looking for a match or at other various points during gameplay.

Patch 1.50 released August 25, 2009 includes many new and diverse features including but not limited to: Clan Ladders, Tournaments, Calendar, Follow-A-Friend, and Private Games. Along with these features there are many optimizations, enhancements and fixes but little was done to resolve the issues that have bugged the game from the start. Following the patch in August unfortunately Slant six, the designers of SOCOM: Confrontation, tweaked the "finding game" system in which searching for a normal ranked game can find the searcher an unranked game, a huge fault in the patch.

The latest patch did not cure all that ails SOCOM: Confrontation. The voice of SOCOM:Confrontation, Cindy "AbigaleSS" Bowen, has posted on the official SOCOM.COM forum 9/18/09 that due to extended delays they will no longer post updates on the much anticipated patch and DLC that were expected by the end of summer.

Downloadable Content

Patch 1.6 (announced on 6/23/2009) will include free DLC in the form of two new factions: The Dutch KCT and the Italian COMSUBIN which will feature the HK417 Assault Rifle and the SPAS 15 Shotgun, respectively. Also, all players will receive the 9mm Sub, AK-74, SR-25, and M82A1A. This patch is yet to have been released and all requests for more information by fans and media alike have been denied by Sony representatives.

Downloadable content was announced on 6/30/2009 for release after patch 1.6 (still unreleased) via the blog on SOCOM.com. A preview of what looks to be a snow covered Vigilance from SOCOM 2 was posted alongside the announcement. Since the original posting however, there has been no mention of what else, if anything, is coming "down the pipe" and many forum users are starting rumors of the DLC being vaporware. Sony has said nothing in response to multiple requests and some pleas for more information from fans of the franchise other than "No Comment" which add fuel to these rumors.

On 10/1/2009 an independent review company came in contact with a rumoured two representatives of the Sony franchise, asking for a response to the rumours of the 1.6 patch and DLC being vaporware the representatives responded with "if this was vaporware, then why would we have bothered making the game in the first place?" the vague answer has again simply fuelled speculation of any actually production of anything from Slant Six Games.

On 10/16/2009 developers announced COLD FRONT to be released. The dlc post also boasted 2 prices: $9.99 if you bought the dlc in the first 24 hr.(supposedly a thank you price for sticking with socom.) and $14.99 if you bought the dlc any time afterwards. The included features are said to contain:

•New Russian / Eastern European Area of Operation •Snow setting complete with snow effects, new snow gear and camo for both the Special Forces and Mercenaries, and thermal vision •New ARMS RUN gameplay mode •5 New Maps (3 of wich are remakes of previous socom maps denoted with (√)) o Uprising o Entrapment o Blizzard √ o Night Stalker √ o Vigilance √ •All new mercenaries characters with new looks and new VO. •New Special Forces squad, the Russian Spetsnaz •Gun turret emplacements •New music •All new character specialization/progression system o Allows players to pick a primary and secondary specialization and unlock new equipment exclusive to those specializations •New weapons, including: o 3 new weapons o 6 enhanced versions of weapons available as part of the new weapons specialization system o 2 new weapon attachments (including the thermal scope) o 5 enhanced versions of weapon attachments also available as part of the new weapons specialization system. o 2 new grenade launcher ammo types (flash and smoke) •New Trophies

On 10/24/2009 on the Socom.com Blog developers began posting pictures and map layouts of up coming maps: 10/24 Vigilance √ 10/27 Uprising 10/29 Blizard √ 11/3 Entrapment 11/5 Night Stalker √

After releasing the final map on 11/5 there was much speculation about the release of the DLC coming very soon.

On 11/10/2009 Developers released a short video of the Vigilance map, a character in snow camo using the AK-74 with the new Thermal scope to be implemented. This sparked a flurry of negetive posting accusing the developers of stalling.

On 11/17/2009 Developers released a fly through video of the remake map Vigilance.

On 12/17/2009 Developers released the Downloadable-Content, "SOCOM Confrontation: Cold Front".

Slant Six states,

  • New Russian / Eastern European Area of Operation
  • Snow setting complete with snow effects
  • New snow gear and camo for both the Special Forces and Mercenaries
  • Thermal vision
  • New ARMS RUN gameplay mode
  • 5 New Maps: Uprising, Entrapment, Blizzard, Night Stalker, Vigilance
  • All new mercenaries characters with new looks and new VO.
  • New Special Forces squad, the Russian Spetsnaz
  • Gun turrets emplacements
  • New music
  • All new character specialization/progression system allows players to pick a primary and secondary specialization and unlock new equipment exclusive

to those specializations

  • New weapons, including: 3 new weapons (AK-107, AS Val and AN-94 for the Russian Spetsnaz), 6 enhanced versions of weapons available as part of the new weapons specialization system, 2 new weapon attachments (including the thermal scope), 5 enhanced versions of weapon attachments also available as part of the new weapons specialization system.
  • 2 new grenade launcher ammo types (flash and smoke)
  • New Trophies

References

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SOCOM U.S. Navy SEALs: Confrontation

Developer(s) Slant Six Games
Publisher(s) Sony Computer Entertainment
Release date October 14, 2008 [1]
Genre Third-person shooter, Massively multiplayer online game
Mode(s) Multiplayer
Age rating(s)
Platform(s) PlayStation 3
Media BD-ROM, Download Via PlayStation Store
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SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Confrontation (also known as SOCOM: Confrontation) is a third person tactical shooter video game for the PlayStation 3. Slant Six Games developed the game instead of the original SOCOM developer Zipper Interactive. The game was released on October 14, 2008 on the PlayStation Network and Blu-ray Disc in North America and March 2009 in Europe. The game is the fifth title in the SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs series and the first for the PlayStation 3. An online-only shooter in the same vein as Warhawk, Confrontation came packaged the same way as Warhawk, with the retail version coming packaged with the official PlayStation 3 Bluetooth headset or as a standalone game, and also released as a downloadable title from PlayStation Network. Teamwork is essential to success in the game, as this phrase says: "Alone I'm Lethal, as a team I Dominate". The player is able to customise their character, choosing from a list of pre-defined items, using mix and match. This includes armour (light, medium and heavy; both leg and torso; for commando and mercenary), camoflauge (head, shirts, pants, armour, straps and mask), and weapons attachments (two slots, weapon specific; e.g. front grip and suppressor on the M4A1 assault rifle).

Contents

Gameplay

Similar to previous games in the series, SOCOM: Confrontation focuses on online play and the global community. Also, the game features several playable special operations forces teams: the U.S.'s Navy SEALs, U.K.'s Special Air Service (SAS), Germany's Kommando Spezialkräfte (KSK), Spain's Unidad de Operaciones Especiales (UOE), and France's 1er Régiment Parachutiste d'Infanterie de Marine (1er RPIMa).

Features

  • This new installment of SOCOM will feature brand new maps as well as the map "Crossroads" instead of the larger styled maps that are seen on the most recent PS2 titles, SOCOM 3 and Combined Assault.
  • Available on the Playstation Network and in retail stores on Blu-Ray disc bundled with the Sony bluetooth headset
  • Weapons likely will remain customizable much like they were in SOCOM 3: scopes, foregrips, suppressors, bipods, etc
  • Lobby System will be similar to SOCOM 2 and 3
  • Custom Ranked and Custom Unranked Games
  • Ultimate 32-player online combat experience featuring stunning high-definition visuals, advanced physics, ballistics, impact and destruction modeling
  • It is not yet clear whether multiple people will be able to play online from a single Playstation 3, though it is possible
  • Rich interactive and destructible environments (i.e. shell casings can bounce off environment and make noise when stepped on or kicked)
  • Full support of the SIXAXIS™ and Dualshock 3 wireless controller, offering greater control
  • Choice of playing as various International Special Forces
  • Advanced voice communication systems
  • Comprehensive player customization including fully featured load out, encumbrance and unique uniforms
  • Up to seven different game modes are available on each map
  • An Advanced Party System, players can form a team with their friends and easily join an online game
  • Regional combat or challenge teams from around the world
  • Additional themed downloadable content packs available post launch(Maps, Skins, and equipment) - Location based packs ( Different countries)
  • Choose between classic view or the new over-the-shoulder view(as an option)
  • Advanced Player Uniform and Clan Uniform Customization
  • Choose from 5 different Special Ops squads worldwide (available to clan members only)[2] :
    • 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)
  • In-depth clan support- leaders can customize the entire clan's camo pattern.
  • Community support- team tournaments and clan ladders will reward top players with different weapons and game items

Upcoming Events

The Dutch KCT and the Italian COMSUBIN, Are announced for the 1.60 patch for the game. Each Force will include new heads, voices and outfits. Each of the Forces will also don special weapons: the 417 assault rifle for the Dutch KCT and the SPAS 15 shotgun for the Italian COMSUBIN Special Forces.

Additionally, four new weapons will be available to all players with the 1.60 patch. These are the 9mm Sub Machine Gun, M82A1A, Ak-74 and SR-25. The patch will also include a number of weapon updates and adjustments to existing weapons.

Beyond patch work, Slant Six has also been working on "a major content release/pack," which will be revealed later this month.

Reputation

SOCOM: Confrontation received mixed reviews at its North American launch as critics cited technical issues, lag, missing features that were advertised, and only seven maps. The game is widely considered a flop and disappointment by fans. To this day, complaint posts are common on the official SOCOM forums. A major bug present at the game's release caused many player's systems to crash while either looking for a match or at other various points during gameplay.

Recent patches have fixed the majority of these problems. After the availability of patch 1.50, servers have witnessed a marked increase in participation and SOCOM servers have seen impressive numbers. Tournaments were announced at the launch of 1.50 and Clan participation is on the increase.

References

  1. Kollar, Philip (2008-03-26). SOCOM Confrontation Marching Out on September 16. 1UP.com. Retrieved on 2008-03-26.
  2. SOCOM Confrontation Special Forces Unveiled (news at 1UP.com)

External links

  • www.SOCOM.com
  • The best site for the SOCOM: Confrontation news, rumors, maps, and everything SOCOM!
  • SOCOM: Confrontation announced
  • Sony announces SOCOM: Confrontation for PS3
  • SOCOM: Confrontation's developer's website
  • SOCOM: Confrontation @ Gamespy
  • Interview with Developer (newsweek)


SOCOM series
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SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs | SOCOM 2 |SOCOM 3 | Combined Assult | SOCOM Confrontation
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