But that online thing is pretty much just an afterthought. Just a little added bonus thing that nobody really cares about. :D
So,my 9-game package arrived from Gamestop.. And I was reminded of another reason why Ilike to buy online from Gamestop. Every time I order from them, I choose the cheap USPS value shipping, but they send it by the much better UPS 3-Day instead! This has happened without fail every time I've ordered from them since late last year. At first I thought it was mistake, but now I think they're doing it on purpose.
Unsurprisingly, my favorite game in the package is SOCOM II. Even as my collection rapidly approaches 200 PS2 games, I still come across games that can suck me in and make me sit for hours upon hours.
Interesting story about last night. It's about midnight, and I can't sleep. So I turn on my PS2 and pop in SOCOM II. I play it, die a few times before beating a few missions. Suddenly, I look up at the clock and it's 5AM! The fact that there are still games on the PS2 that I haven't played yet, that can make me stay up all night convinces me that the PS2 truly does have the best library of any game console.
Anyway, there arevery few differences between the original SOCOM and the second one. What they did right in the first game, they still did right in the second one, and they even found some ways to improve the controls. There are still no checkpoints in the middle of missions, and the missionstend to go for an average of about 20 minutes each. It's not uncommon to spend about 20 minutes in a mission and die right before the end, which can be frustrating. Still, if you play on the easiest difficulty the first time around, then the game is quite challenging but not impossible.
One of the things I like about SOCOM II is it's slightly more story-based than the original. The original only had just barely enough story to give basic meaning to the missions. In SOCOM II, the missions have a bit more meaning. Although the cutscenes are still minimal compared to other action games, it still feels like there's more of a story to hook you.
Everything else is pretty much the same as the first game, but improved. The level design is improved, the mission objectives are improved. But mostly, it's the same game. If you loved the first, you'll love the second.
If you haven't played the series yet, I'd recommend starting with the original and work your way up. And I'd recommend doing it as soon as possible! If you like a good squad-based shooter with great stealth mechanics and amazing action, SOCOM is your game.
I was going to comment on some of the other games I got in the package, but SOCOM II is the game that's really eating up my time like no other. I'm on mission 10 of 12 right now, so I'm already close to the end. That's one problem I have with the game. I'd estimate it's about 5 or 6 hours long. The original definitely felt a bit longer. Hopefully the last three missions will take a bit longer.
But anyway, once I beat it, I will have a bit more time to pay attention to the other games. So maybe then I'll blog about them a bit.