Socom: Confrontation is a prime example of game critics being way too harsh in their reviews.
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The game has terrific graphics. Very sharp and crisp. The lighting is great, and shadows are very realistic-looking. The guns and equipment look authentic, too. The menus are designed to benefit the user, with a very easy-to-use interface. Leaderboards and personal statistics menus are easy to maneuver around in, and the in-game HUD is very nice and easy to read. All of the game's maps are absolutely awesome. You have ultimate freedom in Socom. You can find a way to the top of a tall building's roof, or hide under a busted wall, or even find a tiny window and snipe through it. You can do virtually anything with the maps in the game, and these maps look stunning too.
Socom: Confrontation definitely mixes things up with it's gameplay. It isn't your typical modern-style shooter. While the controls may take a while to get used to. Seriously. Reload is R3, you zoom with the d-pad, L3 is melee. it's just weird at first. But, they are actually quite nice for this specific game. Even though they may sound totally wack, it's hard to explain. But the core gameplay is what matters most and they deliver 110%. The gunfights are great, the weapons are balanced, the environments can actually help certain players with certain setups, the team's voice-commanders are very informative (for example, if the other team ties up the game, the commander will say to you something like "We are slipping guys, step it up!"), and these can really keep you alert and on top of your game. Also, there are tons of customization options. You get to create your character for both the terrorists, and for the soldiers. In this creat-a-character mode you can edit the face, body, armor, camo, equipment, face paint, attachments (2 attachments per gun), explosives, and even the colors for different environments. The game has a HUGE level of customization, and you can even map the controller however you want to fit your liking.
Socom Confrontation is a spectacular game. The reviews were mostly all written before the patches were delivered, and before it was the great game that it is. I mean, there are some loading screens that take forever and the occasional glitch, but these are minor setbacks. There is so much fun that comes packaged with this game. You can play for hours without even getting the least bit bored. Another cool feature in this game is that you have to hit L2 to speak, which takes the static, buzzing, and heavy breathing distractions away from the game. Also, the lobbies are usually full of talking people since the game comes bundled with a headset. For $40, there has never been a better buy than this.