SOCOM 3 to invade new maps

Downloadable battlefields for shooter begin PS2-ward march in March; packs will cost $6 and fit on PSP memory stick, USB storage.

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"Online downloadable content" is a phrase that often only applies to handheld, PC, and Xbox owners. News out of Sony today, however, may have PlayStation 2 owners dusting off their PS2 Network adapters.

New downloadable map packs for SOCOM 3 will be available this year, with the first scheduled for release sometime in March. Gamers will be able to log into their SOCOM 3 accounts and purchase the add-ons for $5.99. Using a compatible USB storage device or a PlayStation Portable equipped with a Memory Stick Duo (minimum 32MB capacity), purchasers can take their downloaded content anywhere. Those with the PS2 40GB internal drive will also be able to download the map packs.

The first bunch will include several maps that should be familiar to those who played SOCOM II, such as new versions of After Hours, Last Bastion, and Liberation. This will mark the first time that the maps will be playable without the internal hard drive, and each battleground has been reworked with new features for SOCOM 3. Subsequent packs will be distributed "over the next several months" and feature reworked maps from the original SOCOM, as well as all-new levels.

SOCOM 3: US Navy SEALs is rated M for Mature and retails for $49.99. For more on the game, check out GameSpot's review.

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