A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The game includes a recruitment video for the Navy. Military violence is presented as thrilling.
Violence & Scariness
Plenty of shooting, including splashes of blood when characters are hit. Vehicles and some buildings can be blown up. Some cut scenes depict beating and death from poison gas.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
In a few cutscenes characters smoke cigarettes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a violent action game with a lot of shooting and destruction; when characters are shot, blood sprays from the impact and spreads on clothes and the ground. Cut scenes show beating and death by poison gas, as well as cigarette smoking. The game has a vibrant online community; Common Sense Media does not recommend online play for anyone under age 12. The game also includes a recruitment video for the Navy featuring footage of SEALs in action.
Is It Any Good?
SOCOM 3 provides thrilling firefights in one of the best online games on the PlayStation 2. It improves on its predecessors by including drivable vehicles like boats and humvees, and allows easier, one-button commands for the squad. The artificial intelligence is only so-so; players may find it easiest to proceed Rambo-style, taking down hundreds of enemies single-handedly. While the gear looks real, the military action is over the top: When characters are shot, blood sprays onto their clothes and the ground.
Players with high-speed Internet access can compete with up to 31 others in a range of missions, from death matches to cooperative challenges. Parents should know the popular SOCOM community has a lot of trash-talkers and havoc-wreaking pranksters. To deal with this, players can form clans among their friends and block obnoxious players, but to participate in online rankings or join a clan, players must enter a credit card number (although there is no charge).
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