Parents' Guide to

SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy SEALs

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Violent, bloody shooter glamorizes elite soldier's job.

Game PlayStation 3 2011
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 2+

Based on 1 parent review

age 2+

great for anyone


This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (1 ):
Kids say (5 ):

The campaign portion of SOCOM 4 is as average as can be, delivering familiar cover-based combat scenarios populated with forgettable characters and objectives. Squad-focused tactics help distinguish the experience a little, but are marred by A.I. teammates often in need of babysitting. Infrequent stealth missions act as a nice change of pace. Too bad they're so hard.

Luckily, the multiplayer element proves more satisfying. Upgradeable weapons and a well-designed character growth system will keep avid players busy for weeks or months, and matches without re-spawning -- a staple of the franchise -- are as tense as they've ever been. Like previous SOCOMs, the online play will likely be best enjoyed by hardcore as opposed to casual players; the people we encountered online while testing were often overly enthusiastic in their taunting. SOCOM 4 won't win many new converts, but franchise fans shouldn't be disappointed.

Online interaction: Up to 32 players can play together in online play. Squad-based multiplayer supports and encourages open voice communication between players, which means players could encounter inappropriate language and topics of conversation. Opportunity exists for players to share personal information.

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