SOCOM 4 Will Hit Stores On April 19

Posted by BradNicholson (812 posts) -

So, SOCOM 4 finally has a firm release date. According to a recent posting on the official PlayStation Blog, this next SOCOM will see a release in North America on April 19. That's like three months from now!

In addition to busting out the date, Zipper Interactive also dropped news of an exciting pre-order bonus. Slapping down cash in advance of the game’s release at a GameStop will net you an extra bonus “exclusive” map called “Abandoned.”   
 


According to the GS listing, Abandoned is actually a remake of a “popular” Suppression mode map from the original SOCOM and SOCOM 2. Also, pre-orders will get you a “Super M90 Shotgun,” which features a larger range than standard, presumably in-game, shotguns. People are sure to love you if you carry that thing around.

Not a bad deal, I suppose, if you’re into pre-order stuff. Also, remember that a select number of copies of Killzone 3 will ship with a redeemable code for the upcoming SOCOM 4 beta, which will probably kick off a month before the game hits shelves.  
 
SOCOM 4 is notable as the return of Zipper to the franchise it created way back when. Slant SIx took over the series for its first PS3 installment, Confrontation, but a lot of SOCOM's longtime fans were less than pleased with that one. Does the return of Zipper make anyone more interested in giving SOCOM another shot?
#1 Posted by BradNicholson (812 posts) -

So, SOCOM 4 finally has a firm release date. According to a recent posting on the official PlayStation Blog, this next SOCOM will see a release in North America on April 19. That's like three months from now!

In addition to busting out the date, Zipper Interactive also dropped news of an exciting pre-order bonus. Slapping down cash in advance of the game’s release at a GameStop will net you an extra bonus “exclusive” map called “Abandoned.”   
 


According to the GS listing, Abandoned is actually a remake of a “popular” Suppression mode map from the original SOCOM and SOCOM 2. Also, pre-orders will get you a “Super M90 Shotgun,” which features a larger range than standard, presumably in-game, shotguns. People are sure to love you if you carry that thing around.

Not a bad deal, I suppose, if you’re into pre-order stuff. Also, remember that a select number of copies of Killzone 3 will ship with a redeemable code for the upcoming SOCOM 4 beta, which will probably kick off a month before the game hits shelves.  
 
SOCOM 4 is notable as the return of Zipper to the franchise it created way back when. Slant SIx took over the series for its first PS3 installment, Confrontation, but a lot of SOCOM's longtime fans were less than pleased with that one. Does the return of Zipper make anyone more interested in giving SOCOM another shot?
#2 Edited by Solarus (269 posts) -

Socom rocks. Confrontation wasn't amazing, but hopefully this game ends up like the 2nd one.
 
EDIT: Also, I apparently just got that achievement everyone fiends over by accident.

#3 Edited by Ronald (1339 posts) -

April 19 sure is turning into a popular release day. We have Portal 2, Mortal Kombat, and now Socom 4.

#4 Posted by Stealthoneill (249 posts) -

I want a SOCOM single player campaign that rocks. Multiplayer was fun, but no lasting draw for me.

#5 Posted by xSeanZx (188 posts) -

Yes, if they can return this game to it's Socom II glory days I am all in... that game is what threw me into the multiplayer gaming realm forever.

#6 Posted by SSully (4125 posts) -
@xSeanZx: Despite its many flaws, confrontation offered a very true socom experience for the most part. It got a really bad rep, while warranted with its shit release, the devs did improve the game. 
#7 Posted by XisLoose (2 posts) -

I loved the PSP version they had a few years back, the only shooter I actually enjoyed onthe psp.

#8 Posted by TurboMan (7396 posts) -

Abandoned..... 
 
 
... memories.

#9 Posted by Spiritof (2019 posts) -

I'll always believe that SOCOM was a success of its times, and not that it was ever a really great game or franchise. It was essentially the only good online shooter on the PS2 platform, which caused it to win by default. Today, it has a hard time sticking out from the pack. If Sony had played their cards right, the SOCOM franchise could have become Modern Warfare before it was even an itch in Infinity Ward's pants.

#10 Posted by Sepultallica86 (120 posts) -

this game lookskind of bad, and it doesn't even really look like a socom at all, and ive been playing since day one of the first SOCOM game.

#11 Edited by Tacobot (74 posts) -

News of the map Abandoned would be most exciting to fans of Socom right?
 The people who are already going to buy Socom. Why do they do this crap?
 I hate shopping at Gamestop it's depressing trying to negotiate a purchase there
 "did you pre-order? No."  "do want to pre-order? No." "do you want to save five
 bucks and get a crusty fingerprinted disk that looks like someone sneezed on it? Nooo".  
And if i buy it new somewhere else i assume i will have to also buy this map to play with friends who pre-ordered. Lame Sony
I want to and will buy Socom i also want Abandoned but i don't want Sony to think
 that exclusive or timed pre-order bonus's are the right way to do things. 

 

 


#12 Posted by MrKlorox (11206 posts) -

Pass. If I buy anything on that date it'll be MK. Portal 2 can also wait for a sale.

#13 Posted by JohnPaulVann (209 posts) -

Ain't we all had our fill of military shooters? SOCOM 4 looks no better than its PS2 forebears.

#14 Posted by GozerTC (456 posts) -

*Shrugs*  
 
I'm interested in seeing what Zipper does coming off of MAG but other than that... *Shrugs*  

#15 Posted by DonPixel (2585 posts) -
@SpiritOf said:
" I'll always believe that SOCOM was a success of its times, and not that it was ever a really great game or franchise. It was essentially the only good online shooter on the PS2 platform, which caused it to win by default. Today, it has a hard time sticking out from the pack. If Sony had played their cards right, the SOCOM franchise could have become Modern Warfare before it was even an itch in Infinity Ward's pants. "
this!
#16 Posted by Burns098356GX (1366 posts) -

Looks really bland, just like the last one.
 
Really, they haven't made a good socom game since 2.

#17 Posted by yakov456 (1899 posts) -

I'll probably buy it, I can't refuse a console socom game. Confrontation got old really fast, hopefully this one differs.

#18 Posted by PillClinton (3290 posts) -

if it's anything like socom 2, i'm completely sold. 

#19 Posted by Microshock (341 posts) -

There's something I don't like about single life multiplayer games on consoles. In CS:S, it's fine, because its fun to spectate the game.  
 
But I hate dying and waiting forever for the round to restart in Socom. It was confrontation by the way since I got it for free from some contest off PS home.

#20 Posted by brechtos (30 posts) -

It will be interesting to see how it plays with the Move controller
#21 Posted by xaLieNxGrEyx (2605 posts) -
@100_Hertz said:
"if it's anything like socom 2, i'm completely sold.  "

It's nothing like 2. At all. 
 
its cod online.
#22 Posted by brocool (701 posts) -

Unluckily confrontation was the first Socom Game I played, MAG really wasn't great either.

#23 Posted by G0rd0nFr33m4n (762 posts) -

ooo another military shooter........ WHO GIVES A FUCK ! ? 
 
>:(

#24 Posted by TwoOneFive (9459 posts) -

This game is gonna rock. cant wait

#25 Posted by Example1013 (4834 posts) -

I just watched the 14 mins of SOCOM. Looks like they learned some things from Confrontation on how to make a SOCOM game that utilizes the evolution of gameplay that's taken place over the past few years. 
 
Most notably, the MW-like view when ADS really stuck out. In SOCOM 3 (and Confrontation), when you scoped in, even with a red dot sight, it went into a scope mode identical to the sniper rifle, completely eliminating peripheral vision. Not fun, and it essentially made the red dot sight useless (even in SOCOM 3). 
 
I'm liking the fact that they had the balls to still make a 3rd person shooter. However, the over-the-shoulder view still bothers me a bit, like it does in Confrontation. Hopefully it functions better. 
 
So, just like every game coming out this year that isn't Marvel vs. Capcom 3, I remain cautiously optimistic that it will be good.

#26 Posted by dantad (24 posts) -

I really liked the last PSP SOCOM, looking forward to trying out this one, need to scratch my tactical shooter itch! (Skipped the online only one) 
 
on a side note, where is the next Rainbow Six game ??? :(

#27 Posted by fenixREVOLUTION (735 posts) -

I had completely forgotten about this game. Might have to pick it up, I want a new shooter on my PS3.

#28 Posted by Spiritcrusher (4 posts) -

Here's hoping its better then Confrontation...

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