We’ve have seen many interesting games on the PlayStation Portable, but recently we haven’t seen any third person tactical shooters. You might think that PSP is not a suitable console for that kind of genre but you’re wrong. We’ve already seen several third person tactical shooters on PSP and we’re about to see more of those. As you might remember, one third person tactical shooter series is quite popular on PlayStation Portable and that’s SOCOM. As you might know, SOCOM series has achieved its debut on the PlayStation 2 in 2002 and we’ve seen several sequels for during the years. After the release of PlayStation 3 this series has switched to it and we’ve already seen two SOCOM games for PS3. Of course, PSP users weren’t left out and during the years we’ve seen three SOCOM games for it. The first one was released in 2005 and two great games have followed it. Now it’s time to get the fourth instalment of SOCOM series exclusively for the PlayStation Portable.
SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 3 is forth SOCOM game for PSP and it’s a sequel to SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 2. The plot follows Calvin “Wraith” Hopper, a leader of SEAL team that is sent with his team to track down a former KGB agent that has information about the weapons of mass destruction. SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 3 features eight missions that take place in the republic of Koratvia. Missions will provide a lot of action and enemy encounters, although they won’t be much of challenge. In most of cases, you’ll just have to go from point A to point B and kill everything that stands in your way. Of course, there are secondary missions as well that will require you to search for intel or something similar, but it just gets boring after a while. Interesting thing is that each mission features a large map and many enemies so it should keep you interested for a while. Speaking of enemies, enemy encounters are very unchallenging and simple. In order to neutralize the enemy, you’ll just have to lock your aim with a R button and switch between targets with a L button. Aiming works good and you’ll be able to neutralize your enemies with ease. All that you have to do is stick to cover and try to minimize exposure to enemy fire you’ll be able to take down most opponents with ease. This is another problem with SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 3. The game is simply too easy, unless you put a higher difficulty of course. Because of that, this game doesn’t feel like a tactical shooter. In SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 3 you can’t simply run and shoot at all times, but even if you do so, you’ll just have to crouch and wait until your health regenerates. Once again, this game is easy, almost too easy at times.
Despite the difficulty, a game has the interesting arsenal of weapons to offer. There are more than 65 primary and secondary weapons available and each of them can be upgraded with certain attachments such as laser and optical sights and silencers. That way you can adjust your equipment so it can fit your tactic but you can change your teammate’s equipment as well. Speaking of your teammates, they AI works really well but you need to watch their health. If any of your teammates falls in battle mission is over, but luckily, other teammates will revive the fallen team member before he dies in most cases so you won’t have to worry too much about it. AI of your teammates works well in this game and you can give them basic commands such as to go stealth, to fire at will, or even to breach doors. Additional orders such as the following, covering fire and similar are available as well. There’s a stealth option in this game and you can easily sneak up to an opponent and easily stab him from behind.
SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 3 features nice co-op campaign that can be played with three friends but besides that, this game has a strong multiplayer support in which 16 players can participate. There are several modes available such as free-for-all, team deathmatch, capture and hold, demolition, and escort. In addition, voice chat is available during multiplayer and that is a great feature that we don’t see in many games.
SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 3 is an okay game, but it’s too easy and it will get boring after a while if you play it in single player, so if you want to enjoy it the only way to do so is via multiplayer.