09-13-2012 05:34 AM
Being asked which is my favourite Playstation franchise should not have been the question for me.
Instead, It should have been what is my favourite franchise of ALL time.
This question, required no thought whatsoever, if I was pinging how long it took my brain to calculate the answer, it would be 0ms. (no lag, woo)
For me, it can only be one series - SOCOM US Navy Seals.
I started playing this game series with SOCOM II, way back in 2004, when I moved onto the game with my clan from another shooter, and since that day, I was hooked.
I spent countless hours on this game, striving to be better and better, to get into the clans I wanted, to climb the online ladders.
I also got my brother into the game, in which we competed in doubles ladders, and he too feels the same way I do: No other game has ever came close.
There was nights where I fell asleep with my headset round my head talking to my online buddies of whom I would play with everyday.
I woke up in a morning before school - SOCOM. I came home from school - SOCOM. Days off - SOCOM. Holidays - SOCOM.
Everything about it was brilliant, the maps, the features, the mechanics, the music, the weapons, the lobbies, the controls, the sound FX... The list goes on and on.
If I was played any of the sounds randomly, I could easily detect that those sounds were infact from SOCOM.
When the European servers shut down, that didn't stop me playing my favourite shooter of all time, I imported multiple US Playstation 2's.
Me and my brother continued to play this game, and still play SOCOM II over xLink with a maxium of 14 players logged in at once (as the US servers shut down, with players still active - what?)
I personally think, that if a game from 2003 still had an active fan base, keeping the servers up is just respect.
The series continued with further installments of SOCOM, which for me, didn't match the gameplay of the originals, so I stuck with SOCOM II. I hope one day, to see this series make a return, with a game which plays like the originals, and a game which I can become addicted to once again.
No next-gen game has been able to do what SOCOM II has done. I get bored very quickly of newer games.
I have never had a game be able to effect me like this game has, and I will remember it forever.
Where other games have come and gone, the SOCOM series, more specifically SOCOM II has remained and will continue to remain firmly in it's place as "My favourite game, ever."