When SOCOM Confrontation was first released on the PlayStation 3, it was plagued with connection problems, which left fans a little less than impressed. Weeks after its release, the game received a patch which fixed the issues and everyone was happy. Here we are two years later and the game is just seeing it’s first expansion pack, but it was worth the wait.
SOCOM Confrontation Cold Front has a lot to offer such as new maps and trophies, it isn’t perfect though. We spent over two weeks playing this game online and it’s time to pass judgment. Is Cold Front really worth the money? Let’s take a look in the HOTs and the NOTs:
New Maps, New Action!
Of all the new additions, maps are the most important. Cold Front offers five new maps and the majority of them are based in snowy environments. As always, each map has its own unique features such as the blizzard map, which is good for Snipers, and since I’m a sniper, one of my favorites is the Blizzard map. If you love Snowy fields, you will love the maps since they’ve added some Snowy settings to the game.
New Additions to the Game
Another highlight that Socom fans will love is the new specializations. With these, you can assign your character skills that can be used when you’re in the battlefield. Think of it like your profile that suits your preference. No, this is not Modern Warfare’s perk system, but it’s similar to the challenges in that game. Remember, the more you use the weapons to kill, the more chances you will have your specialization unlocked.
Thermal Scope is one of my favorite things added in this game. With maps such as Blizzard or Vigilance, the thermal scope works well when trying to find your enemy in a deep heavy storm or a dark place. Just get the heat signature of the enemy and shoot them in the head. There are also new weapons available in the game but with so many that everyone can use, it’ll be tough to try them all out quickly.
One of my favorite new weapons is the turret. Sure, we’ve seen this in past Socom titles but I am glad that this weapon is back in this game.
New ARMS Run Mode
A new game mode was added in called ARMS Run. This mode makes the purchase definitely worth it for fans because this is where teamwork is really needed. The way ARMS Run mode works is that Mercs have to protect the missiles that they are going to launch, while the SEALS have three minutes to disarm them. Think of it as Demolition but in ARMS Run mode, the SEALS have to disarm at least three. Disarm them successfully and the SEALS win.
Gamers who loves Trophies will be pleased to know that Cold Front includes five new trophies that you can unlock. Similar to the Confrontation trophies, it will take a lot of hard work to achieve them. It includes 3 Bronze Trophies, 2 Silver Trophies, and 1 Gold Trophy.
Lags and Disconnection still exist
One of the most annoying things in an online game is when the game lags or disconnects frequently. The patch mostly fixed this problem, but unfortunately you do still get the occasional laggy match or disconnect.
Darkness has always been an issue with SOCOM games, especially on night maps. Night maps are extremely dark; it’s impossible to see even with the use of a night vision goggles. I’ve walked right in front of enemies and never saw them, nor did they see me. Well, with the new maps, you should expect the same thing.
Fans who play SOCOM everyday shouldn’t hesitate to buy Cold Front. For $14.99 you get five maps, new trophies, specializations, weapons, and the new ARMS Run mode. Sure, this is no Modern Warfare 2, but if you loved Confrontation then there’s no reason not to pick up this expansion.SOCOM Confrontation: Cold Front Review,