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SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Combined Assault

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Developer(s)
Zipper Interactive
Publisher(s)
Sony Computer Entertainment
Platform(s)
PlayStation 2
Release date(s)
November 7, 2006
Genre(s)
Third Person Shooter
Game Mode(s)
Single player, multiplayer (also supports LAN play), co-op online

SOCOM U.S. Navy SEALs: Combined Assault is a video game for the PlayStation 2 that was released on November 7, 2006 in North America. Combined Assault's campaign mode offers 18 missions. The game takes place solely in the fictional country of Adjikistan. The country is supposedly situated somewhere in the Afghanistan/Pakistan region of Central Asia, featuring a number of different environment and climate zones--allowing for the game to feature a wide variety of landscapes and settings while working within one large, connected story. The online servers were shut down on August 31, 2012 Although the Combined Assault servers were shut down, some gamers still play via LAN using SOCOM Virtual Dedicated LAN.  

GameplayEdit

One of the main new features of this game is the ability to play the story mode online, replacing the AI SEAL team with up to three other players via online play. Players can play single player campaign missions, or the instant action missions. This mode allows the player to play any unlocked levels in single player on a variety of game modes. Players can also unlock "Badges" after completing specific objectives. After a player receives a certain amount of badges, they unlock weapons and weapon attachments. These unlocked weapons are used mainly in offline mode, but two weapons can be used in online multiplayer matches. It is also possible to complete the campaign mode in any order the player wishes (for example: players can complete objectives in no specific order, and players can choose which mission to play). New items include medkits and ammunition kits, able to revive/heal a SEAL team member and replenish ammunition of multiple types of weapons respectively. Body Armor is an option and Beanbag Launchers are a non-lethal alternative to stunning an opponent in combat. In addition, the online play section includes all the SOCOM 3' multiplayer maps as well 10 new multiplayer maps for Combined Assault. As of March 31, 2008, three map packs have been released, adding 11 more maps. The first map pack was released on June 27, 2006 and contained the 3 HDD Maps from SOCOM II. The maps are After Hours, Last Bastion, and Liberation. Players were given two weeks (until July 10, 2006), to play these maps online for free. The second map pack has been released with a new patch on November 19, 2007. There are 4 maps, and they are Blizzard, Desert Glory, Abandoned, and Blood Lake. Each other these maps were in both SOCOM I & II. With the release of the second map pack, players were not given a two-week trial period like with the first one. It is available for free via the SOCOM Store. The third map pack has been released on March 31, 2008. The four new maps include Frostfire, Fish Hook, Guidance, and Crossroads. With the release of the third map pack, Zipper Interactive have decided to stop charging for the map packs which were originally priced at $5.99 (USD) 

Plot Summary SynopsisEdit

More than 20 years after the Soviet Union's collapse, the former Adjikistani Socialist republic has finally gained independence. The charismatic Ismail Karim is appointed Adjikistan's first president. He promises an economy more competitive than that of other "hot" Asian nations such as China or Cambodia.

An Fireteam Alpha it's Commander Dimone "Spectre" Freehold will choice an combat special operations team, as Chief Petty Officer Bailey "Jester" Ivarsen all them a smoothly there emotions charge, an Petty Officer First Class Darrel nguyen "Killjoy" Flower were trained them an combined assault team issue for there mission, as Petty Officer Third Class Davoud Ali "Simple" Khazai should be done as largest military operations since the Vietnam War.

This makes Adjikistan a key American interest. However, not all is going smoothly. A large rebel movement threatens to destabilize the government, and after a CIA asset is kidnapped by the rebels, a SEAL team is sent in to rescue him; however, the helicopter is shot down after the spy has been saved. The character's fireteam is sent in to rescue the survivors (this mission seeming to parallel the real-world Operation Red Wings), and the team becomes more and more embroiled in the conflict. However, the rebels claim that they are not trying to topple a benevolent government; rather they are protecting themselves from a genocidal campaign waged by Adjikistani authorities.

The SEALS later discover a system of concentration camps in a major Adjikistani city and shut it down. During a later mission the SEALS infiltrate a village to eliminate the terrorist "MONGOOSE", secure the rebel leader "BADGER", and secure an airstrip wearing ghillie suits under the cover of darkness.

During the low-scale war the fireteam launches an assault against a convoy carrying supplies through a key village.  The contact is later show to be U.S. Sen. Lloyd Thomason and is seen conversing Adjikistan President, Ismai Karim in his office order to Presidental Palace into Adjikistan The fireteam come across several rebels under heavy fire and are pinned down by paramilitary forces in the town's church courtyard. Despite suffering heavy casualties, the rebels in the courtyard are saved due to Fireteam Bravo's heroic actions. With the overall effort, they succeed in neutralizing paramilitary members in the area and finally rescue NIGHTOWL's wife. 

During that mission they planted explosives at a weapons cache site and demolished it before extracting. Eventually, Karim is cornered in his underground bunker under his Political Party Headquarters located in the Adjikistani capital of Dalahtibar and is arrested and tried for crimes against humanity. There a President Ismai "Kingfish" Karim is secured of all successfully there a mission, made a American Senator Lloyd "Bearcat" Thomason is rescue a return to the United States, but there a American airstrike on Adjikistan other today a combat operations by two US Navy F/A-18 Hornet strike fighter bomber aircraft another time in ending is over. The video cuts to a news report about the Fall of Adjikistan. Here, it is revealed that U.S. Senator Lloyd Thomason (O'Rourke's contact earlier) had been arrested. The senator was responsible for using his position on lucrative oil contracts and foreign relations committee to illegally funnel arms to Adjikistan and provide military assistance to the Adjikistani Paramilitary wing. Also reported in the news is the capture of President Ismail Karim by U.S. Special Forces and the birth of a new independent Eastern Adjikistan Republic.

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