|Developer(s): Zipper Interactive
Publisher(s): Sony Computer Entertainment
Platform(s): PlayStation 3
Release date(s): April 19, 2011
Genre(s): Third-person shooter, tactical shooter
Mode(s): Single-player, multiplayer
SOCOM 4 is set in Malaysia. The player controls Cullen Gray, unofficially called the “Ops Commander,” the leader of a 5-man NATO special forces squad deployed near the Strait of Malacca. He is accompanied by two operatives, American, British or Australian depending on game region, named Schweitzer and Wells as well as two South Korean operatives, Chung and Forty-Five. In some missions, the player will be in control of Forty-Five, performing various recon, sabotage, and stealth objectives. The plot stretches over a six-day period. The squad will fight both native rebels, known as “Naga”, and the mercenary group known as “ClawHammer”, the same mercenary group who funded and trained paramilitary soldiers in SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Combined Assault and SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 2.
The game opens with a cut scene showing the arrival of Cullen Grey at a temporary NATO command post. Grey walks into the command tent to find NATO commander James Gorman and Lt. Park (Forty-Five) arguing over a supply point, which Forty-Five’s team must provide recon for. Grey is briefed on the current situation and the activities of Naga. The Ops Commander meets up with Schweitzer and Wells and then proceeds to patrol the perimeter of the city. When the team attempts to aid evacuation of an embassy a few hours later, their helicopter is shot down by invading Naga soldiers. After fighting off the Naga attack, the team fights back across the city and attempts to return to the NATO HQ. However, the team can only watch from an overpass as Naga forces overrun and destroy the HQ with BMPs. Grey is contacted by “Oracle”, who is aboard a NATO aircraft carrier nearby; who then provides artillery support and destroys the BMPs. Oracle then comes under fire by artillery operating within the city. The Ops Commander and his team hunt down the gun and destroy with another naval strike. The team commandeer a taxi and heads for a designated NATO rendezvous point. On the way, the team watches as the 607th South Korean team’s plane is shot down. They head for the wreckage and discover only two survivors, Cpl. Chung and Lt. Park, who now must become part of the Ops Commander’s fireteam. Through a combined effort, they eliminate Naga anti-air defenses and move for extraction. That night, Forty-Five is sent on a mission to recon a nearby Naga-controlled port and sabotage the dry dock so that a stolen frigate will not escape. The following morning, the team moves in and destroys the battleship with an airstrike. While waiting for more NATO forces to arrive, the team is sent to disrupt a supply road that Naga is using to move equipment from the shoreline. The team successfully destroys the convoys moving in from the beach and secures intel about Naga’s leadership.