We sit down with Insomniac founder and CEO Ted Price to discuss his career in games, from founding Insomniac almost 20 years ago to Spyro to Ratchet and Clank to Sunset Overdrive and now Marvel’s Spider-Man.
Final Fantasy X is considered a classic by some and trash by others. What impact did this JRPG really make? Let’s talk.
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In the early days of the PlayStation 2, Zipper Interactive would debut a third-person shooter called SOCOM U.S. Navy SEALs. Authentic, tactical, team-based, and online at a time where few other PlayStation titles were, SOCOM took the home console by storm. It gave Sony’s exclusives a more mature face, provided multiplayer-centric shooters a new standard to compete against, and helped single-handedly move the PlayStation 2’s network adapter and headset into gamers’ homes. The debut of SOCOM 2 the following year created an immediate classic, and confirmed SOCOM as a franchise that would be with PlayStation for years to come – even as unsavoury hackers attempted to ruin players’ enjoyment.
Yet try as SOCOM would, lightning never seemed to strike thrice in the eyes of the series faithful. SOCOM 3, Combined Assault, Confrontation, and many more would all proceed to be good, if not great games in their own right – but whether helmed by Zipper or Slant Six, SOCOM never found its third pillar on which it could rest. And just as it seemed as if the series finally might, SOCOM 4 would both trip over its design, and fall into a hole burrowed out of the PlayStation Network Outage of 2011.
SOCOM was shattered, Zipper was shuttered, and one by one, the entire series would go offline – though the hardcore would continue to find ways to keep the series’ flame alive.
This is the rise and fall of SOCOM.
Tony Hawk tells us how much his first Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater video game check was for.
Good for Tony! I LOVED the first 4 Tony Hawk Pro Skater games!
Reggie is back with 11 more PS2 hidden gems!
Way of the Samurai
The Red Star
Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits
Seven Samurai 20XX
Castle Shikigami 2
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NEO GEO Battle Colosseum
X-Files Resist or Serve
Reggie Lets Play these PS2 Games:
Gradius V review by Mike Matei. Read more about Gradius V on Mike’s Blog!