SOCOM II: US Navy SEALs, Sony Computer Entertainment America/Zipper Interactive
The original SOCOM (short for Special Operations Command) proved that online gaming could work on consoles -- tens of thousands of people went up against each other on servers, making this game the most popular online title for the PlayStation2. This sequel puts players back in the combat boots of a U.S. Navy SEAL commando, assigned to 12 anti-terrorist missions in Albania, Brazil, Algiers and Russia. Much of this action involves sneaking up on objectives (sometimes crawling toward them), then picking off enemies from great distances.
Fortunately, your console-guided comrades are smart enough to cover you and attack without being told to do so -- but you can also issue orders with your own voice over any USB headset. (One was …