Overall, this is a good game, but there is a possibility that it could be better. My suspicion is that the developers know this, and SOCOM 2 is already slated for November 2003 (original was released in June 2003). It seems that as well fixing the bits that were not so graphically refined in the first game, they are adding and improving, and looking to give the gamers what they want - more urban areas, improving the AI, and the most important - they're adding more guns. Obviously, the global experiment to see it SOCOM would fly as a single player and online game has worked, and Sony are willing to pour more money into it. Gawd bless 'em. With the imminent release of SOCOM 2, make the tough decision, either hold fire and get the new version, or second hand original ... or jump right in? My advice is go for it now.