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Soldier of Fortune

MobyRank MobyScore
Dreamcast
77
3.9
Linux
...
4.4
Windows
82
3.5
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Description

A terrorist organization has stolen nuclear weapons from a facility in Russia, intending to sell them to various third-world nations, initiating a global conflict. The player takes the role of John Mullins, a US mercenary working for an organization known as "The Shop". The goal is simple: hunt the villains across the globe, thwart their evil plans, and save the world!

Like most 3D shooters, Soldier of Fortune consists mainly of exploring the environments and killing the enemies that try to impede the player's progress. It is one of the first shooters to isolate over 20 different body regions and show/inflict damage to those regions. For example, if the player character shoots an enemy in the foot, the enemy will limp. The game was also notable for including realistic gore animations resulting from the injuries sustained by the enemies.

Screenshots

Soldier of Fortune Windows Your gas mask won't protect you now...
Soldier of Fortune Linux You'll have to face that chopper...
Soldier of Fortune Windows Introduction to the Kosovo mission
Soldier of Fortune Windows Loading

Alternate Titles

  • "命运战士" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "SOF" -- Informal title

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User Reviews

Controversy or not, SOF is one kickass action game. Windows Zovni (9366)
John Mullins = Chuck Norris Windows Eugen Andreev (5)
Deliberately over-hyped game Windows Roger Wilco (1113)
The most satisfying shooter ever created Windows Dragoon (89)

The Press Says

Fragland.net Windows Sep 18, 2002 88 out of 100 88
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Windows Apr 15, 2000 85 out of 100 85
IGN Dreamcast Jul 23, 2001 8.5 out of 10 85
Jeuxvideo.com Windows Apr 03, 2000 17 out of 20 85
Game Over Online Windows May 01, 2000 80 out of 100 80
Computer Games Magazine Windows Mar 22, 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Jeuxvideo.com Dreamcast Aug 17, 2001 16 out of 20 80
GameSpot Windows Apr 03, 2000 7.7 out of 10 77
incite PC Gaming Windows Jun, 2000 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Jun, 2000 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50

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Trivia

German version

There are a few changes in the German version:
  • All blood and gore effects, especially shooting off limbs, were removed.
  • There are no death screams.
  • No missions take place in real locations anymore, e.g. Tokyo was renamed to Tokono
  • Parts of the animation of a peeing enemy and pictures of Saddam Hussein were removed.
A detailed list of changes can be found on schnittberichte.com (German).

incite PC Gaming review

Steve Klett's review of the game in incite PC Gaming #7 (June 2000) had a somewhat distressing sidebar detailing how his dog was frightened by the blood-curdling screams of dying enemies to the point that he escaped to his master's room and curled up in a ball, scared out of his wits. In his own words, "I guess it's a testament to the fact that the violence is perhaps too realistic."

John Mullins

The game is based (to a certain extent) on real-life mercenary John Mullins. A former member of a Vietnam spec ops unit of the Green Berets, Mullins has written a novel recounting his experiences (Days of Fire, 1991, Berkley Press) and acted as consultant for the game.

References

"Jessica Six'"is a reference to the 1976 movie, Logan's Run.

Weapons

The weapons in this game (except for the more outlandish ones such as the slugthrower and microwave gun) are based on real life weapons, but to avoid royalty issues with the manufacturers, they have fictional names.

Information also contributed by Alan Chan, Foxhack and Jussi Huuskonen.

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