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Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix

MobyRank MobyScore
Macintosh
77
4.4
Windows
85
3.7
Xbox
61
3.8
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Description

The stakes are higher in this sequel to Soldier of Fortune. The player is John Mullins, a patriot, weapons specialist and anti-terrorist mercenary, who takes on a new threat bio-terrorist organization and their Gemini virus. His mission is to neutralize the terrorists before they unleash the virus.

Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix features over 55 levels and an all new Random Mission Generator mode. The game uses the Quake III: Team Arena engine with GHOUL II technology and its models are designed with 36 damage zones along with 16 dismemberment zones.

Screenshots

Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix Windows Random Mission Generator: Assassinating Alexei Nachrade, Prometheus' second-in-command, in the hot desert (the most difficult Random Mission map)
Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix Windows Mullins is captured by Prometheus hacker Deviant1. Deep Space Nine's Keiko is surprisingly believable as a sultry Chinese Dominatrix
Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix Windows First Mission: The Soviet-Prague police are ill equipped to handle an obnoxious shotgun-wielding American
Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix Windows Inside Vergara's game room. Boy, those Columbian arms dealers sure know how to party

Alternate Titles

  • "命运战士II:双重螺旋" -- Chinese title (simplified)
  • "Солдат Удачи 2" -- Russian spelling
  • "SOF2" -- Informal title

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User Reviews

My personal guilty pleasure. Windows Steely Gaze (188)
A "kill'em-all" first person shooter with a few gallons of gore tossed in. Windows kbmb (399)
One of the best and bloodiest warfare related fps to date. Windows Sycada (175)
Best when shared with others. Windows Anatole (52)
About as good as it gets Windows Aapo Koivuniemi (43)
OUCH. There goes his head... Windows Quackbal (48)
One of the best shooters around! Windows SifouNaS (1317)
Very good, extremely brutal game. Windows Marcel Grave (2)

The Press Says

JeuxMac.com Macintosh Dec, 2002 5 out of 5 100
Worth Playing Windows May 29, 2002 9 out of 10 90
Armchair Empire, The Windows Jun 26, 2002 9 out of 10 90
GameZone Windows Jun 11, 2002 9 out of 10 90
GamePro (US) Windows Feb 13, 2004 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
IGN Windows May 20, 2002 8.8 out of 10 88
GameZone Xbox Jun 30, 2003 6.8 out of 10 68
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Windows May 28, 2002 60 out of 100 60
Gamereactor (Denmark) Xbox Jul 02, 2003 5 out of 10 50
Macworld Macintosh Feb 01, 2003 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50

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Trivia

German version

To avoid having the game banned in Germany because of its violent nature, major modifications had to be made to the game's story line and graphics. The game now takes place in a parallel universe called Hysperia (!), where mankind was completely wiped out by machines. The machines then began to develop human-like emotions, which also led to common human problems such as war and crime. All humans, including enemies and the main character John Mullins, were therefore replaced by Cyborgs. As a consequence, all blood and gore effects are missing. The censored German Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix is regarded by most players as "the most censored game ever in Germany". A doubtful title indeed...

The UK version has a region lock, meaning the game is censored when installed on a system with a German version of Windows. Humans are still humans and the story does not change, but everything else applies.

The Xbox version is not effected.

Installation

The game's installer features an audio narrative and slideshow telling the background story of the game. Because computers continually get faster, it's possible to finish the installation before the story has successfully completed. It helps that the game comprises two CD-ROMs and the user can continue listening to the audio while the installer is waiting for the next disc to be inserted.

John Mullins

The protagonist, John Mullins, is named after the real-life mercenary, who has been Raven's exclusive consultant during the making of this game. The character's background is also similar to that of the real John Mullins.

Awards

  • GameSpy
    • 2002 – Special Technical Achievement Award (for its random mission generator)
Information also contributed by DarkChojin and WildKard.

Related Web Sites

  • Save the World, But Only in Mac OS X (An Apple Games article about the Macintosh version of Double Helix, with commentary being provided by MacPlay President Mark Cottam (July, 2002).)
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