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Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix (Windows)

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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 Mullins chats with his partner Madeline Taylor and old buddy Sam Gladstone inside Goldberg's Used Books
Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix Windows Welcome to snowy Kamchatka. Whoa, Metal Gear Solid deja vu. Oops, is that my knife sticking out of your back?
Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix Windows Fighting some salty sailors on the deck of a cargo ship. I'm slaying in the rain, just slaying in the rain...
Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix Windows When he isn't killing terrorists all over the world, Mullins surely takes a break with an good old shooter.

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. Steely Gaze (188) 2.8 Stars2.8 Stars2.8 Stars2.8 Stars2.8 Stars
A "kill'em-all" first person shooter with a few gallons of gore tossed in. kbmb (399) unrated
One of the best and bloodiest warfare related fps to date. Sycada (175) unrated
Best when shared with others. Anatole (52) unrated
About as good as it gets Aapo Koivuniemi (43) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars
OUCH. There goes his head... Quackbal (47) unrated
One of the best shooters around! SifouNaS (1317) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars
Very good, extremely brutal game. Marcel Grave (2) unrated

The Press Says

GameSpy May 20, 2002 90 out of 100 90
The Age Jun 13, 2002 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Peliplaneetta.net Jun 11, 2002 90 out of 100 90
ComputerGames.ro Jun 20, 2002 90 out of 100 90
games xtreme Jul 16, 2002 8.8 out of 10 88
Joystick (French) Jun, 2002 87 out of 100 87
PC Zone Benelux Jun, 2002 84 out of 100 84
PC Games (Germany) Jun 18, 2002 84 out of 100 84
CanadianGamer Jul 24, 2002 83 out of 100 83
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Jul 18, 2002 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80

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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).)
Corn Popper (69497) added Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix (Windows) on May 19, 2002
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