DescriptionThe 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.
- "命运战士II：双重螺旋" -- Chinese title (simplified)
- "Солдат Удачи 2" -- Russian spelling
- "SOF2" -- Informal title
Part of the Following Groups
- 3D Engine: id Tech 3 (Quake III)
- 3D Engine: id Tech 3 (Quake III: Team Arena)
- Anti-Cheat Technology: PunkBuster
- Soldier of Fortune series
|My personal guilty pleasure.||Steely Gaze (188)|
|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)|
|OUCH. There goes his head...||Quackbal (47)||unrated|
|One of the best shooters around!||SifouNaS (1317)|
|Very good, extremely brutal game.||Marcel Grave (2)||unrated|
The Press Says
|ComputerGames.ro||Jun 20, 2002||90 out of 100||90|
|Play.tm||Jun 22, 2002||90 out of 100||90|
|GameSpy||May 20, 2002||90 out of 100||90|
|Armchair Empire, The||Jun 26, 2002||9 out of 10||90|
|games xtreme||Jul 16, 2002||8.8 out of 10||88|
|GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)||Jun 07, 2002||87 out of 100||87|
|PC Zone Benelux||Jun, 2002||84 out of 100||84|
|GameStar (Germany)||Jun, 2002||84 out of 100||84|
|Gamesmania||May 29, 2002||84 out of 100||84|
|Click!||Aug, 2002||5 out of 6||83|
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German versionTo 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.
InstallationThe 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 MullinsThe 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.
- 2002 – Special Technical Achievement Award (for its random mission generator)
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).)