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Soldier of Fortune (Windows)

82
MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.5
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

Controversy or not, SOF is one kickass action game. Zovni (9384) 3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars
John Mullins = Chuck Norris Eugen Andreev (5) unrated
Deliberately over-hyped game Roger Wilco (1116) 1.2 Stars1.2 Stars1.2 Stars1.2 Stars1.2 Stars
The most satisfying shooter ever created Dragoon (91) unrated

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 2.8
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.1
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.0
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.8
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.7
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.4
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 2.5
Overall MobyScore (65 votes) 3.5


The Press Says

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91
Privat Computer PC
SOF er et godt singleplayer spil med en suveræn multiplayer del. Det chokerer ikke og lancerer ikke meget nyt. Men hold kæft, hvor det fungerer. Kan du i forvejen lide genren, vil du elske SOF.
90
Gamereactor (Denmark)
Soldier of Fortune er er ret godt spil, når alt kommer til alt. Single player delen er rimeligt solid, og har nogle timers sjov i sig. Charmen går lidt af det i Multiplayer, men skægt er det da alligevel. Raven har alt i alt gjort et godt stykke arbejde med Soldier of Fortune og det er en titel enhver actionentusiast vil være stolt af at have stående på hylden (ved siden af mælken).
90
All Game Guide
If you're bent on eliminating terrorist threats by skinheads, Saddam Hussein's army, Russian mafias or even New York mobsters, then take a lesson from the Soldier of Fortune and tear open a new one.
90
IGN
As you've already figured out, we liked SoF a lot...a whole lot. SoF is definitely going to change the way we think about fast-paced shooters in the future and it's nice to see Raven back on the right track since we were mildly disappointed with Heretic II. A big warning though: keep Soldier of Fortune out of the hands of the kids. This game is not for children, repeat NOT FOR CHILDREN, and I wouldn't even recommend it to anyone under 17. And even if you are an adult, some of the graphic depictions in the game may be too much to handle for some.
90
Eurogamer.net (UK)
It's not tremendously original, and it's certainly not the best looking first person shooter on the market now, but there is still a mountain of fun to be had with Soldier of Fortune. There were times where due to lack of health, I was forced into playing more stealthily, and these moments also happened to be the most enjoyable. Heart pumping, sneaking round an office building, knowing that the next move could be my last. Awesome! Soldier of Fortune is a welcome return to the story driven single player first person shooter. Just don't take it too seriously eh?
90
games xtreme
So is this game good? Definitely. Is it worth the money? For sure. The single player missions are all very rewarding and I found it really enjoyable. Even though the shortfall in graphics and long load times, this game is definitely very fun and the GHOUL system is an amazing feature.
88
Fragland.net
One thing that I missed in this game was the kewlness of Duke. No flushing the toilets or admiring yourself in the mirror (not that you're that handsome); just pure shooting you way through levels, finding the correct doors to open. Overall I would say that Raven has done a great job in making a 3D shooter that will turn up the heat abit. This was the first game in a long time that I actually enjoyed although the end is a real bummer. Instead of the "Yeehaa"-feeling you should get, it goes like "Here's your new partner" and you drive off in silence. This might seem as "It's like in real life baby !" but WE DON'T WANT REAL LIFE IN A 3D SHOOTER !
87
PC Gamer
Don't get me wrong, SoF is a fine game that does provide hours of fun. But once the initial eye-opening effect of the game's violence wears off, you're left with a shooter only slightly better than the rest. It's nowhere near as realistic as Rogue Spear or SWAT 3, and lacks the real ingenious creativity of Half-Life. Ultimately, it's an entertaining and memorable first-person shooter with a healthy serving of bone and gristle thrown in.
86
Power Unlimited
Een keiharde, gewelddadige, bloederige shooter die meer biedt dan alleen maar rennen-schieten-rennen-schieten. De diverse locaties, de superieure Sniper Rifle, alsmede de verschillende manieren van tegenstanders uitschakelen, zal bij menig shooter-fanaat een sadistische grijns op z'n smoel toveren.
85
Gamer's Pulse
The final verdict depends on one thing: whether or not you're looking for something fresh and new. If your answer is yes, then you are probably better off skipping SoF (and any other FPS, for that matter); SoF does offer a lot of what we've seen in FPS's before, with a different angle and a lot of refinement, but doesn't hash out much new content. If you're looking for a great game, despite its triteness, then grab the nearest copy of SoF because it is a fast paced hi-octane race to save the world. If you think Soldier of Fortune may be right for you, then you had best prepare yourself for an immersive and excellent action-fest that could easily put Schwarzenegger and Jet Li out of a job. Maybe we could even see John Mullins in an SoF movie.
85
RealGamer (Benelux)
Al met al heeft dit spel me toch het nodige plezier geleverd en mag het zeker nog even op mijn bureau blijven liggen (wauw!). De toffe graphics, geluid en leuke single-player maken dit spel zeker tot een aanrader om te spelen wanneer je bijvoorbeeld eens al die stress kwijt moet. Want wat is er dan beter om een complete criminele organisatie op te rollen na een dag achter het bureau te hebben gezeten? Zeker een aanrader dus, al moet je niet verwachten een Quake3 of Unreal Tournament binnen te halen als het gaat om multiplayer.
85
Absolute Games (AG.ru)
Если выкинуть из игры танковые соединения ужасного вида, не обращать особого внимания на местами отстойный дизайн уровней и скудность полигонов, радуясь возможности отстрелить противнику любую часть тела, то Soldier of Fortune можно смело поставить в один ряд с Kingpin и Half-Life. Интересная однопользовательская игра для всех типов игроков, любящих красивые и динамичные шутеры. Сетевая же часть досталась от лидера в этой области, поэтому плохой она не может быть по определению. Более того, появились два новых типа мультиплеера, которые, впрочем, уже не смогут существенно повлиять на общее отношение к игре в лучшую или худшую сторону.
85
Jeuxvideo.com
Un quake-like à la réalisation parfaite et avec une sacrée dose d'innovations. Un très bon mode solo et un mode multijoueur honorable, Soldier of Fortune n'a nullement à rougir face à ses concurrents.
85
ActionTrip
The very idea to make the Soldier of Fortune was indeed interesting and combined with the GHOUL system it really promised a lot. Some minor drawbacks, however, prevented the game from fulfilling all its potentials. An insufficiently strong storyline, outdated graphics and stupid AI took their toll, yet it can still be said that the game brought something new to the genre.
83
PC Gameplay (Benelux)
Een spel waar je keer op keer naar teruggrijpt om alles eens lekker van je af te knallen!
83
Game Revolution
Strictly speaking, you've probably seen all the gameplay mechanics in Soldier of Fortune before. Still, this an extremely solid first-person shooter in the classic mold, which is refreshing after a season of deathmatch titles. If you're up for it, dive in, get bloody, and enjoy yourself. The real world of a soldier of fortune can't possibly be this much fun.
82
Just Games Retro
If you want this to be the torture simulator you've always heard of, it certainly can be, which makes it a lot ballsy and a little dangerous. But if you also want an enjoyable, B-movie kind of action game, you'll find it here just under all the meat and blood.
80
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
Despite considerable defects in the AI department and an aging rendering engine, Soldier of Fortune is a strong technical statement. Gamers have never seen animation this articulate or been able to gun through a virtual world so responsive to destruction. The one-note action becomes redundant and there are other small glitches and questionable design decisions, but these are pardonable in light of the absolute configurability that caters to all levels of expertise and the sheer amount of fun to be had. Raven has its fingers on the pulse of action gamers and is shooting in the right direction. Those who survived the somewhat cheesy ending and have watched sales charts will understand when I say a sequel is inevitable. Soldier of Fortune was a gratifying experience and I am gunning for more–so bring it on. Just iron out the creases.
80
GameSpy
So, having heard of the good stuff and bad, the final question remains: Should I buy this game? Well, as always, it depends a lot on what kind of gamer you are. If you like blood, guts and gore, there's plenty of it in Soldier of Fortune. If you're the type of gamer who loved the scripted sequences, plot and execution of Half-Life over the action, you probably won't find a whole lot in SoF. The gore and violence is almost everything in this game, though the multiplayer is fun and should give it a good lifespan. So, in finale, this is the kind of game that resembles a gory action movie - Lots of blood, violence, cool weapons and locales, but a cheesy plot and bad actors.
80
PC Player (Germany)
Zuerst die Meckerei: Kommt die KI mit dem Mission Pack? 90 Prozent aller Gegner scheinen auf meiner Seite zu kämpfen, da Sie brav bis vor meine Mündung stürmen. Manche Bösewichte registrieren meine Schüsse gar nicht und andere sind nach einer Ladung Schrot plötzlich wieder putzmunter. zweiter Minuspunkt: die Mehrspieler-Level. Allzuschnell hat man sich am tristen Aufbau satt gespielt. Doch der Realismus-Modus rettet ein paar Punkte. SOF bereitete mir im Solo-Modus (Standard) bis zum Abspann zwar nur zehn Stunden Spielspaß, doch die hatten es in sich. Was da durch das Zusammenspiel spannungsgeladener Musik und Sounds, dem Level-Design und der Waffeneffekte zu Stande kommt, ist zwar kein Half-Life, aber nur zwei Schubladen darunter. Für Chuck-James-Rambo-Bond-Norris-Fans stellt Soldier of Fortune einen Pflichtkauf dar.
80
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)
Blaam!!! Een net iets te traag reagerende terrorist huppelt gillend rond op zijn overgebleven been. Blam blam, daar gingen de handjes. Tijd om m'n mes en m'n diploma 'Fijne vleeswaren' boven te halen.
80
ComputerGamers.com
The game can get pretty intense (as most of these games can), and I was actually shocked by some of the graphic images in the game. In an effort to soften the gruesome nature of the game play, they added a parental lock to block out the blood and guts. Lock or no, my nine year old son isn't getting anywhere near this one! Now if I can only tear myself away from it....
80
Computer Games Magazine
What you do have though is a shooter that looks good, performs superbly on modest hardware, has some of the best collision detection in terms of shooting and targeting we've ever seen, and delivers the most gut-wrenching, high-impact visual display of damage flesh ever to grace the PC. The levels are well designed and fun, you can customize the difficulty to your heart's content, and it seems rock-stable. What more do you want from a game? A more interactive plot, perhaps, or something to spend the money you earn in every mission on, but that would be a different game, wouldn't it (er, like Deus Ex, perhaps?). Raven Software set out to make a shooter, and they've made a damn fine one. Just be sure you're up to it before you dive in. It gets mighty bloody in there.
80
Game Over Online
Bottom line, this is a fun game that combines a little bit of stealth and strategy with your classic FPS action. It doesn't break any new FPS barriers and the "ultra-violence" is nothing to get all worked up over, you psychotic violent kiddies. Oh and Raven, try and get your money back from that ex-mercenary.
79
GameStar (Germany)
Soldier of Fortune ist ein simpel gestrickter, aber spaßiger Ego-Shooter. Hist ist Ballern pur angesagt, auf Feinheiten wie die Körperzonen achtet man spätestens nach dem dritten Widersacher nicht mehr. Sondern schaut kurz: "Freund oder Feind?", und schießt auf letzteren. Mir gefallen vor allem die Szenarios gut. So unrealistisch Echtwelt-Umgebungen wie arabische Märkte oder sibirische Atomlabors halt immer noch aussehen - das exotische Flair kommt rüber, und abwechslungsreich wirkt es auch. Auf Dauer ist mir das Programm aber doch zu eintönig. Die Feinde sind im Spielverlauf zwar immer besser ausgerüstet, aber im Kern unterscheidet sich der erste kaum vom letzten Gegner. Und in Sachen Levels hätte ich mir mehr Freiheiten gewünscht. Ich mag lineare Missionen, aber hier werde ich durch die Gegend bugsiert wie eine Gondel durch die Geisterbahn.
77
GameSpot
Soldier of Fortune's single-player game is its biggest draw, and it's a blast. You won't be inspired to play it all in one long sitting since it's pretty much the same surprise-free activity from beginning to end: shooting and more shooting. But taken in small doses, it goes a long way. It's a pure video game skills test in the best sense of the phrase; it's both fun and challenging.
70
Gamekult
Alors que la concurrence s'oriente plutôt vers le multijoueurs, Soldier Of Fortune arrive au bon moment pour proposer aux amateurs du genre une aventure solo très travaillée. Avec ses scripts, ses niveaux variés, sa petite dimension furtive et surtout sa très bonne localisation des dégâts, Soldier Of Fortune ne manque pas d'atouts pour séduire. Dommage que son moteur 3D soit aussi rustique...
69
PC Games (Germany)
In Soldier of Fortune ballern Sie sich als Mitglied einer Antiterroreinheit durch 25 Missionen, die an fiktiven Orten rund um den Globus angesiedelt sind. Obwohl das Spiel, das wegen seiner expliziten Gewaltdarstellungen schon im Vorfeld für hitzige Diskussionen sorgte, für den deutschen Markt deutlich entschärft wurde, bleibt ein ungutes Gefühl - denn auch spielerisch erreicht Soldier of Fortune den sonst von Activision gewohnten hohen Standard nicht. Trotz zwölf verschiedener Waffen und differenziertem Trefferzonensystem beim Gegner gestaltet sich die humorlose Terroristenmetzelei auf Dauer zu eintönig und einfallslos.
60
incite PC Gaming
It's just too bad the levels aren't more inventive or interactive (in this area it's a step backward) or that the gameplay doesn't urge you to do something other than kill, kill, kill! If it did, there would be more to talk about than gore, and I'd be able to give it a higher score - and justify the stress it put on my dog.
50
Computer Gaming World (CGW)
But maybe you find all this to be so much tree-hugging, vegetarian, left-wing crap. Fine. Click on the violence lock and play the game, and you’ll discover this: As a shooter, SOF is just an adequate product. It toes to recreate an action-movie feel and occasionally succeeds, such as when you have to hold off waves of terrorists while your sidekick defuses a bomb. The vast majority of this game is an unrewarding, rote shooter that even moderately experienced players will finish in 20 hours or less. Remove the savagery from the game and there’s nothing there, No story to hold you, nothing exciting or fresh in the action to rivet you, no real reason to stop playing UNREAL TOURNAMENT to make time for this — unless the opportunity to shoot villains in the balls and watch them bleed out is appealing to you.