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Soldier of Fortune: Payback (Xbox 360)

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Overall MobyScore (3 votes) 2.1

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GamePro (US)
In the end, Payback is a decent enough game that won't leave much of a lasting impression. It's good if you just want some mindless fun but don't go in expecting anything more because the only payback you'll get is a shot in the foot.
Soldier of Fortune: Payback has one thing going for it: excessive dismemberment. Everything else is standard stuff for a shooter. Yet, I must admit, that I get a guilty pleasure playing Payback. Though it's not a good game, it's still fun to see body parts fly. If that doesn't interest you, there is an option to turn down the gore. That, however, takes away the only interesting thing Solider of Fortune: Payback has to offer.
That's really what it comes down to. Soldier of Fortune: Payback is a weak man's Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. Amusing, since Activision publishes both games, and chose to release SOF two weeks after Infinity Ward's opus. That alone makes this game difficult to buy, especially since it costs $59.99 and feels like a budget title. If you must experience the gore, give Soldier of Fortune a rent, as it offers a few hours of amusement.
Though Soldier of Fortune is a very successful franchise, it seems as if the console ports just don't hold up as they should. It's really sad to see the franchise fall behind on its debut on the Xbox 360 but hopefully we'll see some patches and some downloadable content that will give this game more recognition and a much needed boost.
Soldier of Fortune: Payback is a one-trick pony of blood and guts. And if that’s your thing, you might be able to overlook the generic shooting mechanic, enemy AI that’s cheap and stupid, and dull level design. But we just can’t.
Worth Playing
It's impossible to recommend Soldier of Fortune: Payback to new players or fans of the series, like me, who have been waiting for a sequel since Double Helix on the PC, especially when titles such as Call of Duty 4 are available for the same or similar price and deliver a far better experience in every way. Payback's gore over gameplay bulletfest is a bitter disappointment on several levels from a story that's MIA, voice acting that sounds phoned in, shotgun snipers and android-like bosses with titanium craniums. It's a terrible way for a promising series to end up in its debut for the next generation, that instead of at least in pretending to be COD4's bloodier cousin, Payback comes off more as the black sheep about whom no one wants to talk.
Extreme Gamer
I’m glad to see the Soldier of Fortune franchise return to the next-gen however this game could have used a little more development time if it hopes to compete with the other big FPS releases. This has to be the worst timing to release Solider of Fortune: Payback falling into competition with titles like Call of Duty 4, Halo 3, Bioshock and Metriod Prime 3. The best thing Activision could have done is discounted the price making Payback closer to a budget title. At the current price point, I can’t recommend Solider of Fortune: Payback for anything more than a rental.
UOL Jogos
Assim como muitos filmes B, "Soldier of Fortune: Payback" é um jogo realizado de maneira burocrática que, apesar de não contar com o requinte e criatividade de vários de seus concorrentes, ainda é capaz de divertir principalmente aqueles que não conhecem os títulos anteriores da franquia, que serão surpreendidos pelo culto às armas e à violência. Mas a linearidade, aliada aos bugs, não é capaz de prender jogadores fanáticos, principalmente em uma temporada tão movimentada e concorrida como a de 2007.
Official XBox Magazine
Payback even throws a cliffhanger ending at you (as if a sequel will ever even happen!). At a full $60, there's absolutely no reason to touch this with a ten-foot-pole, especially with so many other, better shooters on the market in this record-setting awesome holiday season.
Game Informer Magazine
Activision is far too good a publisher to unleash a game this poor onto the unsuspecting public. Fans of the series should skip this horrid excuse for a shooter and keep their glowing memories of previous Soldier of Fortune battles intact.
Game Informer Magazine
If you really want to have fun with this game, secretly swap it with your buddy's copy of Call of Duty 4. It won't take long for him to notice (and you might get punched), bu the expression on their face should be worth it.
Armchair Empire, The
Judging by the roster of Achievements, the emphasis of Soldier of Fortune: Payback is on multiplayer competition over Xbox Live, which is too damn bad. Instead of concentrating on a single-player and at least making it competent, the team had to split resources and make a haphazard multiplayer feature as well. It functions fine when you can find a game with more than three people. Though I have no empirical evidence, I’d say the lack of players can be traced to the fact Halo 3, Call of Duty 4, and Team Fortress 2 are so much better. And more fun.
The game does offer a "low-violence" setting that scales back the decapitations and dismemberments dramatically, but it's not enabled by default. Of course, without all of the ultra-violence to distract attention from the game design, it's even more glaringly obvious that Soldier of Fortune: Payback is a thoroughly uninspired piece of hack work that gives you plenty of reasons not to buy it. Pick any one you like and save yourself the sixty bucks.
Les jeux ayant pour arrière-plan ou comme intrigue centrale la guerre contre le terrorisme sont des éléments incontournables du jeu vidéo, mais les jeux comme Call of Duty 4 et Full Spectrum Warrior enrobent au moins le côté politique de leurs histoires d’un parfum de réalité et – ne l’oublions pas – d’un gameplay plutôt génial. Quand Soldier of Fortune : Payback n’est pas tristement banal et creux, c’est une grosse merde intégrale qui ne fait rien pour dissimuler une xénophobie exubérante et délibérée. C’est à peu près ce que l’on peut trouver de plus vil et de plus bas dans le jeu vidéo et ne vise qu’à servir d’exutoire aux pulsions humaines les moins ragoûtantes. Que l’on n’aime pas la politique ou que l’on ait horreur de jouer à de mauvais jeu, il y a aucune raison de donner le moindre de son temps ou de son argent pour cette farce macabre et de bien mauvais goût.
Malgré son prix "préférentiel", Soldier of Fortune : PayBack sera donc à réserver aux plus sadiques des joueurs, qui ne demandent rien de plus à un FPS qu'une armée d'ennemis à déchiqueter avec un arsenal puissant et varié.
Cette soi-disant suite de Soldier Of Fortune a de quoi filer de l'urticaire aux créateurs de la série originale. Avec une IA à faire pleurer de honte, un level-design sans envergure et un gameplay au ras des pâquerettes, on ne saura vous conseiller qu'une seule chose : laissez tomber et tentez plutôt de vous trouver un Soldier Of Fortune 2 au fond d'un placard. Ca a vieilli, mais c'est encore meilleur.
Soldier of Fortune's protagonist is a bloodthirsty killer who has no intention of ever retiring from battle. He just wants to pop heads and rend limbs with grenade launchers and assault rifles (most of which are picked up off the ground, since it's nearly impossible to find ammo for your own weapons). This game has acquired a violent reputation, and deservedly so... but much of the gore is obscured by muted backdrops.
Soldier of Fortune: Payback is the product of an unfortunate combination of factors: a mistaken impression that ultra-violence for ultra-violence's sake can excuse a lack of actual gameplay in a first-person shooter, poor presentation and production values, and an attempt to produce a lazy cash-in on an already well-established and successful intellectual property. I implore all readers to go out to their favorite game emporiums, stand in front of the Payback jewel cases on the shelves, and implore every man, woman or child who looks at it with intent to buy to resist and instead select any of the vastly superior warfare titles currently available. Paying good money for such low-return software is the beginning of the end of our hobby as we know it.
Game Revolution
The essential problem with Soldier of Fortune: Payback is that it tries very hard to appear realistic while trotting out silly gameplay mechanisms. It’s hard to tell if it’s a serious shooter covering the military side of contemporary politics, or a parody. If the gung-ho jingoists of the government were to make a game, Payback is what they’d come up with. But there’s little reason to tag along: Save your brain a scrubbing, and just walk away.