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A terrorist organization has stolen nuclear weapons from a facility in Russia, intending to sell them to various third-world nations, initiating a global conflict. The player takes the role of John Mullins, a US mercenary working for an organization known as "The Shop". The goal is simple: hunt the villains across the globe, thwart their evil plans, and save the world!

Like most 3D shooters, Soldier of Fortune consists mainly of exploring the environments and killing the enemies that try to impede the player's progress. It is one of the first shooters to isolate over 20 different body regions and show/inflict damage to those regions. For example, if the player character shoots an enemy in the foot, the enemy will limp. The game was also notable for including realistic gore animations resulting from the injuries sustained by the enemies.


Soldier of Fortune Linux Looks like he lost his head.
Soldier of Fortune Linux Title screen
Soldier of Fortune Windows I'm sorry, did I blow your head off?
Soldier of Fortune Linux Reloading your shotgun.

Promo Images

Soldier of Fortune Screenshot
Soldier of Fortune Screenshot
Soldier of Fortune Screenshot
Soldier of Fortune Screenshot


Alternate Titles

  • "命运战士" -- Simplified Chinese spelling
  • "Soldier of Fortune: Tactical Low-Violence Version" -- Censored release
  • "SOF" -- Informal title

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User Reviews

Controversy or not, SOF is one kickass action game. Windows Zovni (10638)
John Mullins = Chuck Norris Windows Eugen Andreev (5)
The most satisfying shooter ever created Windows Dragoon (107)
Deliberately over-hyped game Windows Roger Wilco (1189)

Critic Reviews

Hacker Windows Apr, 2000 90 out of 100 90
games xtreme Windows May 07, 2000 9 out of 10 90
Power Unlimited Windows Jun, 2000 8.6 out of 10 86
Shin Force Dreamcast Jun 09, 2005 8.2 out of 10 82 Windows Jan 01, 2001 80 out of 100 80
Computer Games Magazine Windows Mar 22, 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Game Over Online Windows May 01, 2000 80 out of 100 80
GameSpot Windows Apr 03, 2000 7.7 out of 10 77
Power Unlimited Dreamcast Sep, 2001 75 out of 100 75
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Jun, 2000 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50


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German version

There are a few changes in the German version:
  • All blood and gore effects, especially shooting off limbs, were removed.
  • There are no death screams.
  • No missions take place in real locations anymore, e.g. Tokyo was renamed to Tokono
  • Parts of the animation of a peeing enemy and pictures of Saddam Hussein were removed.
A detailed list of changes can be found on (German).

incite PC Gaming review

Steve Klett's review of the game in incite PC Gaming #7 (June 2000) had a somewhat distressing sidebar detailing how his dog was frightened by the blood-curdling screams of dying enemies to the point that he escaped to his master's room and curled up in a ball, scared out of his wits. In his own words, "I guess it's a testament to the fact that the violence is perhaps too realistic."

John Mullins

The game is based (to a certain extent) on real-life mercenary John Mullins. A former member of a Vietnam spec ops unit of the Green Berets, Mullins has written a novel recounting his experiences (Days of Fire, 1991, Berkley Press) and acted as consultant for the game.


"Jessica Six'"is a reference to the 1976 movie, Logan's Run.


The weapons in this game (except for the more outlandish ones such as the slugthrower and microwave gun) are based on real life weapons, but to avoid royalty issues with the manufacturers, they have fictional names.

Information also contributed by Alan Chan, Foxhack and Jussi Huuskonen.

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