Soldier of Fortune 2

a game by Activision
Platform: PC
Editor Rating: 7/10, based on 1 review
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John Mullins is back as the guy that gets sent in when the regular covert ops guys can't handle it, and of course you've got full control of him and his impressive arsenal of fire power and nifty gadgets. Like the original Soldier of Fortune, this is a first person shooter with a dose of tactical strategy built in, but in the end it's a shooter through and through, and a good one at that.

Your mission is to travel the world meeting interesting and unusual people and dispatching them. From neo-Nazi wannabes to South American drug lords to Middle Eastern terrorist kingpins, it's the modern day menagerie of 'safe'? bad guys ' targets that no red-blooded American would feel bad about waxing (plus you get to save some civilians while you're at it).

That, in and of itself, would make this pretty much like any other non-WW2 shooter, however, in the process, Soldier of Fortune 2 delivers some pretty amazing environments and a really nice balance of modern weaponry and gadgets, plus a number of mission objectives that require stealth rather than brute force (you can crawl and lie prone, have a 'toolkit'? of special gizmos, and can drag dead bad guys into the shadows so the other bad guys won't notice what's become of Dieter or Pablo), all of which gives this game enough novelty and fun to make it a definite recommended buy.

Four other things to notice about this title:

  1. This is not a title for kids, and Activision realized this by putting a gore password-protection lock right into the game installation. This is a nice touch if you don't want junior seeing a skinhead's brains splattered on the wall or his arms get blown off by a grenade. That's really not an exaggeration; the gore in this game doesn't pull any punches whatsoever.
  2. The graphics in this game are great, but demanding on both video card and PC resources. Crank them up much and you'd best be running at least a P4-1.4ghz and have a Ti3 or better video card or you'll get some jerkiness when there's a lot going on.
  3. Multiplayer isn't anything special here, just adequate. Still too realistic to bring the same fun as the likes of Half Life and Unreal Tournament.
  4. A cool addition is the random mission generator ' choose your locale, your time of day, weapon loadouts, etc. and what kind of mission you want (infiltration, assassination, demolition, etc.) and you're off (side note: check out the stock photo of the drug kingpin here it looks like Brendan Frasier in Bedazzled, which gives you all the more reason to want to take him out. Now if only they could add in a mission to go after Carrot Top)

All in all, a very worthwhile new title from Activision, which seems to be on quite a roll lately.

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