Excerpt: Some questions popped into my head after spending about 15 minutes playing Soldier of Fortune: Payback . They were, in no particular order: * Is it possible for a human being to die in that position? * Can I ever run out of ammo? * Is it morally reprehensible to laugh at a fleeing enemy after I’ve shot their arms off and they’re screaming?
Conclusion: body armor and health packs lying around that recovering is no problem. Enemies don’t vary much. There are the occasional rocket launcher toting guys or tanks or helicopters but nothing to change your tactics. However, there are many points where bad guys will suddenly appear behind you to get in a few cheap shots. (Which has nothing to do with the sound meter which can trigger surprise attacks if it hits its limit.
Excerpt: If you've ever wondered what happened to the Soldier of Fortune franchise, you're not alone. The first two Soldier of Fortune games were popular shooters in their day, blending fun single-player and multiplayer gameplay with the concept of playing as a mercenary. But after 2002's Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix, the franchise seemed to fall off the face of the planet.
Pros: It looks pretty
Cons: Terrible, frustrating, painful gameplay, Falls well below standard set by previous two games, Lousy artificial intelligence and gunplay
Conclusion: Do yourself a favor and let this one pass. There are so many other shooters on the market that are worth your while - Crysis, Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, Halo 3, BioShock, The Orange Box, Medal of Honor: Airborne, Call of Duty 4, Gears of War (PC)... take your pick.
Pros: Occasionally fun, easy to get into, solid variety of locations, excessive gore can be entertaining;
Cons: Technical issues, short single-player, nobody likes AI that cheats, generally mundane FPS experience.
Excerpt: WARNING..SOME OF THE SCREENSHOTS ARE VERY GRAPHIC! Developed by: Raven Published by: Activision ESRB rating: 17+ System Requirements 3-D Hardware Accelerated with full OpenGL support* Pentium® 233 MHz processor (Pentium II recommended) 64 MB of RAM U.S. version Microsoft® Windows® 95/98 or NT 4.0-SP5 operating system 100% Windows 95/98 or NT-SP5-compatible computer system (including compatible 32-bit drivers for CD-ROM, video card, sound card, and input devices) 700 MB...
Excerpt: So, I was told this is the most brutal and deadly shooting game ever released. A promise! So after I fired the game up, nice intro appears, nice menu, cool design. Interesting button on the bottom says 'turn violence off'.. Oh! No way! I wanna see all that bloody blood. The graphics looks perfect. Very detailed textures, shades, lights, and the game is still quite fast even in 1024x768 (Riva TNT).
Excerpt: Soldier of Fortune Gold is a free upgrade for Raven's 1st person shooter that offers 18 new levels including CTF (11 for Conquer and 7 for Control), standard Deathmatch, Assassin and Arsenal, reworked AI (enemies react faster and target you quicker). two new deathmatch modes - Control and Conquer the Bunker, and new multiplayer DM Team - composed of six new player skins based on Raven employees (Assault, Brick, Cobra, Commando, Jersey, Widowmaker).
Excerpt: The most brutal and deadly shooting game ever released is finally out. This the release which again pushes graphics forward the virtual reality. The game is based on heavily modified Quake II engine, but don't expect any software renderer. You'll need a real hardware power to get all the bells and whistles.