Soldier of Fortune II Double Helix - PC - Review

SOF2 has taken violence to an all-new level.  I'm not saying that it is more violent than any other FPS, but graphically it has out done itself. The developers did a fantastic job of utilizing a still great quake 3 Arena engine and GHOUL II technology that provides ultra realistic damage modeling.  36 damage zones and 16 dismemberment zones. SOF2 carries a mature rating that is well deserved, but you can toggle the settings so it is not so graphic by turning the violence lock on.  All that being said, it's intense, action packed, graphic, bloody, and awesome.

You again take control of the role of John Mullins a patriot, weapons specialist, anti-terrorist mercenary and Military consultant.  An insidious threat has arisen in the form of a bio-terrorist organization and their two-pronged Gemini Virus. Your mission is to race around the globe to neutralize the terrorists before the plague is unleashed on humanity. There are 55 levels of covert actions in the single player mode.  Though the missions were fun, they were a bit linear.  Do this, get that, rescue this dude, etc.  The missions still immerse you in the game so much in fact I would vote this my favorite FPS that I have ever reviewed. 

OK so you blasted your way through all 55 levels and you want something more.  There is an in game mission generator that allows you to customize your own levels of play.  You can choose the mission type, location, time of day, difficulty, time limit, seed, and generate new seed.  If this was not enough to sport a heck of a lot more playability, there are the multiplayer options.  You can choose games like deathmatch, team deathmatch, capture the flag, elimination, and infiltration.  With all these modes of play I find it hard to believe that this game will collect any dust.

The AI of the enemy was actually pretty decent.  Most games of the genre are plagued with lousy AI that can just get plain annoying.  I will say that this title has done better than most at eliminating this nightmare.  Yes there are those times when the AI just does not react like you think it should, but all in all I think the developers did a nice job, especially at the more difficult levels.

Through out the game you will find a variety of in-view weapons and combat items.  These include pistols, shot guns, assault rifles, and heavy weapons.  All in all there are 14 in-view weapons, 10 grenades and 4 combat items at your disposal, scattered throughout the game.  Because much of the game requires stealth, you do need to pay attention to what weapons you are using in certain missions because they can draw a lot of attention.  Use your commando knife and sneak up on the enemy for the ultimate in stealth ness.   I like the fact that you can pick up the bodies so the enemy does not react when they see their fallen comrades littering the area. My only gripe of the game is that you have to hold down the crouch key or prone key to stay in that position.  If you like to lay cover fire from a sniper position this can get annoying.  Furthermore in multiplayer games I do not believe you can lay prone. I did not see the option on the control set up.  If I'm wrong here, please someone drop me line and tell me how to do it and I will edit the review.   You can reach me at bifasaurus@aol.com

All in all I highly recommend this sequel.  If you have never played SOF or even if you’re a SOF nut, this is a must have for any FPS fan!

Reviewer's Scoring Details

 

Installation: Medium

You do need 1.3GB of HD space plus 300MB swap file space


Gameplay: 8.5
Though a bit linear, the gameplay will literally immerse you in the game

Graphics: 9 
A fantastic job utilizing a still great quake 3 Arena engine and GHOUL II Technology provides ultra realistic damage modeling.  36 damage zones and 16 dismemberment zones

Sound: 8
Sound effects are top notch.  Some of the voice-overs could use some work, but nothing in the audio department takes away from the game

Difficulty: medium
Plenty of skill level to take advantage of.  Newbies and veterans of the genre will find this game a blast.

Concept: 8 
Good story line and great effects that this reviewer would love to see in other FPS'

Multiplayer: 9

Easy to get playing both LAN and Internet play.  Mp option will give this game replay ability even after you dominate the most difficult settings.

Overall: 9
A lot of bang for the buck.  Nicely done! 

Amazing

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