Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. The plot is interesting and well told. The sounds effects and graphics are detailed, realistic, and both beautiful and gory. The enemy AI is outstanding and provides players of all skill levels with a stiff challenge.
  2. The "deadly" combination of awesome and versatile weapons..., fantastic model animation and gore effects, coupled with incredible outdoor environments and highly realistic weapon and environmental sound effects is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat right till the end.
  3. The action level in SOF II is high, so prepare your adrenal glands for some intense shooter battles. Playing John Mullins is still a blast.
  4. Offers everything you'll want from a FPS plus much more.
  5. 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.
  6. The overall presentation immerses you totally. The detailed graphics, and the sound complement each other to create living breathing levels.
  7. 90
    With solid action, great graphics and lots of replay value, SoF2 is easily one of the best action games of the year.
  8. 90
    If you like first-person shooters with lots blood, fire fights, screaming and explosions… then you’ll rip through this – loving every minute of it.
  9. 88
    Technologically amazing and delightfully wicked, this one's a keeper, but still won't shelve "Jedi Outcast" or "Halo" anytime soon.
  10. Though it introduces a few new features that don't quite work, it retains and improves upon virtually every element of the original, both in its single-player campaign and in its multiplayer mode.
  11. Good graphics, fun gameplay, crafty AI, a random mission generator and more bursting heads than you'd find on a teenager's face will keep this one on my hard drive until the bitter end.
  12. I’m maybe a little less impressed by this title for several reasons. Foremost is the fact that, although my system satisfies the minimum daily requirements for vitamins plus iron, the game ran so ridiculously slowly as to be almost unplayable.
  13. While SoF II won't contend for Game of the Year, it's worth its price tag for both its combat-heavy single-player campaign as well as its robust multiplayer package, highlighted by the random map generator.
  14. It may not be revolutionary for the genre, but it's as good an FPS as you're going to get today, with decent multiplayer to back it up into the near future.
  15. 80
    Excellent level and mission variety leads to an experience that ranks among the best seen this year.
  16. Pick it up if you are in dire need of a first person shooter fix, and simply cannot wait for "Doom III" or "Deus Ex 2."
  17. Raven's attempt to infuse different styles of gameplay into SoF2 come off looking like they were stuck on at the last minute with Elmer's Glue.
  18. The first 15 to 20 minutes were a lot of fun. Then the rest of the game set in. [July 2002, p.90]
  19. While better than its predecessor on almost all counts, SOF II still does little to turn heads in the genre. Instead, it blows them clean off. [August 2002, p.66]
  20. It's a shame that the single player campaign is such a letdown - SoF 2 is an incredibly addictive multiplayer game, and if the polish shown to the online portion had transferred over to the single player game, we'd have a candidate of GOTY 2002 here.
  21. Anyone who gets off on the violence in this game is reveling in violence solely for violence's sake. [Sept 2002, p.78]
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 67 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 21
  2. Negative: 4 out of 21
  1. ShawnHubbar.d
    May 24, 2008
    A decent game but very frustrating due to the decidedly unfair AI. An enemy soldier should not be able to hear you crawling stealthily along the ground while he is standing on the other side of a stone wall. Worse yet, he shouldn't be able to throw a grenade over the wall and have it land right at your feet...and grenades should bounce, not stick where they land. And if you are crawling along in dense blizzard conditions with poor visiblity, the enemy soldier shouldn't be able to see you when you can't see him. And he shouldn't be able to shoot you from long distances with the accuracy of a sniper with his machine gun. And the 3-saves that you are given for each level seem like an artificial way to prolong the game because you never quite know when to save. If you use your saves too early, you have to repeat difficult parts of the level over and over again. And if you wait too long and get killed, then you have to repeat difficult parts over and over again. Either way, the player is the loser. It seems the developer did everything they could to make this game overly difficult, but not in a fair way. Full Review »
  2. JakeM.
    Jun 9, 2002
    This game is sweet. NOLF, Medal of Honor, and RCW is no where near this game. The story rocks, gore kicks, and the sound is awesome. If you like FPS and gore, this is the game to get. Trust me, your money will be well spent! Full Review »
  3. RogerE.
    Jun 8, 2002
    This game is nowhere near the original game. dont waste your $50 on this game, get JK2:Jedi Outcast.