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 64 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 21
  2. Negative: 4 out of 21
  1. Nov 5, 2013
    Why modern games can't provide this level of sophisticated gore anymore is a mystery especially with how advanced game engines are nowadays. Still arguably the most satisfying shooter ever created. Full Review »
  2. Oct 17, 2013
    This game is boring. I played SoF 1 and that game had a great original atmosphere (Stop screaming!), very exciting to play. This one doesn't have atmosphere. Full Review »
  3. Aug 14, 2011
    The game is not perfect but for the time the graphics were state-of-the-art and the gameplay and realism were top notch and allthough it has been 6 years the game has aged but still feels fun and refresing compared to newer games like COD and MOH and also the weapons may not be new or as fun as you would have thought SOF2 Had spawned the realism of modern shooters and you have to hand it that. Full Review »