Metascore
45

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 13
  2. Negative: 7 out of 13
  1. If senseless, over-the-top violence can keep you entertained, you'll be done with the single-player portion in several hours, after which you might want to get into the multiplayer. Yet, this is just another mundane aspect of the game, featuring nothing beyond the traditional deathmatch, CTF and so on.
  2. This shooter is a painful exercise in pattern memorization plus frustrating trial-and-error gameplay.
  3. Edge Magazine
    40
    Soldier of Fortune’s damage model is probably its major selling point and, lamentably, the only thing that makes its combat entertaining. [Feb 2008, p.96]
  4. PC Gamer
    35
    Payback is a disservice to the Soldier of Fortune franchise, and in no way captures the exciting action of its pedigree. [Feb 2008, p.86]
  5. PC Zone UK
    31
    I honestly feel like I should donate some money to charity after having paid for such a nasty little swindle of a game. [Mar 2008, p.76]
  6. While I make it a goal to play every game I review to completion, there’s just no way that I am going to waste more my life playing this game.
  7. PC Gamer UK
    20
    An utterly atrocious mess. [Feb 2008, p.78]
User Score
4.9

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 82 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 82
  2. Negative: 45 out of 82
  1. Jun 10, 2013
    4
    I actually thought this was going to be a good or at least OK game, boy was I wrong. I do know the graphics and the gore in the game were allI actually thought this was going to be a good or at least OK game, boy was I wrong. I do know the graphics and the gore in the game were all right but there were a number of things that made this game fall apart. One of course was the lack of manual saving, which irritated me since both previous SOF titles had this. Another would be the irritating voiceovers for the player that would repeat if it was the beginning of a mission. I believe there were bugs and other issues that also made me facepalm, including crashes if I recalled.

    This game is an atrocity to the SOF series and essentially killed it thanks to this budget knock off with the SOF titled slapped on it.
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  2. Nov 28, 2011
    5
    I don't even know what to say about this game... It got some pretty bad reviews, and I can understand why: the AI was very poorly written, theI don't even know what to say about this game... It got some pretty bad reviews, and I can understand why: the AI was very poorly written, the save system is bad, it starts off not having anything to do with the previous two S.O.F.'s, and the game progresses slowly. However, aside from these flaws is a very okay game. It looks really nice (problem here is you can't change the quality, for lower end PC owners, like me,) and the gore system is returned, adding that nice touch of realism. To wrap everything up: I say, check out this game, but don't bother wasting money buying it, play it at a friend's house or pirate it. Save your money for the much better Soldier of Fortune 1 or 2. Full Review »
  3. Oct 26, 2010
    2
    This game is an abomination to the other games in this awesome franchise.
    I don't know what they were thinking when they brought this game in
    This game is an abomination to the other games in this awesome franchise.
    I don't know what they were thinking when they brought this game in to the world, I've played numerous made mods that are way better and less buggy than this. They have really overdone the gore on this game too, I guess that's because that is the only thing this game has to offer. If there will ever be another Soldier of Fortune game they should call it Soldier of Fortune 3 and just forget this piece of ****
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