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  • Summary: Soldier of Fortune Payback evolves the signature gameplay of its predecessors with refined controls, tension-packed warzones, and an enemy damage system that may be shocking to even experienced FPS players. Boasting more weapons options than any previous Soldier of Fortune installment, Soldier of Fortune Payback's impressive arsenal includes an array of more than 30 weapons including sub-machine guns, assault rifles, sniper rifles, projectile explosives, weapon attachments and cutting-edge tactical weapons. The game features many of players' favorite online multiplayer modes including Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Elimination, Team Elimination, Capture the Flag, and Demolition. Additional online options include maps tuned specifically for multiplayer action, persistent stat-tracking throughout the gamer’s online career, and many server settings for custom online play. The storyline reflects the practice of "outsourcing" wars. When a routine escort mission goes horribly wrong, freelance mercenary Thomas Mason finds himself battling an insidious enemy that knows no boundaries. Traditional armies can not handle these extremists – only underground guns for hire can fight a war this dirty and get results. [Activision] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 35
  2. Negative: 10 out of 35
  1. Is Soldier of Fortune: Payback a bad game? No, not really. It's a rather enjoyable (if simple) and good looking shooter. It's just that there have been so many amazing playing and looking games in the past few months, that Payback can't compare in comparison.
  2. 61
    Soldier of Fortune: Payback has one thing going for it: excessive dismemberment. Everything else is standard stuff for a shooter. Yet, I must admit, that I get a guilty pleasure playing Payback. Though it's not a good game, it's still fun to see body parts fly.
  3. In a lot of ways, Payback takes the genre back to basics. It’s just you, a few weapons, and a mission; no squad to command, minimal platforming, and no puzzle-solving.
  4. The best thing Activision could have done is discounted the price making Payback closer to a budget title. At the current price point, I can’t recommend Solider of Fortune: Payback for anything more than a rental.
  5. A nasty game through and through. Not in terms of its gore, which just comes off as childish, but in most other respects. [Feb 2008, p.100]
  6. This shooter is a painful exercise in pattern memorization plus frustrating trial-and-error gameplay.
  7. A hackneyed premise that flirts with the same issues of terrorism examined in scores of other shooters hardly makes an impact here.

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  1. Positive: 4 out of 11
  2. Negative: 5 out of 11
  1. Apr 20, 2013
    7
    Just paid $10 (NZ) for this and I have given it a 7 even though I am still playing the single player campaign for the first time. What a time warp. Developed in 2007 it looks more like a 20th Century N64 game. Basically, it looks TERRIBLE, Sounds TERRIBLE, (some of the worst voice acting ever) and is infested with more flaws than I care to name. BUT................... It's a cracking, old school shooter that asks nothing of you but to blast your way through every mission, no thought required. Brilliant......... Ten Bucks well spent. Expand
  2. Jul 22, 2013
    4
    I had heard about Soldier of Fortune: Payback's ridiculous level of violence and decided that I would give it a try as it was only 4 dollars. Overall, I was very disappointed by this game, even if it was very cheap. While the extreme gore is kind of cool at first, the novelty wears off after the first 20 minutes. After that the gore just feels gimmicky. The game is also extremely frustrating due to the very poor AI. The enemies are programmed to do a grand total of two things: suicide charge at you and attempt to beat you to death with the butt of their gun, or stand in the open and shoot at you. This makes the game feel extremely tedious and boring. The terrible controls only add to the mess, as they are very unresponsive and make targeting a pain, even at close range. Overall, Soldier of Fortune: Payback is a tedious and boring mess that isn't worth your money, no matter how low the price is. Expand
  3. Sep 12, 2013
    4
    Overall the game isn't totally horrible. The problems are unstable frame rates, terrible animations, ridicules AI, and overall low budget graphics and sound. Once you get past all of that, the game is mildly entertaining. Expand
  4. Nov 6, 2011
    2
    A sheer disappointment in comparison to Double Helix. It's generic and unpolished. To make things even worse, the developer decided to strip away the interesting and unsettling gore systems of the last two games in favor of buckets of faking looking blood and limbs that fly off and subsequently disappear. Expand

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