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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 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
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  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.
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    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. If you are a complete demented whack job, hey, this might be the game for you but for those looking for solid gameplay via both SP and MP, Soldier of Fortune: Payback is not worthy of a rent let alone a $60 purchase.
  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. It's very obvious Raven had nothing to do with this game, and longtime fans of the series will notice in the first 20 minutes this isn't close to what the first Soldier of Fortune was. Who knew that gratuitous violence could be made boring?
  6. This shooter is a painful exercise in pattern memorization plus frustrating trial-and-error gameplay.
  7. The essential problem with Soldier of Fortune: Payback is that it tries very hard to appear realistic while trotting out silly gameplay mechanisms. It’s hard to tell if it’s a serious shooter covering the military side of contemporary politics, or a parody.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 11
  2. Negative: 5 out of 11
  1. RichT.
    Nov 16, 2007
    8
    Hey all, I am Cool "DJ ICE" and here is another one of my game reviews. I hope this helps you decide to buy or rent the following game. Hey all, I am Cool "DJ ICE" and here is another one of my game reviews. I hope this helps you decide to buy or rent the following game. Remember, this is strictly MY OPINION and everyone has thier own taste in video games. Everyone is welcome to their own interpretation. Enjoy: "SOLDIER OF FORTUNE: PAYBACK" on XBOX 360. Played on a 1080i HDTV with DOLBY 5.1 SURROUND SOUND I will get straight to the point. This game is non-stop action, killing, and over-the-top violence and gore. It's by no means a perfect game, (but how many games are?) It's not the best First Person Shooter ever, or the best war-game ever, but it's an easy to get into time-waster and best of all...FUN! First the POSITIVES: It's a fun, easy to play, action-packed arcade shooter with a cheesy 1-liners and tongue-in-cheek voice acting. The violence, gore and dismemberment are some of the best ever seen in a video game, along side FAR CRY, CONAN and of course the MORTAL KOMBAT series. You can actually cut off someone's head AFTER you have killed them, and blood will squirt out and you will see their bone marrow! CLASSIC! The graphics are actually amazing, especially the jungle levels and the amazing HDR lighting effects. It reminds me of a cross between FAR CRY and RAINBOX SIC: VEGAS. It's not as pretty as Call of Duty 4 or Ghost Recon 2, but it's way better than most First Person Shooters out there. The sound effects are really good, and the way people scream in pain is funny. The game has some some awesome gunfights and a great weapon selection. In fact, it may be the most weapons to choose and customize that I've seen in this type of game. I am not a big fan of online multiplayer, however I have enjoyed playing this online so far. There are not that many people playing it (yet) so it's quick to "jump in" to a match, and ZERO LAG that I have seen. Also, there is NO MAP, so it's realistic and easier for a casual gamer or "noobie". You can sit and "camp", or run around and hide various places. You do not have a map in real life war! It would be cool if there was online co-op or A.I. bots so you could just create quick missions, similar to GHOST RECON 2 or RAINBOW SIX: VEGAS. Now the NEGATIVES: This game is nowhere near as polished or have nearly as many options and features as some other games. It doesn't touch HALO 3 or BIOSHOCK for gameplay control and story. The framerate drops occasionally, especially during explosions and when shooting multiple enemies. Strangley, it's happens most in the opening level, and then seems to go away after that? Also, you should tweak the default control settings for the X & Y sensitiviy, and SHUT OFF AUTO AIM! The default settings felt weird, and the AUTO AIM makes the cursor seem to skip around. SUMMARY: I think that this game is going to get "lost in the shuffle" because of the time frame that it was released, along with tons of other great games! Do yourself a favor and at least rent it. It's over-the-top fun, and it's personally one of my favorite games. Expand
  2. Jay
    Nov 25, 2007
    8
    I think this game is great. A refreshing change to everything else thats out right now. You dont get tired of shooting enemies like you do in I think this game is great. A refreshing change to everything else thats out right now. You dont get tired of shooting enemies like you do in most other fps's. OK the framerate is a bit dodgy sometimes and you get a tad of slowdown but you forgive it. You get to choose yr weapons before each level and the enemys sneak up on you and hit hard from time to time. Gives you a feel of being a bad ass commando. Like it Expand
  3. TimW
    Feb 21, 2008
    8
    I bought this game reading all of the bad reviews and it's not as bad as they say. The single player is pretty bad in the beginning but I bought this game reading all of the bad reviews and it's not as bad as they say. The single player is pretty bad in the beginning but as you progress it gets better. The one thing I like is the multiplayer. Its very fun and if you want to take a break from cod4 then this is a good alternative. The gore is really funny and entertaining and if you don't want it then you can turn it off in the menu. All in all the single player is mediocre but the multiplayer is good Expand
  4. BigDaddyDavee
    May 27, 2008
    6
    This game isn't as bad as people have made it out to be. I agree that it is definately unfinished, has poor framerates at times and does This game isn't as bad as people have made it out to be. I agree that it is definately unfinished, has poor framerates at times and does nothing new at all. It is however, fun. The shooting mechanic is very tight and the graphics are good. Expand
  5. ChadC.
    Nov 16, 2007
    4
    Pretty mediocre shooter other than the dismemberment it really doesnt have much going for it. Dont get me wrong seeing someone get there head Pretty mediocre shooter other than the dismemberment it really doesnt have much going for it. Dont get me wrong seeing someone get there head shot off by a sniper in Team Deathmatch was pretty satisfying after that youll get the feeling of claustaphobia because the levels are so tiny and theres only a select amount of weapons to choose from. I hate to say it but sierra should let this series die, theres to many great shooters out there dont buy this not so good very repetitive game im mad i did. Expand
  6. Sep 12, 2013
    4
    Overall the game isn't totally horrible. The problems are unstable frame rates, terrible animations, ridicules AI, and overall low budgetOverall 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
  7. 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 stripA 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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