Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix Xbox

Metascore
61

Mixed or average reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 26
  2. Negative: 4 out of 26
Buy On
  1. Comes up shooting blanks with a very mediocre adaptation that has few redeemable features outside its strong multiplayer Xbox Live presence.
  2. Cheat Code Central
    50
    SOF II is not much more than a glorified, or should I say, gore-ified shooting gallery. It's not unlike "House of the Dead" only less exciting.
  3. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    57
    Fortune II doesn't have the same visual polish or addictive team-based onlne play of ["Return to Castle Wolfenstein"]. [Aug 2003, p.112]
  4. 60
    Are we operating under regulation Xbox parameters here? Visually speaking, everything's bland, blocky, and the visibility is poor. The game is not pretty. Enemy movements are sluggish as if they're suffering from joint pain as they fire at you.
  5. GameNow
    58
    Although SOF2 is ultimately just disposable entertainment - the kind of game you'll forget about minutes after beating it. [Aug 2003, p.33]
  6. It's got great potential, even high expectations, and in every department there is some glaring detail that cannot be overlooked. Had there been just a little more time spent with it, tweaking the small things here and there, it could have been a surefire hit.
  7. Double Helix doesn't do anything that hasn't already been done better in Activision's own Return to Castle Wolfenstein.
  8. 56
    Even the overdone gore isn't realistic enough for the morally unhinged. It's a lackluster experience and part-time embarrassment to the hardware potential of this game system.
  9. It does lose points for omitting variety within its multiplayer setup.
  10. Sadly, the graphics don’t even come close to the sharp visuals of the PC version--something the Xbox could have easily replicated.
  11. The poor graphics and ho-hum gameplay really killed any chance this game had to compete with the fantastic games arriving this summer. Even Xbox Live compatibility couldn't rescue it from the realm of inadequacy.
  12. GMR Magazine
    60
    The bad news is this: The game's graphics look dated. Most characters are blocky and reek of a poor PC port job. And Xbox Live support...needs an overhaul. [Aug 2003, p.74]
  13. 58
    When you have "Halo" and "Ghost Recon" in your library, there's little reason to spend $50 bucks on a very average shooter with sub-standard Xbox graphics.
  14. With lengthy load times, rare slowdown, the occasional clipping problem and an imperfect graphics engine, the basic "corridor shooter" feel of the single player mode can be bogged down and even become tedious to some.
  15. Play Magazine
    67
    Ultimately feels like it is a year old, and its technical limitations hurt the finer parts of the game. [July 2003, p.72]
  16. In simple terms, this game was brought to the Xbox unpolished, incomplete, and unready. There’s plenty to go through in SoF2, but it’s too bland and it isn’t worth spending numerous hours trying to complete.
  17. An example to developers the world over that just because there is gratuitous violence, the game is not necessarily a winner. A great PC title can still flop on the Xbox, even with the addition of Live gameplay.

Awards & Rankings

#56 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2003
#36 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2003
User Score
6.5

Mixed or average reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 5 out of 12
  1. BlueFalcon
    Jul 30, 2005
    3
    This is the worst 1st person shooter I've ever played. The graphics are very sub par, but it's also really simple and boring.
  2. BrianK.
    Dec 3, 2003
    9
    Great Game!!
  3. JayK.
    Sep 17, 2003
    5
    If you're looking for something to waste time with then you've found it. If your looking for a challange keep looking. Graphics are If you're looking for something to waste time with then you've found it. If your looking for a challange keep looking. Graphics are more than poor. Looks like something from the last generation of gaming systems. If you want to buy it rent it first. Full Review »