Product Type: Activision PC games
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The most violent game ever?
Soldier of Fortune (PC)
Member Name: shaneo632
Soldier of Fortune (PC)
Advantages: Absurdly violent
Disadvantages: Not too smart, very short
Soldier of Fortune is a brilliant and extremely controversial game thanks largely because of its nauseatingly excessive violence, and aestheticisation of such, where you can dismember every part of an opponent's body with the appropriate weaponry. Nevertheless, this is a brilliant game that delivers a satisfyingly visceral punch, a fun and fast-moving plot, and is just challenging enough.
The film pits you as John Mullins, a mercenary who works for a company known only as The Shop, and who is attempting to stop a shipment of nuclear weapons to a group of Neo-Nazis. Although not a very long game (that's quite easily completable in under 6 hours), it's an intense and thrilling ride - from the very first moment, you're kitted out with a shotgun, giving you the ability to blow off an enemy's head, blow off their limbs, shoot a hole in their stomach, blow off their grown, and numerous other things. It may say more about the player than anything, but it's extremely satisfying to murder the baddies like this, and then subsequently make a bit of postmodern art with their remains if you wish.
It's not a particularly realistic game by today's standards - the violence is ridiculously over-the-top (something the sequels tried to remedy), and there's no damage scale or any recoil, but it's a gleefully overblown adventure that's not too challenging, and extremely fun. From the opening level in a subway station, to riding aboard a train that's carrying a few nukes, to showdowns in Siberia and the Middle East, it's as though you're playing a game of Rambo or something - numerous foreigner baddies fall at your hand in a number of wonderfully gruesome ways.
It may not be particularly intelligent, but it's got some great graphics that still stand up, the deliciously depraved GHOUL engine that allows any given number of ways to murder and dismember your enemies, and a solid selection of weapons to do so.
Summary: An exhilarating ride