PC Software: Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix

Review? What review? All I know is for the last few weeks I've been running around blasting everything in sight. Sometimes I stop and blast the bad guy over and over again… just in case - but it's really to see how many different horrifying animations Raven Software would add to a game that has to be the most graphically violent to date.

In Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix, you play as John Mullins (yes, same as in the originating title Soldier of Fortune). Mullins is a mercenary who is an expert in weaponry, terrorism, and biological warfare, and seems unstoppable.

Your mission: save the doctor, save the World Trade Meeting, save Sam from the fire, and/or save the world from a bio-chemical terrorist attack… whatever, just blast EVERYTHING in sight. Oh, and when the game tries to pull you into the storyline by playing long-winded cinematics in between each level, there's a button that'll skip right through the long and plodding fluff.

Although the game is a basic first-person shoot 'em up, scenarios such as manning a jeep's or helicopter's mounted machine-gun make for some much-needed diversity. While skipping through the story, you also get to blast away with about 14 real-world weapons and 10 grenades. The weapons are fun, and each has distinct kick-back reactions, but you'll probably focus on one or two of your favourites.

The bottom line is Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix is an all-out blasting good time. If you like first-person shooters with lots of blood, fire fights, screaming and explosions, then you'll rip through this - loving every minute of it.

Publisher: Activision.

Developer: Raven Software.

URL: www.activision.com/games/soldieroffortune/doublehelix.asp.

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