Soldier of Fortune: Payback is a first-person shooter video game and the third installment of the Soldier of Fortune franchise, following Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix. It is the first game of the series released for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The game was released on November 13, 2007. The game involves a revenge plot against a worldwide terrorist organization.
Unlike the previous two Soldier of Fortune games, which were developed by Raven Software using the id Tech 2 and id Tech 3 engines developed by id Software, Payback was developed by Cauldron HQ.
The game was met with tepid, mostly negative reviews, with many saying the game looked pretty but the gameplay was uninspired. Like the other two games in the series, Payback had great character modelling and gore effects. Owing to the level of violence, the Office of Film and Literature Classification of Australia refused to classify the game. After the game was effectively banned in Australia, a modified version was released on April 23, 2008, that removed radical violence and dismemberment.
If you've ever wondered what happened to the Soldier of Fortune franchise, you're not alone. The first two Soldier of Fortune games were popular shooters in their day, blending fun single-player and multiplayer gameplay with the concept of playing as a mercenary. But after 2002's Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix, the franchise seemed to fall off the face of the planet. Unfortunately, it should have stayed missing in action because the series has been resurrected with Soldier of Fortune: Payback, a shooter that embraces all the wrong lessons that have been learned over the past decade.
At first glance, Payback looks like a very pretty game. The visuals aren't cutting-edge, but there's an attractive quality to them, from the lavish depth-of-field blur effects that kick in whenever you reload your weapon to the lush lighting. You no longer play as John Mullins, the hero of the first two games, but rather as a new mercenary caught up in a very cliché and badly told tale of a worldwide terrorist organization that's so clever it brands all of its operatives with the very same tattoo on their necks. It's a wonder they're so difficult to find.
However, it all goes downhill quickly because Payback reveals itself to be a relentlessly linear and highly scripted shooter with a lot of flaws. Perhaps the most frustrating of these deals with the fact that the game relies on a checkpoint save system with no ability to quicksave, which means that if you're killed, you have to restart from the last checkpoint. That wouldn't be so much of an issue if those checkpoints were frequent and numerous, but they're not. Thus, much of the game's six to eight hours of gameplay is spent trying and retrying to get through the many sections of the game. Though there's a regenerating health system, you still die all too easily. It's not uncommon to have to replay a section a dozen times or more before you finally beat it.
The artificial intelligence is bad and consists mainly of two scripted actions. Once triggered, a bad guy will either run straight at you or stand in the open and shoot at you. There's no sense of dynamic behavior in the way the AI reacts to what you do. The weapon modeling is nonexistent; there's practically zero recoil on any of the weapons, even the light machine guns. On the flip side, even though the weapons all feel incredibly lightweight, they do a ridiculous amount of damage. The first Soldier of Fortune games were "edgy" in that you could practically dismember opponents with gunfire. The same goes for Payback, though it looks like the developers just copied and pasted the same code from the earlier games because the visual effect is almost exactly the same. Arms, legs, and heads all get shot off with absurd regularity while blood gushes everywhere. (The game does boast a low violence option that tones down this carnage.)
Additionally, Payback's multiplayer is very generic, with such modes as deathmatch, team deathmatch, and capture the flag. There's a whopping five multiplayer maps total, so there's not a lot of variety there either, which is also disappointing, considering Soldier of Fortune II's popular and fun multiplayer mode.
The PC game is slightly less expensive than major titles, but the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 games are full priced. Nevertheless, they're all a terrible value proposition considering the sheer quantity and high quality of shooters this year. Unless you like pain and frustration, there's simply no reason to play Soldier of Fortune: Payback when there are so many other better games on the market.
Soldier of Fortune: Payback is the third installment of the Soldier of Fortune game series. Unlike the previous two Soldier of Fortune games, which were developed by Raven Software utilizing the Quake 2 and Quake 3 engines, Payback was developed by Cauldron HQ, developed with Cauldron's in-house CloakNT engine, used in their previous First Person Shooter game, Chaser. This game is the first game of the series released for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The game was released on 14.November.2007. Upon being refused classification by Australia's OFLC, Activision released the game on February.28.2008 in Australia.
Plot Your name is Thomas Mason, you and a "pal" named miller are on a trip in "iraq" ore something, your mission is to protect an asian dude (i think he was your pal) but miller sold out to the highest bitter and kills the asian dude, so you kill miller, find a tatoo on his neck, and that tatoo leads you to a fight for "PAYBACK"... and thats why the game is called Soldier of fortune "payback"... the end, no not the end... there are sevral missions in all around the globe thats YOU have to fight to find out who, or whom, did this (well miller did it but who sett miller up)... i can tell you, and i will... Ethen Wall... Facts i have put the games "engine" to cryengine2.. well, the cloakNT engine is out on moddb, but it wasnt registrated... hmpf... well...
This article will cover some of the interesting content discovered while developing the Soldier of Fortune Additional Payback mod. While the mod does incorporate some unused assets, many are still left abandoned within the game's data files. Here is a brief summary starting with some vehicles:
Hey, how do I install the patch? It starts to install but then it says "The file C:\program files (x86)\Activision Value\Soldier of Fortune Payback\\ReadMe.txt could not be opened. Please check that your disk is not full and that you have access to the destination directory." And then it quits installation. I'm using a CD version of the game, but when I play it there's a loud buzzing sound and then I get a runtime error that forces me to close the game.
'Soldier of Fortune: Payback' is the third game in the Soldier of Fortune series. It was developed by Cauldron and released by Activision Value. The game was generally received poorly by critics and fans alike, who claimed its only redeeming quality is the series' signature bloody dismemberment. Shooting an enemy's limb could result in it being blown off, exposing the bone, and blood spewing from the wound onto the surroundings. The game also features 12 player multiplayer, but is scarcely populated in this post 'Call of Duty 4' world. Luckily, the gore is maintained in multiplayer.
The 'Soldier of Fortune' series has always been in hot water for its excessive violence, and the trend continues with 'Payback'. The game was effectively banned in Australia on October 16, 2007, being denied a rating as well as sale in the country. The game was, however, eventually planned for release in New Zealand with a rating of R18. 'Soldier of Fortune: Payback' came out on schedule in North America.
Gore and violence can only go so far though and with terrible AI and a short campaign you may wonder what else there is to keep you occupied. SoF does come packed with an archetypal multi-player that neither insults or advances the genre. Standard modes are present (deathmatch, capture the flag, etc.) but without the gore found in the single player you will likely migrate to some of the other, more interesting shooters the holidays have to offer. It is also unlikely that you will max out a room as the number of players online is miniscule at best. So unless you have a group of friends willing to lay down the dough and rip online with you Payback may not satisfy your online fragging needs.
Soldier of Fortune: Payback (2007), unlike the previous two games, has nothing to with John Mullins' story, and was developed not by Raven Software but by budget-price developer Cauldron using what appear suspiciously like Game Maker Studio assets. The results are pretty much what you'd expect.
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Soldier of Fortune: Payback is the third installment of the Soldier of Fortune game series. Unlike the previous two Soldier of Fortune games, which were developed by Raven Software utilizing the Quake 2 and Quake 3 engines, Payback was developed by Cauldron HQ, developed with Cauldron's in-house CloakNT engine, used in their previous First Person Shooter game, Chaser.
Support is native. You can also specify your desired res manually inC:\Program Files\Activision Value\Soldier of Fortune Payback\Save\profile.DAT(edit is self-explanatory but you must use a hex editor or it won't work !)
Multi-monitor resolutions require the simple hex edit of C:\Program Files\Activision Value\Soldier of Fortune Payback\Save\profile.DATScreen change is Vert- though (Hor+/Vert- compared to 4:3, Vert- compared to widescreen).
When you are playing Soldier of Fortune Payback you might need to forward some ports in your router. Forwarding ports is a useful trick in gaming because it can really help to make your network connection most stable and intermittently even faster. Routers were not designed to allow incoming network requests and some games can play tremendously better if an incoming connection is forwarded through the router to the game. 781b155fdc