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Soldier of Fortune 2 Officially Announced (For PC)
9:19 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

The Adrenaline Vault has recently noted the official announcement by Activision of Soldier of Fortune 2, the sequel to the popular FPS Soldier of Fortune, noted for its extremely bloody gameplay and realistic "hit locations." These features allowed players to target knees, hands, and other such body areas to achieve different results.

One of the known details of this title is that it will (like its predecessor) star John Mullins, who is a consultant for an anti-terrorist group known as The Shop. The game will have a wide range of missions, such as recon and hostage rescue. As Deus Ex is now the rod by which all FPS games are measured, one hallmark of the solo play of SoF2 will be the flexible approach to gameplay - a player can choose to either directly assault full-force or try a stealth-based approach in order to complete the same objective. The accurate damage modeling and reproductions of actual weapons that made the first game so popular will be in place, and missions will take place in real-world locations such as Prague, Hong Kong, and Columbia.
Players will also be able to ride in various vehicles, such as armored cars and helicopters.

The heartening news to Mac owners should be that this sequel is based on the portable Quake III Arena engine, vastly increasing the chances of it being ported over to the Mac platform. SOF2 will also use the GHOUL II technology, which allows for the aforementioned damage modeling as well as realistic model animations. There will also be an option to filter out most of the mature content from the game -- mature in this case meaning realistic decapitations and such, not nude women.

Many Mac users were disappointed when the proposed original Soldier of Fortune port fell through. Though no official announcement of a port of SOF2 for the Mac has been made yet, an earlier posting from Raven, developers of the first title, leaves plenty of room for hope:

Soldier of Fortune (the original) unfortunately will not be making an appearance on the Mac. The deal for the port fell through, I believe. However...SoF2 is based on the Quake III engine, so it would be, in theory, easier to port to the Mac. I'd say the chances of it making an appearance are pretty good, though nothing has been signed at this time.
Be sure to check out an earlier IMG posting regarding a Mac SOF2 possibility at the link below. Also be sure to peruse GameSpy's posted screen shots of this title. And keep your fingers crossed.

GameSpy - SOF2 Screenshots
IMG - Mac SOF2 Possibility?
The Adrenaline Vault - Official SOF2 Announcement

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