1. Walkthrough overview
Soldier of Fortune: Payback is the third game in the Soldier of Fortune series, and the first to appear on the XBox 360. The series is known for its dismemberment and gore, and this game is no different. Those who are familiar with Call of Duty games will find the controls and play mechanics very similar. This first-person shooter is about twitch gunplay, especially in multiplayer. You can sprint, pull off one hit melee kills with a knife, and you regenerate health by staying out of the line of fire for a few seconds.
Achievements in Soldier of Fortune: Payback are split between single player and multiplayer, with an emphasis on the latter. With boosting, the whole game could be finished in as little as 12 hours, but it will likely take a little longer.
Single Player: There are five missions, most of which are split into smaller levels. It's a short game, and it takes about 5 hours to complete on the highest difficulty. The single player achievements are mostly for beating levels on hard and for getting kill and dismemberment milestones. There are no missable achievements, thanks to a level select and the fact that cumulative achievements count over multiple playthroughs. You can get everything in a single playthrough, but you'll have to play a few levels again to get enough kills for No Mercy. You'll likely want to play a second time to get The Real Deal on Normal rather than Hard difficulty for decreased aggravation.
Multiplayer: The game was never a big hit, and the multiplayer is pretty dead at this point. While you may find random people in player matches, ranked matches are nearly impossible to start without boosting partners. There are only a few ranked achievements, thankfully, and the majority of them only take a single win on a single game-type.
I suggest playing through single player first just to get a feel for how the game works and to practice with the various weapons.
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