Monday, October 26, 2009

Soldier Front

Publisher: IJJI
Low Quality
EXP Rate:


Pros: +Varied weapons, +Large player base, +Large selection of maps (20), +Good ranking system. +Game records Kills / Deaths

Cons: -Imbalanced weapons, -Uninspiring music, -Repetitive gameplay, -Poor map design

Soldier Front is a 3D MMO shooter published by IJJI. The game has a large player base a varied selection of weapons and equipment in the item store. Soldier Front is one of the first few tactical shooters MMOs and its success has helped spawn similar games from other big MMO publishers.

Soldier Front Overview

Soldier Front is one of the first few tactical MMO shooters and is published by IJJI. The game’s success helped accelerate the growth of tactical shooting games that almost every MMO publisher now has. Unfortunately, since Soldier Front is one of the oldest shooters, its not nearly as polished as newer games like Nexon’s Combat Arms or Netgame’s Operation 7. Fortunately the game isn’t all bad, it does have a good selection of weapons and equipment in the item store and a large selection of playable maps. Soldier Front also doesn’t demand a high end graphics card or CPU, so the game should be able to run smoothly on lower end machines.

Soldier Front Screenshots

With the rise of several FPS games such as Counter-Strike, Half-Life and Quake, and the rise of the generation of Online Gaming, Koreans developed Soldier-Front. Soldier-Front (aka Special-Force) was originally released in Korea in year 1996. It slowly grew in popularity, reaching neighboring countries like Japan, Thailand and a distant country: United States.

The playable version for Filipinos can be found at This is the website for US-Soldier-Front which is also open for foreign players since the other SF servers are privately for their country (unless you hack by proxies.) Since it is an online game, and you are connecting to a distant country, a decent connection (DSL or better) is strongly recommended.

Soldier-Front offers the same game play as that with Counter-Strike. There are mainly two teams (red and blue) and the main objective is to well… kill the opposing team. Besides these “main” objectives for both teams, there are also “secondary objectives” that exists. For the red team, it is almost always the case that they have to escape the map or retrieve a confidential item (DNA, EMP, Nerve Gas etc.). For the blue team, they must stop the red team from retrieving the items or escaping the map. (Oooh! Missions!) Some people like this idea however, some are not just patient enough to play that much but want to attain a high rank.

Soldier-Front has few twists embedded in its game. Unlike Counter-Strike, where the guns are bought every single time a game starts, the guns in SF are bought at the very start and you must stick with it until you get enough money to buy another gun. There are mainly two types of primary weapons, machine guns and snipers. Ay walang kwenta? But to think of it, since the players here are “used” to having one gun and a secondary, they are able to master the type of weapon they are using. This is also the key of the game on making the players work as a team.

This is the fastest way of getting in-game money for you to be able to buy guns, accessories, armors and game items. Some items are exclusively for the game coins that you get when you donate. Costing $1 (around P45) per 10 g-coins, the game money is pretty expensive for Filipino gamers. (Ouch sakit sa bulsa…)
As you play along, you get experience points just like in MMORPG games. Another difference of this game to CS is that it has a ranking system. (So hindi lang puro patayan… may competition din for the best!) You start as a Trainee and end up as the General of the Army. As of now, the highest is only a Brigadier General (approximately 4 million exp) in US-Soldier-Front but in Korea, they have ranks higher than General of the Army (Don’t ask me what the ranks are because I have no idea…)

This game offers a 3-Dimensional environment and an applied physics on it. Though this is the case, the graphics are not that good compared to Counter-Strike. For some instances, there are places where people can glitch, meaning, they can go inside boxes where they are invulnerable (ehem… gawain to ngayon ng maraming Pilipino dyan…). But hey! The game is free to play… so don’t cry much if there are game glitches!



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