This is a VERY bloody game, so be forewarned; it is full of spurting decapitations and disembowelments. Luckily, I loved the Soldier of Fortune series, which is infamous for its gore, and this game felt deliciously pleasant to dismember your enemies with a host of sadistic weapons.
Environment wise, SOR does a great job of capturing the feel of ancient Roman civilization, from the gorgeous architecture to the Germanic northern lands with their huge forests and hardy barbarians -- Capcom did an excellent job with ambience.
Speaking of the latter, sound wise, this title captures a lot of the sounds of the aforementioned “Gladiator” movie, sans Enya’s vocals. A lot of trumpets and some Arabic influences abound in the score; it doesn’t overload the senses, even in the hectic battle moments. The sound effects are solid as well, with lots of clashes of fighting, roaring of the crowd, and cries of death that bring home the horrors of the arena. Octavianus’ musical backdrop is much more subdued, but heats up when he is spotted by enemies a la