Authorities in British Columbia have given Soldier of Fortune
the equivalent of an X rating. The game is the first in Canada to be classified as an adult movie, making it illegal to sell the title to anyone under 18. The classification came after a parent complained about the game's violent content. Provincial director of film classification Mary-Louise McCausland the rating was given becuase "[Soldier of Fortune
's] depictions of violence against persons and animals are brutal and portrayed realistically and explicitly.'' The classification, which can be appealed, carries penalties of up to six months in jail and a fine.