Contract J.A.C.K. PC

Metascore
56

Mixed or average reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 20
  2. Negative: 6 out of 20
Buy On
  1. For thirty bucks though, I would advise shooter fans not to miss out on the opportunity to hear some fun dialogue and engage in a very entertaining fast-paced action experience with lots of personality and gallons upon gallons of animated blood.
  2. 75
    NOLF fans will likely find it lacking most of the series' charm, and as an action title, it feels strangely unpolished, falling victim to any number of basic problems.
  3. Easily beaten within a few hours, with no memorable moments has me questioning what Monolith was thinking.
  4. PC Gamer
    63
    Fun, but too short and shallow to be a full-priced expansion pack. [Jan 2004, p.104]
  5. Drab enemies and weapons, average graphics but below average levels make this a "prequel" that does not do the series justice.
  6. There is very little story present and no emotional attachment to the lead character. All of the “fun” aspects of the NOLF legacy are gone.
  7. 61
    Feels like a throwback to the old ways of action gaming that the genre moved beyond a while ago, from the dated graphics to the trigger spawns to the tiresomely repeated music.
  8. Jack may have all the guns and firepower, but he lacks finesse. And he reminds us of why we like to watch heroes like James Bond. It's not all about the big bangs and fiery explosions. It's the martinis, women and one-liners that keep us coming back for more.
  9. Merely a mediocre shoot-'em-up that can be finished in four hours.
  10. The gunplay is bland, the graphics are solid but repetitive, and most of the multiplayer aspects can be found in a free patch for "NOLF 2." [Jan 2004, p.157]
  11. It's just no fun. There have been a lot of classic shooters that are just mayhem with no story to speak of ("Quake") and shooters that depended on tiny details and story as much as the graphics engine ("No One Lives Forever 2"). Contract Jack does neither story nor mayhem well.
  12. The inferior prequel to the outstanding "No One Lives Forever" series, having none of the charm, humor, or creative gameplay of the other games under the NOLF umbrella.
  13. While the multiplayer modes offer something worth playing, Contract JACK ultimate disappoints with below-average gameplay unworthy of the series.
  14. A twenty-pound sledgehammer of wall-to-wall action.
  15. 45
    I was so frustrated at the game, the entire experience was comically agonizing, sort of like a newer Martin Short "film" that tries to be funny but winds up being hilarious for all the wrong reasons.
  16. Sadly, this particular iteration of the series is a dismal and distant cousin, better known for its lead paint-eating habits than engaging dinner banter. Not to be recommended to series fans, initiates, or those trawling the bargain bin at the software store.
  17. 40
    It's all dull and straightforward, except for the moments where the designers pad things out with annoying quests that make you backtrack in order to open a blocked door. All of these "puzzles" have obvious solutions, too, so that you're really just putting in time and walking around a lot.
  18. Computer Gaming World
    40
    Boss battles are so routine as to be laughable, and that's about all the laughter you'll be doing, as NOLF's great comedic dialogue is noticeably absent. The entire game feels slapped together. [Feb 2004, p.79]
  19. Computer Games Magazine
    40
    Lacks the slightest spark of life or inspiration. It has no character, both literally and figuratively, and its action is stilted and crude. [Jan 2004, p.65]
  20. To be brutally honest, I'm not entirely sure why Monolith wasted their time making this game, other than to cash in on the franchise. It doesn't look any better, and there is absolutely nothing new in the way of gameplay.
User Score
5.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 3 out of 3
  1. LemonPieman
    Apr 4, 2009
    1
    Dreadful game, don't know why they tried to make a shoot em' game from a engine made specifically for sneaking and such. The combatDreadful game, don't know why they tried to make a shoot em' game from a engine made specifically for sneaking and such. The combat in No-one lives forever 2 wasn't incredibly fun, not even nearly fun enough to make a game based on it. The story, as with the other games, was alright, interesting, new. But the fact that it lasts about 1 hour of gametime ruins this and any other good nature about this game, all in all I'd rather take my heart out of my chest and eat it than to play this game again. Full Review »
  2. DaveyDJ
    Nov 7, 2004
    2
    Very very very very disappointed with this game. It might be set in the No One Lives Forever world, but has none of it's redeeming Very very very very disappointed with this game. It might be set in the No One Lives Forever world, but has none of it's redeeming features. Yes, there is some comedy dialog, but not much. No cool gadgets like NOLF (although, they have left a couple of the horrendously difficult to control vehicles in... oh great... yay...) No real variety in the missions. All pretty much wading in guns blazing. And its way WAY too short (I finished it in about 6 hours.) I'm totally at a loss as to what they were trying to achieve with this bilge, other than cashing in on a well respected franchise. Monolith, you really should be ashamed of yourselves. Full Review »
  3. TonyB.
    Dec 4, 2003
    3
    Serious Sam with a face lift. Boring, empty environments that are just filled with stupid bad guys. The environments aren't interactive Serious Sam with a face lift. Boring, empty environments that are just filled with stupid bad guys. The environments aren't interactive at all. Bad guys just run at you shooting wildly. Some points become literal duck shoots. bad guy runs across walkway, you shoot, repeat. A lesson in shooting into crowds. Horribly disappointing game. Full Review »