Universal acclaim - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 29
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 29
  3. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Its presentation is top-notch, its levels are varied and interesting, its AI is convincing, and the whole game drips with love and attention to detail.
  2. 100
    Great graphics and sound, top-notch AI, wonderfully entertaining dialog, and an impressive variety of gameplay all make this one of the best games of the year.
  3. The stealth element, which was the source of much frustration, has undergone a total overhaul: Virtually every one of the game's 40 missions can be accomplished using guile (instead of brute force). [11 Oct 2002, p.85]
  4. 100
    The writing is sharp enough to make sense of the fact that, at one point, you find yourself fighting ninjas in the middle of a tornado in Akron, Ohio. [Jan 2003, p.67]
  5. Every environment is created with jaw dropping detail that makes every single one a visual feast. I spent a good amount of time just looking at the surroundings trying to take everything in.
  6. Game of the year material. It’s rare these days to play a game that excels in every area-but this one does so.
  7. Along with stellar sound effects, voiceovers, and groovy spy movie theme songs, No One Lives Forever 2 provides a feast for your senses.
  8. Every convention of the FPS genre is done to perfection, tweaked, and then turned on its ear. Only the multi-player options of the game disappoint. Still, if the game featured no multiplayer options at all, it does so many things right that it would still be in the running for Game of the Year.
  9. Truly a wonderful game, complete with enough humor and action to appease anyone in the market for a good shooter and a hearty laugh.
  10. Smart and sexy, just like its heroine. It is a thoroughly enjoyable, tongue in cheek romp through the world of 1960s espionage.
  11. Game of the Year...Like "Deus Ex" two years ago, there is simply nothing on the same level.
  12. It improves on almost everything that worked well in the first game, and it also fixes that game's problems...a rousing success on every level.
  13. Not only a worthy sequel but also advances the genre forward with a higher standard of AI, stealth and level design.
  14. 90
    The sequel's as good as the original. Not only does it preserve everything we liked about the first game but it also takes a few steps in some rewarding new directions.
  15. An incredibly appealing spectacle that is ahead of the majority of other titles in the genre...The detail and flexibility of the engine allow for some captivating set pieces and cinematic cut scenes, which move the story along excellently.
  16. The game's story, humor, and action are well implemented, but I would have liked to see a little less emphasis on stealth. [Dec 2002, p.148]
  17. Polishing off the brilliance that is NOLF 2 are the game's stunning graphics, powered by the LithTech Jupiter engine. [Holiday 2002, p.78]
  18. 90
    Masterfully blending some spectacular action sequences and a unique sense of humor with elements of stealth games, first-person shooters, graphic adventures and even RPGs, the end result is a title that tops the original in every way, and stands out even among 2002's amazing crop of PC action games.
  19. 90
    Nearly flawless visuals and truly immersive sound make sure you’re having fun even when you’re not shooting.
  20. The wonderful artificial intelligence and level design combine to keep you glued to your screen...A true tour de force.
  21. What really sets NOLF2 apart is the game's sheer polish and professionalism. [Jan 2003, p.100]
  22. The game has a great sense of humor and parodies much of the spy genre without losing the focus of the game.
  23. The game's true crowning achievement: This game has excellent AI. Hands down.
  24. An excellent FPS, and easily one of the year’s best. It’s varied, funny, imaginative, challenging (on anything other than Easy mode, which you could complete blindfolded) and has a lot to offer. However, despite all this, it lacks its predecessor’s spark of genius and genuine originality. If we sound a little on the negative side, it’s only through mild disappointment that it’s merely a very good game rather than a repeat performance of a genuine classic.
  25. Meets my expectations with beautiful animations, well-written enemy AI, and a shorter but still engaging single player mission.
  26. A bloody good game... If you like first person shooters and have a sense of humour, the only other thing to stop you playing this game is the central role of a pink-suited woman. Are you man enough?
  27. Most importantly, NOLF 2 never takes itself too seriously. You'll be battling ninja's in an Ohio trailer park while a tornado approaches, avoiding neon super-soldier death rays, slaughtering mimes, and experiencing other outlandish predicaments.
  28. While not visually stunning does feature good graphical detail that complements the gameplay well and overall combines to make an enjoyable game.
  29. If it sounds like NOLF2 is a lot like NOLF, and you're wondering why I'm complaining so bitterly, you have my sympathy. When I say they "gutted" NOLF2, I mean it, and I can back it up.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 136 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 29
  2. Negative: 2 out of 29
  1. Feb 14, 2011
    I still recall this as one of the best FPS I've ever played. I would love to see this IP revisited with a new game. Great storyline, stealth modes and spy gadgets. It was as close as you can get to being in a 60's spy movie. Full Review »
  2. RazvanT.
    Feb 7, 2007
    It's a amazing game, one of the best shooters in the world. The graphics, the posibilitys you have, the adrenaline ... it just makes you fell your the character and the gameplay lets it all happend. Full Review »
  3. Nov 20, 2012
    Why don't they make first person shooters with this much personality anymore? It's ten years after it's release and I enjoy this more than any shooter from the last few years. I tend to ignore most FPS games now, expecting them to be shallow, repetitive and lacking any real character, but not NOLF2. It's got more personality and more of an enjoyment factor than all of the CoD (or whatever other FPS games are popular nowadays) wrapped into one. Full Review »