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  • Summary: A story-driven, first-person adventure delivering over-the-top action, tense subterfuge, outrageous villains, and wry humor in the tradition of the great 1960's spy films and TV shows. [Fox Interactive]
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  1. Positive: 32 out of 32
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 32
  3. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. An all-around crowd pleaser with great weapons, exotic locales, and enough mystery to keep you coming back for more.
  2. So imaginative, colorful and funny that it serves to remind us how insufferably gloomy and witless most shooters are.
  3. The game is definitely a contender for game of the year. If a possible AI patch would be released, then this game would be a 10+.
  4. More a series of interlinked tale-telling vignettes than a proper blast-'em-up, the small-screen heir to Austin Powers' legacy is nonetheless one of the finest offerings in years.
  5. Austin Powers ain't got nothing on Cate Archer, the hottest digital chick with a gun since that old hag Lara Croft. [Feb 2003, p.94]
  6. An exceptionally cool game. It's got a fun, interesting story; intelligent level design; and provides a great mix of stealth and action.
  7. Although at times little more than a culmination of spy films and stereotypes over the last forty years, No One Lives Forever is an adventure and a half for the single player, and well worth investigating if you’re sick of world-threatening plots and Quake-engine oddities.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. SarahineS.
    Jan 30, 2007
    10
    This game is really amazing and incredible, because she look pretty and intelligent.
  2. AndrewE.
    Apr 14, 2002
    10
    One of the best shooters I've ever played.
  3. Jan 20, 2015
    10
    I played this game when I was a child.When I found it yesterday,my memories pumped.It is one of the best games I've ever played and I reallyI played this game when I was a child.When I found it yesterday,my memories pumped.It is one of the best games I've ever played and I really want to see NOLF 3 or something.They can't make a game like that now(most likely).Nothing can make me happy but seeing the third game of this series(not counting J.A.C.K)
    We want Cate Archer !
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  4. Jack
    Nov 22, 2004
    10
    A good game is the one U'll be happy to speak about with ur freinds. NOLF is one of these games!
  5. Keith
    Mar 9, 2002
    9
    Its fun, plenty of guns and unique weapons code: mpasscam (check this out).
  6. Sep 27, 2011
    9
    A truly masterpiece... I really loved everything of this game from the strange spy gadgets that Cate can use to the musics of the game. The AIA truly masterpiece... I really loved everything of this game from the strange spy gadgets that Cate can use to the musics of the game. The AI of the bots is way better of the one used in nowdays games (just look at deus ex human revolution AI of bots... )
    What else to say? It's one of the few games (like deus ex, system shock 2, planescape torment) that you have to play before you die.
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  7. OdinoO.
    Dec 16, 2004
    7
    This game is outdated, and was when it came out. Deus Ex has better graphics AND gameplay already and it looks extremly poor these days. The This game is outdated, and was when it came out. Deus Ex has better graphics AND gameplay already and it looks extremly poor these days. The levels aren't anything special, some missions are interested but the characters are ugly rendered, interaction is done poorly, some dialogue is extremly boring and makes you skip them even the first time you play and finally the stealth part is fun and all, it hardly needs to be used and brute force is most effective against everyone. The intel items are pointless, rankings are pointless and overall there is no real reward for being a good spy. I have to admit that I had already seen NOLF2 before this game and I am obviously not impressed, but even so this game could have been polished some, 2000 is post-Quake3 people. Expand

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