Universal acclaim - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 32
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 32
  3. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. 100
    Great characters, unbelievable level design, well-executed game-engine cut scenes, outstanding voice acting and style that just won't quit, No One Lives Forever is the best game I've played in far too long.
  2. Superb craftsmanship, inventive scripting, wonderful acting, brilliant enemy AI, and sumptuous graphics are all placed in a huge, varied, and intensely colorful 60s setting by a team clearly bestowing care and love on their work and product.
  3. So imaginative, colorful and funny that it serves to remind us how insufferably gloomy and witless most shooters are.
  4. Every second drips with absolute cool and there's literally not a boring moment in the entire game, bar the over-lengthy but disposable cut-scenes.
  5. An all-around crowd pleaser with great weapons, exotic locales, and enough mystery to keep you coming back for more.
  6. Its refreshing setting, exemplary dialogue and acting, and downright fun game mechanics are a shock to the system.
  7. By far one of the best games to come out this year, and is certainly the best and most original single-player FPS experience to come down the pipeline since Half-Life. If you enjoy great story, super graphics, and excellent gameplay, then this is definitely a game for you.
  8. The First Person Shooter is back, baby -- and it's a gas!
  9. 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+.
  10. The combination of style, wit, creativity, spycraft, cool locations, great gadgets and the overall sense of fun make this one a must have for FPS fans and a recommended game for casual gamers.
  11. If you're looking for an entertaining shooter that doesn't take itself too seriously, you won't find anything better.
  12. A first-person shooter has finally arrived that's so stylish, so ingenious, so well written, so well acted, and otherwise so great that this review won't have to include the expression "it's no Half-Life" - except for right there.
  13. 91
    While it's not quite up to the complexity of "Deus Ex," NOLF combines a first-rate plot, grandiose explosions, superb dialogue, and plenty of trigger-happy action to make for one of the best gaming experiences we've had all year.
  14. We loved everything about the game. We loved everything from the silly fez wearing guards right down to the random dissertations on the meaning of life.
  15. A shining example of bringing together a wide variety of different ideas, executing them with a ever-engaging style, and delivering a polished product that is a thrilling experience from beginning to end.
  16. 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]
  17. I can’t name another game in this genre that attempts to inject this much humor into the gameplay that never falls flat.
  18. 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.
  19. It's not often that a game comes around (in today's crazy games market) that is (a) entertaining, (b) actually keeps you glued to the screen for a while and (c) lets you kill lots of people while at it. All that with a unique style, plenty of chicks, and an attitude to boot.
  20. Honestly, comparing "Half-Life" to NOLF is like comparing an Indiana Jones movie to a post-Connery Bond flick - just as fun, but not as "big".
  21. From the swank voice-over cast and Bond-ian soundtrack to the pounding rattle of machine gun fire, nobody does (sound) better.
  22. 90
    Awesome single player game is held back by a mediocre multiplayer experience.
  23. With a heavy dash of "Thief," a sprinkling of "Deus Ex," the essence of Bond and a huge dollop of comedy, the game comes to vibrant life, with each of its parts working in terrific synergy.
  24. 90
    The enemy AI is the most advanced enemy AI in a game yet.
  25. An exceptionally cool game. It's got a fun, interesting story; intelligent level design; and provides a great mix of stealth and action.
  26. A very fresh action romp with tons of cheekiness - maybe too much. [Jan 2001, p.129]
  27. 84
    It starts off slow, but No One Lives Forever is a unique and stylish experience well worth the cost of admission.
  28. The game grows on you the more you play it. It doesn't make any giant leaps, but it's still a blast. And it made me laugh. Hehe.
  29. There is easily enough shoot em' up action to keep any shooter fan wrapped up in the gameplay. Although there is some sneaking about players who like the sneaky approach won't find too much in this game.
  30. May feel more like a classic Bond Marathon on TBS, rather than the instant-gratification spy movies we have seen in recent years.
  31. 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.
  32. 80
    Within the game, you have access to a variety of weaponry such as generic pistols, machine guns, sniper rifles and the Bond style briefcase rocket launcher. Oh yes.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 112 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 22
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 22
  3. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Dec 3, 2013
    Even now, over 10 years after its release, this is still the best shooter.
    Great story, funny dialogue, great locations, great leveldesign
    which can be beat by both stealth and raw gunpower, never boring.
    Sure the graphics are dated by now, but the game itself is still far more interesting than all battlefield and call of duty and all other military shooters combined (which are no "games" by any definition)
    Too bad that I can't give it more than "10", because the 10 doesn't do it justice. This is truly one of the last masterpieces of the shooter GAME genre.
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  2. Dec 1, 2013
    This is one of the games that cannot be made today, because of it's international scale and that it would be too long and requires an enormous volume of content hence requires far too many assets (probably might cost even as much as GTA). The campaign itself had a play time of around 20 hours, mind you there are no RPG elements.

    NOLF is widely known for it's overheard conversations among the enemies, exceptional AI, incredible storyline, amazing cut-scenes, effective all round humor, and so on. The best in NOLF is that, is it's wide variety of locations, for instance there are scenes where Cate Archer (protagonist), rides a motorbike, levels in moving train, airplanes with scenes involving free fall, submarines and under water scenes, zero gravity and in outer space, snowy Alps riding a snowmobile, etc. The level design is incredibly smart, and there's a lot of variety in it's game-play, from stealth to attacking modes, access to a wide number of gadgets, this is the best FPS ever.

    If only more people knew about the game
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  3. Apr 18, 2012
    The best music, story and humour ever implemented in a PC game (in my not so humble opinion!). This is the funniest game I have ever played, and still worth playing 12 years on, if you have not already. It can be difficult to find a copy these days though. Full Review »