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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
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  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. An all-around crowd pleaser with great weapons, exotic locales, and enough mystery to keep you coming back for more.
  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. From the swank voice-over cast and Bond-ian soundtrack to the pounding rattle of machine gun fire, nobody does (sound) better.
  5. I can’t name another game in this genre that attempts to inject this much humor into the gameplay that never falls flat.
  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. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 23
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  1. Nov 5, 2014
    10
    A true masterpiece, full of funny and great moments, fantastic character development, a very inspired plot, stylish art direction and topA true masterpiece, full of funny and great moments, fantastic character development, a very inspired plot, stylish art direction and top notch voice acting.

    From the start to the very end, it only gets better and the experience grows exciting as very few games in history managed to do.

    The main character, Cate Archer, is full of personality. Actually she is the definition of a " true hero".
    The support characters are also very well developed, which is rare.

    No One Lives Forever has a plot, and an incredible funny one, full of twists.
    The level design is brilliant, and everything combined make you really feel into a 60's spy thriller.

    The graphics are a bit dated because the game is old (even if the games cartoon look does help a lot), but every other aspect of the game holds really well today, specially art direction, sound effects, music and voice acting.

    The plot is just fantastic and thats the main reason to play it.

    Just play this game, not only because its an award winning classic (it won many game of the year awards), and one of the best shooters ever.

    Play it because Im sure the whole experience will remain with you for years to come as this game is one to be remembered as one of the most special games ever made.

    I played it in 2001 and I still havent found a game of the same level.

    Thanks Monolith for such great classic, and I hope to live enough to play part 3!!! Do it Monolith, we need Kitt Harris in the role of our great hero Cate Archer again!
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  2. SarahineS.
    Jan 30, 2007
    10
    This game is really amazing and incredible, because she look pretty and intelligent.
  3. Mar 5, 2014
    10
    I'm writing this review in 2014. Besides the outdated graphics (which is unavoidable) this game absolutely slaughters any FPS in the last 5I'm writing this review in 2014. Besides the outdated graphics (which is unavoidable) this game absolutely slaughters any FPS in the last 5 years in terms of storyline, fun, and humor. This game is a perfect example of why graphics aren't everything in a game. They don't make games like NOLF anymore, now it's dumbed down crap like CoD and Halo with boring stories and zero recoil guns etc etc yawn. Yes, a 14 year old game in terms of creativity wipes the floor with almost any FPS released since. If you haven't played it yet you really should. Expand
  4. JamesS.
    Oct 25, 2003
    10
    Best game I've ever played.
  5. Dec 3, 2013
    10
    Even now, over 10 years after its release, this is still the best shooter.
    Great story, funny dialogue, great locations, great leveldesign
    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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  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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