Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 23
  2. Negative: 2 out of 23
  1. The game's enemy AI really shines. These guys (and gals) are smart. [Mar 2002, p.24]
  2. It’s hard not to enjoy No One Lives Forever, it’s difficult not to laugh and need to see the next colourful level. But once you stop, it’s very hard to get excited by what is an essentially a very shallow, but fun game.
  3. 80
    This is one solidly constructed action game that doesn't take itself too seriously. It's called "camp" man. Check it out. [Mar 2002, p.98]
  4. Doesn’t fully capture the experience of the excellent PC version, yet that doesn’t mean gamers won’t have a blast playing through the game’s fun missions.
  5. Not only do the graphics look outdated and ugly, but now there’s added slowdown and control problems. But even with its problems, I still can’t help but feel that the game is still a fun experience.
  6. 75
    A competent first-person shooter with a good sense of humor, the sort of middling fun you should enjoy between those truly taxing blockbuster titles.
  7. This is as close as you'll come to a sense of believable espionage this side of MGS2.
  8. A fun game; those with the patience to master the controls, and those not overly concerned with graphics will discover a challenging, rewarding, and genuinely funny experience awaiting them.
  9. A very amusing and well-designed first-person shooter that suffers from outdated graphics and an unfriendly control scheme, but also remains surprisingly engaging.
  10. Unfortunately, the game looks a tad dated and isn't quite as smooth as its PC counterpart. Great action, but mediocre production. [Dec 2001, p.95]
  11. The degradation of graphics and gameplay diminishes how great this game truly is.
  12. Now if it wasn't for the blasted controls! [May 2002, p.108]
  13. This title deserves strong consideration if you're willing to put style over substance and overlook a few flaws.
  14. Its excellent art direction pulls you, heart and soul, into the environment...[but] NOLF's lack of a save-anywhere function gets to be a real pain in the arse. [May 2002, p.102]
  15. 69
    If you can look past the hampered, out-of-date graphics, sticky, annoying controls, and crummy framerate, you'll enjoy it.
  16. The solid firefights make for fun action sequences and the laugh-out-loud NPC dialogue really helps the progression of an otherwise uninspired storyline.
  17. It'll require a Herculean effort to control your rage as you watch 20 minutes of sneaking around evaporate into nothing with just a single misfired shot, but that doesn’t mean the game shouldn’t be tried.
  18. Despite its flaws and the fact that I went through a great deal of frustration with the game, I would still recommend No One Lives Forever for what it is: a solid though ultimately unremarkable first-person shooter who's biggest asset is not its gameplay or controls, but its heroine and clever and compelling story.
  19. Unfortunately for all of NOLF’s good points, the controls just make the game too frustrating to be worth investing any time in the title.
  20. There isn’t much fun to be found in the game despite its solid gameplay mechanics.
  21. It may be a bit flat and aged, but the game's visual aesthetic casts a nice atmosphere and sense of location. [Mar 2002, p.45]
  22. While leaving the quick save feature out may seem like a slight oversight, the reality is that it changes the game into a frustrating exercise in trial and error.
  23. Questionable gameplay and graphics undermine the witty and unique style of this quirky ‘60s spy FPS.

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