Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 23
  2. Negative: 2 out of 23
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  1. 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]
  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. PSM Magazine
    The game's enemy AI really shines. These guys (and gals) are smart. [Mar 2002, p.24]
  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. 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.
  6. Not only do the graphics look outdated and ugly, but now there’s added slowdown and control problems.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.
  7. This is as close as you'll come to a sense of believable espionage this side of MGS2.
  8. A very amusing and well-designed first-person shooter that suffers from outdated graphics and an unfriendly control scheme, but also remains surprisingly engaging.
  9. Game Informer
    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]
  10. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    Now if it wasn't for the blasted controls! [May 2002, p.108]
  11. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    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]
  12. The degradation of graphics and gameplay diminishes how great this game truly is.
  13. 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.
  14. This title deserves strong consideration if you're willing to put style over substance and overlook a few flaws.
  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    If you can look past the hampered, out-of-date graphics, sticky, annoying controls, and crummy framerate, you'll enjoy it.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. Play Magazine
    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.

Awards & Rankings

#68 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2002
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. CoryK.
    May 7, 2005
    This game is one funny game. I rarely laugh at videogames, but I found myself laughing during this one. THe story is long and is fun to play. This game is one funny game. I rarely laugh at videogames, but I found myself laughing during this one. THe story is long and is fun to play. It's obviously not as good as the PC version, the graphics are bad and there is no multiplayer. However, this is one of the best FPS on PS2(which is pretty sad). Full Review »
  2. ScottM.
    May 5, 2003
    This game is smart clever tricky and fun. the graphics arn't much but they are stylish.
  3. XanderHarris
    Jun 16, 2002
    There aren't any cheats for the PS2 verison are there? The game is great but improvement could easily be made.