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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. An all-around crowd pleaser with great weapons, exotic locales, and enough mystery to keep you coming back for more.
  2. Daily Radar
    100
    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. GMR Magazine
    90
    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. GamePower
    88
    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: 35 out of 39
  2. Negative: 1 out of 39
  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. 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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  4. Apr 19, 2016
    9
    Fun, funny, and novel in tone! The graphics hold up better than its contemporaries due to being stylized, but it still looks rough to modernFun, funny, and novel in tone! The graphics hold up better than its contemporaries due to being stylized, but it still looks rough to modern eyes.

    The humor is also a bit immature, but so are the spy stories that it's mocking. I'd still be happy to play another game in this vein.
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  5. Apr 18, 2012
    9
    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,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. Expand
  6. May 19, 2015
    9
    Groovy Baby! The best singleplayer FPS I have ever played.

    A completely unused scenario a la Austin Powers. Wonderfully cliche in regards
    Groovy Baby! The best singleplayer FPS I have ever played.

    A completely unused scenario a la Austin Powers. Wonderfully cliche in regards to spy movies and a beautiful stealth game full of charme and autonomous identity. Lacking modern mechanics of the genre like extra animations for peaking behind corners but that just adds a bit to the challenge.
    Wonderfully colorful in visuals and acoustics, this game will have you chuckle every five minutes because of some humorous dialogue or "intelligence" item.

    One of those sadly kind off forgotten masterpieces in gaming. Definedly deserving of a HD remake.
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  7. Sep 26, 2020
    0
    Je me rappelle à l’époque, cette daube tournait comme une patate sur la Voodoo 3 ! les 3Dfx n’étaient pas à l’aise avec le nouveau Direct3D,Je me rappelle à l’époque, cette daube tournait comme une patate sur la Voodoo 3 ! les 3Dfx n’étaient pas à l’aise avec le nouveau Direct3D, le standard d’accélération pour toutes les cartes du marché… et en même temps, les jeux supportant le Glide se faisaient de plus en plus rares… A contrario, les Nvidia étaient faites pour Direct3D et brillaient évidemment plus que les autres à cet égard.

    Quoi qu’il en soit, 3Dfx n’est plus mais Direct3D demeure et grâce à Microsoft, on peut encore jouer à ces vieilles daubes de chez Monolith par exemple ! comme ce NOLF qui ne fonctionne pas sur 7 mais très bien sur XP (encore heureux me dira-t-on vu que cet OS commence à ressembler à une antiquité… et j’ai le PC quasiment antique qui va avec !). Le NOLF tourne donc parfaitement mais en 4/3 seulement jusqu’en 1400×1050 apparemment… mais les menus sont alors tellement **** qu’ils en deviennent difficiles à lire : il faut se limiter au 1024×768 !

    En tout cas, on a dans ce FPS à la mords-moi-le-noeud une espèce de comédie d’action et une vague satire des « Chapeau Melon et Bottes de Cuir » (The Avengers) er tout le bling-bling de mauvais goût qui va avec… c’est vraiment super débile et … constamment super débile, ça ne faiblit jamais… c’esr le « jeu » qu’on devrait inviter à dîner un mercredi soir.

    Un « jeu » scripté et chiant, rapidement très chiant de surcroît, rigide et dirigiste et carrément super casse-couilles à jouer. En somme, c’est le jeu des superlatifs : super con, super débile et super lourdingue. Tiens, le « jeu », viens t’amuser dans le vide-ordures, tu y seras comme un coq en pâte : le broyeur t’attend… impatiemment !
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