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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
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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: 30 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  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. May 31, 2016
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Wonderful game! Funny conversations which are a delight to listen to. A great story that keeps the player engaged! Shows the issues girls faced in careers and how the other peers and managers looked down upon her. True to its 60s setting. An enjoyable and worth playing experience. Expand
  4. 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 Besides the outdated graphics (which is unavoidable) this game absolutely slaughters any FPS in the last 5I'm writing this review in 2014.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
  5. Feb 27, 2016
    9
    Surely a good game: The missions are well done, because they are very different. There is a lot of story, especially the 2nd half of the gameSurely a good game: The missions are well done, because they are very different. There is a lot of story, especially the 2nd half of the game is really good (10/10) and the humour is nice, but sometimes it is annyoing.
    Of course the graphics and animations are outdated, a pitty, that there are no texture mods. So I didnt count much that aspect.
    There are some things I didnt enjoy: The many emancipated dialogs in the beginnings should be cut out. It wouldnt happen, if the main character was male or the writers didnt write such dialogs. And the second is the bad KI, so that you can play the game as a shooter, although a stealth game would fit much better. So yes, the game is very easy and you have to raise the difficulty to have more fun.

    The 2nd half of the game is great, but the beginning could be cut out, so surely this game is not on the same level as Deus Ex, System Shock 2 or Half Life as written here.
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  6. Keith
    Mar 9, 2002
    9
    Its fun, plenty of guns and unique weapons code: mpasscam (check this out).
  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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