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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: 34 out of 38
  2. Negative: 1 out of 38
  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. Jan 3, 2017
    9
    I played it (GOTY Edition) through few days ago on an old PC (from the era of this game).

    1) The graphics are obviously outdated even if
    I played it (GOTY Edition) through few days ago on an old PC (from the era of this game).

    1) The graphics are obviously outdated even if compared to year 2000-2001 standards, but the graphics were scalable and played smooth on the old PC.
    2) The opponents were not clever at all, but they fire with awesome accuracy from extreme distant (wow).
    3) I especially loved the eavesdropped dialogues (try to catch all of them before taking care of guards!!) and the possibility to choose from the main character's dialogues is also a strong advantage of an FPS game. I choosed mainly the sarcastic ones :)
    4) The story was not outstanding, but twisted enough to make me like it.
    5) The last boss fight was ridiculous, but short enough to not care about it much :D
    6) The weapons and gadgets are all nice, though I did not use half of them due to my playing 'style'.
    7) Tons of humour in the game, mainly regarding the dialogues, but not just that :)

    The game itself had few bugs, but they don't ruin the game-play.
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  5. Jan 16, 2014
    9
    That i missed this game in 2000 is beyond me. This game is simply brilliant. Its like an Austin Powers game only with an female hero. TheThat i missed this game in 2000 is beyond me. This game is simply brilliant. Its like an Austin Powers game only with an female hero. The jokes are also genial. Very well done game. Love it. Expand
  6. 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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  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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