Sierra Best Sellers: No One Lives Forever
- Story-driven, 1st-person adventure
- 15 single-player missions plus 10 multiplayer levels, including deathmatch and cooperative assault
- 30 weapons and gadgets, including a rocket-launching briefcase, a robotic poodle, and exploding lipstick
- 20 characters, including a pugilistic Scotsman, a trio of vixens, and a villainously off-key opera Frau
- Use motorcycles and snowmobiles to evade capture
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No One Lives Forever is a story--driven, first--person adventure delivering over--the--top action, tense subterfuge, outrageous villains, and wry humor in the tradition of the great 1960s spy films and TV shows. Players assume the role of Agent Archer, an operative working for a covert anticrime organization. Armed with an assortment of conventional and experimental weaponry and gadgets, players explore exotic locales and contend with deadly agents as they evade traps, unravel mysteries, and become entangled in a cleverly constructed conspiracy that threatens the entire free world.
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Top Customer Reviews
Here's what I liked:
Gameplay - (...) Some of the levels are really intriguing and you will need to think hard if you want to get through them. There is a strong emphasis on stealth, and this is very well implemented (...)
Storyline - "Cate" (...) Archer is a female British spy in a man's world. She's eager to go on more exciting missions than her male bosses have sent her on up to now. (...)
Atmosphere - This game really succeeds in creating the atmosphere of what it might have been like to be a female spy in the 1960s. The night club mission is a great example of this. The scene on the space station was also great, like a cross between a James Bond film and 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Music - NOLF has the best music of any game I've played. I loved those really groovy 60s sounds. It's a shame there isn't a CD of the soundtrack available, I would buy it.
Humour - This is perhaps the best thing about this game. If you laughed at the Austin Powers films (at least the first two) you will love the humour here. Some of the characters are very outlandish (e.g. Frau Wagner, the tone-deaf Opera singer). (...).
Here's some (minor) criticisms:
Cut scenes - The cut scenes in NOLF go on way too long. Of course, you can always press the space bar and skip them, but they often contain useful information. Cut scenes in NOLF 2 are much shorter and to the point.
User interface - The other criticism is that you can't easily select a particular gadget. Instead, you have to cycle through all gadgets and weapons. Again, NOLF 2 is much better in this respect. Also, there is no way to toggle crouching on or off.Read more ›
Still a brilliant game even 13 years after the original release. At the time it was cutting edge graphics and gameplay. Even now the gameplay is still good even if the graphics are showing their age. This doesn't detract from the excellent plot though.
All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable game. Make sure you get NOLF II as well!
"Excuse me sir," a passing salesman says to the guard, "but would you like to buy a monkey?"
If that idea makes you laugh, you will probably find NOLF one of the funniest games you will ever play. It uses a classic approach to humour that is similar in style to Austin Powers, but is far better than anything in the most recent film. Every enemy, every location, every person you meet will almost certainly make you laugh out loud.
Other than that, the gameplay is excelent, and the graphics are good, though they are now looking a little tired with age.
Do not play this in public places for fear of embarrasing yourself.
You have been warned.
Its also one of the most under-appriciated games of recent years - this is the finest single-player experience since Half-Life. With the exception of one of the later levels (which feels rushed and unrealised), the level design is superb. The SCUBA sequence, which sees you investigating a deep-sea shipwreck, has to be the best single level in the hsitory of gaming.
Buy it. Love it. Then buy the sequel
"No One Lives Forever", easily the most original and inventive First-Person-Shooter to hit the PC in recent years.
The games is different as soon as you begin to play - from the whacky colour schemes in the main menu, to the main character you play as, a heroine!
After the initial shock factors, the game doesnt let down. The enviroments are vast and all of them completely different to the last, and the game plays fantastically. Excellent AI, brilliant layout of the stages and the games is always reinventing itself.
Overall, This is a brilliant game thats got everything. And, unlike most games of this genre it will make you laugh! A classic for PC, and for less than a tenner everyone should have this game in thier collection.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Cleverly written, with great humour and a knowing retro wink to those 1960s movies, NOLF is a FPS with a bit of class and style. It's fun. Recommended.Published 7 months ago by Chunky Monkey
No One Lives Forever (NOLF) is a classic spy-thriller-first-person-shoot-em-up, with some lovely humorous touches. Read morePublished on 24 Aug. 2011 by mooncow
If Austin Powers spawned a computer game, this is what it should be like. A first person shooter with panache and a story line out of the Man from UNCLE. Read morePublished on 8 July 2003 by M Evans