|First Person Shooter
|Comic Mischief, Mild Language, Violence
| The Good
Quirky sense of humor
| The Bad
Flawed save system
Long load times between levels
No One Lives Forever is a port of the PC FPS that
came out a few years ago. You play at the operative Cate Archer
in a fleshed-out world that takes heavily from both James
Bond and Austin Powers, playing up a hip '60's motif. Heavily
story-based, this first person shooter involves as much stealth
as it does shooting various thugs.
Graphically, No One Lives Forever shows it's age.
While the levels are nicely designed and laid out, they seem
to be built with a low polygon count and some of the texture
maps are fairly average. The character models are rough and
under-detailed. While the graphics won't win any awards, they
also don't make the game unplayable. The cutscenes are often
laughable - the characters move and act like the game was
made with puppets. Fortunately, the script and voice acting
is campy enough to make the scenes worth watching.
Gameplay-wise, there is a good variety of things to do outside
of the FPS standard. Your mission objectives can range from
protection an Ambassador with your carbine to gathering clues
to sneaking into or out of areas. This is not to say you won't
be walking through halls shooting enemies. There is enough
of that, but with the inclusion of varied missions, you won't
grow tired of the game too soon. And, much like James Bond,
you'll find yourself using a variety of spy gadgets to unlock
doors or take photos.
The audio portion of the game is where it's at its best.
The sound effects are well done. You can listen in on guards
or even cameras as audio cues while you're sneaking around.
Voice acting is pretty good in conveying the stylized and
campy script. If you enjoy British humor, this game will have
you rolling on the floor. Even though there seems to be a
limited number of tracks, the music is well done and helps
captivate the mood of each level.
No One Lives Forever suffers some flaws that make
it more frustrating than it needs to be. First of all, the
save system is flawed. While you can save at anytime during
the game, if you fail a mission or get killed, you will have
to start over at the beginning of the level, after a lengthy
load, of course. Even worse, during the stealth portions,
you'll find yourself sneaking along, only to alert a guard
for no reason whatsoever, often blowing your mission.
Despite the aged look of the game, No One Lives Forever's
gameplay flaws and a lack of multiplayer mode really hold
the game back. If you can ignore the flaws in the gameplay,
No One Lives Forever is, at the very least, a good
rental. There are better FPSs out there, but if you're hard
up for one, you might check this one out.