curseofnight

Finished NOLF1! My Final Thoughts...

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So yesterday(or the day before?) I bought 6 Rip-Its, stayed up all night drinking them till my pee turned green, and beat NOLF1. Here's my final thoughts....

The good:

The Music! I admit I didn't like it at first but the music grew on me really fast. By the time I beat the first Chapter, I was already diggin' it.

The Gadgets! I didn't get a chance to try them all, but my Favs are the belt buckle and the coin. 

The Weapons! Hampton Carbine FTW! Honorable mentions: SVD; usually when I grab this gun in other games the firing sound is closer to a pop than bang - in this game it sounds like it should - powerful! Harpoon gun; take that shark week!

The Baddies! The AI is actually decent and can really mess you up quick if you alert a mob. Also, they always have something interesting to talk about, hehe.

The Levels! I like how there's a lot of one-off missions; whether it's providing overwatch for a hapless beaucrate, searching a sunken ship, infiltrating a spacestation or chasing a gun-thieving monkey, there's always something different!

The Story! Even if the ending was a little predictable, and a bit confusing (for me) I thougrhly enjoyed the overall storyline. Also, I really liked how you choose Cate's responses in certain scenes; I just wish your choices had a larger impact on the direction the story takes.

The Bad:

Armstrong! Going toe-to-toe with this guy felt sooo unfair. I think I reloaded at least a dozen times. I actually 'beat him' on my third attempt but as the post-fight cut-scene starts I hear Cate's death scream and about 3 seconds into it the game loaded the Mission Failed screen! :(

No leaning! The lack of a lean feature really upsets me....

Limited Inventory! I know you find a lot of gadgets laying around in the missions but only being able to choose 4 or 5 at the start of a mission sucks; especially considering some missions require you to take 1 or 2 crucial items. Wish there was a sidepack or something...

Well that's all I can think of atm! All-in-All I give this game a 10 outta 10!

Has anyone else beaten this recently?(or not-so-recently?) What did you think?

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I have not beaten the game recently, but I vividly recall my first 3 times I've beaten the game, within the same year after I had bought it off of Amazon, in 2011.  My version is the GOTY version, so I have the 'extra' levels where Cate Archer is on 'holiday' ('vacation') in a tropical resort.  I thought this game was pretty remarkable for the time when it was first introduced....... and I was thinking this in 2011.... by then, it was TEN YEARS after the game came out!  It also felt grossly underrated.... or at least, it deserved FAR more recognition than it actually had.  That is:  if I were to mention or even ask about this game to just about any other gamer (in 2011), 9 times out of 10, nobody would really be able to know what game I'm talking about!  (That is very sad.)

Still, while the graphics certainly don't hold up, certainly in 2018 (as I write this comment/reply/thread), there are unique aspects of this game that have made it timeless in my eyes.  The mostly feminist/progressive stance/viewpoint it took, especially at a time when (really) the only other competitor was 'Tomb Raider'.  The sense of HUMOR it had - where as so many of today's games totally lack it.  Maybe I've been living under a rock (or just way too busy with other stuff in my life to keep up), but I don't know of many other games that offer such a unique and immersive setting:  1960's, cold war, campy spy theme.  Certainly there are other stand-out qualities of this game for me that I could type at length about, but I'll spare you all from too long of a read!  lol.

By the time I had worked my way backwards from NOLF 2 (which I bought, "new" in 2003/2004), and completed NOLF1, I thought that they (Monolith) could TOTALLY fit in AT LEAST ONE MORE game starring Cate Archer, set in ANY year from 1969 to even 1980 (as the Cold War was drawing to a close).  I'm not counting Contract J.A.C.K. as I consider that title blasphemous to the franchise (seriously).  I mean, even if not a 3rd sequel starring Cate Archer, I would've appreciated (and WOULD HAVE PAID FOR) even just a 'graphical REBOOT' (essentially a remake) of the first two games.  As for a modern build that could be legally purchased and downloaded online....... man..... it's even an embarrassing shame that we can't even get that either!  :( 

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2 hours ago, rkmugen said:

I have not beaten the game recently, but I vividly recall my first 3 times I've beaten the game, within the same year after I had bought it off of Amazon, in 2011.  My version is the GOTY version, so I have the 'extra' levels where Cate Archer is on 'holiday' ('vacation') in a tropical resort.  I thought this game was pretty remarkable for the time when it was first introduced....... and I was thinking this in 2011.... by then, it was TEN YEARS after the game came out!  It also felt grossly underrated.... or at least, it deserved FAR more recognition than it actually had.  That is:  if I were to mention or even ask about this game to just about any other gamer (in 2011), 9 times out of 10, nobody would really be able to know what game I'm talking about!  (That is very sad.)

Still, while the graphics certainly don't hold up, certainly in 2018 (as I write this comment/reply/thread), there are unique aspects of this game that have made it timeless in my eyes.  The mostly feminist/progressive stance/viewpoint it took, especially at a time when (really) the only other competitor was 'Tomb Raider'.  The sense of HUMOR it had - where as so many of today's games totally lack it.  Maybe I've been living under a rock (or just way too busy with other stuff in my life to keep up), but I don't know of many other games that offer such a unique and immersive setting:  1960's, cold war, campy spy theme.  Certainly there are other stand-out qualities of this game for me that I could type at length about, but I'll spare you all from too long of a read!  lol.

By the time I had worked my way backwards from NOLF 2 (which I bought, "new" in 2003/2004), and completed NOLF1, I thought that they (Monolith) could TOTALLY fit in AT LEAST ONE MORE game starring Cate Archer, set in ANY year from 1969 to even 1980 (as the Cold War was drawing to a close).  I'm not counting Contract J.A.C.K. as I consider that title blasphemous to the franchise (seriously).  I mean, even if not a 3rd sequel starring Cate Archer, I would've appreciated (and WOULD HAVE PAID FOR) even just a 'graphical REBOOT' (essentially a remake) of the first two games.  As for a modern build that could be legally purchased and downloaded online....... man..... it's even an embarrassing shame that we can't even get that either!  :( 

NOLF series were officially dead. Even remastering attempt was failed. There is no hope for our beautiful protagonist. 

Ahh I don't want to write negative things but we know the bad truth.

Another great game is NFSU2 but again no luck... :)

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