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No One Lives Forever 2

 

Published by Fox/Vivendi

Developed by Monolith

Platform: PC CD-ROM

Price £29.99

Released: October 2002

 

No One Lives Forever (NOLF) was one of the more entertaining FPS games from the last couple of years. Putting you in the role of the fearless Cate Archer, a 1960s style spy, you had to thwart the evil plans of H.A.R.M. . To do this this you had a vast array of spy gadgets and top notch weapons but even with this impressive arsenal at your disposal the game was thoroughly enjoyable. What made NOLF stand out was its tongue-in-cheek humour. Conversations between enemy characters were simply hilarious and worth the price of the game alone. Now it's time for Cate to spring back into action only this time she's a marked woman and again H.A.R.M. wants her dead.

 

The first thing you'll notice about NOLF 2 is that Cate's appearance has changed radically. This doesn't make any difference to the game but I honestly preferred the look of the original Cate. Talking about appearances, the game looks absolutely fantastic and without a doubt is the best looking PC game I have seen to date. Like the original game the plot, of which I'm giving nothing away because it's superb and to reveal it would spoil some of the fun, shifts from country to country and the look and style of each country is absolutely brilliant. What's more impressive is that the framerate actually seems smoother than the original game which is excellent when you consider the vast improvement in the visual quality.

 

Taking a leaf out of Deus Ex's book, Monolith have decided to add an RPG flavour to NOLF 2. During the missions you'll be given objectives, some of which are compulsory and some of which are optional. Completing these objectives will earn you skill points. When you've amassed a certain amount of skill points you can improve any one of a number of Cate's abilities from stealth to armour. With each upgrade Cate becomes more efficient and the upgrades bring the possibility of success in the game that little bit closer. Of course what the skill point system also does is make the optional objectives very attractive because you go out of your way to complete them to earn the skill points rather than simply pass them by like you might have otherwise done.

 

NOLF didn't have all conversations subtitled. The game had some wonderfully funny conversations that deaf gamers were simply unable to enjoy because they weren't subtitled. These conversations also alerted you to enemy presence. Thankfully NOLF 2 is almost completely subtitled so you'll both be able to enjoy these wonderfully funny conversations and be alerted to enemy presence even when enemies are not visable. I say almost completely subtitled because during combat not all the words that are spoken by your enemies are shown as subtitles, but to be honest these instances don't spoil the enjoyment of the game and if an enemy says anything at length then it's subtitled.

 

What could make it awkward for deaf gamers is the missions where you have to use stealth to avoid security cameras. Hearing gamers will be able to hear the whirring noise that the security cameras make but there are no captions for deaf gamers. Thankfully NOLF 2 allows you to resort to an all guns blazing approach should your stealthy ways not be up to much. There is also a quick save and quick load feature should you want to take the stealth approach without getting too frustrated. Thankfully though this doesn't really spoil the game for the deaf gamer.

 

FPS games are never in short supply, however, gripping and supremely playable ones are and that is exactly what we have in NOLF 2. Monolith have improved upon the original game and have created one of the best single player FPS games of all time. Superb subtitling allows deaf gamers to fully enjoy the experience too which is always a bonus. Understandably some people may not have experienced the great game that was NOLF as some reviews were a bit unkind on the game. However, whether you enjoyed the original game or never experienced it, it doesn't matter either way because you'll thoroughly enjoy this superb sequel.

 

Overall Game Rating: 9.4/10 One of the great FPS games of all time. A superb sequel.

 

Deaf Gamers comment: Excellent subtitles but in need of captions to show the whirring noise of the security cameras.

 

http://www.deafgamers.com/nolf2.htm

 

Pretty cool gave me a different perspective on the game. B)

 

 

 

 

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That was GREAT! Now we just need to get it published in a recent Magizine. Or somewhere else the rest of the world can see it. I mean if NASCR 2003 can make a "come back" why not NOLF! Has anyone happened to see the price of NASCAR 2003 on E-Bay lately? I just sold a copy I paid $10 bucks for ...........got $67 bucks for it! And that wasn't the highest price! Other copies were going for over $100.

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Well you know Spacko, NOLF 2 is dead, there is no Santa Clause and the Toth Fairy was just proven to be a hoax too.

 

Everyone knows that...it's like we have a master of the obvious that has to throw in a snippy, negative comment on EVERYTHING...

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He won't. He thrives on "speaking the truth" according to Surak.

 

I just did speak the truth.

 

He's just full of hate and spite...some people are like that Moody. You just have to accept or ignore him.

 

How wrong you are. :lol:

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Not to spoil the party :P but Surak is indeed right that Nolf2 was never popular with the masses. CSS or HL2 is a mass. Nolf2 is a cult of sorts, actually. Not to say we don't rawk though.

 

Of course, he just didnt have to be Captain Obvious.

 

Im negative alot but I never state the obvious like

 

"Eliteone is a geek who watches the sci-fi channel."

 

or

 

"New York sucks"

 

 

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Foxsy do you try really hard to go out of your way to insult people or is it an "you need the attention" thing?

 

Seems most of the time your replies are off topic and full of content to invoke a response out of people to get pissed off at you.

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Foxsy do you try really hard to go out of your way to insult people or is it an "you need the attention" thing?

 

Im starving for attention from a bunch of middle aged gamers...

 

Nah really i just do it for kicks & punches :)

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haha, i love it :D

 

major, nothing anyone i nthe nolf community says is really meant to hurt anyone...

 

i mean, shoot, if it was, foxsy would've hurt what...90% of the whole nolf community...

 

but yah, foxsy is just a little pissed b/c his team is the lakers...

dont think i need to say anything else :P

*nuff said*

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No Factor I think Foxy is peeved just because he's Foxy. He has No Life other than Gaming and these Forumz, otherwise why call so much attention to himself with all his Negativity? It really is a sad commentary on the life of a young man living in LA.

 

 

But we Digress.............................Lets stay On Topic! Foxy's shortcomings belong on another WebSite all together.

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Fac, did you see the Lakers Heat game monday? Bynum vs Shaq :lol:

and i like the way the lakers been playing last 2 months.

 

Bel, its not the attention i seek, its just way more interesting then saying "welcome"

in the welcome section or "spamming" in the spam section, if some people get their

kicks off guessing who the next poster is and having pride in having the most posts

in the entire forum, i think their weeeird but thats them. I get my kicks off starting drama

and kicking virtual dust :) ask for the i have no life...heh, i have nothing to prove to an old uptight man.

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Fac, did you see the Lakers Heat game monday? Bynum vs Shaq :lol:

and i like the way the lakers been playing last 2 months.

 

 

 

and....

 

Quit posting about sports, people in this forum

care more about video games and spamming <_<:o

 

i forgot more about sports then u know. Go back to collecting basketball cards...and eating the free stick of gum you got in the pack. ;)

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Ahem. *points to the spamming section* Will all of you go back to your area? :P

 

Somewhat back on topic... I can't imagine how hard it must be to play NOLF without sound. Not being able to hear the footsteps or weapons going off would be a death sentence in multiplayer. I'm glad to know games are made so that those with a hearing disability can play and enjoy them, though. Until eliteone posted that review I hadn't even considered it.

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I know all too well how that feels Bella, i played without sound for about 6 months.

 

The problem? one cable was in the wrong input, shows you how much i know about computers :(

 

Anyway, seeing as the super bowl topic already got 20 replies, i take that back,

people here dont care about sports, only football.

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