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No One Lives Forever

Developer: Monolith | Publisher: Sierra Entertainment
Players: 1 to 2 Player Game | Release Date: 11/19/02 | Genre: First Person Shooter

In video games a FPS (first-person shooter) is a game that is viewed from the perpective of the shooter. Well, thanks to the folks at Sierra (the company that brought us one of the best-ever FPS in Half-life) we now have a new kind of FPS. This is not only a revolutionary game, but as you can see from the photo of the box you get to be a beautiful undercover spy (and what could be better then that?). For those of us out there who always wanted to get that 007-James Bond-feel and try to see what it would be like, rejoice, because this week's review puts you right in the center of an operation that needs your help. You will assume the role of Cate Archer, a beautiful but deadly operative working for UNITY, a super-secret organization fighting to free the world from the clutches of H.A.R.M.

From tense subterfuge to in-your-face combat, No One Lives Forever ups the ante for plot-driven, 1960s-influenced spy action with killer weapons, vivid international locales and deadly arch villains. Equipped with an arsenal of powerful weapons you must rely on your quick wit and stealth to protect humanity from twisted madmen bent upon world domination. And fear not -- you fans of a spy's biggest friend will love this game because there are enough "toys" (cool spy gadgets) to keep you busy for quite a while! So now that you know what to expect, let's get inside this thrill ride.

As this is a First Person Shooter (FPS), you play the game as Cate Archer. You will walk for her, jump and hide for her, and most importantly, try to save the day for her. And as you can see from the screen shots you will have to keep your trigger finger ready because there is trouble around every corner. But what sets this game apart from just about any other is the objective. Usually in any FPS there really wouldn't be any problem just walking around shooting at anything that moves. This is not the case in No One Lives Forever. In fact, the main point of the game is to go about your business (you know, trying to save to the world and all) and draw as little attention to yourself as possible. This really adds a different dimension to the game and trust me, it's a lot easier said than done.

Another thing that really makes this game stand out is the sheer length of the game. You will not beat this game anytime soon because of its great depth. How deep, you ask? How about 15 missions with over 60 levels? Now, that's deep! There's no doubt you won't get sick of this game anytime soon!

The Audio is truly one of the best features in this game. The voice-acting is great and the conversations you must eavesdrop on throughout the game (you're a spy, remember?) are humorous and very well done. This, along with the sound effects of weapons, video camera moving, and other noises throughout the game, really add to the enjoyment.

My only complaint in this game occurs when you are moving the analog controls around (the round joystick thing on the bottom right of the controller). If you accidentally press it down instead of just moving it up and down (and around in circles), you will center your camera view. This isn't usually a problem but I always seem to do it when I am being attacked by a bunch of bad guys who want to make me look like Swiss cheese, so it's a little frustrating at times.

This is a well-rounded game. It's not only a great FPS but it's a great thinking man's game, too. It's rated T for teen by the ESRB for comic mischief, mild language, and violence. This would be a perfect one for the younger kids who saw Half-life and were just a little too young to play it. This game is a lot of fun and, as mentioned above, very deep so you can play this one for quite a while! If you are a fan of FPS games or if you like a game that will make you think, then you should definitely check this one out!

By Chris "Hoss" Neupert - 06/19/02
ESRB Details: Comic Mischief, Mild Language, Violence

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