Reviews and Problems with No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy in H.A.R.M.'s Way
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Just short of exceptional
G. Herda, Amazon
2 November 2004
Summary: No One Lives Forever 2 both surpasses and falls short of its predecessor’s high standards. Bad things first: The game is simply too short. If you are acquainted with this genre you will see the credits rolling after no more than 10-15 hours - NOLF 1 offered more than 10 additional hours of effective game duration. The level design and extravagancy of the visited locations is by far inferior to those of the original NOLF.
Summary: After playing the first two missions of No One Lives Forever 2 (NOLF2), I thought I'd found what I previously thought did not exist: namely, a flawless game. Everything seemed perfect, but alas, nothing is perfect in this world especially when it comes to computer games. Don't get me wrong; I find a lot to like in this game, not the least of which are the graphics. My PC features a 128 MB Radeon 9800 Pro graphics card, so I was able to turn up the graphics options.
Summary: I never played the first No One Lives game, but this one somehow appealed to me in the previews. The phrase "She's smart, She's sexy, And she's knocking them dead from Japan to Akron, Ohio" got me. I had bought one of the newest spy games (James Bond: 007 Nightfire) but it just wasn't cutting it. Unfortunately, my computer couldn't play NOLF 2, so I forgot about it. IMPORTANT NOTE: Your video card needs hardware TnL to play this game and many others.
Summary: If you intend to play this game before you have completed the first NOLF, you are making a major mistake. This is a great game, but the original NOLF was much better. If you beat NOLF 1, and are still thirsty for more Cate Archer espionage, this is your fix. Many reviewers say that this game is sub par until one is about 2/3 of the way through the game. This is simply not true.
Summary: If you had the opportunity to play the original No One Lives Forever, and you're thinking of purchasing the sequel, chances are you liked the original: A fun, campy, action-packed spoof of 1960's spy movies (James Bond in particular) and television shows. NOLF2 delivers another dose of the same in this first person shooter. The graphics are well-done with Lithtech's Jupiter engine.
Summary: Superspy Cate Archer is back, but since I've never played the first NOLF, this has no signifigance for me. The reason I bought it is because I liked the idea of a female spy, and because I'd read nothing but great reviews in gaming magazines. Plus, I had played a teaser demo of the Ohio level, and I thought that any game that has you chasing ninjas during a tornado is worth owning.
Summary: Long story short: Good game. But subpar when compared to its predecessor. I won't go into details, but if you look, you will find reviews on game sites that agree with me. Basically, this game on its own merits is excellent. It has great graphics, great design and style, and a decent story. But it has COMPLETELY LOST THE SAME BRILLIANT ORIGINALITY AND FLAIR AS THE ORIGINAL.
Summary: NOLF 1 is in my top 10 of video games, so I knew NOLF 2 would have big shoes to fill. I'm happy to say that the sequel is an excellent followup. Like the original, NOLF 2 pits sexy superspy Cate Archer against HARM, the nefarious and bumbling crime syndicate. It has the dry humor and campy style that made the first one a hoot to play.
Summary: I very much enjoyed the creativity of the original No One Lives Forever and had very high hopes for this sequel. Very importantly, make sure your computer meets the technical requirements (e.g., video card capable of hardware transform & lighting--T&L--I've heard people without capabilities have big problems if they can even play). Graphics work is extremely smooth and well done. The sound work is a very rare, if not unique, 10 out of 10 for soundtrack, cues, etc.
Summary: This is a very fun game. The storyline is like most spy movie themes. The weapons are many and the gadgets are amusing. This is a good game if you like FPS or if you like to sneak around (you will have to use the sneak and/or run and hide method some) The game is a sort of James Bond-turned-Female spy game. I enjoy it alot. The multiplayer modes are entertaining as well.