long wait filled with a TON of screenshots to tempt the tastebuds of
eager gamers, No One Lives Forever lands in 'Gamesville' and the people
applaud. Is it the great graphics? No, not really--yet again, people
who are 'graphics only' types-get over it. There are still good games
that don't look that great. And that's not to say that NOLF's
usage of the Lithtech engine is disappointing. I mean, the graphics
aren't gorgeous by any stretch, but there ARE some neat things about
the game that go hand and hand with the graphics engine that you'll
certainly like...but, let our attention turn to the story.
Cate Archer-a female Bond-esque character (who more than reminds me
of Emma Peel from the old series, The Avengers). She dresses like a
female Austin Powers and has quite the spunky attitude that would be
expected with an arrogant spy who knows what she's doing. An ex-thief,
Archer works for the good guys now and must go on several missions for
the crime fighting faction known as U.N.I.T.Y.-all while dressed to
kill in her slinky outfits (again, not totally unlike Emma Peel from
the Avengers). It's a cut and dry story to start off. In a game context,
it's Goldeneye, meets a little Deus-Exish gameplay with some tactical
maneuvering and tongue-in cheek humour.
Archer...nice and Emma Peel-ish. Dressed to kill. But...is she
any comparison to say, Lara Croft or Julie from FAKK 2? Is it
worth our time even talking about this?
hell with that discussion...they're just graphics. How about hottie,
Famke Janssen? I think she looks the spy role perfectly, don't
you? She could pull off the Emma Peel look.
you have to ask what it is that makes this game differ from other first
person shooters this year. And when i was actually forced to compare
it to other FPS/Action games that did come out in 2000 i was
shocked to find that i couldn't even think of 5 other 2000 FPS games
to begin with. ST: Elite Force, Delta Force, Deus Ex (although many
would rebut by saying that Deus Ex isn't a real
action FPS), Soldier of Fortune...yadda yadda. Point being, NOLF isn't
really like any of those. It really is in a league of it's own. Yes,
it can be the typical FPS, but with the humour, the cut scenes and the
plot-and a few surprises in between-it's just not like other games.
As an intial
negative, i noticed that the weapons in the game are a bit sparse in
variety-especially in the early going. Some new gadgets are thrown in
between missions, but i still wish there had been an exceedingly impressive
addition to my arsenal at some point. The real key to this game however
are the cut scenes and conversations between villains that interweave
themselves throughout NOLF. They range from being witty and clever to
being hilarious at points. This is what actually can keep you entertained
during some of the 'connect-the-dots' missions. Not to mention the voice
acting itself. The obviously overdone accents of the foreign villains
are a real treat.
the graphics as being ok, but not great. And when i say that i refer
more to the texturing and architecture used in the game. The actual
character modeling and physics of the game are pretty impressive. The
way an enemy responds to being shot, Archer's movements herself in the
in-engine cut scenes and for those of you saw our review on Delta
Force--characters in NOFL don't simply lie on (or through) stairs
and ramps when killed-they fall right down them in a tumbling fashion.
Finally, someone fixed THAT issue. A standing ovation for that one.
is 'groovy', even though a little repetitive. The sounds are sufficient
and the spy milieu is kept intact in NOLF. The AI however often seems
like they don't have their brains intact though. And if the AI
isn't dumb, it has superhuman senses and tracks you down from another
area entirely--even though you took out a lone gunman with a silencer
in an empty room with closed doors and no windows. A little bit iffy
AI though that makes NOLF as hard as it is. There isn't really a difficulty
setting, so you're not going to be running around with your finger pressed
on the trigger button as you plow through a series of polygonal bodies
with an endless stream of bullets. It's definitely harder than that
and it'll give you your money's worth of a challenge.
Lives Forever it's a great game despite a few droplets of undesirability
in the AI and graphics etc.. Funny enough, it has great playability
because of its AI difficulty. And you won't get bored trying
to get past the same level over and over again simply because you can
use a couple of different approaches-even though they're no where near
as numerous as in a game like Deus Ex.
in all its polished glory, pleased me indeed and has soundly wet my
appetite for the upcoming Q3 engine based, 'The World is Not Enough'
game expected out soon. NOLF gets you into the spy mood in a lighthearted
way and it's certainly going to be considered when awards for FPS/Action
game of the year are handed out. If you loved Goldeneye for the N64
(as i think most of us did-hell, i even made it my life's quest at one
point to also play and beat the emulated version on my PC), then get
this title. It's got most of the elements you'd like and expect a spy
game to have-enough said.
get too hard sometimes...but good fun-at least you're getting
your money's worth!
are so-so using Lithtech, but physics are cool and the plot/humor
is right on.
theme is neat and as 'been there, done that' as it might seem
from an outside point of view, it's really a different addition
to the FPS genre on PC.