No One Lives Forever

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For the similarly titled James Bond novel, see Nobody Lives For Ever

No One Lives Forever, commonly abbreviated NOLF, is the name of a computer game and video game series by Monolith Productions. Currently there are two games and one spinoff game in the series.

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The games

As of 2005, there are two games in the series, and one expansion pack interquel.

No One Lives Forever

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The Operative: No One Lives Forever
Developer(s) Monolith Productions
Publisher(s) Fox Interactive
Release date(s) November 9, 2000
Genre First-person shooter
Mode(s) Single player, multiplayer
Rating(s) ESRB Teen (T)
Platform(s) PC, PlayStation 2

The Operative: No One Lives Forever was published in 2000, and starred a female protagonist - a rarity in games until that time - superspy Cate Archer. The game is a mixture of a first-person shooter and a first-person sneaker: most (but not all) missions can be solved in multiple ways: using sneaking to avoid danger, using gadgets, or by going in Rambo-style with guns blazing.

The basic plot of the game is that a secret organisation, Unity, watches over world peace, and Agent Archer, as a member of that organization, has to thwart the scheming minions of H.A.R.M..

The game is set in the 1960s, and includes a lot of humor: it has been described as a mixture of Austin Powers and James Bond with the lead character strongly resembling Emma Peel from The Avengers. The player was able to scuba dive near a shipwreck, freefall from an airplane, and explore a space station in zero gravity, all the while fighting armed villians.

A major feature of the game are its array of gadgets, including a body removing spray, lock picks, and an electronic poodle to distract guard dogs. Additionally, the missions are littered with "intelligence items": textual notes which often provide humourous side-notes to the game. Points awarded from intelligence items could be allocated for improving player's RPG-like skill levels in various competencies.

It is also notable for its use of sound: not only are enemies aware of noise made by the player, but the game features music in the style of the 60s.

The game has won several Game of the Year awards, including ones from Computer Games Magazine, Computer Gaming World, PC Gamer, and Gamespy.

No One Lives Forever later appeared in a Game of the Year (GOTY) version, with one additional singleplayer mission which was not made available to those who bought the original.

In 2002, NOLF was ported to the PlayStation 2 video game console, complete with extra missions not available for the PC version. This port also included the extra GOTY mission. One of the other extra missions was a prequel to NOLF, with Cate Archer as a thief in the days before her recruitment by Unity. The port suffered from dated graphics and a confusing control system, and was not as successful as the PC version.

A Spy In H.A.R.M.'s Way

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No One Lives Forever 2:
A Spy In H.A.R.M.'s Way
Developer(s) Monolith Productions
Publisher(s) Sierra Entertainment
Release date(s) September 30, 2002
Genre First-person shooter
Mode(s) Single player, multiplayer
Rating(s) ESRB Mature (M)
Platform(s) PC

No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy In H.A.R.M.'s Way, a sequel in which Cate Archer once again takes up arms against H.A.R.M., was released in 2002. This second game featured even more exotic locales, such as a ninja-infested Japanese village, a secret submarine base, and a trailer park in Ohio. A whole new range of outlandish gadgets and weapons was also introduced, including a blowtorch disguised as a can of hairspray and a robotic bomb disguised as an adorable kitten.

No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy In H.A.R.M.'s Way ran on a then-new game engine, Lithtech version 2.0, "Jupiter." The new engine introduced a number of enhancements over NOLF's Lithtech 1.0 engine, including higher quality graphics, facial animation, pixel-shaded water, and a rudimentary implementation of ragdoll physics.

As in the first game, missions can be completed by pure action, by using pure stealth, by using gadgets, or a combination of all methods.

NOLF2 also won several Game of the Year awards, for example from Gamespy [1] (http://gamespy.com/goty2002/pc/index13.shtml). It also won a prestigious Excellence in Writing Game Developers Choice Award [2] (http://www.igda.org/awards/pr_2003_0211.htm).

No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy In H.A.R.M.'s Way was also released on the Macintosh.

Contract J.A.C.K.

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Contract J.A.C.K.
Developer(s) Monolith Productions
Publisher(s) VU Games
Release date(s) November 11, 2003
Genre First-person shooter
Mode(s) Single player
Rating(s) ESRB Mature (M)
Platform(s) PC

In 2003, another game in the series was released, set in the time frame between the events of the original NOLF and NOLF2. This game was called Contract J.A.C.K. (Just Another Contract Killer), and instead of featuring Cate Archer, the gamer took the role of Jack, a contract killer in service of H.A.R.M. The game was much shorter than the first two, and lacked the gadgets and intelligence items that were present in the NOLF games. Additionally, it lacked the 1960s look-and-feel in places (such as featuring a Desert Eagle handgun, which did not exist in the 60s), and completely lacked the stealth of its predecessors.

Contract J.A.C.K. has been described as a standalone expansion pack, rather than a full game; however, it does not require ownership of either of the NOLF titles.

Additional facts

Cate Archer was modeled after real-life model Mitzi Martin (IMDB (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0552823/)).

Cate Archer's full name is Catherine Ann Archer.

NOLF 1 was powered by Monolith's homegrown Lithtech graphics engine. NOLF 2 and Contract J.A.C.K. were powered by its succesor, the Lithtech Jupiter engine.

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