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The Operative: No One Lives Forever

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For Mac OS X
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The Operative: No One Lives Forever was published in 2000, and stars a female protagonist, spy 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 with guns blazing.

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The basic plot of the game is that a secret organization, UNITY, watches over world peace. Seven UNITY agents are murdered within a week, leaving UNITY with a critical manpower shortage. In response, Cate Archer (an ex-cat burglar) is given a role as field agent to try to discover the cause of the Agent assassinations. All roads lead to a new terrorist organization named H.A.R.M., run by a colorful assortment of characters intent on destroying the free world.

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 resembling Modesty Blaise, and also Emma Peel from The Avengers. The player is able to scuba dive a shipwreck, freefall from an airplane and explore a space station in zero gravity, all the while fighting armed villains.

A novel feature of the game is its array of gadgets, including a body-removing powder (for disposing of incriminating corpses), lock picks, and an electronic poodle to distract guard dogs. Additionally, the missions are littered with "intelligence items": textual notes which often provide humorous side-notes to the game, as well as overheard conversations between guards or scientists (the truth about the failure of the Edsel, for example). Points awarded from intelligence items could gain certain awards at the end of the mission that would add up for bonuses. For example the 'Thanks For Not Getting Hurt' Award allowed a 10% increase in maximum health - up to a limit of 120%. Such bonuses were available for Health, Armour, Ammo Capacity, Damage, Accuracy and Reputation. The reputation awards are earned by choosing the 'nice' responses in dialogue trees (although it is uncertain what benefits the reputation bonuses confer).

The game 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 1960s, which flexibly adapts to the situations that players finds themselves in, similar to that of movie soundtracks (for instance, increasing in tempo or urgency when the player is in a combat situation).

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

In 2001, No One Lives Forever 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. The GOTY version also includes more multiplayer arenas.

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. — Wikipedia

Followed by: No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy in H.A.R.M.'s Way

Architecture: PPC

Installer will work in the classic Mac OS, but the game requires OS 10.1.4 or later.


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by OpenSourceMac - 2020, June 8 - 12:01am

Has to be enabled in options - Anti-Aliasing is very good in this game - if you have a Radeon card.

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by Jatoba - 2019, May 30 - 6:50am

@Applemeister If it's not running on PPC, then it inherently cannot be the greatest. Wink

All hail PPC Tiger! All hail OS 9! Cheers to Leopard and 7.5.5, too, I guess. Tongue

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by Applemeister - 2012, March 12 - 1:32pm

Just thought I'd mention that the game works perfectly on my MacBook running System 10.6.8. So even though the game was designed for machines with PPC processors, it is equally happy on Macintels with the latest, greatest version of Mac OS.

I have yet to observe the hiccups noted by j_damage•69.

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by j_damage•69 - 2010, September 9 - 1:03am

Yeah this one works using rosetta emulation. Plays very nicely with couple hick-ups, which is common.

Cheers Smile

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by MFoxer - 2010, September 8 - 11:01pm

This won't work for 10.5 and above will it?

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by The Coma-man - 2010, January 11 - 5:00pm

This may be the very best Shooter I ever played!! If part 2 is just as good, sign me up, please!!

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by Attila - 2009, October 17 - 3:33pm

I knew there had to be more of that stuff out there. I recognize Peter Wyngarde (what a voice he's got!) but I've never seen the show. Will have to see if Netflix has it...

EDIT: And now I know where a certain X-men arch-villain came from!

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by bertyboy - 2009, October 16 - 8:05pm

Do you remember / have you seen, Jason King. A real classic series.

Austin Powers with moustache.

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by Attila - 2009, October 16 - 4:49pm

There were scores of spoofs. That ringtone for Austin Powers was stolen exactly from "Our Man Flint," for example. I'll bet there's gotta be a website cataloging all those old pics. The Bond films of the '70s had more in common with the spoofs than they did with the original Bond flicks!

EDIT: And Dean Martin's "Matt Helm" was a fashion photographer!

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by bertyboy - 2009, October 15 - 8:51pm

I think David Niven's unoffical James Bond movie, "Casino Royale" did more to inspire Austin Powers.

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by Attila - 2009, October 15 - 4:38pm

I've just watched a lot of old spy spoof movies from my local library, like "In Like Flint" and the Dean Martin "Matt Helm" movies, the kind of things that inspired Austin Powers. This game is right up that alley.

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by Euryale - 2009, October 15 - 7:05am

Don't forget my 30% $hare for the License of that name.

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by HughMungus - 2009, October 15 - 6:40am

James Bong! I'm gonna start a band with that name

Euryale's picture
by Euryale - 2009, October 2 - 8:50pm

The title sound like a James bong movie, and the screenshot reminds me of this PS2 game,
Hitman I think.