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No One Lives Forever 2: 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
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Developers
Monolith Productions
macOS (OS X) MacPlay
Publishers
Fox Interactive
Sierra Entertainment
OS X MacPlay
Engines
Lithtech Jupiter
Release dates
Windows September 30, 2002
macOS (OS X) October 8, 2003
Reception
Metacritic 91
Taxonomy
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres FPS
Vehicles Off-roading
Themes Cold War, Comedy, Europe, Asia, North America
Series No One Lives Forever
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No One Lives Forever
The Operative: No One Lives Forever 2000
No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy in H.A.R.M.'s Way 2002
Contract J.A.C.K. 2003

Warnings

The Mac OS X version of this game does not work on Mac OS X Lion (version 10.7) or later due to the removal of support for PowerPC apps.
GameSpy online services have been shut down (see Network for solutions).

General information

UnityHQ - A fansite for the series
UnityHQ Forums

Availability

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
SecuROM 4 DRM.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Demos are available for Single Player, A Taste of Ohio Teaser, and Multiplayer.
Official map packs are available: Map Pack 1 and Map Pack 2.
The game is not sold digitally due to various legality issues with several parties.

Essential improvements

Patches

Patch 1.3 is the latest version.

Skip intro videos

Skip intro videos[1]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Delete or rename the Movies folder.

NOLF 2 Modernizer

Fixes some long standing bugs and updates some more outdated features of the game.
For Multilingual version see

Crash on Load Screen

Eliminates random crashes encountered while loading.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\*.cfg[Note 1]
macOS (OS X)
Files are autoexec.cfg and display.cfg

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Save\Player\SinglePlayer[Note 1]
macOS (OS X)

Video

Video settings.
Video settings.

Widescreen resolution

Use NOLF 2 Modernizer[1]
4:3 cutscenes can be toggled via settings.
FOV from 70° to 150° available via settings.
Use No One Lives Forever 2 Widescreen Fix[2]

Windowed

Use NOLF 2 Modernizer[1]
Use a command-line parameter[1]
  1. Start the game's launcher and click on Options.
  2. In Command-Line field type in: +windowed 1
  3. Make sure Always pass command line arguments to the game is checked.
  4. Click on "OK" and launch the game.

High frame rate

Use experimental hack[1]
  1. Install NOLF 2 Modernizer.
  2. Open experimental settings in game.
  3. Turn on Unlocked Framerate.

Notes

Weapon animation and movement speed are affected by frame rate.
Animation pathing is slow with high frame rate.

Input

Keyboard settings.
Keyboard settings.
Mouse settings.
Mouse settings.

Audio

Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Up to 7.0 with Creative ALchemy
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EAX 2
Royalty free audio

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Censored release.
Italian
Polish
Fan translation download
Russian
Spanish
Requires download for some retail versions

Network

Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
Local play
LAN play
Co-op
Online play
Co-op
The official GameSpy service has been shut down on November 3, 2008; see NOLF 2 Modernizer or the Multiplayer Launcher & Server Mod.

Connection types

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 2300-2400, 7000-10000
UDP 27888
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

VR support

Headsets Native Notes
HTC Vive
Use the R.E.A.L. mod.
Oculus Rift
Use the R.E.A.L. mod.
OSVR
Windows Mixed Reality
Use the R.E.A.L. mod.
Devices Native Notes
Tracked motion controllers
Traditional controller
See Input for details.
Keyboard/Mouse
Play area Native Notes
Seated
Standing
Room-scale

Issues fixed

Crash on 64-bit operating systems

Instructions[3]
  1. Go to %WINDIR%\system32\.
  2. Copy dmusic.dll to <path-to-game>.

Stuttering when guards are alerted

The game has problems with dynamic music transitions at frame rates higher than 100 FPS.
Use NOLF 2 Modernizer[1]
Use dgVoodoo wrapper[1]
  1. Download dgVoodoo 2.
  2. Copy D3D8.DLL from the \MS\x86\ folder to <path-to-game>.
  3. Enable v-sync in video options and set the refresh rate to 60 Hz

Too high mouse sensitivity

The high FPS causes high mouse sensivity.
Use NOLF 2 Modernizer[1]
Implements rewritten input system.
Use dgVoodoo wrapper[1]
  1. Download dgVoodoo 2.
  2. Copy D3D8.DLL from the \MS\x86\ folder to <path-to-game>.
  3. Enable v-sync in video options and set the refresh rate to 60 Hz.

Uncontrollable mouse movement

Mouse moves in wavelike pattern when attempting y-axis movement.
Use NOLF 2 Modernizer[1]
Implements rewritten input system.

V-sync broken on Windows 10

Use dgVoodoo wrapper[1]
  1. Download dgVoodoo 2.
  2. Copy D3D8.DLL from the \MS\x86\ folder to <path-to-game>.

Other information

API

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 8.1
ExecutablePPC 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
macOS (OS X)

Middleware

Middleware Notes
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer GameSpy

Upscaled Textures

Ups the textures in the game as high as 8k
Website it hosted on requires an account and has a very strict limit on how much you can download

System requirements

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 500 MHz
System memory (RAM) 128 MB
256 MB (XP)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.4 GB
Video card (GPU) 32 MB of VRAM
DirectX 8.1 compatible
macOS (OS X)
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 10.2.6
Processor (CPU) PowerPC G4 700 MHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
512 MB (iMacs)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.4 GB
Video card (GPU) 32 MB of VRAM
Supported Nvidia chipsets: Nvidia GeForce 4, Nvidia GeForce 3, Nvidia GeForce 2, Nvidia GeForce 256
Supported ATI chipsets: ATI Radeon 9700, ATI Radeon 9000, ATI Radeon 8500, ATI Radeon 7500, ATI Radeon 7200, ATI Radeon
Other supported chipsets: Matrox Parhelia 512

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).

References