The Operative: No One Lives Forever

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The Operative: No One Lives Forever
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Developers
Monolith Productions
macOS (OS X) MumboJumbo
Publishers
Fox Interactive
Sierra Entertainment
OS X MacPlay
Engines
LithTech 2.2
Release dates
Windows November 9, 2000
macOS (OS X) November 21, 2002
The Operative: No One Lives Forever on Wikipedia

Warnings

SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see Availability for affected versions).
GameSpy online services have been shut down (see Network for solutions).
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

Key points

The source code was made available in 2001.
The game was designed to work at a locked 60 FPS; use NOLF Modernization Patch to cap the frame rate.

General information

Official website (Game of the Year Edition)
UnityHQ - A fansite for the series
UnityHQ Forums

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc v2 DRM[Note 1] for both original and GOTY versions.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).
A demo is available.

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

Patches are 1.03 and 1.04.

NOLF Modernization Patch[edit]

Fixes performance issues and mouse stutter, adds HUD scaling options, and many other fixes.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Delete/rename Movies folder[citation needed]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Delete or rename the Movies folder.

Skip launcher, intro videos and CD-check[edit]

Use a custom shortcut[citation needed]
  1. Create a shortcut to <path-to-game>\lithtech.exe.
  2. In shortcut properties add these command line parameters:

-rez NOLF.rez -rez NOLF2.rez -rez nolfu003.rez -rez NOLFCRES003.rez -rez NOLFGOTY.rez +DisableMovies 1

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\autoexec.cfg[Note 2]
macOS (OS X)

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Save\[Note 2]
macOS (OS X)

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Video settings.

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Natively the game stretches on widescreen while the menu and interface are pixel-based.
Proper widescreen fixes[citation needed]
  1. Use jackfuste's widescreen fix or Wobak's widescreen patch for Hor+ screen change.
  2. Use NOLF Modernization Patch for HUD and menu scaling options.
  3. Use LegacyD3DResolutionHack or dgVoodoo 2 if the game crashes at resolutions above 2000 pixels.

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Game uses vertical FOV[citation needed]
Use a command-line parameter[citation needed]
  1. Start the game's launcher and click on Advanced.
  2. In Command-Line field type in: +FovX "value" to set the horizontal FOV to another value.
  3. Make sure Always specify these command line parameters is checked.
  4. Click on "OK" and launch the game.

Windowed[edit]

Use a command-line parameter[citation needed]
  1. Start the game's launcher and click on Advanced.
  2. In Command-Line field type in: +windowed 1
  3. Make sure Always specify these command line parameters is checked.
  4. Click on "OK" and launch the game.

Input settings[edit]

Lacks an option to toggle crouch mode.[3]

Remapping[edit]

There is an issue with saving custom keyboard binds on localized Windows version (or on localized keyboard layouts). Manual keys mapping is required.
Mouse buttons and scrolling wheel is not assigned to any action.
Custom remapping[citation needed]

Keyboard

  1. Go to the game installation folder.
  2. Locate file autoexec.cfg and open it with text editor.
  3. Locate section starting with line enabledevice "##keyboard".
  4. In this section keyboard keys are represented as a number: ##xx, change them for your binds. For references which number is which key, see table under this fixbox.
  5. Check for duplicities, multiple actions on one key can cause problems.

Mouse

1. Launch the game, navigate to the controls menu and assign any action to any mouse button. Mark the name of mouse button.
2. Open file autoexec.cfg in the installation folder.
3. Locate section enabledevice "##mouse" and insert these lines:
rangebind "##mouse" "Button 0" 0.000000 0.000000 "Fire"
rangebind "##mouse" "Button 1" 0.000000 0.000000 "Activate"
rangebind "##mouse" "Button 2" 0.000000 0.000000 "Reload" 
4. Change Button x to the button name, you've marked in step 1.

Alternatively, use these lines:

rangebind "##mouse" "##3" 0.000000 0.000000 "Fire"
rangebind "##mouse" "##4" 0.000000 0.000000 "Activate"
rangebind "##mouse" "##5" 0.000000 0.000000 "Reload" 

Note: These numbers are for US keyboard layout (QWERTY layout).
If you defined another layout (e.g. French AZERTY layout), you should perform the transposition yourself.
For example, to bind the 'A' key using the AZERTY keyboard layout, you should use the number ##16 (the 'Q' key in table below).

Key ## Key ## Key ##
A 30 Caps Lock 58 [ 26
B 48 Backspace 14 ] 27
C 46 TAB 15 ; 39
D 32 left SHIFT 42 '' 40
E 18 right SHIFT 54 , 51
F 33 ENTER 28 . 52
G 34 left CTRL 29 / 53
H 35 right CTRL 59 ~ 1
I 23 left ALT 56 - 12
J 36 right ALT 58 = 13
K 37 SPACE 57
L 38 1 2
M 50 F1 59 2 3
N 49 F2 60 3 4
O 24 F3 61 4 5
P 25 F4 62 5 6
Q 16 F5 63 6 7
R 19 F6 64 7 8
S 31 F7 65 8 9
T 20 F8 66 9 10
U 22 F9 67 0 11
V 47 F10 68
W 17 F11 69
X 45 F12 70
Y 44
Z 21

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.
Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music and sound effects.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Option is located under Game settings.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
A3D 1.0, A3D 2.0, EAX 1, EAX 2

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
German
Blood and death cries censored, "MoreBloodOption" cheat useless
Italian
Fan translation, download.
Polish
Spanish
Fan translation

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
16
Online play
16 GameSpy services have been shut down;[4] see GameSpy for workarounds.

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.

Issues fixed[edit]

Installing the game on a 64-Bit OS[edit]

The regular version of the game (Not the GOTY edition, which is an improved setup and prepatched to 1.4) uses a 16-Bit setup executable which will not work on 64-Bit operating systems.

Instructions[5]
  1. Use a custom 64-Bit compatible installer. One that only works for the English version of the game can be found here.
  2. Patch 1.3 is also a 16-Bit .exe so it requires a similar workaround. A 64-Bit installer for patch 1.3 can also be found there.

Patch 1.4 works natively on 64-Bit operating systems.

Alternatively you can install and patch the game on a real or emulated 32-Bit operating system and copy the files over to your 64-Bit machine. (The game's executables are not 16-Bit)

Game runs really fast at unlocked frame rates[edit]

The game was designed to work at a locked 60 FPS due to how the engine handles physics and sound.
Use NOLF Modernization Patch to cap the frame rate at 60 FPS[6]

Mouse input is erratic or unresponsive[edit]

Use NOLF Modernization Patch for improved mouse input[6]

Slowdown with some UI elements[edit]

Occurs when picking items up, looking down scope, or switching weapons.

Black screen when underwater[edit]

Download dgVoodoo 2 and copy D3D8.dll, D3DImm.dll and DDraw.dll to <path-to-game>[citation needed]

Graphics are glitched and game is practically unplayable[edit]

Install the game on your primary drive[citation needed]

Dynamic lighting (flashlights) causes reduction in frame rate[edit]

Disable dgVoodoo 2 if using Modernization Patch[7]

Game crashes with Nvidia G-Sync enabled[edit]

The game may crash with a Client MFC Application has stopped working error message with Nvidia G-Sync enabled.
Disable G-Sync for the game[citation needed]
  1. Launch the Nvidia Control Panel.
  2. Add lithtech.exe under Manage 3D settings -> Program Settings.
  3. Set Monitor Technology to Fixed Refresh.

Water not displayed properly, rendering some missions unplayable[edit]

Occurs when using Intel integrated graphics.
Force the game to use the dedicated graphics card[8]

Game runs slow, and text has black boxes around it[edit]

Occurs when using Intel integrated graphics.
Force the game to use the dedicated graphics card[8]

Low frame rate on Windows 8 and higher[edit]

Download dgVoodoo 2 and copy D3D8.dll, D3DImm.dll and DDraw.dll to <path-to-game>[citation needed]
(Windows 8 and 8.1 only) Download ddraw.dll and put it in <path-to-game>[9]
(Windows 8 - 10) Use the Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit[9]
  1. Download the Microsoft ADK and install the Application Compatibility Toolkit.
  2. Run the Compatibility Administrator (32-bit)
  3. Select "New Database(1)" and press the Fix button
  4. Enter a name for the fix and point the program file to lithtech.exe in the No One Lives Forever folder
  5. Press Next twice
  6. Select under "Compatibility Fixes" the fix DXPrimaryEmulation
  7. Press the Parameters button
  8. Enter -DisableMaxWindowedMode into "Command line" and press OK.
  9. Press Next and Finish.
  10. Save, name the database and select a save location
  11. Right click the database and select Install
See Windowed[citation needed]

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 7
64-bit executable

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System 6.0i[10]
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer GameSpy

Map packs[edit]

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95, 98
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium II 300 MHz
System memory (RAM) 64 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 400 MB
Video card (GPU) 8 MB of VRAM
DirectX 7 compatible

Notes

  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]
  2. 2.0 2.1 When running this game without Administrator elevation, activity in %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%, and %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore\ (more details).

References

  1. Not Loading in Windows 10; this will break thousands of - Microsoft Community - last accessed on 2017-01-16
  2. Microsoft - MS15-097: Description of the security update for the graphics component in Windows: September 8, 2015 - last accessed on 2018-02-16
  3. The Operative: No One Lives Forever (2000) Windows review - MobyGames
  4. Pricing | GameSpy Technology
  5. Tested by Nessy
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Verified by User:Keith on 2019-09-18
  7. nolf-modernizer-readme.txt - last accessed on 2019-09-18
    "On the few systems we tested we encountered an issue with DGVoodoo2. If you're running that software, I'd recommend you disable it when using this patch."
  8. 8.0 8.1 nolf-modernizer-readme.txt - last accessed on 2019-09-18
    "If you're running a laptop with a hybrid integrated/dedicated graphics card setup, make sure you force the game to use the dedicated graphics card. Intel integrated graphics seems to have issues running older games."
  9. 9.0 9.1 Windows 8 strange things and 3d faster in window (retrieved)
  10. Verified by User:Nessy on 2019-06-15
    Version number found in Mss32.dll in the game installation folder.