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

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A year has passed since Cate Archer foiled the plans of the terrorist organization known as H.A.R.M. The tension between USA and the Soviet Union has increased, and the two powers quarrel over a tiny, but strategically important island of Khios. Cate is once again recruited by the secret British organization UNITY, whose goal is to avert international conflicts and preserve the world peace. As Cate is sent to investigate a secret meeting, she meets new and old villains who, once again, won't stop until she is out of their way to world domination.

No One Lives Forever 2 is the sequel to The Operative: No One Lives Forever, casting the player as the super-spy Cate Archer in the 1960's. As in the first game, many different weapons and items are available to Cate, from pistols to automatic weapons, as well as her trusty lipstick bomb and other gadgets. The sequel introduces new weapons and gadgets, such as eye shadow that doubles as a tazer, a robotic bomb disguised as a kitten, and others. The game enhances the light role-playing angle from the original, as the player is now able to gather intelligence and upgrade Cate's sneaking and shooting abilities as well as equipment.

The sequel retains the humorous tone of its predecessor and takes the player to various exotic locations such as Japan, India, and a trailer park in Ohio during a tornado. Players may also go online and engage in deathmatch or cooperative mode, teaming up against the enemy.


No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy in H.A.R.M.'s Way Windows Mist created by the waterfall.
No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy in H.A.R.M.'s Way Windows Double agents have very particular books at their houses...
No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy in H.A.R.M.'s Way Windows Returning from the original is the humor... as demonstrated by this person who's mom thinks her ninja gear isn't proper (note: never call your mom an old person).
No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy in H.A.R.M.'s Way Windows End of mission status screen; boy, I sucked that time!

Alternate Titles

  • "无人永生2" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Никто не живет вечно 2: С.Т.Р.А.Х. ВОЗВРАЩАЕТСЯ" -- Russian spelling
  • "Wu Ren Yong Sheng 2" -- Chinese title
  • "No One Lives Forever 2: Le C.R.I.M.E est éternel" -- French title
  • "No One Lives Forever 2: Agentin in geheimer Mission" -- German title
  • "NOLF2" -- Common abbreviation

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User Reviews

You are losing the swing Cate!! Windows Zovni (9321)
The "Shagadellic" is missing in this one Windows Sam Hardy (76)
Mostly H.A.R.M.less Windows Terrence Bosky (5225)
A worthy sequel. Windows kbmb (399)
Who's Up For A Round Of NOLFING? Windows MasterMegid (897)
Rewarding, but not as good as the original. Windows Scott Monster (923)
New adventures of the great Cate Archer Windows Emepol (1559)

Critic Reviews

Withingames Windows Oct 30, 2002 5 out of 5 100
GamesFirst! Windows Nov 17, 2002 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
UOL Jogos Windows Feb 04, 2003 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Worth Playing Windows Nov 09, 2002 9.6 out of 10 96
Inside Mac Games (IMG) Macintosh Oct 09, 2003 9.5 out of 10 95
Armchair Empire, The Windows Nov 02, 2002 9.5 out of 10 95
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Windows Nov 21, 2002 93 out of 100 93
GameBoomers Windows 2002 90 out of 100 90
Joystick (French) Windows Nov, 2002 8 out of 10 80 (UK) Windows Dec 24, 2002 8 out of 10 80


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No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy in H.A.R.M.'s Way appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

German version

There are a few changes when playing with German language settings: All blood, death cries and the sound after using the katana were removed. Additionally enemies can't be set on fire and killed enemies transform into backpacks. A detailed list of changes can be found on (German).


The official Sierra game servers were shut down on 1st November 2008.


The Gordon SMG, the standard weapon of H.A.R.M. minions, is actually a Sterling SMG with a collapsed stock. It is a British weapon, which replaced aging Sten SMGs and it is still being used in some parts of the world (namely the Jamaican armed forces).


  • Computer Games Magazine
    • March 2003 (No. 148) - Game of the Year (Co-Winner)
  • GameSpy
    • 2002 – PC Game of the Year
    • 2002 – Best Music of the Year (PC)
    • 2002 – Quote of the Year (for a tape recording of Melvin Blitzny)
  • Golden Joystick Awards
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