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No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy in H.A.R.M.'s Way - Cate Archer lives again in VR!

LukeRoss
Level 5
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Edit: it's out!
*** Update Feb 13: Third release, with some improvements and localized versions also for the Vive!
*** Update Feb 2: The mod now works correctly on the HTC Vive thanks to the magic of Revive!!!
*** Update Jan 16-25: All localized versions released!

Grab it while it's hot at https://github.com/LukeRoss00/nolf2-real-mod/releases

Instructions are included with the release. Let me know (preferably here so it can help other users, but a PM is fine too) if you find any problems or if you get any joy!!!

THANKS to all of you who tested the mod and reported back, and also thanks to the many others who volunteered. Although I did my best to fine-tune the release, I don't expect everything to work perfectly for everyone, so your feedback will still be very important.

SweViver has made a fun gameplay video ("Come here, lady: I'm gonna slice you with my katana!"):

https://youtu.be/hJhE84R74_0

Have fun kicking H.A.R.M.'s butt  


Original post:

Hi folks!

No One Lives Forever 2 is one of my favorite games of all time. In my mind, there was only one way to make it better (apart from a much awaited sequel, that sadly looks like it's never going to happen): a total VR conversion!

The VR community has given a lot to me. Amazing mods like Doom 3 BFG - VR, Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast VR, the MotherVR mod for Alien: Isolation, the very existence of affordable devices like the Rift and the Vive: I really wanted to give something back. I also desperately wanted to play NOLF2 in VR, and... nobody else was doing it, so I decided to step in.

In honor of the traditional bent for acronyms that pervades the NOLF universe, I couldn't restrain myself from naming this the "R.E.A.L." mod. I have done my best to preserve the magic of NOLF2 by keeping the VR conversion as close as possible to the original feel of the game, in every aspect that I could think of.

I believe that the mod is basically ready for release, and now I am looking for testers to make sure there are no glaring problems before making it available to the whole community.

If you are willing to experience Cate Archer in VR and you don't mind the occasional rough spot, reply here or PM me and I will send you a link to download the mod. Of course you will need the original game in order to play. It is best if you have some time to spend on this in order to go through the full game and report on any bugs that you might find, but even if you can just play a level or two, your help is precious to ensure that the community will be able to enjoy a quality release.

On my system (Oculus Rift, GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, Xbox One controller) the mod works very smoothly and runs at 90 fps with 2.0 supersampling, 4x antialiasing and all the graphics options maxed out. The game still truly is a beauty to behold, keeping in mind that 15 years have gone by since it was originally released. Ideally, I would like to have some testers that can report to me how (and if) the mod works on different configurations: for instance AMD graphics cards, Logitech controllers, and so on.

Even though this is obviously not the right forum to ask, if anyone also has a Vive available, it would be good to know if everything works correctly through Revive.

Thank you for reading this, and I hope that you will enjoy playing the mod as much as I did coding it!!!

Update Dec 12:
Depending on your system configuration, you might run into problems if you install the original game inside "Program Files (x86)" (trouble unpacking the mod files, game doesn't save, etc.). When NOLF2 came out in 2002, Windows wasn't protecting the Program Files folder yet, so the developers decided to put the saves inside the program's directory, as was customary at the time. To avoid trouble, it's best if you choose a normal folder during installation: for instance, tell the No One Lives Forever 2 installer to put the game in C:\MyGames\NOLF2.

Update Dec 11:

If the mod is crashing for you and/or you don't see Cate Archer's welcome animation at the title screen, you might have conflicting versions of the game's effects library. In your installation folder, you might find a subfolder named "Game", and inside that, a file named "CLIENTFX.FXD" (there's also a "CLIENTFX" folder, but I'm talking about the file). Either delete just this specific "CLIENTFX.FXD" file, or delete the whole "Game" subfolder altogether, which will save you 1,75 GB of disk space. Don't worry about the contents of the "Game" folder: they're all duplicate files and old versions, and they were needed only for working with the level editor.
Hey, did you check out my VR mods for No One Lives Forever 2 and Grand Theft Auto V?
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UBSERD
Level 5
Omg!!! This game was amazing!! Thank you!!!!!!! I can’t wait to try it.

LukeRoss
Level 5

UBSERD said:

Omg!!! This game was amazing!! Thank you!!!!!!! I can’t wait to try it.


Great! I've sent you a PM with the link to download the mod, let us know what you think!
Hey, did you check out my VR mods for No One Lives Forever 2 and Grand Theft Auto V?

kojack
Volunteer Moderator
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Sadly the NOLF series got screwed over by Activision, Fox and Warner Brothers. All three may own part of the IP for NOLF, refuse deal with anybody to bring the game back, but have the lawyers ready in case anybody tries. So there's no online stores that sell the games.
https://www.kotaku.com.au/2015/02/the-sad-story-behind-a-dead-pc-game-that-cant-come-back/

Of course there's other means of getting them, but shouldn't be posted in here (rules, etc). But the game is effectively abandoned, so it's a slightly different situation.


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LukeRoss
Level 5

kojack said:

Sadly the NOLF series got screwed over by Activision, Fox and Warner Brothers. All three may own part of the IP for NOLF, refuse deal with anybody to bring the game back, but have the lawyers ready in case anybody tries. So there's no online stores that sell the games.
https://www.kotaku.com.au/2015/02/the-sad-story-behind-a-dead-pc-game-that-cant-come-back/

Of course there's other means of getting them, but shouldn't be posted in here (rules, etc). But the game is effectively abandoned, so it's a slightly different situation.





All that kojack said is true. However, what is also true is that it would take just one employee at Warner Bros., Activision, and/or 20th Century Fox, who gets the initiative to go down to the basement and dig out the paper copy of the contract detailing the rights to the game, in order to make it possible for a publisher to sell the full game again.

The situation is stuck not because there's an actual, verified legal impasse among the three companies, but only because of laziness. The deals struck around 2002 apparently predate digital records, so it's not just a matter of entering a keyword in the company's search engine to find out how things stand, but it takes someone willing to go through the filing cabinets and hunt for the legal papers. (Which is strangely appropriate, if you are familiar with the gameplay of NOLF2, especially the Siberia levels!)

I do believe that with enough interest from the community, someone will surely start to get enough motivation to straighten out the matter.
Hey, did you check out my VR mods for No One Lives Forever 2 and Grand Theft Auto V?

LukeRoss
Level 5
Come on guys... Is everybody too busy playing Doom VFR?  😛
Hey, did you check out my VR mods for No One Lives Forever 2 and Grand Theft Auto V?

bigmike20vt
Level 14
good work, i have the 1st game somewhere but not number 2......... however if i can source it i will definitely try the mod when i get my vr mancave up and running again next year 🙂

i look forward to hearing peoples experiences. its a shame that unlike doom BFG we cant just pop online to buy a copy of the game
Fiat Coupe, gone. 350Z gone. Dirty nappies, no sleep & practical transport incoming. Thank goodness for VR 🙂

LukeRoss
Level 5


Fiat Coupe, gone

Man, a new baby. That's as real as it gets :#
Hey, did you check out my VR mods for No One Lives Forever 2 and Grand Theft Auto V?

bigmike20vt
Level 14

LukeRoss said:



Fiat Coupe, gone

Man, a new baby. That's as real as it gets :#


true.... i would not change it tho..... (which is a cliché but there you have it. Biology is strange, change a few hormone levels and your entire outlook / perspective on life alters).
Fiat Coupe, gone. 350Z gone. Dirty nappies, no sleep & practical transport incoming. Thank goodness for VR 🙂

bigmike20vt
Level 14
thanks... bookmarked link and i suggest anyone interested does the same. the mods may feel the need to delete the link - which is understandable.
Fiat Coupe, gone. 350Z gone. Dirty nappies, no sleep & practical transport incoming. Thank goodness for VR 🙂