The Operative: No One Lives Forever

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The Operative: No One Lives Forever

North American box art
Game general and emulation properties:
ESRB rating: T (Comic Mischief, Mild Language, Violence)
PEGI rating: 16+
Widescreen patch available
Languages supported:
English: SLES-50592 & SLUS-20028
German: SLES-50592
French: SLES-50592
Spanish: SLES-50592
Italian: SLES-50592
Region NTSC-U:
Serial numbers: SLUS-20028
Release date: April 16, 2002
CRCs: 00100008
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: Playable
Mac Status: ?
Region PAL:
Serial numbers: SLES-50592
Release date: May 24, 2002
Windows Status: ?
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?

Developer(s): Monolith Productions
Publisher(s): Sierra Entertainment (US), Vivendi Universal Games (EU)
Genre: Action, Shooter, Arcade
Wikipedia: Link
Game review links: Link6.9/10, Metacritic67/100
Game description: In No One Lives Forever, you assume the role of Cate Archer, a beautiful, but deadly operative working for UNITY--a super-secret organization fighting to free the world from the clutches of H.A.R.M. From tense subterfuge to in-your-face combat, the game features spy action influenced by the 1960s and killer weapons, including a rocket-launching briefcase, a robotic poodle, and exploding lipstick. Through 60 levels of exotic locales, you must battle deadly arch villains, fight off killer sharks, skydive from a plummeting airliner, and explore twisted jungles.

Test configurations on Windows:

Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
NTSC-U Windows 7 64-Bit
  • Intel i7 @ 3.4Ghz
  • Sapphire R9 290X 4GB
1.2.1 r5873 GSdx 10 (Hardware)0.1.16 r5875
  • SPU2-X r5875
  • Lillypad 0.11.0 r5875
Runs extremely well at 60FPS at 1080p. No graphical or sound glitches. Bios v 2.0 was used. Zrooney

Test configurations on Linux:

Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
NTSC-U openSUSE Linux 13.2 x86_64 (3.16.6)
  • AMD A10 Kaveri 7850K @ 4.2GHz
  • AMD A10 Kaveri 7850K R7 2GiB @ 900MHz
1.3.1+git GSdx-OGL (Hardware), 2x Native, Bilinear (PS2) texture and 4x anisotropic filtering.
  • SPU2-X SDL with ALSA (Async Mix)
  • OnePAD 1.1.0
Fully playable at 60fps without any issues. Frost


  • The game was originally develop for Microsoft Windows, ported to PS2 after getting critical acclaims and Game of The Year Awards, just before its sequel got released the same year.

Known Issues

Mipmapping issues in Hardware Mode

  • Status: Active
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: Broken textures at a distance.
  • Workaround: Go to Config > Video (GS) > Plugin Settings, and set mipmapping to at least "Basic".

For a full solution switch to Software mode by setting Renderer to any of the "(Software)" options.

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Public compatibility forum links