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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Monolith Productions
macOS (OS X) MacPlay
Fox Interactive
OS X MacPlay
Lithtech Jupiter
Release dates
Windows September 30, 2002
macOS (OS X) October 8, 2003
No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy in H.A.R.M.'s Way at Wikipedia
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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 official master server for multiplayer was shut down on November 3, 2008

General information

UnityHQ - A fansite for the series
UnityHQ Forums


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SecuROM 4 DRM.
macOS (OS X)


Essential improvements[edit]


The official No One Lives Forever website has been shut down so you have to download the patches from a 3rd party. The fansite UnityHQ still host all the files needed to play online.


The latest official patch is v1.3. The patch is available in the following languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish. It can be downloaded from the Files section.

Map Packs[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

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

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

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

Save game data location[edit]

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

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Video settings.
Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Use No One Lives Forever 2 Widescreen Fix.
Use No One Lives Forever 2 Widescreen Fix.[1]
Set resolution with 21:9 aspect ratio results in crash
4K Ultra HD
Use No One Lives Forever 2 Widescreen Fix.
Field of view (FOV)
Use No One Lives Forever 2 Widescreen Fix.
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use Borderless Gaming.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Level can be forced in the graphics card control panel.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Can be forced in the graphics card control panel.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Recommended cap to 120 fps.


Use a command-line parameter[citation needed]
  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.

Input settings[edit]

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

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.
Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Up to 7.0 with Creative ALchemy
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Requires download for some retail versions
Fan translation download


Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play
Online play

Connection types


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[edit]

Headsets Native Notes
HTC Vive
Use the R.E.A.L. mod.
Oculus Rift
Use the R.E.A.L. mod.
Windows Mixed Reality
Use the R.E.A.L. mod.
Devices Native Notes
Tracked motion controllers
Traditional controller
See Input settings for details.
Play area Native Notes

Issues fixed[edit]

Crash on 64-bit operating systems[edit]

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

Stuttering when guards are alerted[edit]

The game has problem with music overlapping when guards enter search mode.
Disable music[citation needed]
Downgrade ACM Wrapper Codec[citation needed]
  1. Download Windows 7 ACM Wrapper Codec (32bit v6.6.7601.17713) from
  2. Backup file quartz.dll from Windows\System32 (and also Windows\SysWOW64 in 64bit systems)
  3. Right clic on the original quartz.dll on System32 file, properties
  4. In security tab, clic on Advanced Options
  5. Clic on Audit, then Continue
  6. Where it says Owner, clic on Change
  7. Type "Everyone", then clic Ok
  8. Clic Ok
  9. Clic Edit
  10. Clic Users
  11. Clic Total Control, Allow checkbox, then Ok, Ok again
  12. On System32 folder, paste downloaded quartz.dll inside compressed archive. Confirm file replacement.
  13. On 64 bit systems, repeat steps 3 to 12 for the same file on SysWOW64
  14. Restart Windows

Too high mouse sensivity[edit]

The ingame mouse sensivity is too high.
Activate VSync[citation needed]
  1. Add Lithtech.exe (root dir of game) to graphic-card-control-center and activate VSync.
  2. Activate VSync in ingame-options.

Uncontrollable mouse movement[edit]

Mouse moves in wavelike pattern when attempting y-axis movement.
Decrease mouse polling rate[citation needed]

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 8.1
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

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)
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


  1. 1.0 1.1 When running this game without Administrator elevation, activity in %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%, and %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore\ (more details).