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No One Lives Forever (NOLF) Tweak Guide (Page 1/5)


Posted: December 12, 2000
Written by: Tuan "Solace" Nguyen

Introduction



When I first heard of No One Lives Forever, I thought to myself ďgreat, not another loser.Ē I thought how good could another game be with a female heroine? Iím not sexist or anything but letís face the facts here okay folks -- Tomb Raider 4 wasnít really earth shattering. But when NOLF hit the streets and I got sent a copy to play with, I was moved. My jaws were on the floor and my mind was spinning. This is one of the best games Iíve played all year!

No One Lives Forever combines the best of a first person shooter along with a gripping adventure game. Right from the start youíre pulled straight into action -- right after a briefing of course --and pitted against thugs and snipers trying to kill your valued VIP.

If youíre a first person game lover and you also like a compelling adventure, I highly recommend you pick up a copy of Foxís No One Lives Forever. You only have one life to live so make sure itís spent playing the latest games and reading Tweak3D. Heh, okay, onto some tweaking.

Tweaking

No One Lives Forever is one fine game. The only drawback is its hardware requirements. They are massive. However, there are ways to get older systems to play NOLF without much effort. You just have to tweak the game! NOLF offers a host of tweakable options you can try out. Sometimes itís best to tinker around with settings to see which ones improve performance and which ones degrade it.

Tweaking the game though doesnít mean youíre going to have great performance. You have to make sure you take care of all the lower level tweaks. Your games may be tweaked to their max but if your system is running like a turtle then youíre going to have some issues. Besides, a turtle canít even run so if your computer fits that description, donít even bother trying to run NOLF. Never fear though; your situation can be helped and weíre here to do just that.

Drivers

As unimportant as they may seem to a game's performance, everything rides on drivers. They are one of the most fundamental software components in your system. Everything depends on drivers.

The first thing you want to do is make sure you have the latest drivers for your components. This means going to the websites of your component manufacturer and checking for new driver releases. The most important drivers that you want to look for are ones for your video card, sound card, and AGP/chipset driver. You can find AGP and chipset drivers from your motherboard manufacturerís website, if they're available. While youíre at it, you might want to check if your motherboard manufacturer has new BIOS images available. Newer revisions may allow you to adjust certain settings that directly affect your computer performance.

For sure though, the most important driver to look for (in the case of a game that shows off some high detail graphics) is the one for your graphics card. No One Lives Forever is a game with heavy duty graphics and can scale to practically any resolution and color, so you will want your graphics card to perform as well as possible.

Updating your sound cardís drivers wouldnít hurt either. Doing this could bring along new features and improve on things such as CPU utilization. Youíll want the most CPU cycles dedicated to NOLF. The game is very demanding so donít say I didnít warn you.

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