NOLF2 Add-on & MP Plans

There's an article on future plans for No One Lives Forever on GameSpy with word on plans at Monolith for future releases of both a tool package and an expansion pack for No One Lives Forever 2, their spy shooter sequel. There are scant details on the add-on, except that it's expected before the end of this year, and that it will put players in the role of one of the bad guys, rather than as Cate Archer. What they have to say about plans for a free multiplayer patch is more concrete, including word it is expected within the next couple of weeks. Here's the deal:
The “first big release” (as Monolith put it) is a huge NOLF2 multiplayer patch which will be released within a week or two, adding deathmatch, team deathmatch, and a new gameplay mode called Doomsday. The patch should contain over 10 maps, many based on NOLF2 single-player levels (including Siberia, Japan, and Khios), but including large pieces of original architecture as well.
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Hehe... Unreal doesn't count. The original could hardly be considered recent (Way out of touch with the present gaming situation) and the sequel is practically a unanimous dissapointment regardless of prior expectations. It would seem that the devs of U2 tried to "reinvent" the original to fit into modern FPS conventions, but simply failed in execution.

On the opposite end of the spectrum however, I could point out the Project IGI series. The original was an exercise in hair-splitting frustration and quickly forgotten into the annals of mediocre FPS titles. The sequel however is getting consistently good reviews and is an absolute gem for fans of non-linearity. They managed to keep everything good about the first, add a few new features to increase it's longevity and diversify the gameplay, give it a good dose of spit and polish, and add just enough leeway to appease the non-hardcore. I know this doesn't count either since the original was far from great, but it is a perfect example of a sequel that has clearly improved over the original.

Whatever your assesment of the NOLF series maybe, the great thing about Monolith is that they never fail in putting a fresh spin on an ancient genre. You certainly can't fault them for that.
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