Ahh, let's talk about control, shall we? This was my main beef with the game. It's really one particular button, actually. The Left analog stick (R3) when pressed down, turns Cate around. She does a complete about-face. Sure, a worthy control feature and one I've used before. Many times, in fact. But I found that having that feature assigned to R3 was a big pain in the ass. When I was caught in a firefight and trying to, well, live, many times that turn-around button would come back to bite me in the ass. I found it really easy to hit it by mistake as I was manipulating Cate. Yes, it gets better over time, but still, its a problem. So I thought I'd change the controller config. Yes, you can do that, but guess what? R3 stays the same on all configurations. ARGH!
So I adapted, but wasn't too happy about it.
The game sports really long load times at the beginning of a level. I am talking -make a sandwich- load times, but the levels looks so good, I suppose its worth it. I did notice a couple of instances of slowdown when I was involved in a shootout and once at the beginning of a level, but they are few and far between.
There are Intelligence Items scattered throughout the levels and by picking these up, you can rack up bonuses. It's for the completists out there as I really didn't see any major benefit to getting them or not. However, picking them up does provide a few laughs as the memos and such are usually pretty funny.
One notable is that you never pick up health, but rather body armor. So once you are down to hardly any health, there's no turning back (until you get to a new level). Also, I don't recommend you save in the middle of a level because you will still have to repeat the entire level if you die, and if you happen to be very low on health (and didn't notice that before you saved), you will be in a world of hurt. Doh!
Overall, No One Lives Forever is a great game and I really enjoyed it. I still am enjoying it, as a matter of fact. It's got action, stealth, violence, comedy and sex. Who could ask for anything more? Do yourself a favor and check it out.