Who Owns NOLF?
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April 9th, 2013, 14:06
NOLF never appealed to me. I don't like the subject matter and I don't like being forced into playing a female protagonist.
But I recognised that it was somewhat more interesting than the average shooter back in the day.
That said, System Shock represents the peak of what developers have been able to do with a first person shooter as the core experience - and it has yet to be truly surpassed. Bioshock Infinite surpasses it as a story delivery device - but not as a game.
I consider Half Life and games like NOLF to be weak and tiny in scope in comparison. Oh, I know they weren't trying to imitate Shock - but they were still trying to take shooters beyond just shooting. In that way, NOLF is but a quirky novelty when measured against the best.