They even won over OldManMurray with NOLF:http://www.oldmanmurray.com/longreviews/751.html
Being the only website who cares about you has its drawbacks. For instance, if a developer we've attacked mercilessly for three straight years manages to make a good game, we're honor-bound to eat the poop and tell you about it [guarantee null and void if Dr. Derek Smart, PhD eventually masterminds a decent game -ed] [Dear Dr. Smart, a forty page letter describing how good Battleship 3000 is will only make us like it less - the other ed]. We don't want to make a bigger deal of this than it deserves, but No One Lives Forever is a Lithtech powered game by Monolith that - in a whole bunch of non-trivial ways - is better than Half Life.
If you're rubbing your eyes with your fists right now and saying "HUH?!?" over and over and over again, just imagine how we feel.