Originally Posted by -Kev-
It's the reason why I don't really take game reviews seriously.
When you tell me a game is rated 7.9 so it sucks, and another game is rated 9.6 so it has to be great, and you never even played neither game; there I know you're just a sheep [no you, just in general].
Most game reviews look into shredding a game so deeply, that they forget to mention a few things that could potentially be a make or break for the reader to buy the game or not.
I definitely agree with the bolded, and it's not just in regards to video game reviews anymore, either. It seems to me that a lot of modern review outlets' sole aim these days is to just shred whatever they're reviewing, whether it's an album, a movie, or a video game.
I see it more often than not in regards to games, though. In some cases it can cause an entire genre to be nearly obliterated, such as was the case with JRPGs being released here in America.
Reviewers everywhere ripped the traditional turn-based style of combat found in nearly all Eastern RPGs to the point where it's nearly impossible to get a non-Western RPG these days without importing it.