@amyggen: I'm not sure where the sales were but I think the more that I look at this thread you're right about public perception. I remember being more in the minority when it came out, wondering how people were even invested in anything the game did because of how poor the story was all around right from the start. When I read reviews I wanted to like it too. I love how it branches and all.
@hatking: Destiny was a really positive sign. I think it's lessons learned from Diablo III, Sim City, and BF 4 launches. Lessons finally learned. As I said it's a tough problem to fix given reviews usefulness and how games progress. Frankly I just don't care much about reviews anymore and pay attention to a wide variety of sources. Those Heavy Rain reviews are a reminder I'm on the right track. I think it is inevitable for games criticism to adapt to become more like the criticism of film or literature. Deeper with a longer tail. It's not like the old days where the games media are the gatekeeper of all the info at release. They were playing Destiny basically when we were and we could see shared footage from the public if we wanted.