Yeah, this is another example of Patrick stating his opinion as fact. Yes, I know Metacritic has its issues, but about 550 games (minus multiform duplicates) scored better than ZombiU last year (it’s sitting at 77). Other games within 1-2 points include The Darkness II, Shank 2, Soulcalibur V, Nintendo Land, New Super Mario Bros. 2, Skylanders Giants, Transformers: Fall of Cybertron and Twisted “Dog Shit” Metal.
If Patrick wants to say it was one of his best experiences of the year, that’s great, but calling a game sitting at 77 “one of 2012's best experiences” betrays a weird lack of distinction between personal opinion and critical consensus.
There is no "fact" in regards to measuring experiences. If you want a site that either only reports other people's opinions ("which rated so-and-so on Metacritic" or "which game site x called one of the best experiences of the year") or hedges by constantly writing "according to me" you are certainly free to do so. I'm happy that GiantBomb is not one of those sites, but rather a site where the staff has opinions and writes their reviews and articles based on that. If you don't like a particular staff member's opinions, you are free to not read it. If that staff member brings the entire site down in quality, you are free not to visit or subscribe.
Sure, but there is objective truth regarding how a game was received, and words and phrases do have implied meanings. Saying something in an authoritative voice communicates to the reader a different message than “according to me.”
I realize it looks like I’m splitting hairs at this point, but I very genuinely see a broad, meaningful distinction here.
The “if you don’t like it, leave” stuff is tiresome. I do like the site, I just don’t like the way they sometimes express their opinions in an exclusive way, especially since it’s been happening more lately (and it’s by no means just Patrick). If I didn’t think the site was great (and I didn’t think these problems were addressable), I wouldn’t be bothering to bring up complaints.
If you disagree with Patrick so often, why do you continue to take his opinions seriously any more? It's like you're trying too hard to make sure everyone knows GiantBomb does not make your opinions for you.