It's not uncommon for people to overlook the rough parts of a game if its genre or niche they're into.
You also have to remember reviewers also play a lot more games compared to the average person, games like Far Cry will get a knock on Metacritic from fatigue by being another open-world shooter but for most it's a game they buy every other year or so.
@shindig: I mean Jeff has spoken about this quite often there's little to no money working for the traditional outlets, and for good resaon.
News and information is crowd source through reddit and gaming forums far quicker and often in more detail, the only time you need IGN & Gamespot etc is early access and reviews, but through Twitch & YouTube you can get raw gameplay day one anyway.
The SNES was the better selling platform in the US it often skews peoples perception of the less popular thing, not helped by Sega's struggles to find a way forward and inconsistent quality with Sonic. Nintendo in general is talked about by the GB crew past and present with the same reverence, which Sega often isn't.
In the UK the Mega Drive(Genesis) was the dominate system and Sonic universally popular, Sega UK also didn't promote Sonic and the Mega Drive in the same way. I never saw anything close to 'Genesis does what Nintendon't!' we got to see gameplay, I have this inbuilt nostalgia regarding early Sega that anytime someone on the GB crew talk about Sonic I sort of glaze over.
@gtxforza: I don't think the new model in June will even be a slim, I think its more likely Sony will scrap the disc version and just produce the existing DE with the external disc drive being an option for those who want it.
It would be the cheapest way to go considering the thought process behind the move is to cut costs by only having to produce one sku, it would also effectively be a $100 price cut and give MS a real headache.