The character just looks boring to me. What color or sex they are doesn't matter.
And I think that's also the point of th IGN writer (and not his skin color as the OP thinks), considering how many protagonists fit into the same mold as this one. I can remember Jim Sterling making a video once (was still at the escapists back then) with about a dozen of such protagonist's cutscenes cut and pasted together, which made them (and the different games they stem from) virtually impossible to tell apart. It's just lazy design.
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