Please provide evidence, also including as to how many only hated it because of the character's skin colour without any constructive criticism. I'd also like to add that of course there's dumb&*$# reviewers who say statements like that for a click, but what I'm countering is the two of your implications that racism is what bogged down the game's reception. A bad apple does not make the whole batch bad, amirite? Goes for reviewers. Finally, I don't buy the political elephant in the room, which is the WASP 'victimisation' narrative that our discussion now is flirting with but not getting into (which is good, because I do not want to get into it).
The problem with "Freshness" is that something that is fresh for you may not be fresh for somebody else. So you cant really have that as a metric...
Well you can, but at the same time you will have to know that its very subjective.