Just as a general statement, y'all need to stop devaluing negative reviews just so you can feel good about yourselves.
People are discussing the reviews compared to their own opinions. That's not "devaluing" them so much as it's just simple criticism. I don't know how that would make anyone "feel good" about themselves either, do you get emotional about video game reviews? What about music reviews or movie reviews?
Bad or middling reviews don't mean a game doesn't have value. A game can get a 5/10 and still be enjoyable for certain people, you know. A game like this which has an average review aggregate around 60% means that it's overall not good (especially when compared to other games similar to it, within its genre, or overall), but that doesn't mean it's not fun.
I think that's the gist of what almost every person who has chimed in with an opinion on the game has said. That regardless of review scores, the game is just fun. Some people put that atop their chart in terms of importance in a game, so they disagree with the scores more strongly than others.
I actually kinda feel sorry for anyone desperate enough to cling to such small victories. What sort of gaming life do you have that THIS is the hill you want to die upon?
But a comment like this puzzles me. There's been pretty much nothing but simple debate about various things in the thread, you're again harping on some deeper emotional reaction that I just haven't seen yet in this thread. What "small victories" are you referring to? What hill are we supposed to be dying on? I haven't seen anyone irrational or really even upset in the thread. Just simple discussion about the scores.
Regarding your GameRankings stuff, that's all cool and all, but your criteria and critique seem to be all over the place. You're referencing Microsoft's own internally developed games but then you seem to be listing all sorts of PS4 games as "Sony" even though for a lot of them, they had nothing to do with the games. For example, 12 games or higher at 80%, released in 2018, with 20+ reviews. Cool. When it comes to "Sony games", I count:
MLB The Show
God of War
That's it for internally developed games, unless I'm missing something? There's also the Shadow of Colossus port but idk if you're counting that or not. The rest are third party games that for one reason or another are exclusive to PS4 with no Sony involvement except in the case of Spider-Man, they got the rights to make a SM game and picked Insomniac. My point being that yeah, two of those three games I listed are widely regarded as great, among the best in their genre games, but it's two games. They just signed like 6 or 7 studios. It's not the end of the world, lol.
And you're confusing personal taste with brand loyalty. Perhaps don't be so emotional when you're posting, assuming you know the feelings and reasonings and motives, trying to play chess while we're just playing checkers. Because it doesn't have to be "brand loyalty". Lots of us also own PS4's and play PS4 games. I'll get more enjoyment out of Crackdown 3 than I have out of God of War thus far, doesn't have shit to do with any "brand loyalty", lol.
And no, it's not really a problem for some of us that Nintendo has amassed a better exclusive lineup than Microsoft already (though its debatable) because not all of us game on Xbox for Microsoft exclusives and also, Nintendo games are literally the ONLY reason to own a Nintendo console as they get next to zero third party support, so the exclusives had better be good. That said, for those gamers who want more exclusives, which outnumber those of us who don't give a shit, again, MS is taking care of them too.