Apparently SoT isn't exactly what people expected, hence the poor online/user reviews. And that actually does fall on Rare and MS, for overhyping a bare bones game, whereas NMS is on HG, not Sony.
Anecdotal as it may be, all the people I know and talk to that played the game are enjoying it greatly. Despite it's current lack of content.
Basing anything off online user reviews is and has always been a big no.
Verified buyers on Amazon. Sorry, but online/user reviews are not a big no. Just like AJ's review isn't a big no. Much better judge than just a handful of people you know. Now, if you value their opinion more, that's fine. But, I don't know them, so I couldn't give a shit about their opinion. Much better for me to go by reviewers I trust, as well as a consensus of 80+ people who bought the game with the hope it would be good, which they have so far given the game a 2.8 out of 5 stars, or a 56 out of 100. Seems in line with a lot of the reviews/vids I have watched.
Regardless, the point is, just because your friends like it, doesn't mean the gaming community at large does.