So people who care about the other aspects of a game should ignore EDGE? Works for me.
Well, not necessarily ignore, but at least take their review criteria into account. Every review outlet and even individual reviewer in some cases has their own review criteria and a system that weighs different aspects of a game. So you are going to get wildly differing scores from different reviewers on the same game depending on what aspects they value the most in a certain type of game. You just need to find the reviewers whose priorities generally align with yours to see if a game would be something you might like.
I understand that. Reviewing isn't a science, even if some outlets and writers try to adhere to a methodology. However, at the end of the day, the purpose of a review, especially in a publication, is to inform the consumer. EDGE, among others, especially those who consider themselves "influencers", put their own agendas ahead of that principle. This usually happens when an outlet wants to forge some kind of identity that makes them stand out.
It's like if a car review magazine only graded based on performance. What about all the other factors that matter to all different kinds of people? Is giving a minivan or a luxury car a low score because they can't take curves fast really all that helpful to the consumer?
EDGE can do what they want but, based on their history, I don't have much use for them at all. Games are more than just nuts and bolts.