I've had my fair share of systems over the years: Atari, Sega, PS1, GC) and thru out those years all the game reviews have been very similar i.e
Graphics - WOW or could be better;
Sound WOW or average;
VFM ok buy it now or try before you buy and finally;
Gameplay - Great / Average / DOH!!!
Reviewers have never really had to deal with any great changes in control systems until the Wii of course....Now I have noticed that, in under a week of owning a Wii, that the console itself is not biased on graphics or sound but on actual physical balls out gaming fun! Yes - what a new concept for reviewers / "hardcore" gamers to grasp - a system that is actually letting you play games with no serious point to them apart from fun!!
IMHO that is exactly what has been missing from the industry for a long long time & I'm not sure reviewers are ready to admit that there are some games out there that, sure, you can pick holes in all the cosmetic aspects but what are they actually like to play and get real VFM for?!?
My main ammunition for this thread concerns the games I own at the min (Redsteel, Sports & Rayman) - I can honestly say that they are all genuinely fun to play with the Wii's control system and taking Sports & Rayman - they have absolutely no point to them really at all. Isn't this what people play the majority of games for - fun whilst wasting time?
Critics have given luke warm reviews in the main (altho some are on the appreciative side) regarding Redsteel - yes it is an average FPS but with the control system like no other on any console next gen or not - it becomes a game worth playing, doesn't it??
I know that games like these will only develop further into what the reviewers are calling for now but come-on for godsake give the devs time to get to grips and utilise the power of the Wii, which cannot be anywhere near fully explored - these titles are still fun and unusual to play and by the end of 2007 people will be doing things with the wiimote they never thought possible!!! (perverts not included )