There is such a huge difference between the ratings game sites give games, and the ratings the players give the same games.
I don't know what these game reviewers are doing, but I don't like their methods and never listen to their reviews.
Games like Carnival Games. Sure it's not (even close to) the best game on the Wii, but it is fun. Gamespot gave it a 4.5, while the users gave it a 7.0.
Most of their reviews complain based on what games don't have. "This game doesn't have online, -1 point!", "This game isn't halo 3, -1 point!".
Well I don't have a flying car. Doesn't mean life sucks.
First they need to start reviewing based on the actual content of the game. How it handles, sounds and looks. Not how they want it to handle, sound and look.
Having expectations is fine, but allowing them to affect reviews is flawed.
Sure, the user side is also flawed as we are generally proud of our game collections and prone to give higher reviews, but I would say over-all they are more accurate and fair.
Us users are very vocal when we don't like a game.
I was getting a Wii points card yesterday, and came across a $20 game called Anubis 2. I read the reviews on IGN and they gave it a 2.0. The users are around 4.5. I had to check it out just to see if it's that bad.
After playing through the first two levels of this game, I can't for the life of me see why it got a 2.0. It's a $20 game. Don't expect Mp;3 level production.
I haven't come across any of the glitches they talk about. Most of the review calls it shovelware and complains about what it lacks. This game isn't easy, but it's playable. For $20 you get what you pay for. I would give it around a 5, and plan on playing it more.
Despite what the reviewing sites say, this game is perfect for those on a budget looking for a cheap adventure, not retarded kids with the intelligence of an M&M. They have even lowered to insulting people that actually like the games they don't.
Game reviewers, if you're that bitter you have to play a game that isn't your genre, maybe you shouldn't be reviewing it in the first place.
So if you like a game, let your opinion be heard despite what people paid to review a game say. Us players, the ones that buy the games to actually have fun with them know what we're doing.