Jbumi commented on GZ Roundtable: What's wrong with game reviews?:
From what I've seen, the biggest problem with reviews is the comments section. If you don't agree with the reviewers opinion, that doesn't make them (or you) wrong. You just have different tastes. (i.e. I HATE fish - won't eat it, can't stand the smell. Does that mean that my friends that eat fish all the time are wrong ((or that I'm wrong for my dislike))? NO! Just a difference of opinion.)
The second problem I find is that reviews don't answer the issues I may have with a game. For example, I can't stand when the only save option is a single save slot that the game saves to at points of its choosing. I find these games generally annoying as it's too easy to paint yourself into a corner leaving you no recourse but to start all over. Many reviewers never mention that this is how the game's set up. They spend too much time telling me the story (I don't want that spoiled). At this point, we know 99% of games have a story. The reviewer could say whether they enjoyed it & such without going in-depth.
I just wish reviewers would focus more on the gameplay mechanics & if they work well. I wish readers who don't agree with a review would be respectful in the comments section.
I hope people keep writing reviews - I use them when I'm on the fence about a game. A well written review can help give you the perspective needed to assist your purchasing decision.