We are in an era where reviews play a big part of a games success. Gamers these days rely on other people's opinions, and if it doesn't have the score they think a worthwhile game should have, they don't buy it. I know plenty of people who only buy games if their favorite gaming website gives it a 9 or higher. It's quite pathetic. If it's not the scores, it's the comparisons. People are always comparing games, and each genre has its gem(like Skyrim is now to RPG's, or what COD is to shooters). Every game in that genre will now be compared to that gem, and if it isn't as good or too different, it is completely forgotten by people. This also affects reviews.
Two Worlds II is a good example. It's an open world fantasy RPG. Everyone compares it to the popular Elder Scrolls series. But why? It's a different game, enjoy it for what it is. "But I can only be human, and it doesn't have a 1st person view, and the voice acting sucks, and the combat is clunky". Well, if you weren't focusing on the things that you think ES did better, maybe you would enjoy the freaking game for the great things that it offered! Maybe if you would just stop comparing, you would see that it was a great game in its own right! Like the superb magic system, or the fun Archery leveling system, and the diverse environments that it offers, and the fact that you can drive Boats!! It's a fun game. But to you, Elder Scrolls is better so it's not worth playing it am I right? I'm sorry, but that's not what being a gamer is about.
Am I the only one that enjoys video games without caring for reviews or mainstream popularity? I can enjoy any video game. Heck, I enjoyed the first Two Worlds which is considered one of the worst games by many people. I enjoyed Dantes Inferno even though people laughed at it and trashed it for being a God of War wannabe. I enjoyed Hunted: The Demon's Forge even though it got 5's and 6's. I enjoyed Homefront even though not many people liked it. I know you can enjoy these games too, because those games are fun. But you're brainwashed and blinded by reviews and popular opinions. Reviews should not matter. I dare you to go to Gamestop and buy a game you know nothing about, and play it. Stop living in the mainstream world, and remember Video Games are for fun.