There is always a problem with writing reviews of matters of taste… specifically, the whole “one man’s DC is another man’s Marvel” or however the statement goes.
I know that *I* enjoy games like Space Invaders… but let’s say that this new game comes out. Galaga, say. How to review it in a meaningful way? Do you set Space Invaders as a baseline and explain what Galaga has pretty much the same (shooting up at aliens), pretty much improved upon (two ships shooting at once!), or pretty much abandoned (no shields)? Does Galaga deserve to be reviewed in a vacuum (no pun intended) as if Space Invaders didn’t exist? How do I best communicate to you, the reader, whether it’s worth dropping a token for? A letter grade communicates next to nothing. 4 or 5 composite scores averaged together tells only a little bit more… and, really, my saying “this game is a solid B+, could have been an A with shields!” tells you nothing but “Jaybird liked it” and that tells you only a little bit more than a composite score.
Anyway, I’ve got a preliminary review roiling about in my head for Dragon Age II. I like it… but I have no idea how much that tells you.