Dave Thier, Forbes- "There’s a common theme amongst fans angry about the ending to Mass Effect 3. None of them seem to believe the reviews, and they’re wondering the same thing: how is it that virtually no professional writers made a mention of what many fans saw as a glaring, inescapable, game-crippling flaw in the ending?
Something seems to be clear here – there’s something wrong in games reviewing. Some have blamed money or advertising dollars, but I don’t think that’s the root problem. The big problem is less sinister than that, though no less dangerous. We just really like games. And we want to like games.
Look at the score system from IGN – Google’s defacto champion of game reviewing. Never mind that reviewing any piece of art out of 100 is a ridiculous endeavor, but look at the actual scores. The vast majority of popular games fall somewhere between 8 and 10, and a competently executed blockbuster will almost never score below a 9.0."