I read magazines and website reviews of games and usually is the amateur reviews done on sites like gamefaqs that show just how lazy and uninformed these professional game reviewers are.
I don’t know if most game reviewers think of reviewing games as some sort of stepping stone to a better journalism career, but most of the time they aren’t doing what they are paid to do.
Most of the time their review is marred by personal bias, mostly because the actual reviewer was given a genre of game that he either does not like, or has no experience with. Players who like this genre of games will therefore find his review largely useless. As there will be little in the way of any in depth analysis of the game, or trying to draw comparisons between other games of the genre in order to give the reader an idea of how the game plays.
Fighting game reviewers are notorious for this, usually rounding off a review with “For some mindless button mashing fun, Fighting Game A is the game for you.” No wonder you have people mashing controllers and arcade sticks.
These reviewers usually end up being obsessed with a big RTS or FPS title such as Counterstrike or Starcraft, and only being able to do shallow write-ups on those genres histories, seemingly thinking that the FPS genre sprung out of nowhere with Wolfenstein 3D. Unable to draw links with earlier games such as Ultima Underworld and Mercenary and genres like the Rail Style Shooter(Operation Wolf) or Overhead Shooter(Commando).
In my opinion either they should get their act together something that they get PAID to do, or either someone puts together a magazine or show or website that caters to hardcore gamers of all genres, having a specialised reviewer for each genre, that knows about the ‘scene’ of that genre, and who has some decent gaming skills to back up his reviews, basically the only reason I buy magazines anymore is upcoming game news and game pics.
And yes, this is probably too long to read.