Some of you guys are such hypocrites. I said PSM gave too weak of a review and it got a "high ranking" (8).
No. No, you didn't. You said:
I just got my PSM today in the mail and the dumb bitch only gave the game an 8/10. I usually never agree with PSM and their reviewers. For the original Shadow hearts review, they only gave it a 6.5 or a 7. They are idiots. Just thought I would put that out there.
The reason her review pissed me off was the only reason she graded it down was because Yuri wasn't in it. It was a poorly done review, it seemed like she didn't grade the game itself, but she just was mad that it was a new story and that is how she graded it.
She mentioned nothing about Yuri in the review, but did mention how the new cast wasn't as strong as the old cast, which is a completely valid complaint. I don't believe the cast is nearly as strong as Covenant's. I disliked Johnny, didn't think much of anything of Natan, thought Mao was useless and flat out didn't care about anyone but Frank, and even he wasn't that great. While XSEED's translation is top-notch, I never once felt attached to the characters.
The writing style of a print-magazine review is going to be far different than an online review, specifically because of space. I never had more than 500 words to work with in reviews of any kind when I wrote for the UNLV paper, but my RPGFan reviews regularly exceed 1500 words. When a title doesn't have a large imprint on the industry, the review is going to be much more concise. I think that the review is just fine, she touched on the major points (increased difficulty, new setting, changed cast) that the reader of a magazine is going to care about. Again, consider your audience. Don't you remember English 101?
I think you're also confusing quite a bit between a 'fan' and a 'fanboy'.
We'll use Urban Dictionary to compare.
Fan: A person who has interest or likes something, or somebody. Can refer to many things including sports, movie stars, food/drink and so on. Basically anybody that likes something.
Fanboy: A passionate fan of various elements of geek culture (e.g. sci-fi, comics, Star Wars, video games, anime, hobbits, Magic the Gathering, etc.), but who lets his passion override social graces.
Now, as much as I enjoy RPGs, I don't believe I'm a fanboy to the genre - there are far more RPGs that I dislike than there are games that I really enjoy. If you could call me a fanboy to anything, it would be to Firaxis games, which I buy the day they're released, regardless of reviews or other information about the game. Now, if the site were called "RPGFanBoy", I might be inclined to agree. Not in this case, however.
For a game that you haven't even played, you certainly are defending the cast quite a bit. Your original, unedited post was nothing more than anger over something you haven't had any hands-on experience with, and even your edit made little sense with the initial comment. 'She gave it an 8, the dumb bitch' and 'oh, well, she's just mad about the new cast' when the new cast is a valid issue in regards to the title don't back each other up.
Remember, an argument is a conclusion plus reasons. An opinion is simply a conclusion. You have to remember that your reasons have to be relevant to your argument.