I don't take Gamespot seriously as I think that it has sold out about a decade ago to large corporate interests as it is always pandering to the large, successful game companies and to their series games which had a lot of investment riding on them. Sequel after sequel appear to be highly praised. Good reviews? These are seemingly tied to access to interviews, previews and free games.
Rather than celebrating good gameplay, reviews are often fixed to a preconceived notion of how a 'genre' or game must be. How tiresome. Oh well, computer gaming has grown up. The cottage industry of the eighties is lost. Forever.
Mister Paradox sent me a revealing article about Gamespot.