One very weird thing I’ve started catching glimpses of via Twitter is a notion that the reviews for the game either were too critical of it or didn’t praise it in the right way(?). I get the impression that the portion of gamers who often snub their nose at critics were convinced that a tough-as-nails game like this wouldn’t appeal to game reviewers 'coz they’re not “Real Gamers” or something of that sort.
But…almost all of the reviews written have been universally positive, maybe one having a silly comparison to Dark Souls, or a few mentioning that the difficulty could put people off. This feels like a subsection of the gaming audience who have such an entrenched viewpoint on game critics that they’ll invent these sorts of self-fulfilling prophecies in order to validate that preconceived notion.
I know this isn’t really related to the game itself, but the culture surrounding it continues to be this bizarre microcosm of the attitudes those groups have about the field of game critique.