That’s a very entertaining write up. It also shows very clearly how what you expect determines what you see, for good or ill. Given that the writer is offering impressions, not a formal review, that’s perfectly fine, because I think a lot of what most gamers get out of games what they take into them. And if you take in the same sort of baggage, it’s more likely you’ll come away with a similar viewpoint on the title.
Also, nothing in there contradicts the equally heartfelt criticisms made about the game. It’s entirely possible to have a buggy, ugly, janky, frustrating, poorly balanced and grossly unfair game that is also amazingly compelling, internally consistent, and viscerally satisfying. It just may not be everyone’s cup of tea.
For me, definitely a “wait for the sale” title though.