Originally Posted by daviejams
It's the new Deus Ex game of course it's popular , according to wikipedia the series has sold 4.5m units
You are using the wrong metric to define popularity, not to mention putting the last game under the umbrella of the whole series. Would you consider No Man's Sky popular? That game has almost eleven times more reviews on Steam than the new Deus Ex game and also:
The game was the top downloaded title from the PlayStation Store in the month of August 2016. Physical sales of No Man's Sky across both PlayStation 4 and Windows in August 2016 made it the second-highest selling game in North America by revenue that month, according to NPD Group. SuperData Research stated that for the month of August 2016, No Man's Sky was the second highest grossing game in digital sales across all consoles, and sixth-highest for PC.
Yet we all know that the game isn't popular. Many people having knowledge about the game or having bought it doesn't mean that they like it or want to buy it in case they haven't, or keep it before running out of the 2 hour Steam refund window.
Originally Posted by Charcharo
The popularity of the game should not be the most significant factor else we would be reviewing light games like CS GO and LoL and at most medium hard (on the hardware) World of Tanks.
Sure all those games are important and IMHO some reviews should include them as they matter a lot. With that said, they just wont push hardware well enough.
*And how hard something is on the hardware has zero bearing on its status as art or quality.
Yes, but no. First of all, CS:GO and LoL and World of Tanks were not released this year (nor last year), so they fall out of the criteria we are talking about here. In any case, they could go in a second category as it's still relevant to see how they do on all cards, not just mid-range or entry-level.
Games being selected should be regarded as both good - thus desirable and because of that people want to know how they perform - and demanding, so we can get a look at how the GPUs perform under stress.