>I'm probably jaded because I'm tired of it, but I'm >surprised to see it getting such high reviews. It seems >like no one is ever willing to fault the high-profile games >in major reviews.
See, this is an issue with game reviews in general. Review scores are predominantly based on how well a developer pulls off what they were attempting. Just because you don't necessarily still enjoy what BF2 brings to the table doesn't mean it deserves low reviews or to be faulted.
Hell, if reviews worked like you mention, every Age of Empires/Empire Earth/Rise of Nations whatever style RTS game that comes out from here on (including AoE 3) deserves to get panned miserably, cus personally I've always really disliked that style of RTS.