Read Up: Critical Distance compiles a weekly round-up of the best games writing around—and today they published a round-up of some the best games writing of the year. Definitely worth perusing: it's been a fantastic year for games criticism. You might even find a new site or author worth following, to boot.
When professional reviewers prepare to review books, movies, or video games, there's a basic understanding that the reviewer won't spoil everything. The reviewer will hold back some details, for the pleasure of their readers or audience.