I’ve read a lot of reviews of the game and I think the issue is the precise opposite of what you’re describing. I also think it’s pretty crap to snipe at Alice and her review, and not a good look for you, especially if you want people to think the game is cool, not that people who like the game are the kind of “ACTUALLY…” nerd deal. Claiming stuff like RPS being “too cool for school” is just deeply unconvincing, and same with “hyped itself out”. RPS isn’t a singular entity. RPS is a group of different people. No-one is “hyped out”.
Alice is less wildly positive than some reviewers because the game doesn’t speak to her in the same way, and I think her review makes it pretty clear why that is. The game is obtuse, and it’s a mixture of well-written and quite clunky, not some soaring work of continual brilliance (unlike a couple of reviews, including PC Gamer, have implied). I note Kiril also points this out. Alice is, I’m pretty sure, a little bit smarter and sharper, and definitely more aware of good and bad writing than 95% of reviewers, so less taken in by the long words and over-the-top sentence construction (which borders on purple prose) which DE uses of.
Also I’m pretty sure it is SF, as in Speculative Fiction, it’s not “sci-fi”, so that’s a bit of a weird thing to say.
I mean, maybe you want John Walker to come back and give it a Bestest Best? He totally would. In a heartbeat. Trouble is, he gave Bestest Bests to literally every 6/10-or-better game with a certain indie aesthetic that appealed to him, and thus made them utterly meaningless.
EDIT - I also note that by basically denying that the game has any flaws, when the more intelligent publications note that it clearly does, and saying it’s all unfairness and people should just overlook it because the game is so great, you’re getting into really bad territory, and exactly the kind of territory which leads to inferior sequels, rather than superior ones.