I haven't seen this in the other reviewing threads, and I personally LOVE the style Kotaku uses to review this game. I think that it is immensely immersing and gives the reader a great idea of the average response to this game. A much better tactic than what I've seen elsewhere.
The one thing I notice is that the reviewer seems to be getting a better idea of how the game is to be played. It seems that the learning curve for the average player is steep, but there are a few fundamentals that I think are incredibly important in becoming part of an MMO in the SE realm. You don't see this elsewhere, but the return value of joining a great Linkshell makes the game over a hundredfold more enjoyable.
From my experience, even the leves, which become tedious when soloing, are incredibly fun, even if you are wiping repeatedly because the one who started it thought it would be hilarious to set it too high. Even if the rewards don't scale very well on those first few ranked leves (r1 and r10), it is still immensely fun to learn to cooperate, though the partying system is not perfected. It being the case that SE has already attempted tweaking the party system, and are most assuredly doing more to balance it, I think a lot of reviews need to take into account the glory of working with an LS to succeed.
I think this review portion does an excellent job displaying the growing affection of a person who gives the time and energy to dedicate themselves to this game. However, it is clear that the reviewer is still having difficulties finding a true calling in the game.
What are your thoughts?