I am extremely not interested in the definition of "criticism" that is like "distinguish good media from bad media".
I demand a word that means "engaging with a work in a very active, literary, external-to-the-work way" that is not just the same word as "saying that a thing is bad"
@jennamagius Agree, it's definitely good to have an idea about something; I like textual reviews for that. There are so many subtleties to a game, and actually when someone writes enthusiastically and specifically about why they love something it's a joy to me, even if I don't understand or it wouldn't appeal in the same way. Or, conversely, if they say specifically things that turned them off (which can be quite varied and valid in so many ways.)