IGN and GameSpot didn't like it.
What I find funny is when people complain about the name Environ. Yeah, because planet Earth is such a great name!
Considering what games they DO like, I dont put much stock (or any whatsoever) into their opinions.
As others have said, sure, it's not a GOOD thing......
......but the number of players that go to or use either of those sites has been dropping (seriously, sit in any gaming community long enough and ALL YOU HEAR about those two is things along the lines of "Yeah, IGN sucks, nobody likes them anymore", or crap like that) and really, I have a hard time seeing the "casual" gaming audience getting into THIS one ANYWAY.
Still, I have had a look at their review, and..... well, "FACEDESK" pretty much sums up what I think of it.
Let's look at this line:
"That exploration lies at the heart of A Valley Without Wind, and it's where you'll find the most fun--that is, if mining nodes for hours on end without much knowledge of where the right ones are sounds exciting."
........The game makes it about as easy as concievably possible to find EXACTLY the kinds of nodes you are looking for. It takes me FIVE MINUTES to find at least a couple of gem nodes in any cave. LESS than that if I'm looking for stashes in buildings (know the right type of building, and you can find one WHEN YOU ENTER THE BUILDING).
It's not bloody rocket science, and in all honesty, out of ALL of the randomly-generated games out there (be they Minecraft, DF's adventure mode, various large roguelikes, other things), this is the only one where I've NEVER ONCE GOTTEN LOST EVER. The way the maps work make it easy to get what you need.
Also note, these same people will happily play Minecraft...... a game where you REALLY DO often need to spend hours in caves looking for ores, and there are NO HINTS EVER as to where they are..... but they have to do..... er..... next to none of that in THIS game (comparatively), but WHINE about it? It sounds to me more like they werent grasping certain concepts correctly (or at all).
As I already said, I dont put much stock in their thoughts. And it's not just this game, or some "fanboyness" that makes me say that. I play mostly indie games..... since most console releases bore me..... and I find that, if it's not a BIG console release, Gamespot and IGN are bloody useless for it. I stopped going to them as soon as I really got into indie gaming. There are other, better places to go that tend to understand this sort of game a bit better. And I do think alot of the audience that will enjoy this game isnt the sort that hangs around either of those sites very much.
Quick disclaimer: Not trying to bash Minecraft up there. I love the hell outta Minecraft. Was just a good way to make a point. Er. I think. I havent had my caffiene yet....
EDIT: If I sound a bit snappy here, I apologize. I indeed have not had caffiene yet and it makes me really irritable. That is to say, more irritable than my usual state of being. So take what I say with a grain of..... of...... dammit I need that caffiene.