At least he didn't say "There will be mounted blades for the first time".
I always wondered why excellent indy games got terrible reviews while factory-produced corporate crap games got excellent reviews. Now, I know - they don't even bother to play the indy games; just write reviews based on the box art and press release, and (if you're lucky) a couple screenshots. And let me be frank - most indy games, Mount and Blade included, have a few godawful screenshots associated with them... even if they look good while playing or also have some good screenshots. I can see myself giving it a D if I had to write a review based on a single poorly-chosen screenshot.
Or, preferably, if I was being paid $1M/year by EA to give good grades to EA games and bad grades to all other games. I'd still PLAY the games I gave D's rather than the games I gave A's, of course. Living as the scum of society would probably be rather fun - just like in ponds and politics, the scum may stink, but it still floats to the top.