The snark -- most definitely including the random swipes -- is a major portion of the fun in reading along in this thread. Most definitely do NOT cut down on the snark.I'm afraid I'm going to have to politely disagree with you there. Snark is fun. I find it fun to produce, and fun to read. And quite a lot of other prople find it so as well...
It is the purpose of a reviewer to provide a point of view for the reader's consideration -- in general, the more clear that point of view, the more useful the review will be to the reader. How else are we to judge whether the review is in accord with our own feelings?
And, I certainly would not be in accord with a reviewer who implied that 3e or 4e are unblemished masterpieces of gaming, wholly without fault or shortcoming. So, snark on. plz.