36/40 seems like a good score. And S/M isn't really a bad game gameplay wise either...what's your point?
As in SM had 38/40 so this (USUM) scoring less would just add fuel to the fire for those who are criticizing these games. Ever since the games got leak, people have been pretty down on them for its content even tho its pretty much what you expect for third versions. Honestly most people on this site have been fine about it, but on other sites its a whole other story to the point that they say that GameFreak shouldn't be making the main games anymore.
Who hates it? Also S/M is a fresh air and does new things and many liked it.
I was talking about USUM. Again you have to see other more Pokemon centric sites that are complaining about them. The games have leaked so people know what content it has. Although it has pretty much the content you would expect from these versions, people are being really annoying about because it did not add some things (even tho it added new pokemon something that third versions never do). I understand not wanting to play through Alola again (its been only a year) or not having time to play it due to the Switch etc, but some are complaining because it didn't meet their ridiculous expectations.
Uhh...you do know that Pokemon has a long history of releasing two games for each mainline game right? I mean sure, we didn't get Z but it wouldn't have done much in the long run besides getting both the legends from the two games they are stuck in exclusively.
.....I don't recall third version games ever releasing two games. (sorry if I was not clear that I was still talking about USUM). Crystal, Emerald and Platinum all had one versions and while I consider B2/W2 have some expects of being a third version game, those had an excuse of being a sequel which is why they were split in two. Based on everything we know of USUM, its content is basically what you expect from a third version, but instead of getting one game we got two (since it worked for B2W2). Its possible Pokemon "Z" would have been split in two since it worked out well for B2W2 sales wise.
But anyways, I know in the long run its a minority that are complaining about it, but its just really annoying to see. Its fine if they don't want to play it, just don't be annoying about it >: and hope that Gen 8 has the things you want.