There were many issues that impacted on the final quality of the movie. Many things were cut and there quality issues that were unavoidable considering the measly budget. But I guess it's an easy target for a hater.
There's also the comparison to what was done for an actual theatrical release, and what was done for, say, Wing Commander 4 which was for the most part a movie with a few interactive portions. Given the quality of WC4's production, there's not really much excuse at all for the movie.
Tip for you: Read, process, then respond.
I'm not relaying what I know, only what I've discussed with people that know better than I do. 'Consensus' is a word you may want to look up.
Are these people working for CIG? If not, how would they know such things? What qualifications do these people have if you don't mind me asking?
I' sure you realise that parroting a consensus doesn't mean that information is going to be accurate..
"but there's no way Roberts is going to realise his vision without running out of money or significantly scaling back development."
Just what the hell are you talking about? How do you know this exactly?
Oh, that's right, you're just another armchair critic with no actual evidence to back up these ridiculous claims.