I've had my PS3 hooked up to the Internet before - I have no patience for that. The updates are murder - far worse than Xbox Live.
Actually this is the first PS3 title I've had a problem with. All the other games have run very well without the need for patches. I'm not going to subject myself to on-line headaches for this one game.
Besides, I think a game should be reviewed how it is out-of-the-box, not after the developers took another year to plug up all the holes. After all, not everybody has their systems on the Internet.
I will say that the majority of game patches do tend to install pretty fast though - like a minute or two.
Programmers are too busy figuring out ways to sell dlc to bother with such a tedious task like testing. That's what the consumers are for. They are unpaid game testers.
Its not about using the internet as you see fit for your own enjoyment. Its about having to be online in order to get what you paid for.
So get online. Type in your one-time code. Get your console updated. Install the patches. Purchase the day-one dlc thats already available & stand by with your credit card ready to purchase all of the additional dlc.
He doesn't want to deal with downloads. Seems fair enough to me when the process is as annoying as it is on the PS3.
Especially since a decent percentage of PS3 gamers are offline as well. And someday when the servers are turned off, downloading the patch won't be an option. So there's a slight benefit right there since the review won't become obsolete in the future since he reviewed the product as it shipped on the disc and isn't including software patches in his assessment that will be inaccessible down the road.
As long as the review is up front about the conditions (So offline gamers don't assume he's playing a patched version that is still terribly buggy and so online gamers realize their experience likely will be improved if they download patches that he ignored), I think it's a good idea since it's a different perspective that you usually don't see and it has some relevancy to some people.