I fully agree with all of this apart from the Civ V statement, but that's only because I've never played Civ V.
Civ V is the best game of the series.
Valve are overrated as a developer. Portal a stand out game, but was bought. Their much tallked about management structure is probably the cause of their lacklustre release schedule.
Minecraft is boring.
Nintendo's reputation for innovation is undeserved. Their controllers are poorly designed. Sony has more "innovation" in a single Little Big Planet game than Mario has had since the N64.