One reviewer described EVE best as an MMO that made deep-space exploration into a boring mess of spreadsheets and that EVE players are to nerds what nerds are to normal people.
Find a better example.
What some people describe the game as has no meaning since it's an example of a sandbox game. Nothing more. It's probably the best example of a Sandbox game currently. And if they described the game like that, I don't really think that player is a player that enjoys that total freedom that EVE gives.
I don't play EVE anymore, but I'd describe it, as if it has any relevance at all to it being used as an example of sandbox game; A space game where you set your own limits.
If you don't get involved in the Player vs Player environment of the game, you really can't say you have played EVE to the full. And as a reviewer, unless you've played for a longer time, you can't really judge the game. It's a game that takes a long time to fully understand, to fully experience.
What better full sandbox game example can you give me?