The Review Delay


Metacritic have decided to make a small change to their user review process after the massive critical tirade of The Last of Us 2 and other similar situations in which reviews were bombarded with negative reception for many different reasons, some of which have nothing to do with the actual game. The main change in particular is that the game will only allowed to be reviewed once it has been out for at least 36 hours but critics will still get to review it first.

This is an interesting change to me and seems to be missing the point slightly. If anything this will just delay the negative reviews coming out about games ever so slightly, it won’t actually stop the negativity. Maybe there will be a way in future to link profiles to a game so you can prove that you have indeed played the game but the fact still stands that people will still bandwagon upon hatred of a game even if they have played it and that these type of sour comments can’t be taken off the site without restricting actual user reviews. If this does happen it will set a frightening example of silencing critical reception of games but nonetheless it’s interesting to see Metacritic actually take a stance on something like this for once, let’s see if they do anything to build on it.

That’s all for now, and as always. It’s not just a game, It’s a Life.

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