07 December 2019 04:42
Metacritic has confirmed that it removed several user reviews for Death Stranding Every IGN PlayStation First-Party Exclusive Review 228 IMAGES "A number of user generated reviews for Death Stranding were flagged for suspicious activity and have since been removed. Metacritic takes issues of potential score manipulation seriously and has a number of policies in place to maintain score integrity. Moderators regularly review the site and remove any entries that do not fall within our guidelines in addition to a moderation queue where Metacritic users can flag unusual behavior. Moderators then review and remove any entries that violate our terms of service." Loading It was reported overnight on Reddit that Metacritic seemingly removed thousands of negative user ratings for Death Stranding. While this caused the user rating for Death stranding to jump, a Metacritic spokesperson explained that this was done to combat ratings tampering.According to the popular review aggregating website, it seems some Death Stranding user ratings were deemed suspicious.
It should also be noted that only the number ratings were removed, not user reviews as Metacritic users can submit number scores without writing a review. Furthermore, Metacritic's terms of service do mention it can remove user submissions "without notice."We don't know specifically what it was about the removed reviews caused Metacritic to remove them. But, given the practice of review bombing, where users can target specific games with bad ratings for a specific purpose, some organized effort can target a game like Death Stranding.You can read IGN's review for Death Stranding here, or check out our Death Stranding wiki for more of our coverage. Matt Kim is a reporter for IGN. You can reach him on Twitter Death Stranding has been a hit with most critics, but the game was rather predictably review bombed over on Metacritic by users.
This isn't the first time that Metacritic has tidied up its user scores, and it likely won't be the last. We still struggle to wrap our heads around why people would waste their time doing this to begin with. Metacritic has removed over 6,000 negative user reviews from Hideo Kojima's recently released Death Stranding. The user score, which was at a 5.1 yesterday with 9,355 negative reviews, is today at a 7.4 with only 2,958 negative reviews, as discovered by Reddit user "argande." While we can assume Metacritic was taking action against "review bombs" that impacted Death Stranding, the aggregate reviews site has not announced anything about the removals or why they felt the need to do it. There's also no real indication as to why they removed those specific ratings compared to the other negative reviews that still remain. They have also not adjusted any other games (that we know of) that are victims of suspected review bombs recently. Review bombing has become a particularly heated topic in the games industry in the past few years. The practice involves users gathering together to dump negative reviews on games in protest of something, oftentimes without actually playing the game themselves. Review bombing is traditionally tied to an agenda more than the content of the actual game (users aren't wasting their time rating games that are actually bad), as users seek to send a message of protest against publishers, developers, and content or practices that they don't agree with. The legitimacy of user reviews has often been called into question thanks to the lack of nuance and verification if the user even played the game. Users often use a score of 1 for "didn't like it" and 10 for "loved it" which defeats the entire scale and tips the balance of the averages. Several places have begun to put in measures against review bombing. Popular PC storefront Steam allows users to only see reviews between certain time periods and will put up warnings and not count reviews towards a total if they believe a game is being review bombed. For example, they discovered that Borderlands 2 was being review bombed after the announcement that Borderlands 3 would be an Epic Games Store exclusive, so they negated all reviews from a certain time period following that announcement from the total user score. Metacritic recently put out their list of the top 50 games of the decade, according to critic reviews. They also released the list of the top games of this year, with both Resident Evil 2 and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice leading the pack in ratings. [Source: Reddit]