Metacritic Removes Several Thousands Of Negative Death Stranding Reviews

Metacritic, which remains without a competitor from tomorrow (as GameRankings is shutting down on the 9th), has removed a ton of negative user reviews of Hideo Kojima‘s new Death Stranding game.

Until yesterday, on a 1-10 scale, Death Stranding had a user average rating of 5.1 with 9355 negative reviews. Now, the average is standing at 7.4, with 2958 negative reviews, meaning 6397 users’ ratings have been deleted, according to this Reddit post. Metacritic has done so without announcing it (at least Valve was open about the situation when it comes to negative review bombed games – a new example of it would be Borderlands 2, as its sequel, Borderlands 3, is an Epic Games Store-exclusive, but since Tim Sweeney’s site has no forums, people use BL2’s Steam discussions…) regarding Kojima Productions‘ game getting a review boost – and it looks like the site has done so with just this game, which is quite suspicious.

On a 1-10 scale, we often see games getting 0, 1, or 10 scores, making the review score average, which is thus getting heavily distorted, irrelevant (at least Steam has done the right thing by implementing a thumbs up/thumbs down system).

Meanwhile, Metacritic has published its best-rated video games list of the past decade, based on the critic reviews, which you can find here. Nintendo has taken two of the top three spots, as Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii) leads the Switch version of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. (The third spot went to the PlayStation 4 version of Red Dead Redemption 2.) The 2019 list is also shaping up. It is lead by Resident Evil 2 Remake (91/100 average score), followed by Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (91), and Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers (also 91).

Let’s hope that Death Stranding didn’t a bit of… special treatment.

Source: PSL, VGC

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