Review bombing becomes the most significant problem on the review aggregate website Metacritic.
Over the past few years, we saw user scores for a number several of high profile Nintendo Switch games plummet on release.
Besides, this happened to Let’s Go, Eevee! and Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! in 2018.
Along with Astral Chain in 2019, moreover, recently Animal Crossing: New Horizons earlier this year.
A lot of the time, these zero out of 10 user scores dished out by people who not even played the games yet.
Metacritic seemingly fed up with this and distinct to take action against these disgruntled gamers by implementing a 36-hour delay to all user-written video game reviews
after seeking advice from data-driven research, industry experts, and critics.
Here a statement about the new waiting period from a Metacritic spokesperson.
“We recently implemented the 36 hour waiting period for all user reviews in our games section to ensure our gamers had time to play these games before writing reviews.
This fresh waiting period for user review has rolled out across Metacritic’s Game section and based on data-driven research and with the input of critics and industry experts.”
According to Eurogamer, this fresh waiting period went live earlier this week.
Before user reviews open, there is now a message asking players to ‘please spend some time playing the game.’
Moreover, it’s hard to say how effectual this will be against review bombing.
Nintendo’s new “Paper Mario: The Origami King” is one of the first games to test this fresh system and at the time of writing its user score was 6.1 out of 10.
Many of them shred their thoughts regarding the delay Metacritic placed on user reviews.
Stay tuned for more news and updates.