Metacritic Implements 36-Hour Delay On User Reviews
Review aggregate website Metacritic has implemented a new 36-hour delay on its user-written reviews starting with recent releases such as Ghosts Of Tsushima and Paper Mario: The Origami King. Review bombing has been an issue for developers for some time now and while there have been efforts to tackle it on platforms like Steam, Metacritic user reviews have continued to be an issue. That could start to change soon, as a waiting period is now being put in place for reviewing new releases.
Metacritic user reviews do not verify if a user has completed or played a game. In February a user of Reset Era orchestrated the review bombing of AI: The Somnium Files, due to the user’s grudge with the game’s content. Though the exact motivation was never clear, the user initially they claimed they did it specifically to prove how easy it was to manipulate a userscore on Metacritic, citing how Warcraft III: Reforged became the lowest rated game on Metacritic.
Metacritic is apparently fed up with this and has decided to take action against these disgruntled gamers by implementing a 36-hour time limit for all video game reviews written by users – after seeking advice from researchers, critics and data-driven industry experts.
Here is a statement about the new “waiting period” for a Metacritic spokesperson:
“We recently implemented the 36 hour waiting period for all user reviews in our games section to ensure that our players have time to play these games before writing their reviews. This new waiting period for user reviews was rolled out in the Games section of Metacritic and was based on data-driven research and with input from critics and industry experts. ”
“spend some time playing the game”.
“It is difficult to say how effective it will be against examination bombing. New version of Nintendo Paper Mario: The king of origami is one of the first games to test this new system, and at the time of writing, its user score is 6.1 out of 10.“
Now, Metacritic users who try to review a game before the delay has passed will be met with a message asking them to “please spend some time playing the game”. Whether or not this strategy will have any effect on review bombing practices remains to be seen.