Group attacks Mass Effect 3 on Metacritic and the aggregating website bites back
The aggregating review website, Metacritic, has been forced to delete some of its Mass Effect 3 user reviews as a single group attack the site/game with a unified effort to spam pages for BioWare’s action RPG, which hit stores today in the USA.
As the game was snapped up by eager fans in the States this morning, an usually large number of Metacritic users began to give increasingly negative reviews to the game on all 3 platforms. The site was tipped off to the issue as it became clear that all the negative users appear to have reviewed no other games, apparently creating accounts specifically to give poor marks to the latest Mass Effect 3.
As i sat down to write this, the game had a user score of 4.7 or “generally unfavorable”. Say that this completely contradicts critic reviews which have rewarded the game 94 out of 100 or ” universal acclaim”.
In a statement to made to the guys over at Kotaku, Metacritic editor-in-chief Marc Doyle said:
We encourage all users to familiarize themselves with these terms and report any abuse they find. Those terms can be found here.
If you spot something which you think is an abuse of those terms while logged into the site, please report it using the ‘Report Abuse’ link next to each User Review.”
So what do you think? Does this spam group have a point or are they really just barking up the wrong tree?
Sound off on your thoughts below.