It seems there is another fake review scandal over at Metacritic. It seems the site has been inundated with fake positive reviews for Assassin’s Creed Origins, specifically the PlayStation 4 version of the game. The funny thing about it is the reviews are so similar and the usernames are so obvious you can tell they are fake.
Here is an example, “Great game and amazing ac game, great comeback for assassins creed series, best ac game since assassins creed black flag in 2013. modern day is great too,” say reviews from users frf34343434, fgtg45545454 and ffjhrd8748934.
Metacritic co-founder Marc Doyle told Kotaku that they are aware of the situation and that this is not the first time something like this has happened.
“It’s not a frequent occurrence – maybe 2 – 3 games a year,” he said. “We’ve been moderating those reviews (and suspending those accounts – most off of which [sic] had one single review in their history). The people doing it appear to be changing it up with the chunk of text they keep replicating, but our moderators are working overtime to combat it.”
Now the big question is who is behind all of these fake reviews? The game developers? Online trolls? I mean if I wanted my game to look good I think I would choose another direction than these obviously fake reviews.