Metacritic Refuses To Pull Review GameSpot Took Down
GameSpot replaced its original, “factually inaccurate” review of Natural Selection 2, scored at 60/100, with a new review that gave the game an 80/100, but MetaCritic is not revising the review entry.
Last week, GameSpot reviews editor Kevin VanOrd pulled his site’s review of Natural Selection 2, which was written by a freelancer, citing “several inaccuracies” and apologizing to his readers after they vehemently pointed out the numerous errors. GameSpot later ran a re-review by a new writer who scored the game an 80/100.
However, the original review remains on Metacritic, a 60/100 with a dead link to the full review. Speaking with Kotaku, Metacritic head Marc Doyle explained that they have a one-shot policy for all reviews and all gaming outlets.
“Yes, the critics we track know—and I spoke to the GameSpot team about this this week – that we only accept the first review and first score published for a given game. I’m explicit about this policy with every new publication we agree to track. It’s a critic-protection measure, instituted in 2003 after I found that many publications had been pressured to raise review scores (or de-publish reviews) to satisfy outside influences. Our policy acted as a disincentive for these outside forces to apply that type of inappropriate pressure.”
VanOrd had this to say about the issue:
“The review had multiple factual inaccuracies that cast a shadow over the entire piece, so we chose to pull it and reassign, which is a rarity, of course.”
It’s unfortunate that the real loser here is the Natural Selection 2 development team, whose game is tarnished by that 60. Do you believe Metacritic should pull the review, or do you think it’s up to the individual review outlets to ensure they can stand by the reviews they put out?