Update: This has been misinterpreted in several places. As it turns out, Sega isn't de-listing reviews from Metacritic; they're "de-listing" in terms of retail. They just won't make their low-scoring (i.e., the Metacritic reference) titles available to the public anymore. Sorry for the confusion.
You know how little kids cover their eyes after doing something bad, as if to say, "it didn't happen! If I don't see it, it didn't happen; it's not my fault"?
To get a look at how critics receive a particular title, fans flock to sites like Metacritic and GameRankings. It's basically doing your homework before opting to drop the cash. …but what if the game you searched for wasn't there? In order to "increase the value of the brand," Sega has actually de-listed certain low-scoring Sonic games at Metacritic. You know, so they don't "confuse the consumer." This according to MCV citing Sega Senior Vice President, Jurgen Post.
"Any Sonic game with an average Metacritic has been de-listed. We have to do this and increase the value of the brand. This will be very important when more big Sonic releases arrive in the future.
We could make a lot of money on back-catalogue Sonic titles, but let’s keep the number of Sonic games available under control. Otherwise you can have cannibalisation. If there are ten Sonic games on the shelves, with people seeing Sonic Rush DS or Sonic Rush Adventure, this may not help our overall strategy."
Sega is preparing to launch a few new Sonic titles soon, including the more old-fashioned downloadable for the PSN/XBLA, Sonic 4 , as well as Sonic Colors and Sonic Free Riders . Basically, Sega says they want to cater to both old and new fans of the speedy blue icon, and they don't want past failures tainting the new projects.
But…you can't erase your past. You did it. It's there. They're really going to take crappy Sonic games off Metacritic just because they were crappy? What if that starts to be the vogue thing to do…? Honestly, we didn't even know you could do this.