We've heard of publishers putting pressure on sources to award games higher scores, but this is new.
The Internet is a-buzz with a user review recently posted at Metacritic: it comes from a user named "Avanost" and apparently, it's more of a promotion than a review. We say "apparently" because the review was removed shortly after it was posted. But here's a snippet from the volunteer analysis:
"The immersion and combat of this game are unmatched! A truly moving and fun epic. Anything negative you’ll see about this game is an overreaction of personal preference. For what it is, it is flawlessly executed and endlessly entertaining."
It was also true that DAII was the only user review Avanost had ever submitted. Come to find out, the "reviewer" is an EA BioWare engineer. Since everyone discovered this disturbing factoid, the review has disappeared and neither EA or BioWare will make any sort of comment. But this is definitely worthy of discussion, don't you think?
It's a user review and not a professional review that will be counted in the Metacritic or GameRankings database, so isn't everyone entitled to that? Or does it make more sense to say that his affiliation with the maker of the game disqualifies him for an opinion? What do you think?
Related Game(s): Dragon Age II