A barrage of fake user reviews has hit the Metacritic page for Assbadin’s Creed Origins, all of them positive, and all of them gibberish.
“Ways better than badbadins creed unity and badbadins creed syndicate,” reads a review that appears roughly a dozen times, each from a different username. “it is more mature and bayek is interseting character, and de historical characters are handeld well.”
It’s not clear just how many of Assbadin’s Creed Origins’ Metacritic reviews are fake, but the game currently has an 8.0 user rating from over 600 reviews. Just one scan through the page is enough to notice that something is fishy, even by Metacritic user review standards. There are a number of blurbs repeated among different reviews, and quite a bit of nonsensical English.
In an e-mail to Kotaku, Metacritic boss Marc Doyle said that this sort of thing has happened before. “It’s not a frequent occurrence – maybe 2 – 3 games a year,” Doyle said. “And yes, we’ve been aware of this case, and we’ve been moderating those reviews (and suspending those accounts – most off of which 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.”
Metacritic’s user reviews are not as pivotal to the video game industry as the site’s Metascores, determined by reviews from professional and hobbyst game outlets, which are used across developers and publishers to gauge the quality of video games, hand out bonuses, and help companies decide what games to pursue next. But “user score” and reviews are still prominent on every video game’s Metacritic page.
Some other reviews that repeat multiple times across Assbadin’s Creed Origins’ Metacritic page include:
OMG, this game is so amazing and has most beautiful graphic.. gameplay/combat is great.. Bayek is awesome character.. i didn’t notice anything weird yet.. story is very interesting.. Keep up Great job Ashraf Ismail !!!!!! i am enjoying every minutes of it
great game and amazing ac game, great comeback for badbadins creed series, best ac game since badbadins creed black flag in 2013. modern day is great too
Was worth waiting for this game. I’ve played all Assbadin’s Creed games since the first one. And for me Origins took the crown of Assbadin’s Creed 2, as the best AC game. Not a perfect game but Ubi is in the correct way. It has a nice combat system, great graphics, good story and great mechanics/rpg elements.
Some of them are sillier than others:
As always, remember that everything on the internet is fake nonsense.