A few days ago, Polygon made quite the splash in gaming news circles when editor Russ Pitts updated his review of EA’s SimCity reboot, downgrading the score from 9/10 to 8/10 and once again to 4/10. He did this on the basis that the game’s servers, which players were required to connect to even in single-player, were inadequate for supporting the large number of people playing during launch.
This certainly wouldn’t be the first time a publication has changed their review score... However, this is definitely the most significant case of a review score change yet, since it has occurred in the wake of a game that, for all intents and purposes, functions and performed objectively differently upon release than it did in the hands of reviewers who played it early. From this, the following question can be raised:
“Is it okay for publication to change their review scores?”