Telltale devs caught fiddling Metacritic scores
Staff at Telltale Games have been exposed for lavishing praise upon the studio's latest work. Jurassic Park: The Game, on review aggregation site Metacritic.
Two members of the game's development team, one a user interface artist and the other a cinematic artist, awarded the game maximum scores and heaped praise upon the game.
One described the game as "a mix between Heavy Rain and LA Noire," and returned the next day to post the exact same review, word for word, under a different username.
Jurassic Park: The Game launched on Wednesday, and Gamespot, which had been unable to secure review code from Telltale, noticed that on Wednesday afternoon the game had an average user score on Metacritic of ten, based on four reviews. By searching for their usernames they found LinkedIn pages that confirmed the users' roles at Telltale.
A Telltale spokesperson told Gamespot: "Telltale Games do not censor or muzzle its employees in what they post on the internet. However, it is being communicated internally that anyone who posts in an industry forum will acknowledge that they are a Telltale employee.
"In this instance, two people who were proud of the game they worked on, posted positively on Metacritic under recognisable forum and XBLA account names."
At the time of writing the game's average user score has dipped to 4.3.