This will be an excellent opportunity to filter out the corrupt sites from the genuine ones.
Yeah, because bribes are totally a thing that happens in game reviews.
Totally, I mean what else could it be? The reviewers genuinely enjoyed the game? That's just what they want you to think.
Pre-launch reviews of online portions of games tend to be worthless.
Reviewers play an online game against other reviewers and the development team for a several hours in ideal conditions and then write their review (Battlefield 4 is awesomesauce!), but it takes a lot more time than that to find an online game's strengths and weaknesses (including but not limited to bugs).
Of course, once a game ships interests in reviews probably drops quite a bit (since there is word of mouth), so reviewers who want to matter most/get the most clicks have to review early, even if they aren't reviewing the game the world will experience.
Aye. Gaming journalism for a very long time has been viewed as a joke. Decades, Even in recent memory, look at what happened to Rab Flowrence. He was actually getting verbal abuse from the gaming industry for calling out Dortio Pope.
Likewise, note how many of the "big" websites opted to ignore it like nothing was happening, it was all a dream. Indeed, Kotaku attempted to ignore it and was eventually forced to address the issue due to one of there own staff members being called out for getting Xbox promo items as "gifts".