The Metacritic web page for the PlayStation 5 model of Sonic Frontiers is presently being review-bombed, seemingly in response to the newest video from in style gaming YouTuber Videogamedunkey. As you’d anticipate, Sonic stans are coming again simply as laborious, defending the virtues of the blue hedgehog’s newest 3D journey. Sonic diehards declare Dunkey viewers are behind the bombing, however in an odd twist, the YouTuber maintains that Sonic followers are behind the bombardment.
That mentioned, there’s no disputing that Dunkey’s new video goes in fairly laborious on Sonic Frontiers, mocking its purported “open-zone gameplay” by exhibiting situations of the sport limiting his motion, amongst different criticisms. The video ends with a collection of side-by-side comparisons, meant to look absurd, that present the sport’s excessive Metacritic consumer rating relative to these of a number of different beloved video games.
On the time he recorded, Sonic Frontiers had an 8.8 Metacritic consumer rating in comparison with Breath of the Wild’s 8.7, Elden Ring’s 7.8, and Hades’ 8.8. Shortly after the video debuted, Dunkey shared a screenshot on Twitter exhibiting three 0-scored consumer evaluations from Metacritic customers with “Dunkey” of their show names, alleging that “Sonic followers are assessment bombing their very own favourite sport to make [his] followers look unhealthy.”
One of many screencapped assessment bombs reads “I believed I favored this sport at first, however then I noticed Dunkey’s video about it, after which I spotted that this sport is definitely actually BAD.” One other says that the creator, “had no opinion on the sport however after seeing Dunkey’s assessment [they] got here to the conclusion that this sport simply will not be good” earlier than suggesting readers try extra of Dunkey’s movies.
Whereas all three of these evaluations are presently now not on Metacritic, Kotaku has discovered loads of others that stay up, including to Sonic Frontiers PS5’s sudden string of 0-scored consumer evaluations.
Later, Dunkey added one other tweet to his thread: “In the long run, far more optimistic evaluations are being left than damaging (and it’s 90% Sonic followers leaving each), and my intention was by no means to ship assessment bombers.”
Numerous Sonic Frontiers consumer evaluations point out Dunkey, together with an ideal rating from “Dunkeywaswrong” that hails it as “the very best 3D Sonic since Sonic Journey 2.” One other consumer writes “Dunkey followers assessment bombing solely elevated rating ;).” Consumer Shaydows writes that they “would have given this an 8, however because of Dunkey’s followers I needed to change it to a ten.” Lengthy story brief, yet one more instance of online game followers utilizing Metacritic as an ideological battleground.
Kotaku reached out to Videogamedunkey for remark.
On the time of writing, Sonic Frontiers has an 8.5 consumer metascore on PS5, an 8.5 on PC, and an 8.3 on Xbox Collection X.