I must admit I am shocked: not one, but two things that should’ve never happened just happened and both are related to what I considered to be a trustworthy and pro website: IGN. In other words, the website posted a review that had nothing to do with the game reviewed, gave it an insanely low score and now, probably in order to “fix” the problem, they have completely removed the review!
It all started when website IGN US posted a Football Manager 2009 review and awarder it a score of 2 out of 10, even though their UK siblings awarded the game a more understandable 9.1/10. Apparently the US reviewer didn’t know too much about FM or the management sim genre either – or just played the game for25 seconds, since he wrote: “I couldn’t imagine why anybody would prefer Worldwide Soccer Manager to FIFA 09 or Pro Evolution Soccer 2009.” Which is like saying “you should not play Diablo 2 because in Starcraft you can control more little units at the same time and order them to destroy buildings, too!”
However, the shocker came today when I went to IGN’s website to check the US reviews of FM2009: the review simply disappeared and there was no note announcing that. I can understand that IGN probably understood that the problem review was a big, huge error, but that’s not how you should deal with your mistakes. And this will probably hurt IGN big time – or most likely just the reviewer who posted.
Meanwhile, you can go check our own Football Manager 2009 review.
Update: IGN US has posted an “excuse message” instead of the removed review. “We missed the mark — that’s the only way to explain why we’ve pulled the U.S. review of Worldwide Soccer Manager 2009 off our site,” writes Jeremy Dunham, Games Editorial Manager and promises that a “more accurate” review will be posted soon. So… what’s your opinion on the matter?