For those of you who may not have heard, Diablo III had a pretty rough launch. A combination of downed servers and an “always-online” requirement has left many players fuming, so much so that some of them have taken to venting their frustrations by bombing the game’s Metacritic user scores.
At the time of this article, the game currently holds an average user score of 3.6/10 (compared to the 87/100 critic score) and has amassed 987 negative reviews out of a total 1569. Many of these reviews stressed the fact that users had been unable to even play through Diablo III’s single player mode, thanks to the game’s always-online requirement.
“The intrusive access control known as DRM (Digital Rights Management) is what really is hurting the game here,” one reviewer wrote. “Not only due to the train-wreck of a launch, but because you can not even play this game without an Internet connection.”
Regardless of what you may think about the increasingly common practice of “metabombing”, the angrier, less grammatically correct reviews are always good for a chuckle or two. Hopefully for Blizzard’s sake, the reviews will eventually even out, especially now that Diablo III’s servers are back up and running smoothly.