Metacritic takes action after disrespectful Horizon Forbidden West user reviews

Sony and Guerrilla Games recently rolled out Burning Shores, the first major expansion for Horizon Forbidden West. The expansion has been well received by critics, but the story has upset some fans.

The Burning Shores story has stirred the minds of some players.

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These have taken to Metacritic – the site that aggregates reviews from both critics and users – to give the expansion the butchery. Now Metacritic promises to introduce stricter moderation.

Warning! The article contains reveals for Horizon Forbidden West: Burning Shores.

In Burning Shores, Aloy meets a female character named Seyka. Depending on the dialogue choices players make along the way, Aloy and Seyka may end up sharing a kiss, and this is what some fans have found they don’t like.

At the time of writing, Burning Shores has a user score of 4.1 out of 10 on Metacritic. Hundreds of users give the extension zero points, with a number of comments that Metacritic has labeled as “offensive and disrespectful”.

In a statement to Eurogamer, Fandom – the company behind Metacritic – confirms that it is addressing the situation. The website already has a moderation team, but says that efforts will now be stepped up.

– Our team reviews all reports of offensive content (including but not limited to racism, sexism, homophobia, insults to other users, etc.) and if violations are committed, those reports will be removed. We are in the process of expanding our process and tools to introduce stricter moderation in the coming months,” a Fandom spokesperson said.

What steps are being taken was not revealed in the statement, so here we just have to wait and see what Metacritic comes up with eventually.

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