In a post on Reddit today, u/atyzer pointed out that a great number of reviewers on Metacritic are showing every sign of being bots with OriginalNames like RealPeople have, serving to inflate the Forza Motorsport rating with a 10/10 score.
While there is no indication that Microsoft or Turn10 are responsible, nor does it suggest every other positive review isn’t from a real user enjoying the product, this does explain the discrepancies between the very average reviews on Steam and other review platforms compared to Metacritic.
Steam: Mixed (2,330 reviews)
Microsoft Store: 2/5 (3.1k reviews)
Metacritic: 7.9 (582 reviews – skewed heavily with 10/10 reviews)
Here are some of the totally human reviews:
The first thing that caught my attention after entering the game and starting work was the warmer and more attractive user interface of the game, which had a more friendly and personal feeling.
Another complete human:
Wonderful and unique with the least possible defects, thanks to the production team.
Another very human thing humans say:
A valuable game and worthy of high grades.
Basically, don’t trust the Metacritic score at the moment. If you are considering a Forza Motorsport purchase, check your sources or find a specific reviewer you trust to have a similar taste in games to your own.
Should the Reddit thread be taken offline you can view it archived here. Should any of the user reviews be taken offline, here are a few screenshots: