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The Sixth Axis Pressured to remove 3/10 score from NBA 2K18 Review By 2K

2K games are really off to a bad start with their NBA 2K game. Everyone agreed that their microtransactions system is a complete ripoff, now, according to Neogaf, they pressured The Six Axis website to remove the review where they gave 2K18 a 3/10.

Earlier today The Sixth Axis posted their review online for NBA 2K18 that gave the game a 3 out of 10 score and it was based around the VC nonsense and how cosmetics were bad because you have to purchase everything. And then 2K went for them.

Originally Posted by benzopil 

So according to Opencritic, TheSixthAxis game this game 3/10 because of microtransactions

But later the score disappeared

The Sixth Axis review is now marked as “pending” and the following text was added:

Update: In discussion with 2K Games, we’ve temporarily removed the score pending a statement with regard to our criticisms, at which point it will be reinstated. Additionally, a draft conclusion was posted that incorrectly characterised our score as a protest vote, and has been reworded to reflect that our criticisms are rooted in the effect that VC and microtransactions have on the gameplay.

2K did not ask other websites that complained about VC but gave the game a good grade to remove any content.

Plus we have the reviewer from The Sixth Axis posting here on GAF:

Originally Posted by OriginalJonty 

So in regards to the review 2K got in touch thus we at TSA have posted the following statement.

Update: In discussion with 2K Games, we’ve temporarily removed the score pending a statement with regard to our criticisms, at which point it will be reinstated. Additionally, a draft conclusion was posted that incorrectly characterised our score as a protest vote, and has been reworded to reflect that our criticisms are rooted in the effect that VC and microtransactions have on the gameplay.

Originally Posted by OriginalJonty 

Hello. Reviewer here. After review went live I’ve had no direct contact with 2K, instead their PR is chatting with my editor. All I know is that 2K are to issue a statement of some sort regarding issues raised in the review. Of course the real issue is what updates the 2K18’s VC system gets.

Just think of this as a review now in progress. If things remain unchanged so will my opinion.

Originally Posted by OriginalJonty 

I’m not in direct contact with their PR department. Going through the site editor instead. Obviously ruffled quite a few feathers.

 

UPDATE

 

The Sixth Axis has restored the 3/10 review score for 2K18.

Update 2 1PM BST 22/09: Our 3/10 score has now been restored to this review, with all but the wording that suggested this was a protest vote also kept intact. You can read our explanation of what happened and why here.

4 comments
  1. http://www.thesixthaxis.com/2017/09/22/with-regard-to-our-nba-2k18-review/

    You can simply find out from the source.

    DarthDiggler on September 22 | Reply
  2. According to the SixthAxis this beyond-gaming article is false.

    “Yes, they asked us to reconsider the score or shift to a “review in progress”, but I can’t state strongly enough that there was no “pressure” or threat of blacklisting made or even implied. If this were the case, the demand would have been for the review to be removed entirely, which we would not have done.* However, the word “protest” was still misplaced and needed to be removed, and it was while doing this that the olive branch of a statement surrounding planned changes and adjustments to NBA 2K18 was made. So I made the call to change the score to pending at the same time, get on my flight and hope for something remarkable when I landed.”

    DarthDiggler on September 22 | Reply
  3. “according to Neogaf”

    No Name on September 22 | Reply
  4. Too many people get sucked into reviews. Back handers have been going on for years. Anyone with any sense should always ask, how different is the game from the last one and the ones before? You know how it is with these sport games, more so from EA. But when you consider that FIFA 18 can cost up to £80, you know that there’s something massively wrong with game pricing. But enough people pay into these games, including DLC, so this sort of thing will always be there. It’s a mug’s game.

    Big Bobby on September 23 | Reply

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