Game critics always get a game from the developer/publisher so they can play it and review it just before the release. This is the case with almost every game out there. Bethesda is probably well aware of the game's issues and knows it will score bad, which may influence sales.
We all know Bethesda doesn't give review copies out in advance anymore. Additionally, to review an online game before it's "online" for the majority of players, wouldn't make sense anyway.