I've always known that there were shenanigans behind AAA game reviews, but I still find the details interesting. Looks like Sony is both putting pressure on Metacritic and on the game reviewers themselves. Of course I say this knowing that Sony is not alone. It's a huge industry wide problem. I personally feel most Mario and Zelda games are overrated. That's why I could say that BotW is an exceptionally good game, but some people didn't believe it at first. If you look at the reviews, all of the Zelda games are rated high. So when an actually exceptional game comes along it gets rated the same. These games don't look any different based on the review scores.
Why even listen to reviewers if all big budget games get good reviews? The Metacritic score is basically pointless, and Opencritic has not solved the problem in any way. All big budget games get high reviews, but some of these games are actually better than the others. Reviewers just don't give any indication about which ones are authentically better.
So talking about TLoU2, I'm looking at the the user score on Metacritic, and it is 4.9 based on 104,424 reviews. That is a hell of a lot reviews. I was comparing it to Animal Crossing NH. It has a 5.3 user score based on 5149 reviews. I'm still not sure how much AH is review bombed. I do believe that some people are upset by the one island per system thing and some of those 5149 are review bombs. But TLoU2 has 20 times the amount of user reviews. That is a crapton of reviews. I think intentional review bombs are miniscule when you get to those numbers. People are authentically pissed.
TLoU2 seems to be more of a "love it or hate it" kind of game. I don't doubt that some people really love it. I also don't doubt that some people really hate it. In a situation like this a 94 from reviewers is extra suspicious. But to me it confirms that the whole AAA game industry is suspicious when it comes to game reviews. This game just makes it easier to notice the shenanigans.