Massively Multiplayer Online game (MMOs) are designed to grow over time, so day one reviews do not do them justice, Star Trek Online's producer Dan Stahl said in an interview with the [a]listdaily.
"In my opinion, the whole game rating business doesn't necessarily do great justice to MMOs," he said. "MMOs are designed to grow over time and get better with every major release – it might be better if sites like Metacritic could find a way to rate MMOs by releases instead of just the initial day one."
Stahl told [a]listdaily that many MMOs change significantly after their initial release, and so it is not always accurate to rate them the day they launch. One such example is Star Trek Online, which Dahl says released to mediocre reviews but has since made "huge strides" in improving the game. Conversely, Stahl says some games have gotten worse over time.
"Until then, we will continue to offer the game for free and ask for people to try it out and decide for themselves," he said.
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