IGN announced earlier today that they are changing their review policy for particular titles that have the capacity to transform themselves over their lifespan. Re-reviews will be done on popular games that have been updated, patched, or stuffed full of DLC that it warrants a second look. Since NAG Online is tied in, in the background, with IGN through IGN Africa, it’s a policy that some of the staff manning IGN Africa have to take up as well. Its an interesting change and, I guess, mirrors some of the things being done at Polygon and addresses (but doesn’t yet solve) a few issues I raised in an earlier column, Should Day One reviews be delayed?
There’s a few things to take note of with this announcement, though. Despite the good intentions and the lip service it’ll be paying to games that truly deserve a second chance (along with the extra advertising revenue and the good publicity for the game developer/publisher involved), there are some angles that need to be addressed as they take this further.