So I hope this is the right place for this, but I just watched a video on IGN that brought up a very interesting topic for me as a gamer. That being, should review scores reflect day one patches/DLC? I'll provide a argument for and against and I would like to know what the reviewers at Niche think. For scores reflecting day one patches/DLC: I personally think they should as a way to hold the industry to a higher standard. The industry has come to accept that it's worth shipping a game early, albeit incomplete, while the team works on bug fixes and unfinished content. But let's face it, the game you get, at launch, should be what is reviewed. With all of the unfixed bugs and flaws and missing content included. That is, in essence what we pay for. And let's be honest, there are still people who don't have a solid connection that cannot get these day one patches and are left playing a copy of Skyrim that as they play more, the framerate grinds to a halt. DLC should also be reviewed in a "Should this have been in the final product?" sense. Extra skins? Should be in the final product. All in all, the final score should reflect this. Against: Although I personally am biased in this opinion, there are also instances where the publisher is pushing for the game to be pushed out into the public and doesn't give the development team ample time to conduct intensive QA and fix bugs and broken components in the game. So between the game being sent out to be produced and release, the team has time to fix these up in patches and ready them for download as soon as the game hits for a more seamless experience. Although I'm completely against day one DLC, in some instances there are freebies that are available that just couldn't be finished in time. And to counter my for arguement, more people than ever have solid connections that can handle these patches and within minutes can enjoy a full experience. But should review scores include these? No, because all it takes is a few extra minutes and you get a better product for no extra charge. I'm sorry if this is a mess. I just found it a interesting topic and I would love to hear from the reviewers and the community about their thoughts on this. I tried to keep it unbiased, but me personally am for scores reflecting these points. I believe that it can be used to send publishers a message that we want full, complete products at the time of purchase and it's a wonderful way to hold the industry as a whole to a higher standard. Thanks for reading!