Sports Interactive boss Miles Jacobson has declined to remark on a 2/10 IGN US review for Football Manager 2009, saying criticism of the piece is best left to user comments.
"I'm not a reviewer and therefore don't think it's my place to critique critique's, nor am I likely to be anything but biased," he said.
"Therefore I'll leave the comments to the people who are playing the game and are commenting on the website about the review."
IGN US published the review on Friday, closing with: "The menus are complex and difficult to navigate, graphics are terrible, the sound is non-existent and there is no traditional gameplay to speak of. I couldn’t imagine why anybody would prefer Worldwide Soccer Manager to FIFA 09 or Pro Evolution Soccer 2009."
IGN UK gave the game 9.1/10, saying the game "is still easily the most in-depth, enjoyable and addictive way to pretend you manage a football team."
The fans have been less than appreciative of the American review.
"This is without a doubt the worst review in the history of the site," said one, with another adding, "This is easily one of the most ill-informed reviews I've read in the last several years."
IGN's score has dragged the game's Metacritic average down significantly: it now rests at 74 percent.