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MTX really had no impact on what reviewers played, just as they have no impact for 99.9% of players. Neither are MTX something reviewers mark down, given most competitive games have them. What could have had an impact was the post game economy changes, something that was reversed within a week or two.
In that case, why hide them before the game was available to everyone?
I’d also argue that microtransactions did have an impact on players when the game’s initial economy was much more stingy than it its now and PD took things a step further by lowering the payouts of the best money grinding races at the time, which led to people review bombing the game because they believed that microtransactions were aggressively being pushed.