The New Steam Review System

May 7, 2016 — by Manish "Trigger-Happy" Rajesh0

Valve recently revamped Steam’s review system so that the more current and relevant reviews are given more importance. This would give more weight to Steam review that has been recently published rather than age old Steam reviews that no longer stick or may no longer apply due to the number of changes that may have been implemented to the game since.

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They’ve implemented two new percentage scores, one dedicated to the overall opinion of the game and another dedicated to the more recent sentiment over the game. These two percentage scores are accompanied by a new “summary” tab as well, which will offer a rundown of the most helpful reviews in the past 30 days and a few of the most recent Steam review. While it may feel a bit cluttered at first, it seems like a good idea overall. But there already seem to be problems on the rise.

The victims of this kind of Steam review system seem to be the early access or pre-alpha games that are still in development and liable to change at any given time. There’s no shortage of these kinds of games on Steam. A large number of the changes in such games are community driven. The developers take suggestions from the players in order to improve their game. It’s also an effective way to give the players what they want. They’re in an experimental stage and are nowhere near being a finished product or game.

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With new updates there may arise issues with the gameplay, such as bugs or glitches, or there might be other balancing issues. This is not uncommon or unheard of in the development stages of a game. If there’s anything in the update that upsets or angers a portion of the community, there’s always an influx of negative reviews because we’re always quicker to critique than appreciate. With the new review system however, this means that all those negative reviews are all you’re going to see on the summary tab of the review section. And that recent percentage score is not going to be looking too hot. So it pretty much shoos away prospective buyers who’ll take one look at that, go NOPE, and continue browsing Steam’s never ending library of games.

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Manish "Trigger-Happy" Rajesh

If he's not gaming, he's... no wait he's always gaming.

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