Steam introduces new Reviews system, will sit alongside Metacritic data

Steam Reviews

By on November 26, 2013 at 1:30 pm

Steam is continuing its landslide approach into the field of community content creation, taking its recommendations idea and spinning it out into a complete Steam Reviews system.

Under the new approach, reviews can be left on any game you’ve launched via Steam — whether from a CD key you purchased, through a free weekend, or just plain ol’ purchasing through the Steam store.

The reviews will not create an overall “score” for a product, but Valve say they are “looking to add that during the beta”, so it may be introduced shortly.

Reviews will also show the author’s time played alongside each one, which sounds good in theory until you remember that Steam is really awful at tracking how much time each user has spent in game. Still, it’s neat.

Take a look at the announcement from Valve here.

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I like how I can actually thumbs up/down now too for the negative reviews/warnings you leave, the system as it stood felt like I was heartilly recomending the game to my friends while I was slamming it ;P

 

Sounds interesting. Literally anything would be better then the Willy Wonka-style lunacy that the current Metacritic “weighting-formula” uses.

 

The weighting formula is just an excuse to artificially raise bad scores. When you compare user versus critic, the ones that are terrible are usually pretty easy to see, though I think Rome 2 got a bad rap when it was actually pretty good.

 

Thumbs up and down at least matches the common user scores of 0 from people far too angry about something, and 10′s from people whoa re trying to counteract the 0 or are fanboying lol

As much as it should be hard for a game to be a perfect 10, it’s equally hard for a game to be a flat 0

 

Well it’s about time.

 

makena,

You ether like the game, or you don’t. I don’t like the idea of scoring everything. Its silly. Someone mite give a game a 5, while someone else will give it a 7 or 8. You ether like the game, or you don’t. Thumbs up or thumbs down. The problem is everyone thinks out of 10, when really, they should think ‘do I like it’.

Also, unlike Meta, this will only let you write a review id you own the game, witch makes it 100% more credible than Meta from the get go.

 
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