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Steam Reviews now in beta, all Recommendations can be converted

Monday, 25th November 2013 21:41 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Steam’s endless quest to balance inclusivity with discoverability has spawned yet another new community feature – Steam Reviews, a system designed to help you find, rate and benefit from the critiques of your fellow gamers.

The feature is now in beta and can be access from an informative Steam Reviews hub; scroll down to access your personal review area and check out an FAQ.

Valve describes the new scheme as “an evolution of the Recommendation system”, and noted that Steam users have generated over 7 million Recommendations since 2010, all of which have can now be upgraded to Reviews. If you choose, you can make these visible to everyone.

Basically, the system allows you to write reviews of any game you’ve played on Steam. You can browse reviews from specific Store pages, or see those from your Steam friends or the broader community; comment on reviews; and rate reviews for their helpfulness, including down voting poor ones.

You can even browse reviews by helpfulness, presumably helping to weed out the trolls or knee-jerk responses, and if you find a particular reviewer’s opinions really align with your own, you can easily see all their reviews. Steam Reviews supports multiple languages and options for browsing only those in your native or favoured second tongue, too.

Valve is considering adding a Metacritic-like overall score for each game later in the beta, but Steam will continue to show Metacritic scores where available. Unlike Metacritic, though, developers are able to respond to negative reviews, and when they do so, the author of the review will be notified. Developers will not be able to delete reviews, but they can mark them as spam or offensive, as any community member can.

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6 Comments

  1. GrimRita

    Great! Another place where companies can just buy more high scoring reviews or post fake ones.

    #1 10 months ago
  2. TheBlackHole

    This is rife for abuse.

    I can see it being like metacritic where games like CoD, while not great, get panned with awful reviews from angry 12 year olds.

    Like Greenlight, it doesn’t really weed out the crap – just popularises the view of the vocal minority.

    #2 10 months ago
  3. The_Red

    It’s really sad that when a cool new system like this is added to Steam, the first thing everyone thinks about (Including myself) is how badly people and publishers are gonna abuse it (And sadly they WILL abuse it).

    #3 10 months ago
  4. Xbone

    @1 You will be able to see how long the reviewer played that game, so you will be filter out the ones never touched the game or just for a very short time.

    #4 10 months ago
  5. Llewelyn_MT

    @4: You have to own the game on Steam to be able to review it. I don’t know about you, but I’m not paying €60 to tell the world CoD Ghosts is a bad game.

    #5 10 months ago
  6. YoungZer0

    @7: That sounds like something that might actually work.

    #6 10 months ago

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