Valve has unveiled Steam Reviews, a new user feedback system for their ubiquitous digital distribution platform.
Now live as a beta, Steam Reviews are essentially an update to Steam’s longstanding recommendation system, with which users could explain why they liked (or disliked) a particular game to their friends. The most significant change is that those those write-ups have been moved from the profile pages of the users who wrote them to the store pages of the games themselves.
There are a few neat changes beyond that simple relocation, though. You can now sort reviews by popularity, recency, and even the total amount of playtime the reviewer has put into the game. There’s even a built-in feature that allows developers to respond directly to reviews on the store page. I can’t see that going horribly wrong anytime soon. No siree! The feature is launching with support for a total of 25 different languages, allowing players all around the world to write and read reviews in their mother tongue.
At the moment, there’s no way to add a score to a review beyond a simple thumbs up or down, and the game doesn’t receive any sort of aggregate score based on these user reviews, but Valve says that’s something they’ll be “looking into” over the course of the beta.