For some time now Steam users have wished for a way to review the games they’ve bought and see other users’ reviews to help determine whether a game is worth purchasing or not.
Finally, Valve has delivered on this wish with their new ‘Steam Reviews’ feature. This feature is currently in beta and allows users to review any game or software in the entire Steam library.
But what exactly is Steam Reviews and what can you expect to change with it?
The review section
With Steam Reviews now coming into effect, when browsing games and software on the Steam store you will see a new section on the page for every game and software. This is the review section and will contain all the user reviews for that particular piece of software or video game. It will replace the old friend recommendations that Steam has used up until now.
The reviews currently show towards the bottom of the page but that may change in the future. Steam will automatically show you your friends’ reviews first before showing reviews from other users. While browsing the reviews, you can vote on whether or not the review was helpful, similarly to the same system that Amazon.com currently uses.
Each review will also display how much time the reviewer has used the software/played the game in question. This way you know just how knowledgeable the reviewer is on the product.
How reviewing works
Anyone can post reviews on software and video games in the Steam library provided you actually own it.
In order to post your own review you simply navigate to the product’s page in the Steam store and at the top right above the description will be a large textbox. In the textbox is where you write your review, along with options at the bottom for whether you recommend it or not, what language the review is in, and who is allowed to view your review.
With the visibility option, you can change it to where your review either shows up publically, or just to your friends. By selecting it so only your friends can see it, the review will act very similarly to the old friend’s recommendations that Steam used to use before the reviewing system was implemented.
Having reviews on software and video games in the Steam store has been a much-needed feature. It helps users decide whether the product is worth their money and even shows how popular a game is, depending on how many people have reviewed it.
While Steam Reviews is still in beta, it is already looking very good and is quite popular among Steam users. It could still use a few more features, such as sorting how reviews are viewed and perhaps a more in-depth rating system other than just “recommended” and “not recommended”.