Steam has updated its review platform in order to make sure reviews “better describe the current customer experience in games”, Valve said in a post on the Steam website. The company acknowledged that “it isn’t always easy to tell what the current experience is like in a game months after release” with user reviews, and detailed the changes it’ll be making to remedy the issue (via. GameSpot).
The most recently posted reviews will now appear more noticeably, which Valve claims will “show a more current idea of what it’s like to play the game now.”
Another problem Valve are looking to address was that the “review score that appears at the top of a product page didn’t always reflect the dynamic nature of the game.” To address this, Steam now includes a “Recent review score.” The system calculates the positive percentage of reviews from the last 30 days, as long as there are enough reviews posted within that period, and the game has been on Steam for at least 45 days.
Other review updates include a “Summary tab” that emphasises recent helpful reviews and recently posted reviews, a checkbox to disclose whether users received a copy of a game for free, and the ability to read all reviews regardless of language.
For more information, you can read Valve’s full post here.