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Now Steam tweaks review system to combat spamming

Valve’s ever-lasting attempts to ensure fair use of the Steam reviews system have now turned their attentions to the problem of review spamming. The current system in part relies on users giving existing reviews a thumbs up or thumbs down for ‘helpfulness’. Like all of these mechanisms, it relies on …

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Zelda: Breath of the Wild is one of the all-time highest rated games

Nintendo Switch’s launch line-up may be a little thin, but there is most certainly a jewel in its crown. The review embargo for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has lifted, and already the adventure title is looking to be one of the highest-rated releases of all time. …

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Uncharted 4 is Metacritic’s highest rated game of the year

Sony’s PS4 exclusive Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End has been crowned the best game of 2016 by reviews aggregator Metacritic. The title finished the year with a 93 per cent review rating. That does make it the second lowest rated winning game of the last five years, however, ahead of …

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Xbox boss says some reviewers give low scores for clicks

Xbox boss Phil Spencer has said that he believes in some instances consumer sites give games low review scores to try and generate traffic. He made the claim when asked by GameSpot about the relatively lukewarm reception afforded to recent Xbox release ReCore. I wish it reviewed higher, but I …

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Steam reverses some of its recent review changes

After that anger that greeted its recent changes, Valve has further tweaked Steam’s user review system. It was announced last week that buyers who purchase a game outside of Steam would no longer have their review scores contribute to a game’s overall store average. This was designed to curb the …

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Some games see huge userscore swings after Steam changes

One game saw its user review score change from a very decent 88 to a far less inspiring 14 following Valve’s changes to the user review system on Steam yesterday. The new rules mean that customers who have obtained a game by redeeming a key as opposed to buying directly …

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