Valve has officially rolled out its Steam Reviews beta. Gamers who own games and software will now be able to write out full reviews for other gamers to consider.
Up until now, the closest Valve has come to letting users affect the purchasing decisions of other users inside the Steam Marketplace was the presence of the recommendation count for each game. You may remember, games would have a piece of info like 478 users recommend this title.
User reviews? Not so much. Gamers could recommend other products to friends, but they couldn’t leave full and proper insight for the whole Steam community to read. Now they can.
The reviews will sit at the base of each store page below a section labelled “Helpful customer reviews.” Each review will show the user’s name, how many products they have in their Steam library, how helpful their review has been to others and how many hours they have logged in the game in question.
That last bit is the nicest. You can trust a review from a gamer with 20 hours on record more than you can from one with two hours. That information is front and center with this new program.
So, Steam Reviews. Are you glad they’re here? Seems like they’ve been a long time coming by my standards.