September 28th, 2018

Steam user review score changes analysed showing massive changes

Steam user review score changes analysed showing massive changes

A couple of days ago Valve made changes to their user review scoring and the numbers have now been analysed.

Steam users who posted reviews with a key not acquired through Steam have had reviews removed from the system. Valve recognised there was a real problem with some gamers being encouraged, and sometimes paid, to post positive reviews as part of marketing efforts.

The stats have now been crunched at SteamSpy which shows some huge changes in scores for many games. Some titles have also lost as much as 88% of their reviews which indicates that some of the smaller releases may have resorted to encouraging Steam users to leave positive reviews.

On the other hand, some games have seen a boost to their review score which indicates there may have been some skullduggery at play, but there’s a lot less of these compared to the number with a reduced score. However, the number of removed reviews also need to be taken into account when looking at the increase or decrease in score difference.

The top ten games with the greatest reduction in scores based on the analysis of 428 titles are…

Game NameOld UserscoreNew UserscoreScore difference# of reviews before# of reviews afterReviews differenceShare of reviews lost
Simple Ball: Extended Edition8814745174486.27%
Lands Of Devastation8616701661215492.77%
Bathory – The Bloody Countess9325684444090.91%
Zombies on a Plane731162109189183.49%
SizeBlock88315795167983.16%
The Last Hope80235770175375.71%
War Truck Simulator75185741113073.17%
Epsilon corp.7626501292610379.84%
Worst Case Z9040504153687.80%

The top ten Games that saw an increase in their score are…

Game NameOld UserscoreNew UserscoreScore difference# of reviews before# of reviews afterReviews differenceShare of reviews lost
Elves Adventure2880-527456993.24%
The Troma Project4888-4091256672.53%
30 IMPOSSIBLE LEVELS5185-34140713395.00%
Uriel’s Chasm 2: את2255-3310099191.00%
Broadsword : Age of Chivalry3366-335134894.12%
KRUM – Edge Of Darkness3366-335694783.93%
Aveyond: Gates of Night6090-3069115884.06%
A grande bagunça espacial – The big space mess5785-285917451787.48%
TheOrbChambers74100-26123312097.56%

The changes for some games are quite alarming and if you want to look at them all, there’s a Google spreadsheet with all the details

 

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