Epic Game Store thwarts review bombs with new system

Reviews of bombing games before they’ve even been released are a common problem on sites like Metacritic. To combat this, Epic Games announced the release of a new user rating system on the Epic Games Store which should fix the issues.

The Fortnite The maker said on Friday that it has updated its digital game storefront with the user rating system to ensure its games receive direct feedback from the community as they play them. It works like this: Epic will randomly ask players to score a game on a five-star scale after playing a game for more than two hours. Their scores will be calculated into the game’s overall score, which will appear on the game’s Epic Games Store page to help other players determine whether it’s worth playing or not.

Epic says the randomization process prevents spam and it won’t ask players to rate every game they play. He also wants to make sure that the people giving the scores are real players rather than bots or people who give games low scores based on preliminary information about the game, such as gameplay footage and bad reviews from critics.

In addition to the rating system, Epic said it will ask players to complete surveys after each play session. The surveys will ask a wide range of questions, such as whether the game is good to play as a team and how point boss fights are difficult, and will be given in the form of “yes or no” or multiple-choice questions.

Epic will then use the survey responses to generate tags for store pages, which will improve discoverability and help people find other games that deserve as much attention as mainstream games. The tags will eventually be used to create category pages and custom tag-based categories that will appear on the home page.

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