Hate how Steam reviews work? Maybe you’ll hate them a little less now. Valve says it’s changing how review scores are calculated, so it’s a little bit harder to maliciously review bomb games.
“With the changes we are making now, the review score (shown at the top of store pages and in various places throughout the store such as search results) will no longer include reviews by users that received the game for free, such as via a gift, or during a free weekend,” says the company. “Reviews can still be written by customers that obtained the game in any of these ways, but the review will not count toward the overall review score.”
Expect the rollout to continue over the next few days, but don’t expect it to help much with free-to-play games, for obvious reasons.
The changes are part of a series of review tweaks begun back in September, when Valve stripped review scores from gamers who applied game keys rather than purchased from Valve and tweaked colors and review sorting features.