Steam Gets User Reviews
In most places on the Internet that sell things, random folks can write reviews of said things being sold. Sometimes that’s good, and sometimes it’s a game, but it usually isn’t the worst thing ever. And given the recent rash of oversold Early Access titles (and that whole War Z thing) leaving some folks feeling cheated, maybe they’d be useful on Steam.
Good timeing, because Steam User Reviews are now in beta, and they’re implemented in a really smart way! In order to write a review of a game on Steam, you must have played that game on Steam, and when you post a review your /played time will be right there next to it. So whether you play your own copy or a friend’s through sharing, somebody will have had to pay for a copy (aside from f2p stuff and free weekend events) in order for you to write your blurb about it. None of that will prevent you from booting up a game from your backlog to mine it for Trading Cards for four hours before saying something mean about it, and it isn’t much of a stopgap for corruption, but it’s better than Metacritic!
If you want to do this, go to settings on Steam and opt into the beta update, restart the client and head to a game’s store page to say what you want to say with a thumbs up or down. Very quick and easy. All the other details are here, and so if you want to know if you’re allowed to make negative comments in reviews, you should click that link.