PlayStation fans now have the ability to review games
PlayStation has introduced a fresh rating system that enables individuals to rate the games they play on a five-star scale. However, there is a condit...
PlayStation has introduced a fresh rating system that enables individuals to rate the games they play on a five-star scale. However, there is a condition that requires users to own the game, either through purchase or inclusion in their library via PS Plus. This measure is likely implemented to prevent review bombing campaigns by individuals who may not have even spent a moment playing the game they are expressing discontent towards.
According to PushSquare's report, it remains uncertain when this feature was implemented or if it is universally available, but numerous users have noticed it within the past 12 hours. To access it, all you need to do is navigate to the PS Store, choose a game, and select "View Product." You will then find a newly added "Ratings" tab, allowing you to assign a score to the game.
Within this tab, you can also access a more comprehensive breakdown displaying the number of votes received for each specific score. While written reviews cannot be submitted, and the system does not accommodate half-star ratings at present, it still provides a rudimentary assessment tool. This feature should assist you in gauging the opinions of other players regarding a game before making a purchase. As an example, the Resident Evil 4 remake currently holds a score of 4.7, whereas Cyberpunk 2077 has an aggregated score of 3.79.
Users are already discovering this new feature and sharing their discoveries on Twitter.
In response to a post discussing Eternights achieving a "Very Positive" rating on Steam, profjpg responded by sharing a screenshot of the new tab, revealing that the game held an average of 4.45 stars.
When questioned about the addition of star ratings, their response was, "I'm not sure. I only noticed it yesterday, and it seems that many PS5 games haven't received any ratings yet, so I assume it was introduced fairly recently."
Naturally, even with requirements like game ownership, review systems such as this can be subject to abuse. As an example, Payday 3's score on Steam plummeted to "Mostly Negative" yesterday due to numerous server outages that prevented players from accessing the game, even in single-player mode.
While it is understandable for low reviews to occur in such scenarios, we also observe instances where a large number of players give low scores due to controversial changes, like the reduction of explicit imagery and the removal of Nazi iconography, as seen in the case of Skullgirls.
PlayStation has not made any official announcements regarding the star rating system, so it is uncertain whether any precautions have been implemented at this time.