Starfield has now become Bethesda's lowest-rated game on Steam
Starfield is undoubtedly one of Bethesda's more divisive titles. While it currently boasts impressive numbers surpassing Skyrim, opinions regarding th...
Starfield is undoubtedly one of Bethesda's more divisive titles. While it currently boasts impressive numbers surpassing Skyrim, opinions regarding the game's quality are widely varied. This is particularly evident on the game's Steam page, which currently holds a Mostly Positive rating based on nearly 90,000 user reviews. However, a significant portion of these reviews, around 25,000, are negative, resulting in Starfield becoming Bethesda's lowest-rated game on the platform, slightly surpassing the previous record holder, Fallout 76.
Based on Steam DB data, Starfield currently holds a reasonably respectable rating of 71.38 percent. Surprisingly, Fallout 76 has an even higher rating of 71.76 percent, despite the numerous issues it faced during its initial release. It is important to note that Fallout 76 has undergone significant improvements and refinements since its launch, thanks to Bethesda's efforts to rectify the game's problems and bring it to a more acceptable state. However, the fact that Starfield has a lower rating than Fallout 76 still raises some concerns.
There are several reasons behind Starfield's current record, some of which are beyond Bethesda's control. To begin with, the game stirred up controversy among certain individuals due to its inclusion of pronouns in the character creator. This undoubtedly led to a wave of review bombing, as some individuals, who seemingly have nothing better to do, engaged in pointless arguments against themselves. These actions were likely driven by bigotry and contributed to the negative reception of the game.
Furthermore, Starfield being the first Bethesda-developed title to be exclusive to Xbox and PC since The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind adds another factor to the situation. Exclusives tend to attract more review bombings due to the absurd "console wars" rivalry. When you combine this with valid criticisms and mixed feelings from those who may not be particularly fond of this new style of Bethesda RPG, it becomes easier to comprehend why Starfield has received such a low rating.
It is somewhat disappointing, but it is highly improbable that Bethesda or Xbox are genuinely concerned about this matter. Starfield has achieved the best launch in Bethesda's history, attracting millions of players within a remarkably brief period. Whether through Game Pass subscriptions or actual game sales, hundreds of thousands of individuals are currently enjoying Starfield. This significant player base is likely to hold much more significance than a mere 0.4 percent difference in Steam ratings.
In other Starfield news, fans of the game have recently uncovered a highly intricate method to remove clothing from NPC characters. This process involves fully maximizing the social skill tree specifically for the Manipulation skill, followed by committing a double murder. It's worth noting that this method is by no means easy or straightforward.