3.5 years after its launch, the Epic Games Store is getting user reviews
Epic Games has been pushing its PC store front hard, trying to cement itself as at least a comfortable second place behind the PC giant that is Steam. Epic has slowly upgraded its storefront with a shopping cart, wishlist feature, and more. 3.5 years after its launch, the storefront is finally getting user ratings as well as surveys – even if their implementation is interesting.
Advertise on their blogCraig Pearson of Epic Games said, “We just updated the Epic Games Store with a new feature that we know players have been waiting for: ratings and polls.
These new additions are meant to “enable players to provide direct feedback to the Epic Games Store community for the games they play,” with responses populating the store’s product pages “with game and app information, creating a better experience and helping players”. find games they are more likely to like.
The rating system will ask random players after a 2 hour session to rate the game out of 5 stars. Users who cannot manually rate a game are a deliberate tactic by Epic Games to “Protect games from bomb reviews and make sure the people giving the scores are real players of the games.”
The poll system will also only be offered to random players, although they will ask a much wider variety of questions, ranging from “Is this game good for playing with a group?” to “How difficult are the bosses in this game?”
These polls and ratings will then be aggregated and used in the Epic Games Store, generating tags that can be used to filter games on the site, with Pearson saying “Over time, these tags will also populate our category pages and be used to generate custom categories based on player-driven tags that will appear on the Epic Games Store homepage.”
Epic’s decision to focus on random respondents is interesting. Review bombardment has been used in the past for good and ill, so it will be interesting to see how the different user reviews look on the Epic Games Store compared to other storefronts. We’ll have to wait and see,
KitGuru says: What do you think of this new system? Do you prefer it? Is review bombardment a net positive or a net negative? Let us know below.
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