Epic Games Store Adds New Feature That Lets Users Rate Games

Games has been around for a few years now, giving PC gamers a way to legally purchase games without going through Origin or Steam. The service has given away tons of free games, too, but it hasn't been without criticism.

When Epic Games Store launched, there were a significant number of features missing that gamers had come to expect from other platforms. Over time, some of these features have started to finally come to the service, and it appears that letting users review their games is now rolling out.

Several Epic Games Store users took to social media to share the prompts they had received asking them to review the game they had just played. In one instance, the prompt asked the player to simply provide a star rating for the game, ranging from 1 to 5. Another specifically asked the player if the game features enjoyable boss battles, allowing them to choose yes or no, and then showing a poll breakdown of answers the game had received from other users.

A brief look at game pages on Epic Games Store shows that these ratings are populating the purchase pages for the games. In addition to showing a global star rating from users and game critic scores, games are also ranked by certain aspects, like the aforementioned boss battles, whether a game is diverse, fun, challenging, or beginner-friendly. The ratings don't show what percentage of players deemed the game to be any of those metrics, but presumably a majority of polled players were in agreement.

It's a big step forward for Epic Games Store, but there are still some shortcomings when compared to other services. While platforms like Steam allow players to review their games in detail, for now, it looks like players are limited to adding a score, rather than a full review of their own. However, it should still provide a useful metric for those who are shopping for a game and aren't sure if it's right for them.

It remains to be seen if Epic Games Store will add full user reviews in the future. While some might have preferred that to be an option from the start, there are some definite pitfalls that need to be avoided, which add difficulty for the company. Review bombing has become commonplace in gaming, and separating the reviews with legitimate concerns and complaints can prove to be difficult. It's gotten to the point that Metacritic now blocks users from reviewing games within the first 36 hours of their release, but even that hasn't put a stop to it. For now, sticking with a simple star rating and yes/no polling system may be what's best for Epic Games and its users.

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