That can't be true. Devs can delete/ban/lock threads on forum section but they can't interfere with user reviews. They can't even distribute free keys for positive review because rating doesn't include those free (and even bundle) keys. Rating manipulation isn't that easy. Steam moderators can "ban" reviews but I never saw an unjustifiable ban.Kugelfisch wrote: ↑Tue Jun 05, 2018 1:08 amMaybe not in your opinion but in my experience you can't rely on those. I've not only seen people fanatically support garbage, I've seen devs just purge bad ratings as well and fans straight up harassing anyone who leaves a bad review.
Look at what happened at Grimoire's user review section (tl;dr army of literally autistic dev&fanbois couldn't remove a negative review) for example.
Btw, I don't understand what you mean by "harassing." Spamming messages or sending cheap hentai games?
I think that applies to any kind of review. Product review is personal/subjective by nature, there is a limit for objectivity. IMO, negative reviews mitigate that problem to some extent though. On top of that, reviews are completely useless if the entire genre is not for you (e.g. 10/10 rating for VN games mean nothing for me).rabidtictac wrote: ↑Tue Jun 05, 2018 2:26 pm(snip)
And not every opinion about a game can be condensed into positive vs negative anyway. If you asked me about MGS5, having played it, I'd tell you it's not a good metal gear game and it is repetitive, but I still find the gameplay enjoyable on its own terms and I would still play MGS5 to fuck about in side ops and stealth around bases.
After all my point is, overwhelming/mostly positive rating is better than negative rating, no rating at all or professional shill reviews. Granted my main source of information is not steam reviews (I tend rely on shill-free gaming forums like RPGcodex) but that doesn't my opinion that much.