PlayStation has recently unveiled a new game rating system, allowing users to rate the games they play using a five-star scale. However, there’s a catch: to provide a rating, you must own the game, either through purchase or inclusion in your library via PS Plus.
This measure likely aims to prevent review bombing campaigns from individuals who haven’t engaged with the game they’re critiquing.
Feature Discovered Recently Through User Reports
While it remains unclear exactly when this feature was implemented or if it is universally accessible, numerous users have reported encountering it within the last 12 hours. To access the rating system, navigate to the PS Store, select “View Product” for a game of your choice, and you’ll find a new “Ratings” tab where you can assign a score to the game.
Basic Star Ratings Without Written Reviews
Within this tab, you can also view a more detailed breakdown, showcasing the number of individuals who have voted for each particular score. Presently, the system does not permit written reviews or half-star ratings, providing a relatively basic evaluation.
Nonetheless, this functionality is expected to assist you in understanding other players’ opinions about a game prior to making a purchase.
Players are already beginning to discover and share this new feature on social media platforms. In response to a post about Eternights achieving a “Very Positive” score on Steam, a user shared a screenshot of the new tab, revealing that the game held an average of 4.45 stars.
When questioned about when star ratings were introduced, they mentioned, “I don’t know. I just saw it yesterday, and a lot of PS5 games don’t have any yet, so I reckon it must be relatively fresh.”
Preventing Review Bombing Remains a Concern
However, like many review systems, even with conditions such as game ownership in place, this new feature can be susceptible to abuse.
Recent incidents include Payday 3’s score dropping to “Mostly Negative” on Steam due to server outages, preventing gameplay even in single-player mode. It highlights the potential for scores to plummet during specific situations.
While this new rating system offers valuable insights into game opinions, particularly from genuine players, there is anticipation regarding how PlayStation will address potential misuse.
PlayStation has yet to make an official announcement about this star rating system, leaving the community waiting to see if any preventive measures will be introduced.