UPDATE: It looks like it just took the system a few days to work. Recent review scores are back up to where they were before the review bombs started, so expect future bombs to only last a few days.
The new anti-review bomb system implemented by Steam last month doesn’t seem to be working as users bomb the older Borderlands series due to Borderlands 3 going Epic exclusive.
Last month, Valve implemented a new system for Steam that was supposed to prevent review bombs from affecting a game’s overall user review score. Review bombs were seen as a bad thing--at least to developers--who don’t think that issues with the company or a different game should affect the review scores of a past success.
The system was supposed to be able to identify when a review bomb was occurring and isolate it. This would prevent the reviews in the bomb from effective the user review score. Then the developer would be able to go through those reviews and permanently delete them.
That’s how it’s supposed to work, anyway, but it doesn’t seem to be functioning quite as intended.
Take Borderlands 3. Gearbox recently announced the game’s release date on April 3rd, and also revealed that the game would stay an Epic Games Store exclusive for 6 months. Right around the same time, negative reviews started pouring in on Steam for previous Borderlands games, including the original Borderlands, Borderlands 2, and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel.
Borderlands 2’s recent review score is at an abysmal 49%. The Pre-Sequel is down to 35%.
So the system doesn’t work, or it’s particularly slow to actually catch review bombs. That said, negative review scores don’t seem to be dissuading gamers, who have jumped on the older Borderlands series after the Borderlands 3 announcement.
According to Steam Charts, Borderlands 2 jumped from 16,000 concurrent players in February to 44,000 in March. The Pre-Sequel went from 3,200 to 9,200 players over that same period, while the original Borderlands went from 1,800 to 4,400 players.
The Handsome Collection is on sale for $12 and includes both Borderlands 2, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, and every piece of DLC for either game. It’s a great deal, and don’t let the recent reviews dissuade you: these games are premium.