Steam counters Borderlands 1 and 2 review-bombing

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Borderlands 1 and 2 have been receiving a hefty amount of negative reviews on Steam over the last few days in response to the news that Borderlands 3 will be a timed Epic Store exclusive. In a bid to counteract any review-bombing, Steam recently added an “off-topic filter” which excludes off topic reviews from counting towards the overall review score, and it seems to be working for Borderlands.


But Valve’s new anti-review bombing measures have kicked in, and these “off-topic” reviews are excluded from the review score by default.

Currently, a message is displayed on the Steam pages for both Borderlands 1 and 2 warning a “period(s) of off-topic review activity” was detected.

According to Twitter account Steam Database, Borderlands 2 was the first game to make use of the new counter-measure, with over 4000 reviews excluded from the calculation.

It’s an encouraging sign. Valve has often come under fire multiple times for inaction on Steam issues. Indeed, recently Metro games suffered review-bombing after Metro Exodus launched as a timed Epic Games store exclusive.


Now, when you go on Steam’s store page for either of the Borderlands games and hover over the review score, a message will pop up saying: “This product has experienced one or more periods of off-topic review activity. Based on your preferences, the reviews within these periods have been excluded from this product’s review score.”

There’s also a graph showing the periods of off-topic review activity that have been detected, and what has been excluded from the overall review score by default. When you look at the April 3 onward, the amount of negative reviews is noticeably high.

The filter, which is optional, doesn’t appear to remove the negative reviews from being seen, but it does seem to be going some way to tackling the issue of plummeting overall review scores.
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