By now, the news of Steam’s modding changes has spread like wildfire. Some mods for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim can now be sold for cold, hard cash on the Steam Workshop and people have scorched entire parts of the internet as a result of it. One of Skyrim’s woes is directly visible on Steam. Since the news has broken out, tens of thousands of user reviews have spontaneously appeared and they’re not flattering.
Around March, Skyrim was near the 100,000 mark of user reviews. Back then, it was regarded as one of the highest reviewed titles, claiming an “Overwhelmingly Positive” rating, reserved for games that achieved around 95% of recommended reviews. It’s the cream of the crop. Since the announcement of paid mods, this number has quite radically shifted. At the time of writing, 121,746 reviews have been noted for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. By the time this goes out, dozens will have joined them as the number has been growing over the weekend by the hundreds every hour. Many of these ratings come back negative. As a result, the blurb now atop the store page reads “Very Positive,” while dropping as low as 84% approvals.
At the bottom, these negative comments have dominated the page. Again, thousands have engaged with the reviews, leading to some amassing as many as ten thousand agreements. Routinely, these items gained thousands of followers, making for some of the biggest feedback any game on Steam has ever received.
Not just bad for the page itself, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim may also get hit on Google, who now applies the Steam ratings as their immediate indicator. There’s a slight delay on adjusting the score, but it’s likely that the game will need to cut down its stars to an 8/10 soon. It’s evident that being worse off on Google is not in any way an advantage.
Nearly all reviews on Steam lament the changes Valve has made to the Steam Workshop. Several people only mention the words “paid mods” and nothing else to get their point across. Refreshing the page just now while writing has added more feedback, bringing the total to 121,784.
We’ll give you a selection of the highest rated Steam user reviews below.
[UPDATE 28/4/2014 1.15AM: Valve has decided to remove paid mods from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim after all this feedback. We’ll continue to monitor the approval rating closely, to see how many fair-weather voices will alter their recommendation. Inadvertently, that may hugely benefit the game with a sudden influx of 20% more reviews. We’ll have thoughts on that some other time.]