Steam review-bombing is becoming a more and more common tool deployed by Steam users to show and voice their discontent. For those unfamiliar with the practice, it’s quite simple: large groups of Steam users all at once give bad reviews for a game, often amidst a controversial decision made by said game’s developer or publisher. In turn, this lowers the game’s average review score on Steam. What effect this actually has is unknown.
However, no developer or publisher wants to be in the headlines for vexing a small or even substantial piece of its fanbase. And so the tactic has worked successfully in the past.
Recent games to be the target of review-bombing include Grand Theft Auto V and NieR: Automata. And now you can add Sega’s newly-released Sonic Mania to that list.
As you may know, while Sonic Mania hit consoles two weeks ago, but didn’t arrive on PC until yesterday. And it was yesterday that Steam users discovered the game contained the ever-so controversial DRM, Denuvo, despite there being no indication of such inclusion anywhere on its Steam page.
For those that don’t know: Denuvo is long-standing controversial inclusion in PC games. Its critics accuse the anti-piracy tool of affecting game performance and for disabling offline play.
As Steam users point out, Denuvo makes Sonic Mania an always-online game, much to the anger of fans who were hoping to play it offline.
“Like you, we’ve noticed an error in the Steam store not mentioning the DRM for Sonic Mania.
We’re fixing that now.
Sonic Mania is intended to be played offline and we’re investigating reports on that.
We’re also investigating other issues like controller support, these are all PC specific things that Christian and the team have been working on these last few weeks.
Please bare with us while we collate and investigate problems that are being brought to our attention.”
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