Sonic Mania is the Latest Victim of Steam User Review-Bombing

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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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Source: http://www.dualshockers.com/sonic-mania-steam-user-review-bombing/

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CraigPosted:

Review bombing is a lotta fun when you catch it realtime.

Reddit blows up almost lol

ResoPosted:

Echo I actually find review bombing interesting due to everyone, stranger's disagreeing with the same thing. Never played this game myself so nothing really effects me


it seems to be a very effective way of getting developers to listen to legitimate complaints that users have with games and has gotten results, like with the whole GTA V modding situation that happened recently.

EchoPosted:

I actually find review bombing interesting due to everyone, stranger's disagreeing with the same thing. Never played this game myself so nothing really effects me

ResoPosted:

It's still sitting at like, 75% positive. This is absolutely nothing compared to how hard Fallout 4 is getting bombed right now, with only 23% positive reviews.

XboxPosted:

Well the DRM is pretty stupid!

TaigaAisakaPosted:

I don't know why NieR:Automata is getting hit right now with this shit storm. Looking on Steam reviews it seems to be about it being "a bad port." During it's launch, I would agree, it was a mess, but it's been adjusted. People are just using a shit PC build and expecting to play it like they can TF2. I was able to run the game on 4k with 1070 SLI no problem and this was back at launch when the port was a mess regardless of hardware.

Back to Sonic, I can see why people would be mad. While the majority of people play Steam with their internet connection up and running, regardless of singleplayer or not -- I know I'm one of the people who when the internet is out, I go and play classic games I have in my Steam Library or games I have for emulators. I had a few friends mention about it being online only and at first I thought the online only was to try and meme and for SOME REASON, have VAC on a game like this, but seems that's not the case.

Dan-Posted:

Hux I think it's a shit excuse to negatively review bomb the page. 9/10 you're playing online or connected to internet on your PC anyway.


Unless you're Ubisoft, EA or Square Enix, putting Devuno on games is not a good move. This is an offline game yet requires you to be online in order to play. Dick move by Sega which is why people are review bombing it. Besides this has nothing to do with piracy at this point as like Craig said, Denuvo is being cracked with ease now, even the newest iterations of it. It's just anti-consumer to use Denuvo.

CraigPosted:

Mario350
Hux I think it's a shit excuse to negatively review bomb the page. 9/10 you're playing online or connected to internet on your PC anyway.


denuvo is really garbage which is why people are bombing it


Denuvo has been cracked more times than most Easter eggs.

Mario350Posted:

Hux I think it's a shit excuse to negatively review bomb the page. 9/10 you're playing online or connected to internet on your PC anyway.


denuvo is really garbage which is why people are bombing it

HuxPosted:

I think it's a shit excuse to negatively review bomb the page. 9/10 you're playing online or connected to internet on your PC anyway.


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