In a day, one of the most played Valve games received no less than fourteen thousand negative reviews.
The sudden review bombs aren’t because of the game getting a battle royale mode. Instead, it’s because of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (which we will shorten to CS:GO from now on – it’s how people call the game anyway) going free-to-play, which broke a negative record – before CS:GO, no other game received so many (14327) negative reviews in a day on Gabe Newell’s platform!
The critical reviews say that the sudden free-to-play conversion of CS:GO is not fair, as there are people who have bought the game years ago and played thousands of hours since – they expected more than a loyalty badge; they’d have prefered an exclusive skin or weapon (and others also brought up refunds). They are afraid that more hackers and cheaters will now show up due to the game being free-to-play. The Prime matchmaking is another issue: until now, only those got this method who confirmed their account with a valid phone number. Since CS:GO has gone free-to-play, everyone who purchased the game has this system.
The positive in the situation is that the game also got seven thousand positive reviews, plus it had the most concurrent players since January 2017 – it had even more players (nearly 750K) than almost two years ago!
CS:GO came just short of ~750K peak concurrent players today. But the fact it didn’t hit it doesn’t really matter either way, it’s still the highest it’s been since 1/29/17 (the final day of ELEAGUE Atlanta 2017). https://t.co/EBUOfjpvby pic.twitter.com/mNppcKejU5
— wickedplayer494 (@wickedplayer494) December 8, 2018
Didn’t Team Fortress 2 have a similar situation when it went free-to-play years ago…?