In context: Although the Epic Games Store (EGS) has been a contentious fixture in the world of PC gaming, fairly uninhibited trucking goes along. However, Epic has not completely ignored its critics— one of the main complaints about the EGS relates to its lack of functionality relative to other digital distribution channels, such as Steam and GOG Galaxy.
That’s a fair complaint, and as of late it’s one that Epic has begun to address. Just last month, a storefront overhaul and improved search tools were announced by the company, both of which were rolled out today. Now, Epic has released some of the other core features that come down the pipeline, including wishlist features, an improved library view, and— most notably perhaps— review ratings.
The wishlist function is self-explanatory (although it looks a bit barebones in the early preview), and the revamped view of the library is not too different. It’s only the way Epic brings the grid view of the library into line with the updated storefront. See a look below at the new grid.
The first two features are therefore relatively basic, but the imminent addition of feedback to the EGS requires some further clarification. Above all, the lack of user reviews is arguably the largest feature-related grievance that Steam loyalists have leveled at the EGS in its present form.
The forthcoming incorporation of Epic’s analysis, however, will not automatically silence those voices. Unlike Steam, which depends on “Curators” as well as users to analyze and review games, the review system of the EGS will rely solely on data provided by OpenCritic review aggregator.
It means that you will see a list of review excerpts (with individual rating, number, or word scores) from different media outlets for games if you visit the store page of a game on the EGS. You’ll also see a chart indicating which portion of the game’s overall reviewers are suggesting.
Epic hasn’t elaborated much on its review system, but we’re curious to find out if the gaming giant is going to bring user reviews down the line to its platform. Obviously there is nothing wrong with the opinion of a reviewer (we test a lot of products ourselves), but the opinions of a consumer can sometimes reflect more on the value of a game over time; especially in today’s era of constantly changing titles of “live service.”