Steam users have begun review bombing Firewatch on Steam in an effort to make their voices heard following their actions during the PewDiePie DMCA Controversy.
This is not the first time to happen either. Back in June this year, angered Steam users review bombed Rockstar’s GTA V after parent company Take-Two Interactive issued a Cease and Desist to the developer of the most popular Grand Theft Auto V mod, OpenIV claiming it abused Rockstar’s online community due to cheating. This was then rescinded to allow the mod’s author’s to continue operating.
The same thing also happened with Skyrim following Bethesda and Valve’s announcement to introduce paid mods to the game. Following the review bombing and public outcry online, Bethesda and Valve halted their progress in favour of Bethesda’s new Creation Club for Fallout 4 and Skyrim much later.
Some of the “Reviews” left by users are below:
- I’m really torn here, whether or not you should buy this game. I really enjoyed the game, but I wouldn’t support someone who misuses DMCA claims.”
- 20 bucks for a 3 to 4-hour game. Barely any game mechanics. The only plus side of the game is the story, even though it´s linear and doesn´t change with the decisions you make in-game. Also, DMCA striking people because you don’t like what they say is the most ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ thing I’ve ever heard. ♥♥♥♥ this developer.”
- Firewatch seemed over-hyped and over-rated for the time I spent in it. At least this one wasn’t $60. Given how the author seems to think that the DMCA is nothing more than a tool for attacking people who say anything he disagrees with, I’m not inclined to give a chance to anything else he produces in the future either, or works on for that matter.”
- Great game. I like short games. The scenery is beautiful and the story is great. The only drawback is SJW devs harassing streamers/youtubers.
- Refunded! 🙂 Don’t DMCA the video of me refunding it, please.
At the time of writing, the recent user reviews have shifted from “Mostly Positive” to “Mixed”