Overwatch 2 gets review bombed following Steam launch

Currently, only 9 percent of over 115,000 reviews of Overwatch 2 on Steam are positive, making it one of the worst reviewed games on the platform.

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This August, Activision Blizzard brought Overwatch 2 over to Steam, but there has been anything but fanfare for the occasion. Instead, due to a variety of reasons, players review bombed Overwatch 2 on Steam so badly that it currently sits as one of the worst user-reviewed games on the platform. Of the more than 115,000 reviews for Overwatch 2 on Steam, only a mere 9 percent of them are positive.

This data comes directly from Steam, with the chart of it near the bottom of the pack taken from the Steam250 Bottom 100. Overwatch 2 launched on Steam on August 10, 2023, marking the franchise’s first arrival on the platform in years. The Steam launch came alongside new story missions that offer PvE content and a wealth of hero lore in-game, also for one of the first times in Overwatch history. Unfortunately, it also comes as Overwatch 2 has continued to disappoint. The developers recently scaled back promised content for PvE in order to focus more on Overwatch 2’s single-player content.

Steam250's Bottom100 featuring Overwatch 2 at Number 1
Steam250's Bottom 100 reviewed games has Overwatch 2 at the bottom with over 115,000 user reviews recorded and only 9 percent of them being positive.
Source: Steam250

That’s not the only drama around Overwatch 2 and Blizzard Entertainment. Activision Blizzard and Chinese publisher and gaming company NetEase also recently had a legal falling out and now many players in China find themselves unable to access games like Overwatch 2 and Diablo 4 within the country. It’s been a perfect storm of frustration for many players trying their best to support Overwatch and it doesn’t look like that frustration is ending anytime soon. Steam user reviews have been an often-abused tool when drama is surrounding a game, in addition to Metacritic, which was once used to make Warcraft 3: Reforged its lowest user-reviewed game.

It will remain to be seen if users let up on Overwatch 2 and if it can rise out of its new status as Steam’s worst user-reviewed game. Stay tuned as we continue to watch for new details on this story as they become available.

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    August 14, 2023 12:16 PM

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      August 14, 2023 12:28 PM

      Really enjoying new hero. She's OP af but I like the kit overall.

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      August 14, 2023 12:40 PM

      They funniest part of the Steam release was that they disabled the Artwork tab in the community hub, they know the NSFW artists are thirsty!

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        August 14, 2023 5:31 PM

        The worst part is it’s not even disabled but rather hidden. You can still access the game’s artwork tab. One way to do that is go to the general artwork tab, find some overwatch media that was likely posted on the overwatch’s hub (it will say the game hub it was posted underneath the comments), then click on it to access the media page, then « artwork » next to overwatch above the media itself. You’ll find yourself on the hidden overwatch artwork tab.

    • Zek legacy 10 years legacy 20 years
      August 14, 2023 5:57 PM

      IMO it's undeserved, but I get why it happened. I think the only thing they can do at this point is just keep pushing forward and wait for this zeitgeist to pass.

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      August 14, 2023 6:00 PM

      Been playing it since a few months ago. Unranked is fun

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