Bethesda dishes sass to Starfield’s negative Steam reviews

Bethesda dishes sass to Starfield’s negative Steam reviews
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Written by 

Tom Chapman


29th Nov 2023 13:25

We know it's frustrating to see all your hard work torn to pieces online, but if we've learned anything, it's probably not best to engage with the trolls. Still, that hasn't stopped someone on the Starfield team from dishing out the sass to the game's negative reviews on Steam.

Like when you see those Tripadvisor reviews go viral when a restaurateur responds to a bad one, you can't help but watch it descend into chaos. Although some might not think it's the most professional way to conduct yourself, Bethesda has clearly had enough of your nitpicking. We'll grab the popcorn.

Bethesda claps back at Starfield's negative Steam reviews

Starfield set an unfortunate record, slipping into last place as Bethesda's lowest-ratest game on the platform. Some of the harshest reviews range from branding Starfield as "unplayable" to being a "loading screen simulator." There are accusations that some of these are from Xbox haters, and now, Bethesda has had enough. 

When one gamer reviewed the recurring complaints about Starifeld having "empty" planets, dev "Bethesda_Kraken" thanked them for their feedback but added, "We are sorry that you do not like landing on different planets and are finding many of them empty. Some of Starfield’s planets are meant to be empty by design — but that's not boring."

The sass quoted Bethesda's Ashley Cheng's interview with the New York Times, adding, "'When the astronauts went to the moon, there was nothing there. They certainly weren't bored.' The intention of Starfield's exploration is to evoke a feeling of smallness in players and make you feel overwhelmed."

This was the tip of the iceberg, with a generic template being dished out on other reviews. Responding to critiques Starfield is "boring," Bethesda said, "There are so many layers to Starfield, that you will find things you’ve never knew were possible after playing for hundreds of hours."

The responses haven't gone down well. One gamer wrote, "These responses from Bethesda have guaranteed I'm never going to buy this game," while another raged, "Devs trying to gaslight players hahaha. Your game is a failure, reconsider and improve. You're even lucky to have so much positive review bombing."

Starfield could get the Cyberpuynk 2077 treatment

Starfield and Skyrim
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Let's be honest, even the harshest Starfield critics will have to admit it launched in a better state than CD Projekt Red's Cyberpunk 2077. Although CDPR has turned it around to deliver a truly brilliant game thanks to Cyberpunk 2.0 overhaul and Phantom Liberty DLC, things looked a little rocky for a while.

It's become a bit of a running joke that Bethesda games launch with a legion of bugs, and although it's a sometimes redeeming feature of the studio's titles, it's clearly worn a little thin for some. Thankfully, we know the Shattered Space DLC will give Starfield a bit of a revamp.

Bethesda has said it aims to support the sci-fi explorer for the next five years, while there have already been numerous patches and bug fixes. Ultimately, it seems some have always had it out for Starfield, and nothing will turn that around. Still, Bethesda probably shouldn't have kicked the hornet's nest.

Tom is Trending News Editor at GGRecon, with an NCTJ qualification in Broadcast Journalism and over seven years of experience writing about film, gaming, and television. With bylines at IGN, Digital Spy, Den of Geek, and more, Tom’s love of horror means he's well-versed in all things Resident Evil, with aspirations to be the next Chris Redfield.

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