Review bomb

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A review bomb is an Internet phenomenon in which large groups of people leave negative user reviews online in an attempt to harm the sales and/or popularity of a product, particularly to draw attention to an issue with the product or its vendor.wikipedia
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Steam (service)

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The term is primarily associated with online media review aggregates and storefronts such as Steam, Metacritic, or Rotten Tomatoes.
Separately, Valve has taken actions to minimize the effects of review bombs on Steam.

Rotten Tomatoes

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The term is primarily associated with online media review aggregates and storefronts such as Steam, Metacritic, or Rotten Tomatoes.
On February 26, 2019, in response to issues surrounding coordinated "bombing" of user reviews for several films, most notably Captain Marvel and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, prior to their release, the site announced that user reviews would no longer be accepted until a film is publicly released.

User review

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A review bomb is an Internet phenomenon in which large groups of people leave negative user reviews online in an attempt to harm the sales and/or popularity of a product, particularly to draw attention to an issue with the product or its vendor.
Review bombing is when user reviews are made en masse in order to more strongly influence the creator of a product or its sales, in response to an actual or perceived slight against the customers.

Metacritic

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The term is primarily associated with online media review aggregates and storefronts such as Steam, Metacritic, or Rotten Tomatoes. Nintendo's Fire Emblem: Three Houses and Astral Chain were both review bombed on Metacritic shortly after their launches in July and August 2019, primarily by disgruntled PlayStation fans who were upset that the critically acclaimed first-party Nintendo games were exclusive to the Nintendo Switch.
Critics and developers have pointed out that a product can suffer from rating manipulation by users, as by garnering low ratings that purposely damage its reputation or by receiving high ratings from throwaway accounts to make it appear more popular than it actually is.

Epic Games Store

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The launch of the Epic Games Store—a competing storefront to Steam—in December 2018, has been the focal point of a number of review bombs, as Epic has secured time-limited exclusive sales for new games in series that have traditionally been on Steam, with those leaving reviews on the older games on Steam upset at this exclusivity.
Eventually the storefront will offer user reviews, but this feature will be opt-in by developers to avoid misuse by activities like review bombing.

Half-Life (series)

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Dota 2 was reviewed bombed in August 2017 after Marc Laidlaw, a former Valve writer for the Half-Life series, posted a "fanfic" on his personal blog that several journalists deduced was the plot for Half-Life 2: Episode 3, which had been planned for release in 2007, but appeared to have become vaporware within Valve.
After Laidlaw published the story, some players left negative reviews for Dota 2 on Steam, believing that Valve had forgone the Half-Life series in favor of Dota 2.

Sonic Mania

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That same month, Steam users review bombed Sonic Mania in protest of its use of Denuvo DRM, which was not disclosed by Sega on the game's store page on launch day.
The Windows version was subject to review bombing due to its implementation of the digital rights management (DRM) software Denuvo, which some thought to be the real reason behind the two-week delay.

Campo Santo (company)

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Firewatch was review bombed on Steam in September 2017 after its developer, Campo Santo, filed a DMCA takedown against a video PewDiePie made of their game, following an incident where PewDiePie uttered a racial slur during an unrelated livestream.
As a result of that move, there was a backlash from the gaming community against the abuse of the DMCA and Firewatch was "review-bombed" on Steam.

Star Wars Battlefront II (2017 video game)

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Star Wars: Battlefront II was review-bombed on Metacritic upon its launch in November 2018 in response to the design of the game's microtransactions and loot boxes.
Metacritic user reviews for the PlayStation 4 version reached a low rating of 0.8/10, labelled as "overwhelming dislike", due to the controversies (see below) and review bombing.

Devotion (video game)

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The game Devotion by the Taiwanese studio Red Candle Games was review bombed after players discovered an in-game poster that referenced the meme of Xi Jinping censoring the character Winnie the Pooh.
As a result, Devotion was heavily review bombed by Chinese gamers on Steam, and the game went from having "Overwhelmingly Positive" reviews overall to being "Mostly Negative".

Metro Exodus

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This includes Metro Exodus, the third game in the Metro series, and Borderlands 3 from the Borderlands series.
The decision caused controversy, and resulted in a large number of players calling for a boycott of the game and review bombing the franchise's previous games on Steam.

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This includes Metro Exodus, the third game in the Metro series, and Borderlands 3 from the Borderlands series.
Fan dissatisfaction with this exclusivity arrangement led to a review bombing of the Borderlands games on Steam.

Astral Chain

Nintendo's Fire Emblem: Three Houses and Astral Chain were both review bombed on Metacritic shortly after their launches in July and August 2019, primarily by disgruntled PlayStation fans who were upset that the critically acclaimed first-party Nintendo games were exclusive to the Nintendo Switch.
The game became a target of review-bombing by Metacritic users, primarily for being an exclusive Nintendo Switch game.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019 video game)

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare was review bombed on Metacritic in October 2019 by users who were angered at the game's depiction of the Russian military.
The game's user score on Metacritic became the subject of review bombing by those who were angered by the campaign's depiction of the Russian military and accused developers Infinity Ward of being Russophobic.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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The second film in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, The Last Jedi, was met with a flood of negative audience reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, in contrast to sites like CinemaScore which polled audiences in person who gave the film a positive grade of "A".
In 2019, a Rotten Tomatoes spokesperson stated that the film had been "seriously targeted" with a review-bombing campaign.

Captain Marvel (film)

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The 2019 Marvel Studios film Captain Marvel also faced drastically lower review scores at release (with over 50,000 mostly negative reviews within several hours of its release), as some took offense to leading actress Brie Larson's perceived activism.
Reports described the decline as an effort by some to review bomb the film's page with negative comments attacking the film and Larson for their perceived feminism.

Rocket League

Similarly, Valve stepped in to stop negative reviews of Rocket League following the announcement that its developer Psyonix had been acquired by Epic Games in May 2019 and that Rocket League would likely become an exclusive on the Epic Games Store.
The game became subject to review bombing on Steam due to this sale, triggering Steam's "off-topic review activity" system, which hides reviews that do not correlate with the game itself.

2016 New York and New Jersey bombings

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A notable example included a Elizabeth, New Jersey restaurant owned by the family of the 2016 New York and New Jersey bombings suspect (with many reviews jokingly referring to its chicken as being "'the bomb").
The Yelp listing for a chicken restaurant owned by Rahimi's family was review bombed in retaliation for the attack.

Internet

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A review bomb is an Internet phenomenon in which large groups of people leave negative user reviews online in an attempt to harm the sales and/or popularity of a product, particularly to draw attention to an issue with the product or its vendor.

Vote brigading

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It is a similar practice to vote brigading, and review bombing shares characteristics with this practice.

Coercion

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However, in some cases, it is simply done as a means of coercion or trolling.

Internet troll

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However, in some cases, it is simply done as a means of coercion or trolling.

Review aggregator

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The term is primarily associated with online media review aggregates and storefronts such as Steam, Metacritic, or Rotten Tomatoes.

PC game

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This is particularly true in the case of Steam, the predominant seller of PC games, where user reviews are often the only way for indie games to gain traction on the service.

Indie game

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This is particularly true in the case of Steam, the predominant seller of PC games, where user reviews are often the only way for indie games to gain traction on the service.