As I do not have much time for writing, spending longer making the review than playing the game posed a problem for a few of the shorter games. I plan to cut down on the length of review for shorter games and only write full length reviews for longer games. I will put multiple short reviews together in a single post for any game classed as ‘Very Short’ on VNDB (under two hours of playtime). If the visual novel was not free or if it deserves a separate review then I will most likely write a full length review.
So far most of my reviews have been for free OELVN and the ratings were scaled based on comparisons to other OELVN I had read. Now that I am planning to review some Japanese visual novels, these old ratings need to change a bit to fit with my other VNDB ratings. I therefore will have two rating systems:
Rating 1 – Relative Rating
In comparison with visual novels of the same original language, a score from 0 to 5.
Rating 2 – Overall Rating
A standard score from 0 to 10, compared with all visual novels.
I am also going to start reviewing a few Japanese visual novels in the Japanese language version, so I will mention the language version that I am reviewing.
My judgement criteria are to remain the same; story is the foremost important element. However, for those visual novels which cost, I will also take into account the value for money.
Some parts will be moved around, such as putting the screenshot at the top of the post. There will be a short summary of details at the top and review outcomes at the bottom.
Symbols will be present on list pages to allow you to search for any relevant visual novels.
Screenshot: A screenshot from the visual novel.
Quote: One quote which I picked out from the visual novel.
Title: What I refer to the visual novel as (may present English and Japanese title if needed). Includes link to VNDB.
Developer: The developer of the visual novel. Includes link to VNDB.
Length: The length estimate of the game. Either my playtime or, if I did not measure it, the length from VNDB.
Price: Cost of the version of the game reviewed. Currency may vary depending on developer.
Adult Content: If the game is 18+ on VNDB.
Original Language: The language that the original visual novel was written in.
Version Language: The version which I am reviewing.
Genres: Rough estimate of the genre of the visual novel.
Relative Rating, Overall Rating, Key Positive Points and Key Negative Points.