Friday, 12 September 2014

JRPG Jungle's Review Process And Policy (Current)

Everyone has different opinions and that's okay. But sometimes it does help to at least understand where a person is coming from and in the spirit of this, this a written policy and process for JRPG Jungle's reviews. While JRPG Jungle hasn't been around as long as other sites, after reviewing games for over six months and realising the preparation required for a good review, this policy post feels important to get the most out of our reviews and to keep them to a good level of quality (if not better!).

A review on JRPG Jungle is comprised of two things: the written content and the score given to the game. Both work together to help the reader correctly digest our thoughts on a game. Time is precious and we are currently spoiled for choice in the gaming department, so our reviews are created to help inform you before you waste the time that you could have been spending on a better game. The paragraphs below detail how exactly we come to these finished posts.

Our Review Methods

JRPG Jungle's review methods are currently simple. I buy the game as close to the release date as possible, I play it, finish it and I aim to have completely finished playing the game within 5-10 days (which can be intense for some JRPGs, but I will manage!). Then I spend a few days writing, rewriting and editing the game's review a million times until it is ready to be published. Then you read it and hopefully it helps or entertains you in some way! :)

The goal is currently to have all games reviewed within two weeks of receiving the game (Note: this method is yet to be put into practice, but I really hope it works and I can keep it that way!).

Written Content

The written part of a review is where we detail what the game is, putting it's good points and bad points into the spotlight to give an accurate impression of how we felt about it. On top of relaying opinions, the review's written content also aims to detail some of the gameplay with as little spoilers as possible to give further insight into what a reader can expect from the game.

The written content is aimed to be at 1000-2000 words, which should be enough to cover most aspects of a game both accurately and concisely.

Scores

The score is what a lot of people get hung up about on other sites, so it's important to state that our scores are simply meant to be a summary of the thoughts written in the review and also how the game compares to other reviewed games on this site.

All games are given a rating out of 10 and are reviewed using a 100 point scale. A 100 point scale means that scores can range from 0.0-10.0, using the one decimal point to give a more precise score. Games do not start with a score of zero and then gain points, it is something done at the end of writing the review based on what is written in the review and how it compares to other games in the genre.

Since this a new policy, I can't put examples of what games would apply to each score. This will be done over time, so bare with me!

Note: Due to the lack of consistent review methods at the time, any review score written prior to this post shouldn't be compared to games scored after this policy was in place.

Updating Reviews

We live in an age nowadays when games can be issued patches that fix change bugs or even change difficulty levels in a game, giving a different experience to what one would have experienced on Day One compared to a year into the game's life cycle. Because of this, we do reserve the right to update our reviews at anytime in order to keep game reviews current and fair. However, we will always put a note on the review that notes this for the readers sake.

Genre Knowledge

JRPG Jungle is a video game site dedicated to Japanese games, with a focus on JRPGs. At this point I'm the only one reviewing games on here and it's unfortunately not possible to know everything about every game. Some games have prequels that I haven't played, others have anime or visual novels etc. etc. and I'm not always able educated on these before playing a game.

On each review that has things like this, you can expect a small list detailing the experience I have in this genre/series for the sake of transparency.

Disclaimer

Finally, our reviews and scores aren't influenced by any monetary compensation, foul play or professional relationships with game companies or their representatives.

JRPG Jungle aims to always give honest reviews and content for the awesome readers that come here!

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Any questions or suggestions for this review policy can be left below or emailed to jrpgjungle@gmail.com. In the meantime, I hope this helps and please keep enjoying our content. Thank you!

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