Actual Game Length

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#1 by chaoran177
2017-07-11 at 20:17
VNDB said the game is 50 hours long, but I only spent 20 hours to complete and unlocked all CGs. Didn't skip any plot either. Is the VNDB length inaccurate? Is there anyone else used less than 30 hours to complete the game?
#2 by kiru
2017-07-11 at 21:00
As far as I remember, that was official advertisement. Which should be wrong. There are very few votes on EGS, but based on them you could say <30 may be correct. Though given the few votes and the lackluster reception of the title, the low votes could also be because people skipped/skimmed routes.


That said, keep in mind that the time ratings at vndb are supposed to be average reading. Even a correct 50+ hour game can be beaten in 20 hours if you read very fast. (and the game allows you to go fast)Last modified on 2017-07-11 at 21:01
#3 by cnkx
2017-07-11 at 21:59
Another factor depends on listening to the voice acting, I'm pretty sure most people should be able to read faster than the voice actors voicing their lines, so if someone skips voice acting, they'll be done quicker.
#4 by encrypted12345
2017-07-12 at 02:30
I'd say with voice acting on gives a more accurate sense of the length then without voice acting. Using autoread as a basis also makes sense. I can't imagine that setting being too variable between one VN and another.Last modified on 2017-07-12 at 02:45
#5 by infernoplex
2017-07-15 at 21:29
Finished it on autospeed, I think it took me between 45 and 50 hours (or slightly more than 50) to read all 4 routes together with all bonus H-scenes but I did listen to all voices and didn't skip anything.
#6 by marcus-beta
2017-08-27 at 00:44
I have dumped the text of the libra and chrono clock... chrono clock acutally have more lines than this...
this KnL have 29k of lines, and the chrono clock 30k of lines...
why the KnL Length is wrong i don't know... but to me is obvius it's wrong.
#7 by kiru
2017-08-27 at 00:57
Lines don't matter. Amount of characters (or scriptsize in sjis) do. (preferably without nametags, definitely without any control-code)
Or, for english scripts, word count, but that'd obviously only give an idea of the translation.
#8 by seraphic
2017-08-27 at 03:41
The VN length on VNDB is pretty subjective. More often than not, it's just a rough estimation by whoever created the entry. I've spent 50+ hours on games that said 20-30 hours, and 20 hours on >50hr games.
#9 by infernoplex
2017-08-27 at 09:11
I already pointed out earlier on how I occasionaly get misled by time lenghts listed on VNDB. So what seraphic said is definitively true, it all comes out as rather subjective. Perhaps the VN time lenghts should have had a voting kind of system and then average'd it all to get the rough estimated time.

That being said, I agree with usagi's edit that this shouldn't be listed as a >50 hours long VN, it's not that long at all, compared to Dies irae I think it took me much much less time than that VN did. But since I didn't read Chrono Clock, I can't compare it with it, but I wouldn't put Libra in the medium category. It does have 3 + 1/2 route system that isn't that kind of short. It definitively would take at least 30 hours to play through it all with no skipping and speed reading.
#10 by kiru
2017-08-27 at 10:48
Length is different from playtime though. EGS does playtime, and while it gives you an idea about length, it's really not the same.

Length will always be subjective. There's no single best method. The closest is script-size, but even here differences exist. Depending on if there's voices or not and the complexity of the text, you may need a different amount of time for games with a similar script. VNs also may have unskipable effects or generally a lot of necessary and slow skipping. (Which unfortunately is part of the "length", because without it you won't be able to finish the game. Chaos;Child is a good example there. That game would probably be around 30-40 hours normally, but it's "awesome" engine extends it by another 20...)
#11 by erikkustrife
2017-09-01 at 21:15
I have to also throw out that without skiping any text and getting all cgs, my game play legenth was 16 hours. No were near the 50 XD

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