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- This choose-your-own-adventure-style game offers players a chance to choose one of six possible love interests. Playing through the main game unlocks the "Stories of the Shinsengumi": Several additional events that add roughly 20 hours of content
- Playing through "Stories of the Shinsengumi" can also unlock more content, including a series of short stories written specifically for this game about the Hakuoki cast in a modern-day Japanese high school
- Download Hakuoki 's massive art gallery archives and view your favorite characters in a variety of outfits available as DLC. If you're desperate for more adventures, there will be DLC side stories to scratch that itch as well
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Hakuoki: Stories of the Shinsengumi tells the tale of Chizuru, a young woman who finds herself fighting alongside the infamous Shinsengumi as competing factions war for control of Japan.
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Graphics (score 8/10): Wow, the art is pretty! Of course, that's due to the fact that they went with an anime-drawing art style, which is always a classic and timeless look on just about any system (and for anyone who's played Phoenix Wright, this is going to seem stylistically somewhat familiar). Unfortunately, unlike Phoenix Wright, these images feel somewhat lacking. It really does feel like they could use a few more expressions or a bit more movement or something of that sort. As it is, it just seems a bit too static... It’s not terrible overall, though, so I’m thankful.
Music (score 7/10): The music is very light and simple, and it suits the moods of the various scenes without being distracting. The voice acting (yes, there is voice acting) is all in Japanese. It doesn't cover 100% of the dialogue, just a few sentences here and there (good thing, too, or it'd get really tedious). As it is, I decided to just turn it off since I found it less distracting that way (mainly because I can read much faster than they can speak, and waiting for them to finish was taking up too much time). The quality of the voice acting, as much as I could tell, seemed pretty good.
Characters (score 8/10): I know this is a dating sim sort of game (aside from being a visual novel), and thus there are a lot of characters. It felt almost overwhelming at first. I kept feeling like, "who is that again?" After getting further into the story, though, I started getting used to all the characters and learning their individual personalities and quirks. I became fond of several of them, and I think this slow approach to character development may have been deliberate because it feels like you really are getting to know a bunch of people you just met (through the eyes of Chizuru). It's quite a nice effect and ties in with the story well.
Story (score 8/10): The story starts off rather slow, but once you get into Chapter 2 things start to pick up. I don't want to spoil anything, but there's a bit of a supernatural element to this strange hybrid of historical fiction and romance, and it was quite interesting. I must say though, for all the times I've described this game as part "dating sim," there's actually much more historical fiction to it and very little of the romance part (history buffs would definitely find this fascinating). What romance that IS present is rather subtle and minor. I think I would've preferred the opposite, but I still found it very interesting, so I can't complain too much.
Gameplay (score 9/10): This is a bit of a catch-all category for me. This is a visual novel, so there isn't much in the way of gameplay. You just hit the X button and read text, and every once in awhile, you can make a choice. These choices lead to branching story options, and ultimately decide what ending you get. You can save anytime, which is handy if you have a limited amount of time to play. If you are replaying for different endings, there’s a handy skip button for skipping dialogue you’ve already read, which is a real live-saver. This is my first time experiencing a real visual novel, and I like it - it's simple and easy, and I found it pretty relaxing.
Overall (score 8/10): NOTE this score is not an average; it’s my subjective overall score. This is my first foray into visual novels, and I must say, I rather enjoyed it. It’s a very fun and relaxing genre for people who like reading, and Hakuoki in particular has a pretty interesting story to keep one engaged. I’m glad I tried it out, and I’m hoping more visual novels make their way stateside.
Great story,great characters,beautiful art,lots of extras well worth the money!
The packaging was good. The game was wrapped in a bubble sheet and there wasn't any damage so it was all good for me!
I haven't played through all the routes but Harada's route was really cute! I enjoyed it.