Hakuoki: Demon Of The Fleeting Blossom Limited Edition - PlayStation Portable
- Experience a historical fantasy adventure while pursuing a relationship with one of several male love interests in a game specifically created for a female audience.
- Enjoy a visual novel filled with beautiful illustrations and changing character portraits. Examine character biographies, check your story progress, and replay scenes you've already watched.
- Choose Your Own Fate with Multiple Endings - The story is told through the eyes of Chizuru Yukimura, but the player will be presented with a number of decisions she must make.
- Discover the Hakuoki series, which enjoys major popularity in Japan among the gaming populace, selling over 500,000 copies across all platforms.
- Limited edition bonus items include: a soundtrack CD and a 72-page artbook.
- Platform: Sony PSP
- ESRB Rating: Mature
- Media: Video Game
- Item Quantity: 1
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Japan's Edo Period was drawing to a close. The shogunate, who'd held power in the country for more than 200 years, found itself challenged by the imperial court, and by several domains who had chaffed under shogunal rule. In this midst of this political unrest, an organization rose to prominence: The Shinsengumi. Originally formed to protect the street of Kyoto from master less samurai, they came to represent the last, tragic bastion of the honor-bound samurai culture that had defined much of Japan's history. In Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom, a young woman by the name of Chizuru comes to Kyoto in search of her missing father, and soon encounters danger and the Shinsengumi in quick succession. When it becomes clear the Shinsengumi are also searching for her father, Chizuru is put under their protection. But odd things are afoot in Kyoto-possibly even supernatural happenings. Can Chizuru navigate this maze of mortal danger and political intrigue? Amidst so much mystery and death, can she find romance?
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Now, on to the actual game. When it starts, there's an opening video and whenever you exit the game and go back in, it will always display it. You have the option to skip it though (just click start) and I find that very helpful. I like how there are at least 12 (i think) slots for you to save in. Over all, the convenience of the whole game is 5/5!
The game is fully voiced and I find that very high class, because it's like watching an anime! You get to listen to the voices while reading the English subtitles. However, sometimes, the translations are a little off, but I suspect that is so that they can make it easier for English speakers to understand. Also, there are a few spelling mistakes here and there, but it's nothing big. Doesn't get in the way at all. Translation is probably a 4.5/5 for me, but that's just because I prefer getting the direct translation rather than having it altered.
The game itself is very fun! I knew the game would be lots of reading and I was prepared for that, but sometimes, it can get a little annoying. The one thing I'm very annoyed about is that even if you skip all the parts you've already read, it still takes a while.Read more ›
I saw in Eb Game's upcoming titles, and grabbed it as soon as I could! you should watch the anime series as well as play the game-----but I warn you: If you cannot emotionally take character death well, maybe you shouldn't buy it lol. This series is not friendly to the characters (based on real historical figures, aside Chizuru), just like real life wasn't.
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Hakuoki is one of the top names in Otome games, and apart from great character design and story lines, this game features some of the best voice actors in Japan, which to me is a must have for a visual novel style game.
I really hope this game can sell well in the US, so other games of this series can be introduced as well. And maybe some day Koei's neoromance games will also see its way in the US market.
One update after playing through the English version: I realized the English version does not include the extra story sections (hakuoki ibun-senyu emaki). In the Japanese psp version, you get access to extra text stories (with voice acting) for all characters once you finish one character's route. Reading the story will unlock an extra CG of that character. In the English version, you still get the CG after beating the game, but there's no story, which is a shame. Because of this, I would like to take half a star off this English version if I can.
The art is beautiful and the Japanese vocal cast is amazing. Idea Factory spared no expense with their voice actors, getting some of the top in the field.
As long as you feel comfortable playing a game from a female's prospective, I think that this game actually caters well to both genders. The only reason I could see someone not liking it is if they purchased it not knowing what a visual novel is. As the name implies, it is completely text-based with no actual game-play aside from choosing paths like in a choose-your-own-adventure novel. If you like to read books, I think this game might be just up your ally!
Disclaimer: This is a very text heavy game. If you don't like reading, don't buy it. If you think you would be bored making choices and then reading the outcome (similar to a choose your own story book), this game is not for you.
Edit (2/25): You can't play the game on the Vita yet but according to Aksys games, they are working on getting it approved by Sony.
As you can see by the product description, Hakuoki is an adventure/romance game that takes place during the end of Japan's Edo period. Much of it's events and even characters are based off of actual pieces of history, with more fantastical elements thrown in to spice it up. The route the story takes relies on your choices as the main character, a girl named Chizuru who originally comes to Kyoto to find her missing father but instead finds so much more than she bargained for. The game plays out much like those old create your own adventure novels, where the wrong choices can lead you to a "game over" aka "you're dead." However, choose the right paths and you're led to multiple different endings, many of the romantic variety with one of the choice main male characters. This alone gives Hakuoki large re-playability because even after completing it, you're far from finished. You'll need to work you're way through each route to fill in all of the holes.
The characters were very distinct and engaging, and I found I was easily able to grow attached to (or distrust, even despise) them as if they were real people standing in front of me. Of course, each character having a voice actor and being able to "talk to you" helped too. And learning about each of their specific paths is perhaps even more compelling then the overall underlying plot.
But the sweet icing on the cake would have to be the suburb voice acting and beautiful artwork. The US release maintains the original Japanese voice acting, which is not only top notch, but adds to the romanticism of it all (kind of like how people tend to be infatuated by foreign accents.) The artwork is crisp and clean, and really adds to the atmosphere. And they insert beautiful full illustrations at key points, some which just completely tear at your heart strings, or even freak you out. Add in some sound effects like the loud "clang" of a sword, and I was jumping in my seat on a number of occasions.
If I was to rag on anything it would be the music. It wasn't bad per say, just repetitive, and not even all of it. When things were "normal" and calm, the BGM almost had a generically light-hearted feel to it, which is fine, until you've listened to it for... 30 minutes? an hour? I don't know. I kind of lost track of time while playing, but you get my drift. But when it did suddenly change, it jumped at you. Like, "oh crud, stuff's about to go down!"
Overall, I don't think Hakuoki is for everyone, but for what it is, it deserves 5 stars. I'm a casual gamer with specific tastes: mostly adventure and RPG. Rarely do I play more than a few hours a week, but I played through Hakuoki the first time in three days (approx. 12-14 hours). The only thing that kept me from finishing quicker was work, sleep, and my Vita pleading for a battery recharge. (Yes, you can download it for your PS Vita now!) In a lot of respects, Hakuoki is an embellished book. So if your looking for a fighting game, worlds to romp through, or you just hate reading, I wouldn't suggest this. Also, it is an Otome game (targeted towards a female market) so if your not into men, you may want to pass. But if your looking for a historically fantastical adventure story, with some good 'ol romance, then Hakuoki is a no brainer.
Now, please excuse me while I recharge my Vita. ;)
I recommend this game to any fan of Otome or people who are just getting into them. ^^ It is worth any penny. Hopefully more Otome will come out here to the US!