[PS Vita] Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds Review
Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds is an otome visual novel. This basically means it’s an interactive romance visual novel. You have the opportunity to romance the many Shinsegengumi Samurai in this story set in Kyoto, Japan. Are you ready to romance 12 eligible bachelors as you work towards one of the 30 possible endings? Come read our Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds review to learn more about this great game!
You play as Chizuru Yukimura, a young girl who travels to the city in search of her dad, Kodo Yukimura – a doctor in the service of the Shogun. He went missing not long after arriving in Kyoto. Kyoto Chizuru soon finds herself involved in some sinister stuff. She is very fortunate to make it out alive, but unfortunately, she learns some inside information on the Shinsengumi, and since they want her to keep their secret, she ends up getting sorta kidnaped. It’s not as bad as it sounds since the group also knows her father and will help her find him no matter what. Oh, and she eventually befriends and romances her captors.
It’s a visual novel, so I’m going to refrain from spoiling anything else from here on out. Your main goal is to reach one of many of Chizuru’s romance endings. If you have the time, you will need to replay the whole visual novel multiple times to experience every branch of the story to get all endings. For a platinum run, you’re looking at a large time commitment to see everything that the game has to offer.
The gameplay is based on reading huge walls of text and making choices based on what you read and how you’re feeling about the way each situation develops. Make the right choices you will win the heart of a suitor and he will be more likely to fight for you. Your choices will change your relationships with the men you associate with. There are hundreds of choices to make overall with very distinct story beats to experience.
The walls of text will include locations, people and various jargon that we may not know the meaning of, which is why its great that there are words highlighted in purple and once you spot one you can press down to discover more information. You would be amazed by how much you can learn by a single highlighted word! Another cool feature is history which allows you to rewind a conversation in case you missed something.
The story in Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds will grab you from start to finish as you make the most of the massive walls of text you will be reading. It is a visual novel, and that is expected of the genre, so no complaints there! Fans of the genre will be happy to hear that this release keeps the original Japanese voices for that authentic feel – although in my case I wouldn’t have minded a dual audio track but can understand that would have been very expensive for the developer. The game’s graphics are very crisp and clear and make everything pop easily, making it easy on the eye. If you’re looking for an otome visual novel on PS Vita then Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds is certainly a good option you should consider.
This Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds review is based on a PS Vita copy provided by Idea Factory International.