[PlayStation Vita] Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms Review
Idea Factory International is back on PS Vita with Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms, the direct continuation of Kyoto Winds. Learn more about it in our Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms review!
For those of you who donâ€™t know about the Hakuoki series, they are part of the Otome genre which means theyâ€™re visual novels mostly aimed at players who favor romancing male characters. The sequel does give everyone a short refresher on the story from Kyoto Winds so that youâ€™re not completely lost, but due to the gameâ€™s nature, it is best if you play the first one so that you can get the most out of this one.
Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms is a romance story takes place after the Toba-Fushimi battle. Chizuru Yukiura, the main protagonist, returns for the sequel, and she is trying to find her father who went missing. She is also still with the Shinsengumi, a sort of military police force with several attractive men that you can romance at some point during the game.
There are several different endings in the game, so if youâ€™re aiming at getting the Platinum then youâ€™re going to spend a ton of time with this one! Visual novels feature massive walls of text to read, and this one definitely does its genre justice! You will need to finish different routes to interact with different romance options, and each route features an opening prologue to get you going.
Regardless of the story arc you choose to play first and who you choose to romance with, you will be treated to a rich and diverse set of characters with solid personality traits and a solid narrative. Between all the reading you will get to make some dialogue choices, and these will impact the outcome of the game, so you need to pay attention to what is going on to make the right choice at the right time.
Since you will need to do several runs to 100% the game, itâ€™s great that youâ€™ll be able to skip any text you have already read so that you can speed up the whole process. You can also rewind time in case you pick up a dialogue choice and donâ€™t like the outcome, so you can go back and select something else. There are also other features such as highlighted text so you can look up what something means in the Codex.
Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms is a solid sequel that carries on with the story of Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds, so if you have played the prequel then youâ€™re going to have a great time with this one. You do need to like visual novels, particularly those of the Otome genre, to have a good time with this PS Vita release. The narrative, colorful and detailed locations and the varied cast of characters will keep you engaged until the end. All voice acting in the game is only available in Japanese, and while I would have liked to interact with other characters with voice acting in English, this is not a deal-breaker and does not get in the way of enjoying this adventure.
This Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms review is based on a PlayStation Vita copy provided by Idea Factory International.