hakuoki: memories of the shinsengumi – post #1: impressions.

Hi all!

I know I’ve been pretty bad at maintaining a regular schedule with this blog. I tend to take some time to really form my opinions and get my thoughts together about a game. Unfortunately, this means I end up taking a bit longer before I sit down and write my entries. ^________^;;; Sorry about that. But, right now, I’ve a bit of a break and so, I’m trying to get some game time in before the semester starts up again.

My friend recently received a discount code for a video game shop online and offered it to me since he didn’t have anything in particular he was looking for. While I was overseas and looking at games, I found a few titles that I was interested in. One of them was a game from the Atelier series as I had mentioned previously and another was Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi. I had spotted a Limited Edition version which made it look very attractive. So, when I was looking at games, he suggested purchasing Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi because he said games like these had a tendancy to go out of print pretty quickly. Furthermore, the Limited Edition one was available.

I received it about a week or so later and packaging-wise, it is pretty. It was a bit disappointing that it had gotten crushed in the mail but I don’t think that could be helped. Anyway, the Limited Edition came with an official soundtrack. The contents and unboxing of my game are photographed below. I’m not sure if the soundtrack is a common bonus item but it was for mine since I got the European copy. I’m not sure if they American bonuses are any different.

I went online to read up about the Hakuoki series and found it was a pretty well-known otome game. And, I really like otome games. My favourite from that particular genre would probably be Tokimeki Memorial Girl’s Side. Anyway, for those who are not familiar with the Hakuoki series, it involves a protagonist, Chizuru Yukimura, who ventures to Kyoto in search of her father. She is attacked and saved by members of the Shinsengumi. She ends up in their custody and remains with them for the rest of the game. During this time, she tries to find her father and falls in love with a member. And then, they live happily ever after. I think that pretty much sums up the plot. I honestly haven’t gotten very far.

I’m not very far into the game but I figured that it could be good for me to write an impressions post as I play the game (which I’m doing right now).

It opens up quite nicely and the graphics don’t disappoint. They look like what has been pictured on the packaging. I feel like this hasn’t always been the case when it comes to 3D games so, it is worth a mention. I managed to take a few photos for you guys to check it out. I should note that the guys photographed aren’t necessarily my favourite, they were just the ones I managed to take. ^__^;;

Story-wise, I feel like the writing resembles a teenager writing a piece of fanfiction. It feels like more descriptive than a video game really needs to be. While I understand it is a visual novel, I feel like as a video game, the words should be propelling you forward. Maybe it’s because I’m still in the early stages and the writers feel a need to describe everything to really set the scene. Having said that, I would have appreciated being slowly introduced to the various characters (or eligible bachelors) instead of being shoved into the deep end with a bunch of guys. While there was a cutscene flashing each character and their name, those few seconds they were on screen really wasn’t enough for me. I hope that I remember their names and faces before it becomes crucial. :/

I just made it to the first couple of points where you make choices and I’m not particularly sure if the road forks or not since this is my first playthrough but I’m assuming there will be some differences. So far so good, I haven’t seen any character’s displeasure. Although, I don’t think you can do that so early in the game.

While it felt like a while before I got to the fun part of the game (making those choices), now that I have, I feel a bit more involved in the game and feel more interested in what’s happening and that’s always a good thing.

I’m going to keep playing the game and hopefully, I’ve more opinions of the game soon! 🙂

Cheers,
Yen

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