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GF Rating
4.7

144 ratings

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GF Rating
10

Perfect

Uniquely Japanese game brought down by Gameflyers

posted by TheShiv0724 (NAPA, CA) May 20, 2014

Member since May 2014

13 out of 13 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

DISCLAIMER: For the purposes of getting the game its proper overall rating I've given the game a 10 but the TL;DR score would be about a 7.5 out of 10. Now onto the rant.

This is my first review on GameFly and I really wish it was because I could tell you it was because of how amazing the game is. The truth is, I was urged to write a review out of offense of players not giving this game its due. Hakuoki is not a traditional game, there's no combat or multiplayer scoreboards or living the Male Power Fantasy. This is a Visual Novel, an style of interactive story games rarely seen here in the West with maybe the closest analog being the Phoenix Wright games. Even more so, it's an Otome game, a Japanese term for a game directed at girls, specifically a teen to young adult demographic.

So the fact that most of the reviewers excuse for giving this game a one being "All you do is read," or "You just date Anime guys," is frankly insulting for giving a bad score for WHAT IT'S PURPOSE IS. You watch a story unfold and make occasional decisions that change its outcome, exactly what it says on the box.

As for the story itself, its very well voice acted, though there's no English dub option, graphicly it lacks but the art design makes every Shinesngumi captain look unique and endearing in some way and while the decisions you make don't come as often as they could (and occasionally don't explain exactly what their outcome will cause, resulting with a tendency to Save Scum), the story is engaging, which is important since that's the main focus of an Otome Visual Novel.

All in all, I'd give this game about a 7.5 as it is a very, VERY niche game but does itself well enough. However, as you might see my score above, I'm giving this game a perfect 10 as a hope to make Hakuoki get the true rating it deserves.

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GF Rating
8

Very Good

HAKUOKI: STORIES OF THE SHINSENGUMI

posted by NINJAKU (ELKHART, IN) May 12, 2014

Member since May 2014

4 out of 4 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

FIRST OF ALL, THIS IS NOT A GAME. IT IS A JAPANESE GRAPHIC NOVEL ON DISK WITH A FEW CHOICES TO DIRECT STORY ARC. THIS STORY REQUIRES ALMOST ALL READING. THAT BEING SAID, I FOUND AS I PROGRESSED THROUGH THE STORY I ENJOYED IT MORE AND MORE. FOR THOSE WHO HAVE THE ABILITY TO SIT AND READ A GOOD STORY ON THE PS3, THIS IS AN INTERESTING EXPERIENCE THAT I WOULD ENCOURAGE.

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GF Rating
10

Perfect

It's an Otome game

posted by Kaioken13 (ARLINGTON, WA) May 10, 2014

Member since May 2014

3 out of 3 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

I just wanted to say this is supposed to be an otome game. It is meant to be aimed towards female gamers. Its filled Bishies (pretty boys) that you can try to date. It is meant to be a visual novel and that is made clear in the description. This game has you decide between two or three different actions. Each choice leads to a different arc and there are good endings and bad ones. That’s it. There is no fighting or walking around because there isn’t suppose to be.

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