Review: Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi (Nintendo 3DS)
25 November 2013
Summary: Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi is essentially Demon of the Fleeting Blossom with a couple of extras, which isn’t a bad thing, as those who don’t own a PSP or Vita now get to play this game too. Although this is an otome game, there’s plenty of substance for those who aren’t as inclined towards romancing men.
Summary: A player unfamiliar with this genre could be forgiven for having reservations on the premise of this game – as a Western audience our exposure to romantic visual-novel adventures is minimal, much less one where the player serves the role of the female lead. Thankfully, these misgivings are entirely unfounded; whilst the relationship-forging is obviously a focus in the experience, these aspects are presented in an unobtrusive manner with a light touch.