Rated 10 out of 10
by Amaihana12 Awesome First Otome Game In America
Love love love this game very much<3. From playing the game first then watching the Hakuouki anime makes me want more Otomake games come to america I would love to play every single one of them : 3
Rated 0 out of 10
by Mochi So happy that Hakuoki gets translated
Oh thankfully its getting translated to english =_= some of my friends and I got really desperate we even started to do it ourself xD hahaha (and its worst translation not even 1/10 done kesesese) :D well 4 Months might be bearable >> but wouldn't mind a earlier realize such as X-Mas ;P dunno!!!!
Rated 9 out of 10 by SamHam Did not disappoint!
I'm a fan of otome games and visual novels and I was so happy to find out that one of the popular ones in Japan would be translated to english. I'm not exactly a fan of Hakuouki but I needed to give it a chance because it was the first PSP otome game in english and I hoped that if this one fared well then more otome games would soon follow. I didn't have high expectations for this game but when I actually got to playing I was blown away. The graphics are beautiful, the sounds were great too. The plot was very enjoyable and I found myself getting really into the game. I really hope more otome games will come in english! They're probably my favorite things to play haha :) Hopefully games like Starry Sky, Uta no Prince-Sama and more will follow! Oh and one more thing: this game isn't exactly a game. You don't get to hack at bad guys and mash all the buttons to beat a level or whatever. It's a visual novel and a great one at that :) I highly recommend it!
Rated 10 out of 10 by yoitzo Beautiful Otomoe/ VN
Definitely geared towards females, this otome is beautiful. While it can get repetitive trying to get all the endings, the fast forward button is a time saver. The pictures and CG is truly breathtaking. There are a lot of characters, and therefore, a lot of Japanese names to remember. The Encyclopedia definitely helps. There is no "gameplay" since this is a visual novel. You read, read, read and make a choice every once in a while. The main character is a girl that you control and make choices for. She can be a bit frustrating and many people seem to think she was made by a man (LOL). While this is supposed to be romance game, it isn't the main portion of the game; rather there is a deeper story line of historic Japan between the shogunate and the imperialists. The voice acting is superb and (thank goodness) is in Japanese while the text is in English. This may be off putting to some while a saving grace to others.
Rated 10 out of 10 by gozita444 BEST GAME EVER
This was my first visual novel and I am well impressed, it was truly addictive and suspenseful even after already seeing the anime! (Which is a must see by the way). At first I was a little turned off by the whole "no gameplay thing" but once I got used to the idea and gave it a try I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. This game has one of the best storylines I’ve ever seen in games, and don’t worry there is a lot of action in this game as well as romance! It's a samurai war story after all. My only advice is to know what you’re buying before you purchase this game, understand what a visual novel is and get used to the idea before playing it, I would recommend this game to people who like history, romance, a good storyline, samurais, anime fans, onimusha gamers, and psp owners in general, I'm not going to give away any spoilers but this game is mainly for a female audience though I do believe boy gamers could still play it. This game does have an anime series based off of one of the character paths in this game which is a great bonus! I HIGHLY recommend this game!
Rated 10 out of 10 by SamuraiGirl10 The best otome game in America
So Hakuouki is mainly aimed at a female audience, however it has a broader range because of the many genres and yes I know some boys who even went out and bought it and they loved it. Not all of the Hakuouki games are visual novels, there is actual gameplay in them depending on which ones you buy so don't let people's opinions rule you; give it a try! The art is perfect and so are the voices (they keep the original seiyuus from the anime) and the plot is amazing. Depending on how you play will determine the ending you get at the end of the game. Hakuouki, even though it's aimed at females, doesn't focus on romance but instead it focuses on the action, fantasy, paranormal and horror aspects of the series. I suggest that people check out the game trailers and the official websites as well as the trailers for Hakuouki Bakumatsu Musouroku, the upcoming game.
Rated 10 out of 10 by MouTea A Wish Come True!
I've always wanted to play this game, being the huge Kazuki Yone fan I am. I love all of her art work and this game blows my mind! With multiple endings and gallery collects along with many other things, it keeps the game going! And yes you can change the protagonist's name.
Although I do believe this game to run towards the female audience instead and you can't really compare this game to the Anime (I don't watch Anime so I can't really say) because the art is completely different. I've looked up some pictures for the Anime of Hakuouki that people were talking about and I just told myself "No"... I highly prefer game than Anime because you get bad insights (or girls get jealous which I find funny, according to forums) about the main character. You must play the game to know the TRUE story! I hope more comes out because there are more out there!
Rated 10 out of 10 by LeoCancerLibra Just what I wanted!
I have been a fan of the Hakuouki anime for about a year, and I was so excited to find out the game was being translated into English! I wanted to play it sooo badly, so needless to say, I bought the limited edition as soon as I could. Although, do NOT expect it to be like other games! It is a visual novel, and the most you do during the game is pushing up or down, and most of the time you're pushing X to move on in the story. I would recommend it to people that like to read and would be interested in an interactive novel like this, or obviously to people that like anime and eye candy! x3 The graphics are beautiful, but I think it'll get a little redundant after I play through everyone's routes. Despite that, I still love it, and hope that more games like it (Starry Sky, Uta no Prince sama) are translated!
Rated 10 out of 10 by WendyRae I was very impressed.
I had originally found out about this series a couple years ago when I had stumbled across the anime by DEEN Studio. After finding out it was a visual novel originally, I began to follow playthroughs and the like of the original Japanese version (but to hardly any avail since my Japanese is very basic). I was ecstatic when I figured out that Aksys was going to release this game in English. I was very impressed with what Aksys did with the translation. They kept the story straight and not too confusing, while adding a touch of English localization. I never knew Hijikata had cussed so much, haha. Speaking of dialogue, I'm ever so grateful that Aksys kept the original Japanese dubs. Morikubo Showtaro and Tsuda Kenjiro are two of my favorite voice actors. The art of the game is absolutely stunning, but I'd expect no less from Kazuki Yone. The soundtrack is also something that I adore from this game. (So glad I got the LE.) The only downfall to this game is that it can stretch your patience. My first playthrough took around 26~30 hours, and I even got a bad end! But I believe your patience is rewarded greatly. I give this game a 10/10. I hope others will think the same! Maybe we can help bring more Otomate Visual Novels to the US!
Rated 10 out of 10 by Senshi75 In one word...WOW.
I'm a huge fan of Japanese history (samurai mostly) and yes, I'm an anime fan as well so this game was all that and a bag of chips. I'm so happy I found out about this game from the American publisher via You Tube or else I would have never found out about it. I wasn't at all disappointed.
I'm no stranger to the history behind the lives of the Shinsengumi's most recognized leaders so there were no real surprises as to some of their fates. I did like how you were able to alter that by going one route or another. I'm new to otome games and I fell in love with the whole concept.
The game itself was lush, colorful and absolutely gorgeous. The voice acting was left intact from the Japanese original and I was tickled pink to actually recognize several of them in particular Shotaro Morikubo and Kosuke Toriumi. I was expecting a dub which happens so often but was happy they left it as is. It would have totally destroyed the atmosphere. The sound effects and in-game music were much to be desired but the intro and outro themes were superb.
All in all this was a fantastic experience and I hope more games in this series and more otome games altogether make it over here. I also hope they bring the PS3 version of this game over as well. I'd be first in line to buy them.