Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms PC Review
Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to share my thoughts on the PC version of Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms by Design Factory and Idea Factory.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the game from Idea Factory for review purposes but like all of my reviews, this had no effect on my thoughts and experiences with the game.
Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms is the second game in the Hakuoki franchise and sequel to Kyoto Winds. The game doesn’t feature a save import system so the choices you made in the first game don’t reflect this game unfortunately.
The game is a bit more linear in nature as well and you simply choose one of the 12 characters to romance at the start of the game and play through their entire route. It’s also worth mentioning that there aren’t many choices to make in this game compared to Kyoto Winds and it wound up being a lot shorter as well. I wound up clocking in a 5 hours total play time.
The story picks up right where Kyoto Winds left off with the Shinsengumi heading to Edo after being ousted from Kyoto after a major battle. The story is quite a bit darker and less upbeat than in the previous game because of a looming war against the imperial army as well as the war against the demons in Satsuma and Choshu. The Shinsengumi have seen better days as well so there’s a lot of animosity in the ranks. It’s a very entertaining tale though and the romance between the characters enhances the enjoyment and adds a bit of lightheartedness to a relatively dark and foreboding story.
There’s two things that I really liked about this game besides its story and that’s its artwork and soundtrack. The artwork is beautifully detailed, especially the CG’s for the romance parts. The character designs are of the same quality as in Kyoto Winds (Which is great) and the backgrounds were quite good as well. The soundtrack was very pleasing to listen to throughout and it often enhanced the experience a great deal, especially during the sword fights or important moments.
Overall, Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms has an entertaining story, great characters and some great artwork/music. I will admit that the length was a bit of a disappointment though. The lower amount of choices you get to make was also a bit disappointing as well. If you enjoyed playing the first game, you’ll likely be happy to have some closure to the story but it might come with some disappointment as well. I definitely recommend playing Kyoto Winds first because you’ll be pretty lost as to what happened in the beginning of the game.
Thanks for taking the time to read this short review folks. I’ll be back with my next review soon, until then, happy gaming folks!
Shaun Meyers Out!
Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms$29.99
Features of Interest
- Great Artwork
- Great Soundtrack
- Great Cast of Characters
- Interesting Story
- Much More Linear Than The First Game
- Not A lot Of Choices To Make To Impact The Story
- It's Much Shorter Than Kyoto Winds