Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms
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An explosive finale to the broiling wartime drama set up by Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds.
Being a slightly weaker sequel to that by the tiniest of margins still means that Edo Blossoms is one of the best visual novels out there.
Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms is a solid sequel that carries on with the story of Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds, so if you have played the prequel then you're going to have a great time with this one. You do need to like visual novels, particularly those of the Otome genre, to have a good time with this PS Vita release. The narrative, colorful and detailed locations and the varied cast of characters will keep you engaged until the end. All voice acting in the game is only available in Japanese, and while I would have liked to interact with other characters with voice acting in English, this is not a deal-breaker and does not get in the way of enjoying this adventure.
Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms offers a very satisfying conclusion to the Hakuoki tale. Boasting a fascinating narrative filled with bloody battles and political intrigue that's topped off with plenty of alluring characters and romances that feel deep and meaningful, this is an easy game to recommend to those who love a good story.
A successful sequel to a visual novel game Kyoto Winds. The protagonist returns to Edo and keeps on fighting for a true love. It's still a fantastic mix of historical, fictional and scary elements.
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Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms is not what it markets itself as. Instead of a frilly samurai epic, it's a monster fantasy that steeps itself in Japanese lore and historical politics.
I truly have no idea why Idea Factory decided to split this remake into two releases, and I would have greatly preferred having this full story contained in a single release. Regardless, if you enjoyed the story of Kyoto Winds, Edo Blossoms is pretty much essential playing.
Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms is a great cap to Kyoto Winds, even though the two games being released so far apart and as two packages does tend to cheapen things.
Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms is a fun Otome visual novel that succeeds with what it sets out to achieve. It might have some flaws but it is mostly a positive experience over its predecessor.