Growing up in the 1980's and into the 1990's, one of the most popular things for a boy to have wasn't necessarily an Atari or NES. For many, it was author Edward Packard's "Choose Your Own Adventure" books in which players could dictate how the story would progress by selecting from a list of options then skipping ahead or behind in the book to that choice's corresponding segment of the novel. Not only would this allow for a slightly different story each time the book was read, it would also play out in the reader's mind as he read it.
Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi, a Nintendo 3DS title from developer Idea Factory and publisher Aksys Games, works very much like this in the form of a vis-novel. At its core, that decades-old concept is very much the same and it delivers a very strong narrative. Unfortunately, those seeking something action-packed will be sorely disappointed.