Gaming Bus Review: Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom

Visual novels aren’t exactly mainstream. While they have gathered more steam in recent years, as with the Ace Attorney games, Hotel Dusk: Room 215 and Cing’s other titles, and 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors, they’re still far from main stream. Otome games (also called reverse harems) in particular fall under a small niche. Yes, there are games that have come out here that let you play as a female and try to woo a guy like Persona 3 Portable, Avalon Code, Princess Debut, and Harvest Moon games featuring a female protagonist. But pure visual novels that let you pursue men making it outside of Japan are a rare sight compared to the reverse, and they’re mostly confined to the PC, with Yo-Jin-Bo being one of the more prominent ones. In that light, Aksys’s decision to bring over a game that not only is on a system that’s on its way out the door, but also one with a very narrow appeal. The fine folks at Aksys aren’t exactly averse to risk; they’ve brought over 999 along with Fate/Extra, titles that are heavy on text and light on main stream appeal. Let’s see if the gamble was worth it in this case.

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