I have been dedicating a lot of my time to Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi on the PS3 which was released a few weeks ago. This game is a visual novel, and I have to say it’s a great one at that. I have been mesmerized by each character and the world in which it takes place.
The game’s official website describes the setting as: “The Japan’s Edo Period was drawing to a close. The shogunate, who’d held power in the country for more than 200 years, found itself challenged by the imperial court, and by several domains who had chaffed under shogunal rule. In the midst of this political unrest, an organization rose to prominence: The Shinsengumi. Originally formed to protect the streets of Kyoto from masterless samurai, they came to represent the last, tragic bastion of the honor-bound samurai culture that had defined much of Japan’s history. A young woman by the name of Chizuru comes to Kyoto in search of her missing father, and soon encounters danger and the Shinsengumi in quick succession. When it becomes clear the Shinsengumi are also searching for her father, Chizuru is put under their protection. But odd things are afoot in Kyoto—possibly even supernatural things. Can Chizuru navigate this maze of mortal danger and political intrigue? Amidst so much misery and death, can she find romance?”
I randomly purchased the PSP game a few years ago, and loved it but was very confused by it. This is my first visual novel, but as the characters and the struggle they go through really resonated with me, I have decided to go for 100% for the trophies for this game. While right now I am at 33%, I wanted to do a quick update of information, and to share that I will do a trophy guide soon.
The first thing you need to do on you way to collecting the trophies is to unlock all of the routes. There are six men you can romance in this game, all with very unique and different personalities. Since this was my first visual novel I looked for some helpful guides, and found some extremely helpful walkthroughs from Angel Crow on her blog The Lonely Lacuna. She breaks the guide down into each route, where to save at and is helpful with the CGs that you need to collect. She has her suggestions on how to start out, and while mine differed some, I do agree with her that saving Hijikata’s route for last is the best option. I started my route with one of my favorites Harada ❤ but what I recommend are Harada ❤ – Toudou – Okita –Kazama – Saito – Hijikata <3. I will link to Angel Crow’s guides below for the different routes.
Don’t forget you will need a normal route, as well as a bad ending to unlock those achievements. The easiest (fastest) bad ending is with Okita at save 3. Be sure to document your save spots so that you don’t get things mixed up. I had so many notes on this game it reminded me of my old MMO raiding days, lol. Helpful note here, please remember that the square button on the PS3 controller will fast forward any and all text you have seen before, use this if you want to speed things up. Have no fear, it will stop at a choice option, and the game will also notify you of your previous choices in green as well so you can feel comfortable that you won’t miss anything.
My next guide will move onto what you do after you unlock each of the routes. I should have that up in the coming week. Once again, huge thanks to Angel Crow for her guides that helped me get started on my 100% for the trophies.
One last note on this game, if you have ever wondered what it is like to live your life during a period where the world is changing you, this is it. *POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT* By the end of this game, the Western world, military, fashion and overall life is invading Japan and these friends are seeing their world change around them. While they embrace the change because they have to, many of the men struggle with it and also struggle with their purpose in a world that seems to be leaving them behind. Some might write this game off as a simple romance sim, but it’s so much more. ❤