A sequel (?) to the first Yuugiroku game Otomate decided to poop out Yuugiroku 2. Unfortunately Kazuki Yone’s been gone for like 2 years so they had to get one of their copy cats to do all the CGs. Sadly this didn’t fare too well so to add salt on to the wound they decided to add a confusing as all hell system to make me flip multiple tables. (╯°□°）╯︵ ┻━┻
Because this game is so rage inducing I kinda gave up writing a summary for each route. No worries though – NOTHING actually happens. The entire story is basically Chizuru picking guy x and then going to the festival with him to make sure nothing “suspicious” is going on. After they fight off Chikage and his minions (for no reason other than the fact that they’re there), Chizuru and Guy X walk around the festival at night. They end their trip usually by the river and then it’s over. To add more “content” there’s a section called Sakuragatari where it’s Chizuru with Guy X near the cherry blossom DURING and AFTER the original game. You then pick phrases to raise the dude’s affection and once you pick 10 affection raising ones (which can be repeated – just not back to back), there’s a CG scenario.
Soooo let’s just go down the list of why this game is crap:
THE MINI GAMES ARE SHIT
The first hakuoki yugiroku game the mini games were challenging, but still doable and kinda fun. The games here for the most part are shit. The first shit minigame is the curtain tassel pulling game. Otomate should know by now curtain tassels are never a good thing! So here you are pulling a random tassel with no rhyme or reason hoping the one you pull pulls the right character. 1/15 times you will get it right the rest is wrong until the damn timer runs out.
The second shitty game is the slide puzzle. Yes this is shit because usually these things take a long time unless you’re some slider puzzle pro. This isn’t a game you can just do in 3 minutes. In the multiple times I’ve been forced to play this game, I only managed to successfully slide it into place ONCE and it magically gave me 1300 points (and I need 1000 to clear it.) Still shit though.
The other games, while challenging, were somewhat doable but the shooting one really made my wrist hurt especially on anything higher than easy mode (；´Д｀).
THE CGS ARE HIDEOUS
There’s 2 parts to this rant. The problem here is, the CGs themselves are colored well but its the drawing underneath that’s the problem. It’s trying SO HARD to be like Kazuki Yone that even 1 thing being off ruins the entire thing. So for the most part I couldn’t recognize anyone except maybe Chikage? A lot of the guys for some reason also looked like Souji to me o___O. It’s like that character was the only one the copycat could draw well?? LOl.
The other beef I have is – in most CGs instead of seeing Guy with Chizuru its guy with “Chizuru’s body parts.” It looks like some horrid cell phone game. Either her head’s cut off or we only see her hands, or her legs or her lap omg. What is this some eroge lol.
I mean they even go as far as calling Chizuru by her name if you leave it default so at this point why are you making it so that she doesn’t even show up with the guy? Yes there are of course CGs of her with the guy but since this is a mini game I was hoping there would be more of Chizuru x Guy love love scene not some cheap cell phone game style fanservice. Next thing you’ll know they’ll start making her eyeless ∑(ﾟДﾟ)ｶﾞｰﾝ.
THE GAME FEELS LIKE AN RPG MAZE
Idk when I think of an otome game I think “stalk guy to get his scenes.” Yes I know RPG otome games exist but I never associate Hakuoki with those. But here, you have to walk around talking to random people using the “michishirube” as your clues on who to talk to next. Once you talk to guy B, get item A, you return to guy C to get your “quest reward” aka Scenario. This is annoying BEFORE you get to the matsuri but once you are there, it becomes hell when the quest rewards are now mixed in with the stupid mini games. Since each MiniGame has 3 levels of difficulty its hard to tell which level you need to do to even get the next scenario. Sometimes the michishirube hints are so god damn confusing like in Chikage’s it said “you got my love letter isn’t it proper to send a response.” HOW DO I SEND A RESPONSE? Apparently thanks to a guide the answer was “talk to Souji” wut. On the topic of Souji, I was following a guide for Souji’s route but somehow I managed to derail and get Yamazaki’s ending…( ﾟ,_ゝﾟ). Needless to say I pretty much ragequit the game without finishing Souji’s route (not that I like him anyway so I really don’t give a fuck.)
SO PRETTY MUCH THE WHOLE GAME PLAY CAN BE SUMMARIZED LIKE THIS: WALK AROUND & TALK TO EVERYONE YOU CAN IN HOPES ONE OF THEM GETS YOU A SCENARIO → TAKE YOUR HISTORICAL BISHIE TO THE FESTIVAL → WALK AROUND IN CIRCLES SOME MORE AND PLAY SOME MINI GAMES UNTIL HOPEFULLY YOU GET MORE SCENARIO → RAGE UNTIL YOU LOOK FOR A WALK THROUGH → THE WAKTHROUGH MAKES NO SENSE SO YOU TRY USING MICHISHIRUBE → SHIT MAKES NO SENSE → WALK AROUND AND TALK TO EVERYONE AGAIN → CHECK WALKTHROUGH AGAIN AND TRY EVERY MINI GAME YOU HAVEN’T DONE YET → GET SCENARIO → 10 MINUTE ENDING AS YOUR REWARD WITH A DERPY CG OF YOUR GUY AND CHIZURU’S LEGS.
Needless to say I think it’s obvious why I don’t have a summary review for this game. IT SUCKS BALLS. And well the only reason I ended up completing (most of) it because I had like nothing else to play in between waiting for
Sex School Wars to arrive at my doorstep. (I wouldn’t really be able to start/finish a game in like 3 days unless I was staying home all day.) Though now that I think about it I shoulda just dumped the game and played some random free doujin PC game instead since it wasn’t worth it. The “plot” is pointless for the most part and as always I only really found Chikage to be entertaining. Chizuru felt like she was air most of the time and the overall feel didn’t really FEEL like the Hakuoki cast I knew from the first game? Also it felt like her relationship was completely reset with some of the guys. So then when you have that and the ending CG of them like cuddling together I get confused as to like when exactly does this game even take place.
Maybe it’s the art, maybe its the poor writing, maybe it’s the shitty system but either way this game is crap. I definitely recall enjoying the first Yugiroku game so I doubt it’s me having a hatred for mini games. Also in the first game they sort of created a reason why everyone suddenly turned chibi but here it was like “yea we’re chibi for no reason at all”. So yea the whole concept of the chibiness was kinda thrown out the window.
My final thoughts for this game and Hakuoki in general are: OTOMATE STOP. YONE IS GONE. THIS SERIES NEEDS TO DIE. Go back to milking Amnesia or something, at least the artist is still around. ( ´_ゝ｀) Thanks to this game, Hakuoki is probably permanently ruined for me to the point that I don’t think I can even get myself to play any of the stupid doujin games people made for it. /puke