- System: Nintendo Switch, PS Vita
- Publisher: Aksys Games
- Developer: Idea Factory
- Release Date: Apr. 23, 2020
- Pricing: $39.99
- Rating: T
- Genre: Visual Novel
- Players: 1
- Official Website: http://www.aksysgames.com/code-realize-future-blessings/
Code Realize ~Future Blessings~ (Official Nintendo Switch Launch Trailer)
Who it Caters to
Simply put, this is an otome visual novel about a girl and all her handsome suitors, so if you like romance stories about a damsel in distress, look no further! That being said, you really have to enjoy reading if you're willing to try this game... and you really need to play the prequel (more like the main story than a prequel, to be honest) for a better understanding of what's happening here.
What to Expect
As with most visual novels, all you have to do here is pressing a button to 'turn the page', and maybe pick between two options sometimes (it’s just an illusion, your choices don’t really matter), so don't come expecting a lot of gameplay or anything fun. This is all about connecting with the characters and fangirling at the voice actors!
Truth be told, it all looks great when playing on handheld mode, but that's not always the case if you're using a big screen. Also, the frame rate is not a problem when you're dealing with still images one after the other.
All that being said, Code: Realize gives a lot of attention to voice acting, and who wouldn't do that when you have such an amazing cast of professional heart-melters?! Tomoaki Maeno as Arsène Lupin, Jun'ichi Suwabe as Abraham van Helsing, Yuki Kaji as Finis... and the list goes on!
The main tale is called After Story: White Rose, and you can play it from 5 different points of view, with Lupin, Impey, Van Helsing, Frankenstein, or Saint-Germain as Cardia's love interest. For example, the one we liked the most starts with Victor Frankenstein creating a cure to Cardia's poison and Abraham Van Helsing kissing her even without knowing for sure if the poison was really suppressed, risking his life just to be able to finally kiss the love of his life. Another fan favorite is Frankenstein's route, great for a cuteness overload, but that’s all we’re saying since we don’t want to give away any spoilers.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Cardia Beckford is one of the most gorgeous ladies in the world of visual novels.
- The music is fantastic, and we have a dream team of sexy male voices!!
- We all love everything steampunk-related.
- All you do is reading, and your choices change nothing.
- Not really a con, but you need to play/read Code: Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth~ to get the most out of this second part.