Code: Realize ~Future Blessings~ is a continuation of the first Code: Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth~. Since we played the version on the PlayStation 4, we were given the option to play the original game or the fan-disc direct sequel. If you have not played the first one yet, which if you haven’t you’re missing out, the PS4 is the best option for you to purchase. Code: Realize is still to this day our number one choice when it comes to visual novels. Whenever our friends ask us what game we recommend for them to play, this is the first one out of our mouths. The Steampunk art style used throughout this series is gorgeous, and it’s awesome to see this style being embraced. During this review, we will only be doing the ~Future Blossoms~ section of Code: Realize. If you’re interested, check out our original review for the first game.
Title: Code: Realize ~Future Blessings~
Publisher: Aksys Games
Developer: Idea Factory
Available On: PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita
Reviewed On: PlayStation 4 Pro
Release Date: March 30, 2018
Game Provided By Aksys Games for the Purpose of This Review
Right away you’re able to decide what kind of story you want to follow. You can either choose a partner’s story about your life after the events of the first Code: Realize, or you could choose to follow alternate paths. There’s Herlock Sholmes, your brother Finis, or they have also introduced two new characters in Sheryl and her Mafia leading father, Darius. Depending on the route you choose, there are even more new characters introduced. During the characters you have love interests with, they start off happy and enjoying their fairytale life together after the crazy events from the first journey. While we did play through all of the available options, we would definitely recommend saving Lupin’s story for last. Reason being, we feel as if it offers a proper ending for all characters in this universe and not just the two love birds.
~Future Blessings~ has Cardia rekindling the fire of love with all of the potential suitors from the previous entry. Although we really enjoyed each individual story, we felt a little sad that they weren’t very personable this time around. Unlike most other visual novels, choices and personal freedom were taken out of this fan-disc sequel. Due to this, you’re simply tasked with sitting back and reading, which isn’t a terrible thing, don’t get us wrong. We just enjoy when we have some type of control in how the stories are going to progress. It didn’t cause us too much stress in the end, because the narrative’s were still strong throughout the game, and it was fun going back to obtain all of the trophies for that coveted Platinum, which we usually aim for in visual novels.
A route we found to be interesting was the one that introduced Shirley and her father Darius. During this session, Cardia still has the poison inside of her, but through a chance encounter you meet-up with Shirley. Upon learning of your condition and that you are technically deadly to the touch, she isn’t afraid and you two build up a lasting friendship. What really makes this particular story exciting is that trouble follows Shirley around. After all, she is the mafia leader’s daughter. Enter Avido, the man who holds a grudge against Darius. Avido is trying to spread a drug known as The Statue of Bartholdi. You, along with Lupin’s gang, agree to help put an end to Avido and start to work with the Mafia to bring him down. It’s nice to see a section of a visual novel that is just about building a friendship as opposed to going down the paths of being lovers.
It was also exciting getting to see the world through Herlock Sholmes. With the introduction of new characters in John Watson and Jack the Ripper, you are assisting Sholmes in figuring out just who Jack the Ripper is and attempting to bring him to justice. We actually enjoyed this portion of the game more so than the others because of one simple reason. Choices. Yes, there are choices to make in Herlock’s story, which lead to multiple different outcomes. We felt as if this was a major oversight in the first game not including a section about Herlock Sholmes, so it was really great to see it being done here.
The story we were all waiting for though, of course, was Finis. After the original game ended, we really wanted to dive into his side of the story and understand him better as a person. During this section, you meet up with him by chance at your old house. You then offer to follow him so you can personally learn more about your father and hopefully more about yourself in the process. Of course, the gang isn’t far behind because who would the great thief Lupin be if he couldn’t find Cardia? Again, you are given actual options and choices during this portion of ~Future Blessings~. There’s also more new characters introduced, and it actually answers quite a bit of questions we had lingering around from the first game.
Which brings us to our personal favorite part of the fan-disc. Delly’s room. We absolutely loved this idea. After every story you finish, you unlock a portion of Delly’s room. Entering it, you are treated to short stories that involve Cardia and Delacroix. Although these sections are really short, we loved watching this Vampire King open up and be himself around you. Plus, even though the two of you would always mention how close you were, the sections found within Delly’s room felt the most personal to us.
Before we jumped into the new characters and features introduced in Code: Realize ~Future Blessings~, we played through all of the original guys stories from the first game and felt a little discouraged that we didn’t have the ability to make choices and change endings. After playing through the new characters introduced and seeing what was done with them, we ended up falling in love with more people than just the original romantic options. After all was said and done, ~Future Blessings~ felt much more personal when going through the new routes and characters, while answering so many of the questions fans of the series had been asking. If you played through ~Guardian of Rebirth~, this is an absolute must play. If you haven’t played through any yet, pick this up on PlayStation 4, and you’re in for a treat!
7.0 / 10