Code: Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth~

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Company: Otomate

Cost: Paid

Synopsis: (this synopsis goes until the end of the third chapter) Wales during the Victorian Era: the Royal Guard breaks into a dilapidated mansion to capture a “monster” and are surprised to find out that their target is a young woman. But when a dog attacks and bites the girl, its face melts and the dog dies. The guards take the girl and for the first time in her memory, Cardia (the MC) leaves her home. Two years ago the Cardia awoke alone and without any memories. All she knows is that she needs to remain in the mansion until her father returns for her, that she is a monster, and that her body contains a dangerous poison. She is almost relieved that the Royal Guard has come for her and are taking her to what she assumes to be her death. It is then that the envoy is attacked by the famed Parisian thief, Lupin. Lupin carries Cardia off and tells her that since he wants to (literally) steal her heart, he will grant her one wish in exchange. Cardia requests her only desire: to be able to touch and be touched.

Lupin and Cardia join up with Lupin comrade and engineer, Impey, and the trio head to Steel London. They manage to sneak past checkpoint, but Cardia gets separated from the two of them. She is saved from some unsavory characters by Victor, the former Royal Alchemist and current fugitive. Victor saves Cardia a second time, this attack coming from an agent of Twilight, an elite group that wants to capture the MC. Victor agrees to help find a way to get rid of Cardia’s poison in exchange for hiding him out. Cardia, Victor in tow, reunites with Lupin and Impey, and they get permission from the owner of the hideout, Lupin and Impey’s patron, and Parisian Count, Saint-Germain, for Victor to stay in the mansion.

When the group (less Saint-Germain) goes to an underground doctor to get Cardia checked out, the doctor confirms Victor’s suspicion that Cardia’s heart isn’t beating and the source of both her life and her poison seems to be the crystal embedded in her chest, the Horologium.

To take Cardia’s find off her lack of a beating heart, the group goes to a casino. As they are about to leave Lupin is attacked by Van, a former member of Twilight and hero from the Vampire War, who wants Lupin to reveal the location of the monster he stole from the Royal Guards. After Van learns that Cardia is the monster he is seeking and the group prevents him from abducting her, Victor convinces Van to join their group so they can all achieve their own ends.

In need of information the group decides on a game plan. Each day one of the guys will stay with Cardia and teach her some of their skills so she handle herself against pursuers; the other guys will simultaneously go out and try to discover information about Issac, Cardia’s father who’s discoveries were responsible for advancing science by decades.

MC: Cardia has no memories from before two years ago; though she sometimes has nightmarish flashbacks of people chasing her. Since her flesh melts everything except specially prepared items her father left for her (like her clothes and her bed sheets), she both fear contact and desires it. Having spent the last two years alone inside her rotting house, she begins the story fairly emotionless. The only person she remembers is her father and she both wants to find him to question him, and also feels guilty for disobeying him by leaving the house. Although she has read the many books her father left behind, Cardia is very naive about the world and other people, and thus tends to take things at face value. Because of the Horologium she has great physical endurance and capabilities

Guys: 

  • Abraham Van Helsing: A hero of the Vampire Wars and former member of Twilight. He is known as the Human Weapon. He acts cold and harsh, he also has a gentle side. His reason for joining the group is to find a man who was supposedly assassinated but might be immortal
  • Arsene Lupin: An infamous Parisian thief. He is cocky and confident, but also has the skills to back up his words. Lupin is especially good at creating plans and caring them out. He rescued Cardia because he wants to stop a terrorist attack that he heard that Twilight and Issac are planning
  • Impey Barbicane: The “genius” mechanic and Lupin’s partner in crime. Impey is loud, flirty, and usually the butt of everyone’s jokes. He has great physical prowess. He teamed up with Lupin about a year before the start of the game, and his purpose for doing so is to get back an invention that was stolen from him
  • Saint-Germain: A Parisian Count. He is a mysterious man steeped in calm. He is a rich and distinguished nobleman who suffers from boredom, which is why he approached Lupin and Impey and asked to be let in on their scheme of the moment; since then he has been their benefactor and landlord. He claims to be helping the group because it is interesting
  • Victor Frankenstein: A wanted alchemist. Victor is kind and intelligent. He used to be the Royal Alchemist, which is the top alchemist in the country, but he was framed for a terrorism attack and is now on the run. He becomes a part of the group in order to have a place to hide from his pursuers and also because he wants to help Cardia

Impressions: This game might not be for everyone on account of the length and the fact that some people hate the Victorian Era/Steampunk. But I think that this is a really great game. The heavy themes are balance by the plentiful funny moments. Additionally I enjoyed the action, which was a good thing since there are plenty of them.

The routes don’t split until the eight chapter; which I wouldn’t mind so much except that the decisions affecting whose route you end up on aren’t in the last couple of chapters before the split. Additionally the routes tend to drag near the end when everyone starts getting scenes in their point-of-view, which is annoying since at that point when you want to keep pushing to the end.

I felt like this was a really beautiful game. I liked most of the character designs, the CGs were gorgeous for the most part, there were really great scenes, the BGM was nice, and the voice acting made me smile. I really, really adore the ending song (Hanakanmuri) and Saint-Germain’s VA. I’m not really sure that the Vampire stuff or really the Idea stuff were necessary, but I don’t think it takes away from the story so I’ll let that slide. The only thing that really bugged me (and it’s a pet peeve thing) is that they switched some of the names up in the subtitles; for example, the subtitles will say “Victor” but you can clearly hear the characters saying “Fran”.

If you have the money and this game seems interesting to you please purchase this game and support the release.

My recommended play order is Van Helsing > Impey > Victor > Saint-Germain > Lupin (you have to play through an ending of each character to unlock Lupin)

Favorite Guy: Saint-Germain

Favorite Route: Saint-Germain or Impey

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Arsene Lupin

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Plot Summary: Cardia returns to Wales and discovers a clue hidden in her house. She and Lupin make plans to investigate Issac’s plan “Code: Realize”, but when they return to London they find the steel city ablaze

What I think of him: Lupin is proud, cocky, and cunning. He believes himself to be undefeatable, and doesn’t count Holmes’s antics as being beaten. He is normally collected and a bit of a dandy, but Holmes brings out the street-rat in him. The skill he values most is being able to escape from any situation and he teaches Cardia all about the importance of running away. He doesn’t believe in harming others and to that end he doesn’t carry any weapons at all, only tools to allow his escape. He has a firm idea of what a gentleman thief is supposed to be like and he strictly sticks to his ideas

Charm point: He considers Cardia a princess

Quote: “My precious lady I will always appear when you are in danger. If you, o precious gem, are faced with countless dangers, I will be there to steal you away over and over again. For your heart belongs to me alone.”

Cuddle, kiss, or push down: Touch, to feel the warmth that he promised when he first stole her

Would have eloped with:

Favorite moments:

  • Lupin teasing Cardia when she gets flustered in the sewers, and Cardia teasing him back
  • Kiss on the hat CG is so daaaaw
  • Love Lupin confession, except… (point three in worst moments)
  • Van Helsing and Delly’s interaction while everyone is preparing for attack on the Cathedral
  • All the conversations before the attack on the Nautilus
  • Lupin calling Issac “Father”, and giving him a “gift” for taking Cardia
  • Damn it Finis…
  • Cardia being touched while falling
  • Weddings TTuTT
  • It’s always nice to see how everything locks together in the unlockable route

Worst moments:

  • Cardia feels weaker in this route. She paniks and forgets everything that the guys taught her. I would normally forgive this, but she was able to maintain a level head in the other routes, so no free pass this time.
  • Finis is able to confuse Cardia too easily, especially since Lupin spent so long giving her pep talks
  • … Lupin plays the pronoun game so Cardia can be hurt and jealous over the girl Lupin loves
  • Abrupt and strang eshift into third person during Cardia’s POV in the last chapter
  • I really, really don’t care about Issac’s backstory. This game keeps trying to make me care about the antagonists, but it’s not working
  • … So why did Sholmes have to be in here besides the name drop (it would be another thing entirely if he had a secret route)

Recommended routes:

Saint-Germain

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Plot Summary: Saint-Germain’s route focuses on the secret organization Idea, and the mission Saint-Germain received from them

What I think of him: Saint-Germain is a very mysterious and cunning man. He is always smiling, but no one can tell what he is really thinking. He has lived a long time and has been to many places and built up a lot of experience. His long life leads him to seek out amusement and he seems to find enjoyment in the strangest things. He deeply regrets something in his past and the guilt eats at him, driving him to do anything (even other bad things) in order to not repeat his mistake. Even though he seems like a dandy and usually avoids combat, he is actually super strong

Charm point: He is possessive of Cardia and wants to be everything to her, including her murderer

Quote: “Once I kill you, I will most likely never shed another tear, no matter how many tens of thousands of years I may live. These… are my last tears. I dedicate them solely to you.”

Cuddle, kiss, or push down: Touch, because Saint-Germain is the only one who can touch Cardia’s poison body

Would have eloped with:

  • Lupin, because he obviously had a thing for Cardia and I wanted to know what he was going to say

Favorite moments:

  • Daisuke Hirakawa did a great job voice acting for Saint-Germain’s. Saint-Germain’s voice when his real feelings were starting to come through really did things for me
  • Cardia’s resolve to save Saint-Germain is great. This route walks a delicate line with her waiting or acting, but when she does act she sure goes for it
  • The sad ending where Cardia is killed at midnight on Tower Bridge (which is where I chose the quote from)
  • I find Saint-Germain’s character enjoyable and interesting. He is just a skip away from being a yandere. The only reason I’m not labeling him one is because he has actual reasons for his deadly intent
  • Trying to dress Saint-Germain in a Kimono, and Impey’s misunderstanding in the Extra Story

Worst moments:

  • Didn’t need the part in Guinevere’s point of view
  • It is hard to tell if you made the right choice for some of the options. I’m not against difficulty, but I like consistency, and it just seemed much harder in comparison to the other routes

Recommended routes:

Impey Barbicane

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Plot Summary: Impey’s route focuses on Impey and the MC trying to find out information from her father’s protege, Nemo.

What I think of him: Impey is loud, energetic, and cheerful. He is confident in his ability to do pretty much anything, but Van says that his only worth is cooking and mechanics. He seems very unreliable, especially since he’s always causing explosions, but when it counts he is always dependable. Impey is constantly the butt of jokes from the other guys, but he takes it with good nature. He is a very positive and optimistic person. Although Impey has experienced a lot of hardship in the past, he hasn’t let that drag him into the darkness of revenge. The magic of mechanics inspired and thrilled him as a child and that along with a mentor inspired his dream to go to the moon. He believes that the purpose of science is to give people happiness and dreams

Charm point: He didn’t fall for Cardia at first sight, but he knew he was going to fall in love with her when he first saw her

Quote: “If you can’t believe in yourself, there’s no need to force yourself too… Instead, just believe me.”

Cuddle, kiss, or push down: Kiss, during that short window when Cardia’s poison was weakened

Would have eloped with:

  • Lupin, because he really pulled through when needed and manages to meet all of Impey’s crazy requests

Favorite moments:

  • The time Impey and Cardia spend together working on the airship
  • Free falling
  • Impey telling everyone that he and Cardia are together and their reaction
  • When Impey and Cardia go out and talk about his past, and he reassures her about her existence
  • How Cardia tries to protect Impey, even after learning that Impey can kick butt himself
  • I don’t know if I’m just getting better at predicting the answers but I had an easier time finding the terribly beautiful sad endings in this route (Cardia making the airship retreat from the Nautilus and Cardia deciding to look for the escape pod are my two favorite sad endings)
  • It’s nice that Impey’s flirtatiousness toward Cardia doesn’t change even when they are together
  • I like what Victor, Lupin, Van, and Delly end up doing after things are over in the happy end
  • The Extra Scenario is both fun with how Impey tries to get Sisi to like him and then we also get a sexy CG later

Worst moments:

  • This route really skimps on the other characters after the joint chapters
  • Cardia’s poison is still not resolved
  • Cardia backing off and telling Impey that she only said she loved him because it was a life or death situation (they try to play is as funny, but I didn’t think it was and I felt bad for Impey)

Recommended routes:

Abraham Van Helsing

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Plot Summary: Van’s route revolves around London falling into chaos due to the plot of a mysterious person called Azoth

What I think of him: Van comes across as cold and merciless. He is super strong and very much deserves his title as the human weapon. He tends to fight first and ask questions later, but he uses a variety of different bullets in order not to kill his opponents. He is known for being instrumental in ending the Vampire War and was even knighted for his service, but he is haunted by his actions and turned away from everything he earned for his service (although he is not above using his reputation). His only goal is to get revenge and then die to make up for his sins. Impey says that Van is “surprisingly pure”

Charm point: He’s a foodie and thinks he’s good at cooking, but he isn’t

Quote: “Thank you… for coming after me.”

Cuddle, kiss, or push down: Train together because both Van and Cardia seem into that

Would have eloped with:

  • Impey, because he is so happy for Cardia, but also so jealous (his words)
  • Saint-Germain, because he is so mysterious and so kick-ass
  • (Victor, because I kept wishing I was back on his route since Van is into the whole “stay away from me” thing)

Favorite moments:

  • Cardia says she wants to purse a career as a martial artist
  • Saint-Germain launching Van out of the canon
  • Cardia’s determination to follow her own decisions is great
  • When Van finally breaks down and tells Cardia that all he wants is to keep her safe
  • Love Delly in this route
  • Van being a tease in the extra story (also everyone freaking out about his cooking)
  • Best Finis

Worst moments:

  • Van always trying to leave Cardia and everyone else behind (so frustrating)
  • I knew what was happening so 1) the plot twist was ineffective, and 2) I kept thinking that Van was an idiot the whole time
  • Cardia’s poison issue doesn’t get resolved

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