Code: Realize – Future Blessings just launched for the Nintendo Switch about two years after the PlayStation Vita version. Time for a quick look.
I played Code: Realize – Guardian of Rebirth way back as a PlayStation Vita title. The Vita was the platform where I discovered the visual novel genre, and because it was my gaming platform of choice at the time I played quite a few of then. When Future Blessings rolled around, however, I had backed away from the genre again, and the Vita was mostly used for shorter games while traveling.
I’m glad I played Guardian of Rebirth though, because it’s an almost essential precursor to the events in Future Blessings. In fact, the story content on offer is all about expanding the narrative of the first game with additional short stories that give you more insight into the various characters and what happened to them after the events of the first game.
Because of that, it’s sad that both weren’t bundled together. By itself, Code: Realize – Future Blessings is hardly worth it, but as a piece of additional story content for Guardians of Rebirth it’s almost essential, assuming you enjoyed that game. I get that the Vita versions were launched several years apart so they weren’t bundled, but because the PS4 versions were released I figured they could have done the same on the Switch.
Not everything is directly tied to the events in Guardians of Rebirth though – Future Blessings also introduces several new characters and there are standalone story arcs as well. Some you’ll enjoy more with knowledge of the first game, but the writing is solid regardless of how you come into it. What’s also interesting is that you can choose a story approach right from the start, selecting to either pick things up right where Guardians of Rebirth left off or dive into stories that take place alongside the original narrative rather than after it.
Not surprisingly, the excellent visual style in Guardians of Rebirth carries over to Future Blessings and translates to not just high quality art but also a distinct user interface that stands out from other visual novels. What also isn’t surprising but definitely helps is that Code: Realize – Future Blessings scales well to both handheld and TV modes – its Vita origins helping out in this regard.
If you fondly remember Guardian of Rebirth but never picked up the follow-up, then this new Switch release gives you another opportunity to do so. You won’t be disappointed, but if you’re new to the series this isn’t the place to start.