One of the first things that really struck me about Code: Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth~ was how long it was! I’ve played a few visual novels but generally I’ve found that you know which route you’re on by the end of the prologue and you spent the majority of the game in a person’s route.
In Code: Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth~ it’s not until Chapter 9 that you know which route you’re on. In Victor’s route there were 13 chapters meaning three quarters of the game was on the common route.
I generally follow a guide once I’ve decided on which character’s route I want to view first and luckily I had made the right choices for Victor once I’d decided that was the road I wanted to take. I follow a spoiler free guide so I don’t know what’s happening story wise, I just know which options to select (specifically Innocent Wind’s and I highly recommend them).
I found Victor’s route really sweet and I enjoyed what I got to learn about the both of them as I progressed through. You learn quite a lot about the poison in Victor’s route and I am now quite curious to find out what you learn in the other routes.
I deliberately decided to view the bad endings first, followed by the normal ending, then the true ending last. I didn’t like either of the bad endings as they seemed rather blunt but I did really like the normal ending. It wasn’t quite what I expected and had a bittersweet tone to it. The true ending was by far the best (as to be expected) even though it raised some questions for me regarding the other characters.
All in all, I really enjoyed this visual novel route.
I played the game on the Nintendo Switch and played between 5 and 10 hours to see all of this route’s endings.
All images taken from Aksys Games, Code: Realize ~Guardians of Rebirth~
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