Code: Realize ~Wintertide Miracles~ is an Otome visual novel on PlayStation 4. Learn why we recommend that you play this one in our Code: Realize ~Wintertide Miracles~ review!
If you’re not familiar with what an Otome visual novel, it’s a story-based game that is usually targeted at female gamers due to its romance nature and how the main female character ends up developing a relationship with one of the many potential suitors in the game. Because of the visual novel side of the equation, there’s a lot of reading to do in this one, so be ready for it! It is also recommended that you play the previous Code: Realize games to fully understand the story for what you’re going to see in this PlayStation 4 entry. For this one, Cardia continues as the main protagonist, and if you’re the type of gamer who likes to 100% a game, you’re going to have to experience all conversation and romance paths that Cardia can take, which is a lot of content!
Along with Cardia, fans of the series will also see other recurring characters, as well as new ones added into the mix, including Arsene Lupin, Impey Barbicane, Finnis, Cantarella, Abraham van Helsing, Herlock Sholmes, and many more. Because of this, there are many different paths for you to take, with the choices you make along the way affecting how the overall plot and story beats are going to develop. A lot of huge walls of text later, you’ll be able to see who Cardia ends up with, and will get to do it again as you take in all the happy, sad, and even bittersweet emotional moments in Code: Realize ~Wintertide Miracles~.
Each of the potential suitors has his own story path for Cardia to follow, and, to be honest, some of them are more memorable than others. The story with Finnis is the one I probably liked the most out of the lot, but I do appreciate that each of the stories felt different, tailored to the relationship and interactions between that suitor and Cardia. The one that felt like the longest story from the set is the one with Cantarella, which is a bit intertwined with the actions of Arsene Lupin. In the end, it did feel as if it had overstayed its welcome, but your take on it might be different. I can’t talk any more about the game without spoiling each of the sequences for you, which would ruin this visual novel experience.
Once you have completed all of the main story segments with each of the suitors in Code: Realize ~Wintertide Miracles~, you will get to experience some additional segments in the form of epilogues. Your enjoyment of these additional story sections will, as is the case for the main story sections for Code: Realize ~Wintertide Miracles~, depend on your knowledge and experience with previous Code: Realize entries in the series. So if it’s not clear by now, I’ll say it again: if you’re a fan of Otome visual novels, then go and play the other Code: Realize games before Code: Realize ~Wintertide Miracles~!
Code: Realize ~Wintertide Miracles~ is a lovely visual novel with a great art style, and a ton of content to enjoy for its $49.99 asking price on PlayStation 4. There’s also a PlayStation Vita version of the game so that you can play it on the go, which is available for $39.99, so do consider if you’d enjoy playing this one more on a big TV, or if taking it with you on PlayStation Vita would make more sense.
This Code Realize: Wintertide Miracles review is based on a PlayStation 4 code provided by Aksys Games.