Anonymous Request: So I saw the headcannon a while back about what MC is like in each game, and I was just curious if you could possibly do one about how you think the MC in each game would react to a dangerous situation? (it could be funny or serious!)
Ohhh this is an interesting one! I surely can, hope you like them! :) These are just my opinion so everyone keep that in mind lol Also keep in mind that the games I haven’t played (or just aren’t very familiar with) will not be included.
They’re not just 2 dimensional men created by a software company. No. They’re my escape from reality. They’re my little forms of happiness. They’re the voices that tell me I’m good enough and that I don’t need to change so bad. They give me butterflies in my stomach when I’m too afraid to fall in love for real. They’re what I turn to whenever I wanna feel loved. They make me feel loved. Voltage Inc has done a tremendous job with creating their characters and they make me happy. They make millions of us happy. I’m happy to be part of the Voltage Inc fandom.
Just as a warning: possible spoilers, TMI about my personal life, and oversharing. This is also going to end up being a review of sorts for every game I’ve played in the Otome Game Category, so I have a feeling this is going to eat up a big part of my life for the next week or so.
My absolute favorite, of all the games I’ve played so far, has to be Nameless: The One Thing You Must Recall. Now, I know that I’ve mostly been reblogging Mystic Messenger art and headcanons like crazy, and that Mystic Messenger seems to be my favorite, but I have some really good reasons why I chose Nameless as my #1.
Nameless is an otome game that is entirely choice-dependent, meaning there’s no grinding for stats or anything that can influence the outcome of your endings aside from some very very important choices. I personally love these kinds of games, as every decision I make brings me closer to the people I care about instead of stats, and each decision opens up a new dimension to that character without wasting my time. I also love the fact that I can blast through Nameless at my own pace, which is definitely something that I struggled with in Mystic Messenger.
Nameless opened new doors inside of me that I never knew were there. I felt deeply for all of the characters, and while my heart belongs primarily to Lance and Tei, I was heavily attached to all the others. To be completely honest, I have a fear of Yandere characters, primarily because I’m very sensitive to abusive relationships after being psychologically abused by my mother (sorry, TMI, right?). Nameless brought forth a cast of characters that I felt deeply for, not only in their main “dateable cast”, but also in their secondary characters. I fell hard for Soi and Shinbi (the MC’s best friends) and treasured the appearances of other characters like the Principal, Yujin, Zion, and Hobin. I went so far as to call Soi and Shinbi my wives, which was the first time I’d ever really felt so much for characters to call them by those titles.
Lance was by far my favorite in this story although he’s technically part of the “common route”. I liked Tei too, of course, but something about Lance just broke me. This is a very vague spoiler, since I still hope that this list does convince some people to play this game, but I really connected to Lance’s fear of abandonment, of not being good enough. I definitely have anxiety about being left behind or being replaced, and he has an extremely deep relationship with the MC if his route is pursued. To be honest, I’m a wholehearted monogamist, so his possessiveness does speak to me, but even more so, the realization that this cynical, rational person trusted me enough to open up his heart to me was mindblowing.
Lance taught me that even if I don’t consider myself special, there are people in my lives who definitely do. And this idea of your significant other becoming your world…well, that’s just a philosophy that I live by.
Those aside, in regards to the more technical parts of Nameless: the skipping mechanic has always been accurate and easy for me to use. I did have some difficulty with the volume of everything, as the voices tend to be pretty quiet in comparison to the background music, so I had to do a bit of adjusting before I felt comfortable. The soundtrack, however, is fantastic. The light-hearted tunes really made me relax and the creepy, music-box tracks always made my spine tingle. The voices are also amazingly soothing and I personally have a weakness for the way that Yuri says “Darling”.
The secondary characters are also amazing; they’ve made me laugh and feel wholeheartedly accepted in so many different instances that I’m amazed by how immersed I felt in this game. Soi and Shinbi were often times more considerate and accepting than some of the friends that I had made in my life, and there’s an overall feeling of warmth from all the characters despite their quirks and weird moments.
For a breakdown (out of 10):
MC = 8. The MC for Nameless was definitely sassier than most of the MCs that I’ve had the privilege to play as, and she’s made me laugh a couple of times with how innocent she can be. But I’ve had to dock a couple of points off primarily because she is almost distracting innocent. There were a couple of points where her sassiness was definitely on my level, but she didn’t really feel like a “strong, independent” protagonist to me. There were many times where she fell into the stereotype of “innocent, quiet, and gullible” that I see a lot in Otome MCs.
Dateable Cast = 9. Pretty amazing, both in their own routes and others. I did feel some romance kindle in routes that I had originally no interest in and I still felt appreciative of characters’ roles in routes that didn’t belong in.
Secondary Cast = 10. I loved all of the secondary characters; they added tension where I needed it, broke the ice when it was necessary, and were wholesomely loveable on their own. Soi and Shinbi earn a standing ovation from me because of how appreciative I was of their warmth and overall kindness toward my MC, as well as their adorable relationship dynamic.
OST = 10. The soundtrack felt fitting where it needed to be. I’m honestly in love with the music from Nameless, and since I’m a sucker for nostalgia, I loved the moments where the main theme (which is a beautiful music box-esque piece) would come out and imbue me with a sense of nostalgia.
Mechanics = 10. I’ve never had this game crash on me, never had any stuck screens, nada. This game has always run smoothly for me.
CGs = 9. The CGs are beautiful and consistent. Of course there are a few here and there that I didn’t like as much (the way the hair was drawn was a little weird, or it felt like some characters got nicer backgrounds than others), but overall, the CGs were stunning.
Overall Score = 56/60. Bravo Cheritz! You made an amazing story that has me drowning in nostalgia, learning more about myself, and feeling honored to know all the characters you have created.
Life is filled with choices that will alter you and rattle you to your core// regardless you ultimately will have to make those decisions. Some will lead you closer to your happy ending while others will delay you or worse lead you to a life of mediocrity.
Face all of it [him] head on and be honest with your feelings.
The worst thing that could happen is you have to start over to reach your happy ending.
Don’t hit pause just to miss out-make your choice.
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For all my fellow voltage fans who are struggling,
You are having yet another bad day which leaves you empty inside and hopeless. You are numb. As you walk down the street you bump into your favorite voltage character. Before your mind registers that it’s them, they get excited and say that they have been looking for you everywhere. You smile for the first time that day.
Fast forward a few weeks and you are in your room crying. They come in and take you in their arms and wipe your tears away. They promise to be there for you always. That they will stay by your side and help you get through it. You are the strongest girl they ever met and they are proud you made it so far. They know you can go the distance. You are destined for greater things.
Another day you are looking at “nice” things. You know you can’t afford it but you still dream. Your favorite character notices. Next day they take you to the place where you can buy it and places a credit card in your hand. They, along with their friends, filled it and you can use it to buy whatever your heart desires. Your bills are paid on time, the fridge is full, your room is filled with the things you’ve always wanted and you even buy a gift for them which brings a smile to their face.
Another day you are lonely. As you are wishing for true friends someday, your favorite character shows up driving a car and tells you to get in. They make stops at their friends houses and soon the car is filled with them. They chat, sing to the radio and even bicker. You find out that it’s a night out and it turns into one of the best nights of your life. They are ecstatic to have you with them and you trust them. They text you forever after that night and invite you all the time. They treat you like a princess. You are surrounded by people who love you.
You are lounging cozyily in a chair with something in your hands to entertain you. Your favorite character is across the room also entertained with a hobby. You are both in cozy pajamas. Outside is raining softly but the room is warm and well lit. You feel safe and relaxed. Many days are like this.
Your favorite character holds your head in their hands while they gaze at you with awe. They kiss each feature on your face before telling you why it’s perfect. All your insecurities are washed away. They tell you are beautiful and precious. You know they are right.