I’m going to be shameless today. Well, more shameless than usual. Yes, even more shameless than my standard practice of filling every reasonable opportunity with a treatise on how good I look. Which is very, incredibly good, by the way. Seriously, just check me out.
Okay, and now try your very best to put that out of your mind for the moment, because I have something else to talk about, and I don’t want you getting distracted. A very close personal friend of mine is an independent game developer. She recently came out with a new release. The Lady’s Choice. It’s a regency romance otome visual novel, which I never realized was a genre until she started work on this game. Anyways, I played it, and you should too. After all, if I enjoyed it, and my heart is already a stone-cold hunk of bitterness forged by way too many late-night Linkin Park sessions, someone with a more “healthy” personality will probably find it quite enthralling. And it’s free, pay what you want or nothing at all. Find it here.
Thing is, the game, as previously mentioned, an otome. Literally translates into ‘games for girls’. So I, being the manliest warbeast ever to bless this Earth, am obviously not in the target demographic. You might not be either. So I thought I’d do us all a favor, and take the opportunity while I’m shilling to present the man’s man’s man’s perspective on The Lady’s Choice.
So let’s run down our crew.
Yeah, here’s our lead. The game has a default name for her, but you’ve got no obligation to stick to that, and can name her whatever badass name you wish. Anyways, she gets called back to her homeland from the country due to some happenings with her family, and finds herself immersed in the world of the society once more. Has to deal with all the social gatherings of a bunch of people whose primary focuses in life are counting all their money, being posh, and finding a socio-politically advantageous mate. She’s a strong, independent woman and don’t need none of that, but given that this is a romance game, winds up finding herself a little someone to call her own anyways.
So, Arabella’s your main homegirl, and the Obi-Wan all over your quest to find love. She’s been part of the society for quite some time, and has done it all already, so she knows the lay of the land. Knows who’s the jerks, who’s the hunks, who’s the bad boys you just can’t be seen with, who’s the types to hold a grudge. Whatever you do, whoever’s feathers you ruffle, she’s got your back.
So here’s Lord Stanton. Lord Stanton’s the man. Nobody else likes him, but they don’t know what they’re missing. You see that cane there? It’s not for walking. It’s not for looking cool. No, that’s a drubbing cane. See, Stanton’s walking on the dark side of town, and he needs that cane to deliver these drubbings to all the bad boys and girls. Every time you’re walking around, running into some guy who just desperately needs a drubbing? Bam, Stanton’s there. He’s the classic shadowed hero on top of that, too. Dude with a strong sense of what’s right and wrong, set up in a society that just assumes he’s always on the dark side. And he bears that all. Dude knows he’s righteous, he doesn’t need to worry about what everyone else thinks.
So here’s the guy, Guy. Guy Blake is a member of the military in an era where only the well-born get enlisted, in spite of coming from a pretty poor background. He does this by being straight up harder than everyone else. He works harder, fights harder, lives harder, that’s all how he do. The only thing he doesn’t do harder than everyone else is put up with the stupid jerks at the Society. Until they push him too far. Then he’s putting them in their place in the most proper way possible. Probably the realest character on cast. Aside from you, of course.
Here’s Mr. Amesbury. We don’t know much about Mr. Amesbury. He shows up in the first party you go to, but doesn’t get his own route. People might say that’s because this was a NanoReno game, and time was at a premium, but I think it’s more that he just got busy right after that party. Very busy. After all, you didn’t hear of England getting invaded by the horde that year, did you?
That’s the Lady’s Choice! Find it here!
Hmmm… looks like this could use a Lord Stanton Run n Drub Gaiden game…
I’m still waiting for my Drubbing Simulator 2016. The world needs that game.