Long ago, I was doing a Let’s Play of Jordan’s story. But that was gone in one of the three crash and burns of the site, so I left it unfinished, until I was recommended to return to it.
The fun thing about Jordan is how, well, diabolical he is. The key to enjoying his story is to take it all with a grain of salt. Yes, he will give you the crazy eyes. Yes, he will legitimately try to kill you. I pretty much yelled “JORDAN!” at my screen constantly in the beginning. But as your memories return to you, the truth returns, and you and Jordan become closer until it blossoms into love.
The default MC name is Celestia. She is a princess who woke up without any memory of what happened to her. As you play through the story, she gets her memories back. What I loved about her is that she never gave up and had a headstrong attitude about controlling her fate. Jordan keeps screwing her over? She gets real sick of his sh-t and retaliates. Granted, she can’t do much by herself, considering she’s a human with amnesia in a magic castle filled with ghouls and other nasties, but she does what she can. She grabs a sword and carries it with her so she can defend herself. She keeps going towards her goal of leaving the castle.
What isn’t there to say about Jordan?
In the beginning, he’s a jerkface mcjerkins. He gets a thrill out of seeing Celestia struggle and his crazy eyes haunt my nightmares.
like seriously get used to this face because you’re going to see it often
Because of his attitude in the beginning, I can see how some people would give up on him or stop reading. I mean, he is pretty much a stupid jerk. Why does he act like that? From his memories (which turn out to be as faulty as your own), he remembers you as the one who killed him and turned him into a ghost. Thus, he wants revenge.
He’s egotistical, but it’s done in a humorous manner. As a great thief, he takes pride in a lot of things thieves are stereotyped as: his skills, his looks, his magic abilities, and his wit. He’s just the greatest in the world, you know?
Don’t worry, as the story goes along you’ll find out the truth behind his death, and that neither of your memories about the incident are accurate. He stops doing his evil pranks and prefers to tease you instead (lightheartedly). He is quick to declare his love and he devotes himself to Celestia entirely.
He and Roy even learn to get along, which I liked a lot. While I don’t like Roy much as a love interest, I did like him a lot as a sub character.
Castle Break has mini puzzle-solving mechanics in almost every chapter. In these, you’re presented with several choices. You click them one by one to find out basic information, then click them in the correct order to “solve” the puzzles. On one hand, it’s a unique mechanic that provides a little something extra to your normal game. On the other, replays are annoying because you have to remember the choices you made for these puzzle segments.
The ending hurt me a loottttt
Astaroth is the bad guy, of course, and so we have to battle him… after playing his story and knowing him, it hurts having to battle him, especially since his arc is one of my favorites of any otome game I’ve played.
But this isn’t about Astaroth, it’s about Jordan. His ending is a magnificent spectacle of cunning and magic. They are grossly underpowered compared to Astaroth, so they outwit him (and with a little help from a certain magical item) manage to earn their happily ever after. Of the two endings… hmm… On one hand, I preferred the epilogue of New Journey more. But I liked the dramatic battle tension of the True Freedom more. They’re mostly the same outside of a few differences, but it’s hard to choose. I suppose my ideal world would combine them~! But they’re both great endings and worthy of playing through twice to get both. The True Freedom also addressed something that bothered me about the other endings, more of a minor detail I wanted resolved, so that was a plus hahaha
I ended up enjoying Jordan quite a bit. His ego became something to laugh about and learning the mystery behind his death was fun. The only thing I can see as a problem is how much of a giant jerk he is in the beginning which will put off a lot of readers who prefer the sweeter end of the hero spectrum. Because of that, I’m not comfortable giving this anything above three hearts. But there are high points of this story, once you get past the initial roughness, that hit 4 hearts for me.
My heart scale is defined as follows – 5 hearts = a story everyone will fall in love with, regardless of preferences; 4 hearts = a well-done story that people who love the concept will adore, and people who don’t may end up liking it; 3 hearts = if you like this type of story or this type of hero, then you will enjoy this, but those who do not like either of those things will probably not; 2 hearts = it had potential, it squandered it; 1 heart = just a waste of time from the get-go; 0 hearts = why was this made?
For someone as egotistical as he is, he actually ends up blushing quite a bit throughout the game.
This is going to sound weird, but this reminded me of my brother. Cheese is his favorite thing in the world and the way Jordan talked about cheese during the story (pretty much if there’s food there’s going to be him mentioning cheese) reminded me a lot of him.
One of my favorite things is the role reversal or the moments when the heroines take what the hero usually does and feeds it back to them, making them a flustered mess. L O V E I T
TBH I wanted to punch that smirk off his face so many times….
Well, you can imagine what he’s going to say by the sprite, no?
by the second playthrough, his crazy eyes kinda became endearing… well, crazy Jordan is Jordan, and if he wasn’t a little crazy he wouldn’t be half as fun to play through.
I feel like being in love with a Jordan-type personality in real life would be very fun… and very exhausting.
And what can I say other than when he turns serious and goes into badass mode, he looks freaking cool~