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CODE VEIN review
by SleepySammy

Code Vein just shows its hands in all of its anime gothic style and cool edgy presentation with some pretty fun if kinda one dimensional characters but while I do adore this game quite a bit especially with its wonderful character customization it really lacks in some areas of game design especially around some of the later ichor ability focused bosses. Some of them have really poor telegraphing on their attack patterns and it's really hard to feel exactly why you died to them or something. Playing this game alone honestly feels kinda meh so bringing along a friend is in my opinion absolutely essential though playing with just the AI is also perfectly fine and doable. Otherwise things just feel a little tedious. It's trying really hard to do well what thee souls games do but unfortunately it doesn't fully hit the mark. 

But even with all of this criticism I have towards it I genuinely really enjoy Code Vein. I like its goofy overly edgy anime aesthetic, I love the little worldbuilding flourishes, I love the shit it kinda just blatantly steals from souls outright. Even if the story sorta just falls apart and isn't that interesting in the end I still had a lot of fun with it and its characters. And I still really love how character builds work and how strong you genuinely feel by the end of the game. It feels nice just to be able to rip through these horrors even if I wish some of the progression and abilities were a little better designed/more fun to use then they honestly were. If a Code Vein 2 is made and its allowed a bit more of a consistent budget and probably more time I think they could really knock it out of the park or at the very least make a much better game for sure. Oh yeah and the music slaps. It's real good.
«Better with friends»
«OST on repeat»

Other reviews5

As a huge souls formula fan, I enjoyed my runs. If you're coming from outside of the genre, there are much better games to explore.

Also titty physics are whatever but them boys be blowin in the WIND.
This game is an absolute blast. It has just the right amount of Dark Souls heart but lightens up on the difficulty (that's a good thing). There's still a good amount of challenge to be found but, for me, it trades frustration for enjoyment. Gameplay aside, I loved the characters, art style, and really enjoyed the story. But I still hate silent protagonists.

Date Completed: 2020-02-11
Playtime: 33h
Enjoyment: 9/10
Recommendation: I'll be first in line if there's a Code Vein 2!
Anime Dark Souls. It's pretty fun if you like those two things. 
Code Vein is a real masterpiece of soulsborne clons. Great game.
«Blew my mind»
«Just one more turn»