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  • Summary: In the not too distant future, a mysterious disaster has brought collapse to the world as we know it. Towering skyscrapers, once symbols of prosperity, are now lifeless graves of humanity's past pierced by the Thorns of Judgment. At the center of the destruction lies a hidden society ofIn the not too distant future, a mysterious disaster has brought collapse to the world as we know it. Towering skyscrapers, once symbols of prosperity, are now lifeless graves of humanity's past pierced by the Thorns of Judgment. At the center of the destruction lies a hidden society of Revenants called Vein. This final stronghold is where the remaining few fight to survive, blessed with Gifts of power in exchange for their memories and a thirst for blood. Give into the bloodlust fully and risk becoming one of the Lost, fiendish ghouls devoid of any remaining humanity. Wandering aimlessly in search of blood, the Lost will stop at nothing to satisfy their hunger. Team up and embark on a journey to the ends of hell to unlock your past and escape your living nightmare in Code Vein. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Oct 9, 2019
    100
    Code Vein is the perfect starting point for that friend that always wanted to try Dark Souls but couldn’t get into it because it was “too hard”. It is also a great choice for Souls veterans to whet your appetite while you eagerly await the next genuine From Software offering. There are so many unique and fun changes here that, although there is a definite difficulty decrease, you will really enjoy yourself.
  2. Sep 26, 2019
    80
    Code Vein reads from the grimoire and elegantly adds its own incantations, bringing to the genre a fresh perspective and a lust for blood. Code Vein begs to be devoured. It’s got enough blood in its veins and marrow in its bones to satisfy even the most ravenous of players. If you’re looking for a unique Soulsborne experience, this is it.
  3. Oct 14, 2019
    80
    Luckily, many aspects of the game are well above average, such as the anime artwork and the story. If you can get past the somewhat clunky combat and boring world, Code Vein can be appealing more often than not.
  4. Sep 26, 2019
    70
    An unholy union of anime, Dark Souls, and My Chemical Romance, Code Vein is as much about style as substance. If that sounds good to you, then you're in for a treat, even if it lacks some of the polish of the genre's best.
  5. Apr 3, 2020
    70
    Code Vein should be applauded for doing something different with the Dark Souls formula. It's great to be able to switch out your classes at will and combine them, and the almost-constant presence of co-op is a real selling point for those who may not want to jump into the deep end of this emerging subset of the genre. The rest of the game, from the story to the level design, feels bland, and the combat falls apart when you suddenly have no AI companion by your side. If you don't mind a heavy dose of anime in your action game, Code Vein may be worth checking out.
  6. Oct 30, 2019
    70
    Code Vein is an anime Souls-lite. It doesn’t have the same mystery or quiet contemplation found in the Souls series, but that also means it offers something different. The world is interesting, the story kept my attention, and the combat is smooth. If you have an itch for a new Soul-like, Code Vein is perfect for you.
  7. Sep 26, 2019
    55
    It’s a shame that Code Vein doesn’t achieve what it’s trying to do with its very cool class system. With its skimpy environments and dated visuals, Code Vein as a nice gameplay but it never really shines.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 66 out of 95
  2. Negative: 11 out of 95
  1. Oct 18, 2019
    10
    El juego te atrapa de una forma u otra y te hace querer jugar más.
    En temas de diseño creo que los velos de sangre se ven muy bien tanto como
    El juego te atrapa de una forma u otra y te hace querer jugar más.
    En temas de diseño creo que los velos de sangre se ven muy bien tanto como el diseño de algunos personajes más o menos extravagantes.
    Sin duda la música consigue el objetivo de ponerte en tensión frente al peligro.
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  2. Oct 12, 2019
    10
    A wonderful game with a beautiful soundtrack and amazing character creator. The levels are varied in tone and the weapons feel satisfying.A wonderful game with a beautiful soundtrack and amazing character creator. The levels are varied in tone and the weapons feel satisfying. Where the game really shines however is the gift and blood code system. Being able to switch essentially what "class" you are on the fly is great and the great variety of gifts gives this game a lot of replay ability with what you can experiment with to find a build just for you. If you are however a God Eater fan then this game gets even better with how its story integrates with the overall story. Even without knowing any God Eater knowledge the story is straightforward yet interesting enough to keep me invested. I just wish people wouldn't lump it with the Dark Souls crowd as it feels more like a mix between God Eater and Dragon's Dogma. Expand
  3. Sep 26, 2019
    10
    To make up for all the other wannabe **** fakeass reviewers. This is a solid game and the best way to tell on how it plays, is by playing itTo make up for all the other wannabe **** fakeass reviewers. This is a solid game and the best way to tell on how it plays, is by playing it yourself. It's fun and a good challenge and great with friends. Expand
  4. Mar 19, 2020
    9
    In my opinion game has something unique compared to other souls-like games. It is primarily for anime fans, or one who doesn't mind. If youIn my opinion game has something unique compared to other souls-like games. It is primarily for anime fans, or one who doesn't mind. If you are a fan of this type of games you will probably enjoy it. I like design and art style of this game. The only thing that could improve is the quality of the models. Expand
  5. Oct 1, 2019
    8
    Make no mistake, this is no Dark Souls and definitely no Bloodborne. However it has it's core audience in sights and going straight for them,Make no mistake, this is no Dark Souls and definitely no Bloodborne. However it has it's core audience in sights and going straight for them, and I'll like to believe they have hit their mark, or close.

    Pros:
    Lovely customisation, absolutely gorgeous characters. The clothing department can use a little more styling as it leans more towards edgy and not enough styles. The accessories section definitely makes up for it. However the best part is definitely the Hair styles. Character customisation can easily takes up a couple hours of your time if you put your soul into it. I just wish they expand it to your companions.

    Depth of combat system is definitely a plus, all the codes and skills that you can mix and match to create something you call your own, the lack of "stat point" also made sure you aren't locked in for the run and can experiment as you collect classes and skills.

    Challenge: The game is easy from the get-go and bosses will fall over like pieces of paper if you are a DS/BB veteran. That is, because you are paired with companions from the get-go. Do yourself a favour and get rid of them if you want something really similar to DS/BB. This is their normal/easy mode switch and I like that it is built into the game and something you are given the choice immediately after the tutorial level. Also remember NG is always easy, real veterans go for NG+ with difficulty increased, just don't be that guy that plays on NG and whine it's too easy. You can also tell the starting couple hours of the game is tailor for the "games journalists" difficulty with how your companion on auto-pilot can wreck the level.

    Cons:
    Combat is a little weird, the basic attacks are often lacklustre. You can feel the swing of two-handed weapons but single-handed weapons just feels off. Also range judgement in this game sort of missing the mark, I often swing just barely short and I don't have this problem in BB or DS, I will like to think this is more of a camera angle issue.

    Story wise it kind of proves the BB/DS's point. If you want to do a flesh out story, make it bloody damn good and CV is sort of just ok. Often in DS and BB we are just left with enough clues to figure out the story, and we fill in the gaps like the interaction between Maria and Gehrman with our imagination. CV does more story and cutscenes, but with more of these, there are more visible flaws. (only the very best visualised stories better than imagination) There are many good moments often marred by VA or animations.

    Monsters: Just not enough there. The repeated use of some actually made them look out of place in certain areas. It's something that will be fleshed out if the series garner enough audiences to make it to CV2, but for now it kind of sticks out.

    Overall it has it's own distinctive features and styles to call it's own. Story element also borrows heavily from Anime *coughTokyoGhoulcough* for it's intended audience. A solid 8 and a solid foundation for future series.
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  6. Sep 29, 2019
    7
    Im quite shoked to see such reaction from us/un gamers. Game is good, but with flaws in fight gameplay. And yes it has a issue withIm quite shoked to see such reaction from us/un gamers. Game is good, but with flaws in fight gameplay. And yes it has a issue with unblockable frames in animation, such as DS had itself. But neverless, good game for its price. Expand
  7. Nov 4, 2019
    0
    This game is bad Dark Souls wannabe for anime fanboys. Also PC version is terrible to play. Avoid at all cost.

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