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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: 33 out of 69
  2. Negative: 2 out of 69
  1. Sep 26, 2019
    95
    You can literally customize your way of playing and it's worth every single second.
  2. Oct 8, 2019
    82
    An entertaining story, extensive character customisation and stylish anime presentation elevates Code Vein above just another Souls-like.
  3. Sep 26, 2019
    80
    Ultimately, Code Vein can be considered an ambitious and very successful experiment.
  4. Sep 26, 2019
    72
    Code Vein has been able to surprise by trying to compete with From Software titles but still knows how to find its own identity. Its narration allows for an accessible and complete understanding of the story, and its rich, original gameplay brings freshness to the genre. In addition, the personalization gives the player the impression of being in a shōnen, with a sense of power. The dark atmosphere of the title is clearly successful, and the world is fascinating. Unfortunately, it suffers from its linearity and technical limitations. Code Vein is a good title on which we had an enjoyable time. However, we just hope that the follow-up content will be more effective, and that the developers will be able to push essential patches to correct its defects.
  5. Sep 27, 2019
    70
    Flawed, but not a failure, Code Vein offers the same hardcore Soulslike action with less of a barrier of entry, making for a decent gateway into a growing genre.
  6. Sep 26, 2019
    65
    Code Vein is disappointing take on the Souls genre, with many design flaws but an enjoyable core. There are many contenders in the Souls battle, and this isn’t one of the strongest.
  7. Sep 26, 2019
    40
    A ruined, post-apocalyptic anime future could have made for a fantastic game, but it falters at every genre it attempts to ape. Code Vein is clearly attempting to spin a lot of plates. But unless you’re into playing a great character creator with a bad Dark Souls clone attached to it, we’d say steer clear.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 27 out of 218
  1. Sep 28, 2019
    10
    Code Vein is inspired by Dark Souls. But that’s perfectly okay. Worth it and respect bandai namco
  2. Oct 4, 2019
    10
    people talking **** about the story are absolute idiots, some kids are angry its not on nintendo switch and some idiots are bashing the gamepeople talking **** about the story are absolute idiots, some kids are angry its not on nintendo switch and some idiots are bashing the game because ¨its not worthy of being dark souls¨ and giving it bad scores.This is not dark souls, The story is phenomenal and **** diabolically amazing. Combat is diabolical and awesome, characters are beautiful and world is beautiful. Reviewers and witchunters have a 1 inch peen and their parents never loved them. Expand
  3. Sep 27, 2019
    10
    I am having a blast with the game great character customization options liked the story and I’m really having fun building different classes
  4. Oct 11, 2019
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. E adorei dinâmica a jogabilidade e trilha sonora me agradou bastante e a história me lembra bastante animes bem mais me divertir bastante jogando ele Expand
  5. Sep 30, 2019
    8
    Anime Bloodborne, Its amazing. hard, scary at times, and while the plot is a little cliche, it was an easy plat, it was a fun experience, andAnime Bloodborne, Its amazing. hard, scary at times, and while the plot is a little cliche, it was an easy plat, it was a fun experience, and if youre on the fence, Id say tis worth 40$ for sure. if yo like anime and challenging games, its worth the 60 Expand
  6. Nov 3, 2019
    7
    This game is good and players will not regret their time with it, however there are several issues that hold it back from true greatness.This game is good and players will not regret their time with it, however there are several issues that hold it back from true greatness.

    Gameplay;
    Combat is generally decent, challenging and requires thoughtfulness at all times. However the levels are regrettably samey and a fairly small enemy pool means that levels can become a drag. Enemies often refused to be downed without getting at least one swing off, which becomes tedious especially when you get lost.

    Exploration of levels is good, the maze like qualities of certain areas convey a sense of scale to proceedings and the mapping system and breadcrumbs left on the mini map are one of the strongest parts of the game. Replay ability does not particularly benefit however from sprawling mazes, and subsequent playthroughs can feel a little bit tedious because of this.

    Bosses are a mixed bag, often acting so fast that it requires very quick reflexes or learning. Many times I have been at opposite ends of the arena to a boss who is currently not attacking, and the moment I try to heal, the distance was instantly closed and I receive a hit for more than my heal amount. Overall the combat is fair but I did find it frustrating. The game is tuned to co-op play with an AI companion, and this is one of the better AI companions that exists in gaming. It did often feel cheap to win a fight purely on how well the AI companion performed rather than anything I was doing, after all, who is playing this game? Often it felt like the AI companion.

    The blood code system is serviceable, but the ability to change it on the fly actually harms replay-ability. Why would one want to play through the relatively tedious levels again, when you can just change blood codes and test it out for a while?

    Multiplayer is a little disappointing, no PVP is available and the co-op dungeon diving does feel quite drawn out, tacked on and a little superfluous. As a side note, the trophy list is spoiled by one particular trophy which required 400 bosses to be killed in co-op. This can be mindless grind at best, or torture at worse. This is a shame as the other trophy's are fair.

    Unfortunately this leaves game-play to be only just above average, and if scored alone I would probably give it a 6/10.

    Story and everything else.
    The story is good. The world built is intriguing and leaves you wanting to know more, This narrative hook brings you through the game nicely. A misstep though is how it too often descends into the realm of anime melodrama. Without spoilers, see all of those characters you are meeting? Well prepare to have attempts made to tug on your heart strings for every single one of them. This gets repetitive and the players becomes numb to it fairly early on.

    The game excels in its soundtrack, graphics and character customization. These features help to bring the game up to a 7/10 despite the mixed game-play. I think Bandai Namco are on to something good here, and it would be nice to see improved combat and game-play in a sequel or in the DLC's.

    This game deserves the chance to improve, as this first entry is a mixed bag, especially in game-play.
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  7. Jul 17, 2020
    0
    After a game crash, I lost all the progress I played for the past two hours, including the walkthrough in two maps and two boss battles. I amAfter a game crash, I lost all the progress I played for the past two hours, including the walkthrough in two maps and two boss battles. I am pretty sure I activated all the mistles (checkpoints) on my way. It is puzzling to me that no data were saved. Expand

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