Code of Princess EX Reviews

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4 / 10.0
Jul 30, 2018

From an aesthetic and button layout perspective, Code of Princess EX is really good. If its story was more layered, its characters were more fleshed out, and you could split the Joy-Con, this would have easily been one of the top games of the year. Unfortunately, they are not, and you cannot.

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5 / 10.0
Aug 1, 2018

If Code of Princess EX's combat was just a little bit better, it'd be quite a solid game.

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5 / 10
Jul 31, 2018

It's not clear why Code of Princess on 3DS was ever a cult hit; maybe because it was the only action RPG on the 3DS at the time? Organising a local multiplayer session ends up taking up more time than the time spent playing together since the core gameplay of Code of Princess EX is very shallow and very tedious. Battles just drag on for an eternity as heroes constantly wail on goons, making everyone who is playing feel only regret. What a waste of excellent character designs that they have to be used in such a milquetoast beat 'em up.

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5.3 / 10.0
Aug 1, 2018

Code of Princess EX it wasn't that I expected. The presentation and the story are acceptable, but the combat is boring. If you are looking for an hack and slash with a lot of content, well, maybe you can enjoy a little with this game, but in any other case you have better options.

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5.5 / 10.0
Jul 30, 2018

Between slow and clunky controls to a generic story that is basically making fun of similar generic stories, you're left with an underwhelming game that just isn't that fun to play. So, unless you really want to play a beat 'em up on the Switch, play as countless characters or just enjoy the usual anime game tropes, this isn't for you.

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5.5 / 10.0
Jul 30, 2018

Code of Princess EX might itch your craving for a Japanese-style beat em' up: if you missed the game when it released on Nintendo 3DS, it's not super expensive and might be worth a try. I don't think everyone is going to enjoy this game though; I certainly had a lot of on and off moments with it. In the end, Code of Princess needs to do a lot more if it hopes to have any staying power in the future. I will say, though, that I'm somewhat excited to see some of the characters reappear in Blade Strangers when it releases next month.

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6 / 10
Aug 2, 2018

If you’re an avid anime fan that likes a bit of kooky comedy-drama with your spammy beatdowns then Code of Princess EX isn’t too bad a game to carry around in your backpack.

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6 / 10
Jul 30, 2018

Code of Princess EX is an attractive investment for action-RPG fans who don't mind some monotonous fighting or lackluster character models.

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Aug 6, 2018

Code of Princess EX doesn't justify its full price with its lack of new content, and its lack of previously included English dub, and it hasn't aged particularly well. It's a serviceable game that doesn't excel in any area, and there's not much to check out if you've played it before. otherwise it's worth picking up once it goes on sale if you're fancying a button-masher – this is made out to be an easier choice considering there's no physical version in Europe, so there's very little rush to secure a copy of this niche game.

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Jul 30, 2018

Code of Princess EX just doesn't seem to scratch that itch for the beat 'em up style that I grew up with. Despite the story being engaging and the characters being wonderfully colorful, the stale and disengaging gameplay just brings it down so far. This makes me sad because Code of Princess EX could have been a proper remaster instead of a port with enhanced graphics. Consider the boat fully missed.

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6 / 10
Sep 11, 2018

This game that promises to be the ultimate version of the previous Code of Princess does not fully respond to expectations, especially as far as the quality of the visual environment is concerned but despite that, the variety of characters and movements involved is still something to be happy about.

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60 / 100
Jul 30, 2018

If you're looking for a hack n' slash game with a certain aesthetic, Code of Princess EX has you covered. If you don't like the look however, you may find yourself left wanting more.

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6.2 / 10.0
Aug 4, 2018

Code of Princess EX is a decent beat 'em up but it's nowhere near as good as Guardian Heroes which is clearly the game that it was inspired by.

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6.5 / 10.0
Jul 30, 2018

While I do feel that playing through this entire game is worth it just for the comical story, it does drag a lot and it is better to play in small doses that to just hunker down in your favorite recliner and waken to the sound of you Switch Pro Controller. The game just doesn’t have a compelling enough battle sequence to join the ranks of much better RPG games on the market.

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Jul 31, 2018

I'm not going to sugar-coat things and try to sell this as a game that everyone can enjoy, but Code of Princess EX does what it does very well. If the $40 price-tag is causing you to pump the brakes, and the gameplay footage you've seen doesn't appeal to you, then pump those brakes, dude! Wait for a sale if you want to, but do keep this on your radar. Whether playing solo, online, or locally with friends, you're guaranteed a bizarre and deceptively deep RPG beat 'em up that's more fun than it has any right to be.

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Aug 28, 2018

All in all, I felt Code of Princess EX was a big improvement over the 3DS game of years ago. The improved graphics and framerate really make this feel like a different game and there is plenty of content there to keep you bashing enemies for hours. I think my biggest problem with this title is still the same though. The combat just feels really stiff at times and the CPU controlled opponents always seem to have an edge in hitting you before you can strike them. Some may think this one is a bit overpriced at the $49.99 for the physical edition, but I have to tell you, Nicalis put a lot of love into it. It comes with reversible cover art, full color manual and a mini OST, so I feel like it is well worth the price. This game is by no means a bad game, but I still feel like it could use more polish. I really hope Nicalis decides to make a full on sequel to this. Based on how much better this is than the original, that would be something to behold. It took about 6 hours to complete the main quest and I spent a ton of time messing around with the characters I unlocked in the other modes. If you didn’t like the original release, there is nothing here that will change your mind. However, If you loved this on the 3DS or are a hard core fan of beat-em-ups, then it would be well worth picking up.

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3.5 / 5.0
Aug 10, 2018

Code of Princess EX is an entertaining beat-em-up game that is simple enough that anyone can jump in. Even though the boss battles can be tedious and the graphics aren’t as polished as they could be, it’s still an adventure of decent caliber.

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7 / 10.0
Sep 6, 2018

Code of Princess EX is a beat 'em up of a different breed. More bite sized stages and scenarios mean that the action ends right when it ramps up, but the characters and story are what will likely entice players to keep going. This one is more for anime fans than the average gamer.

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7 / 10.0
Aug 1, 2018

This game isn’t going to offer you a great combat system but there is an impressive cast of playable characters. The writing is solid and the art style is captivating, however, the quest-based mission design is a major flaw that hinders the potential of the story.

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7 / 10.0
Sep 23, 2018

In the end, Code of Princess EX manages to combine all three styles rather well. The unique combination of genres certainly make it an interesting experience. Players looking for a good co-op experience can certainly enjoy this game.  If you're looking for a solid beat-em-up – or even a change of pace to the usual stage-to-stage fighting style – this one is worth checking out.

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