Code Vein is ranked in the 60th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Critic Reviews

Mike Epstein
Top Critic
7 / 10.0
Sep 26, 2019

Code Vein takes some interesting chances with Soulslike mechanics and finds mixed results, but there's something worth sinking your teeth into here.

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Easy Allies
Bradley Ellis
Top Critic
7.5 / 10.0
Oct 5, 2019
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Metro GameCentral
Top Critic
5 / 10
Sep 27, 2019

A muddled and underwhelming Dark Souls clone that has a few unique ideas but fails to back them up with compelling combat or exploration.

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Sep 26, 2019

Code Vein's lackluster combat is held up by great character customization, and its boring world is driven by a memorable story. It's clunky and uneven, but fun.

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6.5 / 10.0
Sep 26, 2019

You can have some fun with the stylish anime accoutrements, but Code Vein leans far too heavily on its inspirations and fails to capture any of the associated magic

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6 / 10
Sep 26, 2019

Code Vein adds its own spin to the Souls-like formula, but dull enemy encounters sap its combat of any life.

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7.5 / 10.0
Oct 6, 2019

Ironically for a game about undead vampires, there's a strong pulse and beating heart at Code Vein's core.

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Sep 26, 2019

If you’ve ever wanted a Souls-like without most of the baggage that comes with playing one, Code Vein is right up your alley.

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8 / 10.0
Sep 26, 2019

Code Vein manages to become a possible gateway to the complicated world of Souls-like.

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7 / 10
Sep 26, 2019

Code Vein is addictive, yet frustrating. It's promising, yet unpolished. There are a lot of interesting ideas here that come together to craft a unique and engaging experience. I just wish that the flaws here weren't so glaring, because they keep Code Vein from being a great game instead of just a good one.

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80 / 100
Sep 26, 2019

Code Vein is a perfect RPG for newcomers. It keeps every element in the "souls like" genre, but combat is easier (thanks to a second character) and narrative seems more traditional. Anime style and vampires suit perfectly this kind of gameplay.

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8 / 10
Sep 26, 2019

If you’re looking for a unique Soulsborne experience, this is it.

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Alex Donaldson
Top Critic
Sep 27, 2019

Flawed though it may be, sometimes a distinctly B-tier game is exactly what the doctor ordered – especially at this time of year, in a sea of mega-hyped triple-A.

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6.5 / 10.0
Sep 26, 2019

It promised more than it has finally been. Neither history nor difficulty are up to expectations and, in addition, it comes with technical problems that ruin the experience. It's sad, because we expected more from Bandai Namco's game.

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IGN Italy
Alessandra "Aelinar" Borgonovo
Top Critic
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 26, 2019

Code Vein is an anime soulslike with a huge focus on character build and an endearing story that could relate to the God Eater series.

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Sep 27, 2019

If you go into Code Vein thinking that you're going to get something on the level of any of the Souls games (or Bloodborne) you're going to be a little bit disappointed.

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8 / 10.0
Sep 26, 2019

Despite a number of performance issues and combat that feels just a little too loose and mashy compared to its genre-mates, Code Vein presents a unique take on the Soulslike formula

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5 / 10
Oct 1, 2019

I can't speak for anime fans, but die-hard FromSoftware devotees, as well as those who thirst for a really good vampire game – currently a malnourished bunch – are both parishes to which I belong. And I suspect both will wish for more bite.

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Unscored
Sep 26, 2019

The only good part of Code Vein is its combat, but for me, that turns out to be enough.

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70 / 100
Oct 29, 2019

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.

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