Code Vein Reviews

Code Vein is ranked in the 60th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
10 / 10
Sep 27, 2019

Code Vein is a challenging experience in a lore rich world that is able to strike a balance between originality and familiarity. Bandai Namco took a risk with an original work and it truly has paid off for fans of such experiences.

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9.5 / 10.0
Oct 18, 2019

Code Vein isn't the anime Dark Souls that many people were expecting, and I'm all the more happy for it. Instead, we get something that borrows from the Souls-like genre but still ends up being its own unique beast. There's nothing quite like Code Vein on the market, and few games are as satisfying from beginning to end.

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GameSpace
Top Critic
9.5 / 10.0
Sep 26, 2019

Code Vein is a Dark Souls-like game with an anime art style. There are many ways you can customize your character from looks to weapons, even up to the skills you carry in battle. You can literally customize your way of playing and it's worth every single second.

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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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4.5 / 5.0
Sep 26, 2019

Code Vein is easily one of the sleeper hits of the year, and it’s an experience that’s a joy to sink your teeth into.

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Krista Noren
Top Critic
9 / 10.0
Oct 15, 2019

Code Vein is a brilliant evolution of the soulslike style. With fun combat, a well done AI partner system and a wealth of build options. Each area permeates that distinct desolate feeling, while still managing to remain unique. Even the story manages to keep being interesting enough to continually draw the player forward to discover more, with an elegant system to experience memories of past events to flesh out the story. Anyone who enjoys both anime style games, and soulslike games has plenty to enjoy in Code Vein.

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9 / 10.0
Sep 26, 2019

Code Vein is a great game that sets itself apart from its Dark Souls inspiration with plenty of fighting customization and fast paced battles.

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9 / 10.0
Oct 4, 2019

It’s interpretation of the Souls category relies on it’s established past, but brings in elements from many other Role-Playing titles, but conveys an uncommon commitment. From its amazing level and dungeon design, its vast and beautiful world, its insane cast of characters, and addictive gameplay, Code Vein will no doubt be remembered as one of 2019’s best.

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Oct 23, 2019

I enjoyed Code Vein a lot more than I thought I would going into it. The combat is challenging without being frustrating most of the time, the Code system allows you to mix and match jobs to your liking and the overall look of the game is outstanding. The maps could’ve used a little more detail in certain areas and some variety would’ve been welcomed. That’s honestly a very minor complaint, since of the game looks great. The music is outstanding and with three different endings and New Game+ there is a decent amount of replay value here for the 60 buck price tag. If you are a fan of Souls games, this is a must have title, and folks that wanted try out a Souls game but wanted something with a bit more story and character should definitely pick this up. You will be glad you did!

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Fextralife
Castielle
Top Critic
9 / 10
Sep 26, 2019

Code Vein is not Dark Souls. It lacks the polished combat and stellar world design of the legendary franchise. However, it makes up for these things with it's brilliant character customization, a deep narrative with twists and turns, and Skills and Abilities that challenge the player to defeat enemies in a way they never would have thought of before. On top of that, the cooperative multiplayer should keep you playing well after you've finished the game, and adds significant value to a game that was already worth the price tag. If you're a Dark Souls fan, Code Vein is a must buy game!

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8.6 / 10.0
Oct 2, 2019

Code Vein is a very unique mixture of anime art style with dark souls gameplay elements. Beautiful anime dark world, nice story-teeling, some great characters, challenging deep gameplay and combats, high replay value and also high amount of various contents (specially because of dungeons), made Code Vein a very valuable souls-like with its own characteristics. There are issues like unbalance of difficulty in some parts of the game and some repeated level designs and locations, but in the end, good aspects of the game are way more natable than these issues and you may not even feel those problems in the amazing course of the game. Code Vein is one of the best choices for every gamers that are looking for an amazing "high quality hardcore action-RPG"

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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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8.5 / 10.0
Sep 26, 2019

Code Vein is some fun anime nonsense is a slickly designed package with some minor failings.

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8.5 / 10.0
Sep 25, 2019

Code Vein is much more than an anime aesthetics Dark Souls, since it contributes its grain of sand to differentiate itself in new playable mechanics and a fantastic audiovisual section.

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8.5 / 10.0
Oct 2, 2019

I think Code Vein is a special release for anyone that appreciates the FROMSoftware formula and is a big fan of their work like myself that is really also an anime fan at heart. Bandai Namco put a lot of work into making this feel epic and grand on a scale they’ve not yet done before, and it paid off for the most part. The combat is fast and fluid while maintaining the difficulty fans want of this genre. The storytelling is top notch with characters you’ll want to bleed and die for. The small annoyances that existed throughout were a bit of a shame and definitely took us out of the experience a few times, but for the most part.. this is a game worthy of playing in a Fall lineup that is absolutely packed.

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8.5 / 10.0
Oct 11, 2019

Code Vein isn’t a genre-defining game by any means. What it is, however, is a blast to play. The story itself is deep, each character gets a well-rounded backstory, making their importance rather-well known compared to previous entries.

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8.5 / 10.0
Oct 12, 2019

Code Vein may be a bit easier than normal and have a few issues but its unique visual style and extensive playstyle customization allows it to easily stand on its own merits.

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8.4 / 10.0
Sep 26, 2019

Code Vein is a good dark anime-style action RPG. There are some flaws like the AI or various technical/graphic imperfections, but the articulated combat system, the versatile gameplay, the co-op and a plot that holds up to the end despite stereotypes and clichés manage to give to novices and experts 40+ hours of brutal souls like fun.

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4.1 / 5.0
Oct 8, 2019

An entertaining story, extensive character customisation and stylish anime presentation elevates Code Vein above just another Souls-like.

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4.1 / 5.0
Oct 15, 2019

Code Vein surprised me with how quickly it sucked me in and refused to let go. The game is probably a bit more accessible to newcomers with its streamlined levelling system and slightly lower difficulty when compared to the Souls games, but that doesn't mean that it's an overall easier game, although you never really feel as stuck in terms of progression as you could in the aforementioned games due to the versatility of the Blood Code and Gift systems offering up multiple ways to approach a situation.

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