Code Vein mixes a lot of interesting concepts and ideas in a single dose. Tough combat, anime-ish graphics, a serious story, and interesting character development all come together to create a soothing dose to scratch your action-roleplaying itch. Some minor unpolished blemishes deter the experience, but never to the point where the game feels anything short of great. Code Vein experiments with ideas, some of which have not been seen in the genre. My time spent with Code Vein was well spent, to be completely honest, I am already planning my next character's look and build.
There's no denying the seriousness of Code Vein's story. Your character awakens in a world where revenants seek blood to survive, be they tree-grown blood beads or humans. Meeting up with a gang of likable characters, they soon discover you have a special ability, and only you can save their world from certain doom. It's a story-heavy game, complete with lengthy cutscenes, a lot of dialogue, and memories (of other characters) you get to experience in an interesting way. Fortunately, these memories are not only drip-feeders for the story, but they are also tied closely to character customization (more on this in a bit). The early hours of the game might seem weariful, but sticking to the story reveals a fascinating world, and a cast of characters you can easily grow to care for. This becomes even more apparent once you take a dive into the lore.
It's a story-heavy game, complete with lengthy cutscenes, a lot of dialogue, and memories (of other characters) you get to experience in an interesting way.
The inclusion of an AI partner can either alleviate the difficulty of the game or ramp it up considerably.
...playing on a launch PlayStation 4 saw the frame rate take more than a couple of hits.
Kingdom Hearts devotee, From Software fanboy and aspiring Audiophile (the good kind that believes in FLAC files). Vincent enjoys writing about games almost as much as playing them.
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