Review Roundup: Code Vein Has Plenty of Anime Vampires, Souls-like Combat, and An Interesting Story

Bandai Namco’s long-awaited RPG — Code Vein, is set to release tomorrow and early reviews for the game has hit the internet; does the game live up to the expectations? Let’s find out!

From early reviews, it seems that Bandai Namco nails the game’s souls-like gameplay to a tee. In addition to fun gameplay, there’s an immersive story to sink your teeth into, as well as a ton of anime vampires. However, some reviews state that the game can get boring, repetitive, and a structure that has been done before

Down below are some of the most respectable gaming sites in the industry, check out the highlights for their reviews on Bandai Namco’s latest title — Code Vein:

Twinfinite 90

The story goes some surprisingly emotional places, and the sheer variety of gameplay styles is a huge strength. 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.

PlayStation LifeStyle 80

Code Vein feels like it wants to take the idea of community and important AIs and marry it with the gameplay and ideas prevalent in Soulslikes. It is a story-heavy affair that wants you to care about its characters, while also helping you find your way in a demanding world with thoughtful combat. There are some technical hitches along the way, such as frame rate drops, but they’re the sort of problems that could very well be eventually fixed with patches. For now, it’s a largely successful experiment into some new ideas.

IGN 70

Despite building itself on well-tread ground, Code Vein definitely moves to the beat of its own drummer, but that beat can lose its rhythm when you need it to be steady. Some changes like being able to easily switch around and experiment with classes on the fly are great, while others like its inconsistent AI partner could be more trouble than they were worth at times. But in both the good and the bad, I appreciated its enthusiasm for mixing things up and getting a little weird. If you’re looking for a unique take on a familiar type of challenge, and are open to loving and hating a game for its many mechanical quirks in the same breath, Code Vein is worth sinking your teeth into.

DualShockers 70

Code Vein features anime vampires and fast combat, but it’s too reliant on the exact Soulslike formula to stand out on its own.

GameSpot 60

Code Vein adopts the Souls-like formula in its structure, presenting a familiar cycle of progression and basic combat similarities, and there are some interesting ideas here, too, built around the use of various Blood Codes and their distinct Gifts. You can see the fragments of a fantastic game hidden within these systems and its meaty combat feedback, but the mundanity of its enemies and the effect they have on nullifying the combat’s enjoyment prevent Code Vein from ever realizing its potential.


Code Vein is set to release tomorrow, September 27th, for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Are you planning on picking up Bandai Namco’s new game? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: Metacritic