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Code Vein

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26 September 2019
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Dark Souls: Anime Edition
I don't usually do this, but this review is going to be split into a good/bad format because that's just how I naturally typed it up.

So let's start with the good!

The combat is the best thing about the game. It's fast, stylish and super polished. You have your basics like the light and heavy attacks, parry, dodge roll and tons of spells, but also plenty of special anime styled attacks called 'gifts' which you can chain together and do combos with. Also the Blood Code system is very nice and being able to switch codes on a whim and make different builds for each code instead of being stuck with one build the entire game is a cool gimmick, not gonna lie

The character creator is also INCREDIBLE, legit one of the best I've seen in any game and I've played 1000s of games lol. Infinite options for creating your own edgy anime power fantasy or dream waifu/husbando, also if you're creative enough you can make a lot of characters from other games and series, I've seen some super impressive stuff.

The OST doesn't seem like anything special at first, but it grew on me, especially the boss themes which were very epic and reminded me of Castlevania with all the harpsichords, organs and other baroque instrumentation, very fitting of the Victorian Gothic style of the game.

Some characters are pretty interesting and have cool backstories

Now for the bad....

THE LEVEL DESIGN IS GOD AWFUL. Not even exaggerating when I say it's some of the worst I've seen in any game ever. What could be more worse than one abstract labyrinthine level? TWO ABSTRACT LABYRINTHINE LEVELS! Not to mention even the levels that aren't overly complex just look bland and uninspired as fuck, where everything looks the fucking same. It's all so bad and made me almost drop the game because it makes it such a slog and chore to even playthrough the game despite the combat being so much fun

The enemy design isn't much better than level design, there's a couple bosses that look really cool and a few basic enemies that do too, but it's undermined by the fact there is very little enemy variety and most of the more challenging late game enemies are just color reskins of earlier enemies

The game despite being very fun and polished is insultingly easy. I don't know if it's just because I'm so adept at Souls styled games now or what, but most bosses I killed in 1-3 attempts and hardly any mobs beat me either. Just waves of enemies before reaching a mistle (This game's bonfire) my shitty platforming skills ad being knocked off of cliffs is what caused most of my deaths

The story, not that it's bad per se, but it's pretty generic, predictable and filled with many anime tropes and takes itself WAY too serious, there were some scenes that were supposed to be emotional and I honestly laughed because of how overly dramatic and serious it tried to be

All in all the game was very solid, but the level design almost completely killed it for me and the uninteresting story and enemies didn't exactly make me more driven to keep playing. I'd only recommend it to the most die-hard Souls fans who have to play anything remotely similar to Souls or big fans of story driven anime games, who knows, you might enjoy it more than me, but even then I'd say wait for a sale because $60 for this game is a bit too much.

Final verdict: a light 7/10
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  • Mercenarion 2019-12-03 10:17:22.060604+00
    It is very enjoyable but suffers greatly from design flaws that are aneurysm-inducing. Especially that Cathedral level.

    I love playing it and purely on my 'general' enjoyment I'd technically rate it higher, but enough is frustrating that I can only go with a 3.5/5.
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  • rome_antics 2019-12-30 19:24:48.490583+00
    anime was a mistake
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  • OPOTITI 2020-08-15 01:59:59.770587+00
    another proof that this kind of anime design is SIN
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  • Aurochz 2021-07-26 22:03:55.75714+00
    I'll go out on a limb and say the anime design was its best quality. The real problem was its attempts to be Dark Souls without understanding those games. The anime-style was at least something though, it wasn't like how Temco sharted out Nioh, with no adds to the formula and all minuses.
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  • Matty_G 2021-08-12 03:46:32.819986+00
    The AOEs are ridiculous
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  • Coldplaz 2021-08-19 11:55:21.387994+00
    Booba Souls
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  • Grungy777 2021-11-18 17:03:30.57706+00
    This game would've been good if it weren't so piss-easy. The soulslike formula really doesn't work when you can just mindlessly rampage through everything
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  • mrtangelo 2022-03-29 23:54:03.094299+00
    people hyped the character creator, and yet there isnt even a single option for facial hair. what a joke, lol.
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    • pensiero97 2022-05-21 14:35:41.750702+00
      everybody knows the japanese don't grow any
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