Delve into the post-apocalyptic world of Code Vein in this review for a J-RPG that isn't afraid to try new things. Code Vein is a treat for fans of anime storytelling, "Souls-like" gameplay and deep customisation. Amongst all the ambition, though, Bandai Namco occasionally trips over its own self-made obstacles.
Summary Code Vein looks and plays like a game from the last generation. You need to ask yourself if you perceive that as a criticism. Does such a comparison indicate the negative to you? Code Vein has plenty of last gen quirks, ranging from the needlessly silent protagonist, to its rigidly placed NPCs and lacklustre resource economy. That said, players are going to sign up for the Code Vein experience for the challenges its RPG tree presents. They'll sign up to experience a sincere attempt at taking a genre and bending it in completely new ways. That's what brings Code Vein up to the cutting edge, despite its various stumbling points.