In a world were video gaming homages are all the rage now, it can be a difficult task to step out of the shadows and stand above the rest. In the wake of the Dark Souls trilogy, particularly, players are now looking for similar games that test a gamer’s skill, tenacity, and patience – one such game that has achieved this and has still managed to keep its own “soul”, as it were, is Bandai Namco’s latest release Code Vein. Having been exposed to a slew of game trailers in the lead up to its release two weeks ago, I couldn’t help getting excited for a “Dark Souls game, with an anime twist”, it was the bridge between two worlds and one I was all too happy to cross.
Being the resident JRPG fanboy of the Checkpoint family I’ll admit it can sometimes become very repetitive playing similarly-veined games over and over. Most JRPG’s, I think you’ll agree, have the same “save the world before it’s too late” trope, but Code Vein has taken this narrative and gone beyond. Set in a world after an unknown cataclysmic event known as the Great Collapse, players will find themselves thrust into desolate land, full of monsters referred to as The Fallen. It is up to you as a Revenant, essentially a vampiric entity, to explore your new world, gathering haze and locating Bloodsprings which provide you with precious Blood Beads, a revenants main source of nutrition. Don’t worry about being over-saturated with lore, as Code Vein does a great job providing its players the information necessary without feeling too text heavy, which some JRPG’s fall victim to.