Code Vein is the latest in a long line of games like Dark Souls, but it has quite a few interesting features that help set it apart from the pack. The first, and most obvious, is a much larger emphasis on story with a defined cast of characters, who you can even bring into battle with you.
We had some hands-on time with Code Vein at E3, and it’s clear that the game has the kind of depth Souls fans would want. There’s a variety of equipment to use, and the game’s combat is much more methodical than the studio’s other series, God Eater. Draining blood from your enemies also allows you to use skills that have a variety of effects, like adding frost damage onto your weapons or creating a shield that reduces damage. Code Vein’s phenomenal gothic anime art style is what ties everything together, and it helps give the game a distinct feel, unlike any other game.
Considering Code Vein comes from Bandai Namco, the same company that holds the rights to Dark Souls, this is one to watch out for.