With the passing of the old year and the dawning of the new comes renewed hopes and expectations for the year ahead. Lord Alfred Tennyson, Queen Victoria’s Poet Laureate, once wrote: Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering ‘it will be happier.’ Ah, but who cares about all that, a new year means new games!
2018 was a little disappointing for Xbox fans, so we’re hoping that 2019 proves to be a lot better. Over the next couple of weeks, we’re going to be highlighting a different game each day, giving you all the relevant details and salient talking points for big games of the year. With so many upcoming titles we’ve decided to do this in order of release date. Today, Code Vein, the new action game from Bandai Namco.
Title: Code Vein
Publisher: Bandai Namco
Developer: Bandai Namco
Release Date: 2019
What is it?
Code Vein is a Dark Souls styled video game with an anime aesthetic. Set in a post-apocalyptic future, Code Vein features vampire protagonists, AI partners, terrifying villains, and interesting combat.
What Could Go Right?
Didn’t you see when we said Dark Souls, vampires, and anime? Three awesome things wrapped in a stylish package has us intrigued. We have a resident Dark Souls expert on staff, and he can’t wait to get his hands on Code Vein. The inspiration is obvious when it comes to From Software’s masterpiece. The visual aesthetic is fantastic, the characters look promising, and the universe is something we’re definitely interested in exploring. The boss battle that we played was intense, required a mixture of melee combat and vampiric powers to succeed. While we didn’t win, the experience was entertaining.
What Could Go Wrong?
Look, Code Vein is good, but it isn’t perfect. Despite digging the E3 demo, there are some faults. The combat is occasionally sluggish and lacks the responsiveness found in Dark Souls and Bloodborne. The framerate also had some issues, which could be detrimental to a video game that revolves around intense combat. While Code Vein was originally intended to launch last fall, Bandai Namco delayed the game to refine the gameplay. It’s great that the studio is listening to feedback, but it’s also concerning that there still may be plenty of problems with the core experience when Code Vein launches later this year.
This is what we think about Code Vein. Do you like Dark Souls? What about anime and vampires? Are you interested in checking out Code Vein when it comes out later this year? Leave a comment below.
Andrew Gonzalez is the Co-Editor-In-Chief of Xbox Enthusiast. When not writing about Xbox, he’s usually reading comics, talking about Taylor Swift, and dreaming of the perfect Jet Force Gemini Reboot. You can follow him on Twitter. @AJGVulture89