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Code Vein

Game review by
Jeff Haynes, Common Sense Media
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Bloody action adventure pits vampires against monsters.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Code Vein is an upcoming action role-playing game for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PCs. The game takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where monsters now roam the ruins of cities, and survivors are vampires that look for blood stones and items that help them live against these creatures. Players step into the boots of one of these vampires, who wields surprising abilities through the use of blood, including draining enemies with successful attacks. As the game continues and they acquire more powers, players will be able to evolve their skills to suit their individual play style. They’ll even be able to switch these skill sets at will. This is vital, because enemies will launch themselves at characters from all sides. What’s more, players will need to balance the timing of their attacks to be successful; the gameplay borrows a lot of its high risk/reward combat timing from the Dark Souls franchise, which is notoriously difficult. That challenge could frustrate some gamers with its complexity. The frequent combat will see gamers will use a variety of weapons, including swords, hammers, and other objects to time their attacks against these monsters, and blood will frequently spray from wounds. Female characters are frequently shown to wear skimpy or tight clothes in battle or in headquarters. Mild swearing is to be expected, with “hell” and “dammit” used in dialogue. While one part of your base has a bar-like setting with bottles on shelves, no drinking is shown (and it’s presumed that vampires might not be drinking alcohol in the first place).

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