Given the commercial and critical success of the Dark Souls series, it’s a surprise that more games haven’t copied the From Software formula in creating their own combat-heavy dungeon crawlers.... - From The Verge
Bandai Namco seems to have been taking notes, however, as the new trailer for vampire action-RPG Code Vein shows.
The clip showcases Code Vein’s towering bosses and huge weapons, as well as a measured, tactical combat system that seems to rely more on dodges and timing than long strings of button combos.
Bandai Namco’s game features perfectly coiffed protagonists, melodramatic music, and skimpy bikini armor, as well as a portentous voiceover that tells us that in this world, all the regular humans are dead.
Those souls can be used to increase the player’s strength or weaken enemies, a bit like they’re used in Dark Souls, as well as using them to power heftier attacks.
Bandai Namco has encouraged the comparison to Dark Souls, using the phrase “Prepare to Dine” in its teaser material, riffing on From Software’s “Prepare to Die” tagline.