Code Vein further details battle system - Gematsu
Code Vein further details battle system
posted on 09.14.17 at 12:44 AM EST by (@salromano)
Drain the enemy and fight alongside your Partner.

Following initial details last week, Bandai Namco has released further information and screenshots of the battle system in Code Vein.

Get the details below.

■ Characters

Protagonist

One of the remaining Revenants in the closed society of “Vein.” While wandering around Vein in order to survive while fighting against their bloodlust, they will encounter and work together with comrades in similar circumstances.

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Character Creation

Through character creation, you can create a player character all your own by choosing features such as gender, physique, hairstyle, voice, and more. You can even customize your eye color and glow shape, facial scars, face paint, and more.

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Louis (voiced by Kaito Ishikawa)

A young leader who continues his research in order to help Revenants suffering from bloodlust. In order to widely distribute the “Blood Beads” that are a substitute for human blood, he ventures into the isolated land of Vein in search of its source.

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In battle, Louis uses a one-handed sword that enables swift attacks and has short reach, but can elude with his “Ogre” type Blood Veil. Even while attacking, he will use Gifts to strengthen the player and himself, and support in exploration.

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Io (voiced by Lynn)

A female Revenant who explores with the protagonist. She has lost all memory of her past, but has a wealth of knowledge about Revenant abilities and Vein very well. Her advice will accurately guide the protagonist.

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■ Battle System

Stamina Gauge

Whether you’re attacking, evading, dashing, or sucking blood, every action consumes Stamina. Your Stamina will recover when you’re not using an action that consumes the Stamina Gauge. Stamina management is very important, as it is the foundation of using actions in Code Vein.

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Drain Action

—Drain

A Drain attack can be activated with the press of a button. If you successfully Drain the enemy and acquire a large amount of Ichor Points, the maximum amount of Ichor Stock will also increase.

Here is a look at the Blood Veil Ogre’s Drain action. Once the pool is maxed out, the character steps towards the enemy and slashes them with their claws. The Ichor Stock also increased from 10 to 12.

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—Special Drain

A Special Drain is a Drain attack that can be triggered under specific conditions. It acquires more Ichor Points than a standard Drain, increases the maximum number of Ichor Stock, and simultaneously hits the enemy with big damage.

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Special Drain Trigger Conditions

—When You Successfully Parry an Attack

A counter action triggered to match the enemy’s attack. Timing is critical, but the reward for success is grand.

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—When Performing a Successful Back Attack

When you attack an enemy from the back. Follow the enemy’s movements and look for an opening.

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—A Combo from a Launch Attack

It is important to figure out how to land launch attacks, which are only triggered under certain conditions.

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Gift System

By holding down the Gift button (R2 is the default), a palette will be displayed. A maximum of eight Gifts can be used in battle. When the palette is displayed, a Gift can be triggered by pressing its corresponding button. The red icon signifies the Gift that is in use. In addition to Gifts that can be used in battle, there are also passive-type Gifts that are activated by simply equipping them.

Here is a look at a Gift that significantly reduces the amount of damage you take from a single enemy attack.

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Focus System

The Focus System temporarily increases the player’s abilities when they are in danger. In addition to being able to launch a counterattack when the enemy drives you into a corner, you can also use this system to intentionally increase your abilities in battle by purposely taking risks.

Actions that increase the Focus Gauge include:

  • Receiving enemy attacks
  • Dodging enemy attacks

Focus State effects include:

  • Less likely to take recoil from the enemy’s attacks
  • The ability to launch enemies
  • A fully recovered Stamina Gauge (when Focus State activates)

—As a critical situation keeps up, your Focus Gauge will rise until you enter the Focus State.

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—Using the special effects temporarily bestowed upon you, launch your counterattack.

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■ Partner Actions

When guarding, your Partner will rush to you and guard alongside you. Cooperating with your Partner will offer various forms of support.

—A partner character distributes their HP to the player, who is on the verge of death.

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■ Partner Action: Co-Op Gift

Co-Op Gifts are special Gifts that can be activated with a Partner when they are nearby. By activating a Co-Op Gift, you can temporarily increase your strength, but depending on the effect, it may decrease the maximum number of Ichor Stock as compension. The effect of Co-Op Gifts vary for each Partner.

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Code Vein is due out for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC worldwide in early 2018.

View the screenshots at the gallery.

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