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Code Vein's opening cinematic is extremely anime

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Code Vein (opens in new tab), Bandai Namco's forthcoming vampire action game, just had its opening cinematic revealed at Play Anime and you can watch it above. A young child runs down some post-apocalyptic streets in a gas mask, being pursued by (bad, unattractive) vampires. Then some rival (good, attractive) vampires show up to rescue the kid and strike dramatic poses, the theme songs starts up and it's montage time.

Everything about this intro, made by animation studio Ufotable, is the most anime it could be—from the oversized swords to the haircuts to the way the camera follows that one lady's short skirt to the slightly dated but catchy as hell J-rock (which is by a duo called Vamps).

There should definitely be more games about vampires, so I'm holding out for Code Vein to be a good one. Last year Luke Winkie had a chance to play it and came away with some positive impressions (opens in new tab). It's due out on September 27.

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games (opens in new tab). He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun (opens in new tab), The Big Issue, GamesRadar (opens in new tab), Zam (opens in new tab), Glixel (opens in new tab), Five Out of Ten Magazine (opens in new tab), and (opens in new tab), whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was published in 2015, he edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.