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Latest Code Vein trailer shows off demonic finishing moves

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Vampiric hack-and-slasher Code Vein (opens in new tab) showed off more of its combat in a new trailer this week, the highlight of which is definitely a deadly finishing move in which our hero summons the heads of two demonic wolves (that's what they look like, anyway) from his back to devour an opponent. Not a bad party trick.

The wolves aren't just hungry for finishers, either: you'll be able to whip them out to carry on combos or deal extra damage, as you can see at 0:10 in the video. It looks like it'll be satisfying to pull off.

What we've seen of the combat so far looks impressive. The emphasis on parries and dodges means that the comparisons to Dark Souls are inevitable, but hopefully it can forge its own identity, and not just because of its anime art style.

In the video, two players are fighting side-by-side—as we wrote in February, you'll be able to summon other players into your game (opens in new tab) to help in tricky fights. 

Bandai Namco hasn't been shy in showing off gameplay footage—here's a full 17 minutes (opens in new tab) if you're interested.

Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.