Hi guys! Today I will talk about Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin and Code Vein. I will do a comparison between them and I will let you be the judge of which game is better. First I will talk about the storyline of those 2 games, then I will talk about the difference or similarities in their gameplay, and lastly, I will compare the visuals and tell you my final thoughts. Now let’s begin.
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Story-wise Code Vein has a far better and more interesting story than Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin. The thing I like about Code Vein’s story is that even though the main character doesn’t speak because it is custom, the rest of the characters have interesting personalities, goals, and emotions. Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin and every other Dark Souls game for that matter have uninteresting characters and forgettable stories, at least for me.
I may be biased because I prefer storytelling with dialogues and cutscenes than reading walls of text and exhausting all the dialogue options on every single character you see. If I wanted to read walls of text I would go read a book not play a game, game is a visual medium and should be treated as such. If Dark Souls games were made by an indie studio that couldn’t hire voice actors I would understand that but they are made by FromSoftware.
So at the end of the day if you want a game with good story get Code Vein.
When it comes to combat, there are a lot of similarities between the two games. The big differences between the two games are in the RPG systems they have. Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin has the traditional stat point system while Code Vein has a class system where each class gives you different stats and has its own abilities available that you can unlock.
Both are good systems and it is up to you to decide what system you prefer. As for the combat, both games offer a variety of weapons for you to use, though Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin has more weapons available. The combat may be similar but there are some differences. The most notable one being the dual-wielding system in Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin.
The dual-wielding system is what made Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin my favorite Dark Souls game. It gives a lot of freedom to the players since they can try a lot of different weapon combinations. It is a pity that they revamped the system in Dark Souls 3.
There are also a lot of different types of enemies you can find in both games and there is a variety of bosses too. Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin has more bosses though and content in general.
Another important factor is how challenging both games are. In my opinion Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin offers more challenge because of the HP system they implemented in the game, I won’t explain it in detail but basically each time you die a part of your HP becomes locked until you are left with 50%(75% if you use a ring) of your total HP. You can consume an item to unlock your HP but you can’t buy these items in large quantities so you have to be careful and don’t die unnecessarily.
Lastly, Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin and Code Vein have around the same level of replayability and both games offer co-op mode, but Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin also offers a pvp mode which Code Vein doesn’t have. As
Visually both games have different styles. Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin has gone for realistic-looking graphics while Code Vein goes for anime-like graphics. Now, most of the time when I compare graphics of different style choices I say that it all depends on what you prefer but in this case, I believe Code Vein has more clean graphics since it came out many years after Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin.
As far as scenery and locations go I believe Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin has better scenery. Lastly, Code Vein has better customization and one of the best character creation systems I have seen in gaming. Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin has some amazing looking armors but it doesn’t have an equipment transmogrification system, meaning that you aren’t able to change the appearance of any armor or weapon you have to the appearance of another weapon or armor you have gotten in the game and keep the item’s stats. Whether you consider that enough to beat an amazing character creation system, it’s up to you.
Let me summarize what you should keep from this article.
First, when it comes to the story I recommend Code Vein and I don’t believe that there is even a debate on that.
Gameplay-wise, the games have different RPG systems, if you want the classic RPG you should go with Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin, if you want something different then you should pick Code Vein. If you want more content and challenges then you should pick Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin.
Lastly as far as graphics and customization go I recommend Code Vein on both.
Whichever game you choose I believe you will be satisfied but I recommend waiting for sale.
This is it, guys. I hope you found the article informative and that I helped you decide which is the best game for you.
Write in the comments below if you agree or disagree with what I said and if you think I forgot something. See ya in the next article.
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