The best mods for Code Vein

How to get the most out of the game without breaking the experience.

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Code Vein was a big hit when it was released in September of 2019. Inspired by Dark Souls and God Eater 3, the game takes everything we love about a Bandai Namco game and puts it in a post-apocalyptic world of vampires. The game has excellent visuals and fun gameplay, but it is plagued with performance issues like many recent games. Like most PC games today, an active modding community has grown up to fix some of the Code Vein’s problems and enhance new and veteran players’ experience. Here is our list of the best mods for Code Vein. Please note that all these mods only enhance the game’s graphical experience and performance.

Improved Visuals and Performance

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There are many graphical mods for this game, but Stoker25’s Improved Visuals and Performance is easily the best. The mod makes a bunch of small tweaks to the game that improves performance and visuals. Code Vein is an amazing game, but it is famously plagued with FPS jumps and stuttering. This mod can significantly help fix a lot of these performance issues. The only downside is that it can increase load times.

Invisible Blood Veils

This and the next two mods are actually part of a series of mods by gatomiau on Nexus Mods. There are two invisible blood veil mods, one for Ogre types, and one for Hound type jackets. Both of these mods will turn the veils completely invisible for both male and female characters. These allow you to equip the capes or jackets and receive all of the associated benefits without having to see them cover the rest of your character’s outfit. These mods are also used with several other outfit mods to improve performance and appearance.

Invisible Mask 1 for Male and Female

Another mod by gatomiau, this one makes Mask 1 invisible for both males and females. This mod is necessary for some other mods to work correctly. It also makes it, so you don’t have to look at that mask anymore if you don’t want to and leave your character’s face completely untouched.

Invisible Inner Frame 1

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Like the previous two mods by gatomiau, this one makes Inner Frame 1 completely invisible for male and female characters. It is used by a handful of other mods that add or improve outfits. It also makes it so you can have an inner frame without it showing up on your character.

Playable 2B

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Nier: Automata received critical acclaim and has remained popular since it was first released. Naturally, the modding community has responded by putting one of the main characters in every game possible including Code Vein. This mod by Rathren replaces the default female character with 2B complete with skirt physics. You may now hack and slash your way through any opponent as the YoRHa No.2 Type B android.

Colorable 2B Outfit

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If you don’t want to use the previous mod on this list to play 2B directly, or if you want to see her outfit in colors other than the standard black, you can always just add her outfit alone to the game. This mod by Pling94 replaces the seventh outfit for 2B’s. The outfit looks very similar to the original from Nier: Automata and is guaranteed to make you feel like an unstoppable android. The only drawback to this mod is that the physics for this outfit are static. The mod’s creator had difficulty getting the mod to use cloth physics without causing a major performance drop. Invisible Veils is required to use this mod.

E3FX for Code Vein

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E3FX by Drogean attempts to simulate next-generation graphics in the game. The mod uses files from ReShade and alters some of the game’s standard configurations files to achieve a next-gen effect. This mod adds features like bloom and color correction, among others, to enhance the visual experience. The downside to this mod is that it can cause a drop in FPS on lower-end devices.

UE4 ReShade – True HDR

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This strictly isn’t a mod so much as it is a separate program. ReShade is well known for improving the graphics of almost every modern PC game. It is straightforward to install and has minimal impact on performance. ReShade creates an overlay for your game that allows you to tweak advanced graphical settings on the fly. Files like True HDR by Vanguard1776 are premade settings that can be used with ReShade to make your game look amazing. The creator of this preset used a variety of tweaks and effects to create a beautiful True HDR appearance for the game.