… Glad we cleared that up!
Neon Chrome is a ‘Ruthless Cyberpunk top-down shooter where every death is a new beginning’.
They’re half telling the truth. I’m not certain this game is ruthless… it’s a little challenging maybe, but not ruthless. It is however a top down shooter, and I guess, given the definition above, it does fall into the realms of a cyberpunk top-down shooter.
Brought to us by Finnish studio 10tons, Neon Chrome is pretty interesting, set in a dystopian world where corporate behemoths rule. Neon Corp have built a mega structure called Neon Chrome, and they rule those housed within based on Trust Ratings. And yours is LOW.
You play a character fighting for their survival and against Neon Corp and their Overseer through Neon Chrome… but not in your own body! A la the Bruce Willis mediocrity vehicle ‘Surrogates’ you have a room full of ‘assets’ at your disposal, assets are avatars all with different weapons, skills and abilities, all of which can be augmented with tech upgrades.
As a game, Neon Chrome is an interesting, if not slightly done concept, and the fact that it’s playthroughs are largely randomised means that it’s never the same game, which is refreshing.
The problems come more in the gameplay than the setting. Aiming is clunky, which you don’t expect from a game where aiming is 360 and done with a thumbstick. The enemies in the earlier levels are a little on the monotonous side too. That doesn’t wholly derail the game surprisingly. The sounds are great, the soundtrack thumping out electro beats that are fully in keeping with the theme/ The visuals are simple, dark and broody, keeping the game from being just a curio and making it something with a bit of atmosphere.
The studio have made something that stands up and counts… it’s not a world beater, but it’s a game that lends itself to a few good sessions working your way up Neon Chrome.
Midlife Gamer Rating: 6.5/10 Format: PlayStation 4 Release Date: Out Now
Disclosure: Midlife Gamer were provided with a digital copy of Neon Chrome for review purposes. The title was reviewed over the course of a week. For more information on what our scores mean, plus details of our reviews policy, click here.