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  • Summary: Neon Chrome is a cyberpunk top-down shooter with a myriad of roguelite twists. Your mission is to stop the Overseer oppressing the people living in the gigantic arcology. [Playstation.com]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Jul 21, 2016
    90
    Overall, Neon Chrome possesses such a level of quality to every gameplay element that comparisons can unbelievably be drawn to an enhanced Alien Breed and Crusader: No Remorse, therefore Neon Chrome is highly recommended and is now without doubt 10Tons’ best game, especially to fans of top-down shooters and 10Tons’ previous best game Crimsonland.
  2. Jun 2, 2016
    81
    If you enjoy other rogue-likes or roguelites, there’s a very good chance you’ll enjoy Neon Chrome.
  3. Jun 2, 2016
    75
    Even though it's not perfect, it's better than the average shooting game. If you are ok with its shortcomings, it's actually a quite solid experience.
  4. 60
    Neon Chrome certainly has its charms, and it can be a lot of fun, especially if you bring some friends along. At the same time, I feel like there’s a lot of missed opportunity here.
  5. Feb 16, 2017
    60
    All in all, I enjoyed my time with Neon Chrome. It delivers the basics of why I like twin-stick shooters and adds its own mark with an emphasis on strategy and a cool cyberpunk theme. Granted, the game has a few shortcomings such as a non-existent story and sub-par graphics, as well as being rather short and having no online co-op, but if you're looking for something easy to pick up and play (especially with a friend) you could definitely do a lot worse!
  6. Sep 28, 2016
    50
    In small doses, it might work — which takes me back to that caveat above — but as a sit-down, console experience, Neon Chrome just feels a little lacking.
  7. Jun 5, 2016
    44
    With a time consuming upgrade system and lack of variation in the levels despite the procedural generation, Neon Chrome is, forgive the obvious pun, ultimately neither bright or polished enough.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Jul 21, 2020
    10
    Fantastic, absorbing, crazy game. It's old-school yet modern, it plays so smoothly, and the visuals and feel of the game draw you in again andFantastic, absorbing, crazy game. It's old-school yet modern, it plays so smoothly, and the visuals and feel of the game draw you in again and again. I cannot fathom some of the critic low scores, they really need to understand gaming history, arcades and context. At the price I paid, this is easily a 10. Superb game! Expand
  2. May 31, 2016
    8
    Fun game, even though there are some obvious glitches at the moment.

    Basically, Dead Nation meets the Gibson-esque universe. Responsive
    Fun game, even though there are some obvious glitches at the moment.

    Basically, Dead Nation meets the Gibson-esque universe. Responsive controls, techno atmosphere, permanent stat progression, great yet repetitive music, all in all I would say it's worth the 15$
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  3. Jun 6, 2016
    8
    What is Neon Chrome ?

    First of all, a twin sticks shooter with a retro cyber punk design that reminds me D-Generation for example, which is
    What is Neon Chrome ?

    First of all, a twin sticks shooter with a retro cyber punk design that reminds me D-Generation for example, which is kind of cool.

    Then it's a rogue-like who takes the mechanics of Rogue Legacy. You can upgrade several stats with money (health, attack, "mana", luck...) that will be kept for your next character when you die. Every time you star a run, you can choose between 3 characters with differents abilities and weapons, the Assassin is invisible in dark places, the Hacker can pirate some chests and computers...

    There are 5 floor to explore, each floor possesses more levels to explore with more rewards and more challenge, and at the end of each you will find a boss. If you beat it, you will open a shortcut to the next floor that you can use freely in your next runs.

    Of course every level is randomly generated and feels quite different every time (except for the bosses). There is a lots of secrets to find, new weapons, new perks and stuff. It's smooth and addictive and the soundtrack is fine.

    To make it short, you take a twin stick shooter like Alienation, you mix it with the mechanics of Rogue Legacy and with an 80's Blade Runner stylish design, and you will get Neon Chrome.
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  4. Jul 15, 2016
    8
    Rouge-like twin stick shooter in the vein of Rogue Legacy. Much like Rogue Legacy you need to either be very good at the game or grind toRouge-like twin stick shooter in the vein of Rogue Legacy. Much like Rogue Legacy you need to either be very good at the game or grind to level up your character. Fun cyberpunk atmosphere and music. Due to the nature of these type of games it can be frustrating to lose to the randomness. Under looked gem. Expand
  5. Jul 1, 2016
    6
    Though the visual offers a nice spin to the top-down shooter, the overall experience does lack some essential elements. The intentionalThough the visual offers a nice spin to the top-down shooter, the overall experience does lack some essential elements. The intentional repetition and high-level of difficulty for Neon Chrome is intriguing, but the lack of variety to the levels and obvious grinding can be a deterrent for many. For people who enjoy top-down shooters and want to try something new, this is a perfect fit. However, to the general player, this can be a mixed experience that could ultimately frustrate you instead of inspire you to hack in and try again.

    Games in recent years have begun blending their genres in new and interesting ways. Role-Playing games and Science-fiction elements paired with a first-person shooter gave birth to Destiny. Playing a pinball game mixed with the space adventures of Samus Aran created Metroid Prime Pinball. Seemingly odd combinations that ended up being wonderful experiences. However, Neon Chrome combines a top-down shooter with RPG elements, resulting in a monochromatic experience that seems just a few shades off from its potential.

    Neon Chrome begins in a dystopian future where your character has the ability to hack into powerful assets. Once you tap into an asset’s consciousness, you’re able to fight your way through the hoards of enemies towards the top of the structure. Your ultimate goal is to confront the Overseer – the being that oppresses civilization in this world. Sadly, this is the gist of the arch. Though the storyline is a full-blown, generic dystopian silhouette, the main focus of Neon Chrome is more of a platform to the gameplay. Regardless, I was disappointed as to how shallow the explanation for fighting in this adventure was.

    The visual style, enjoyably, is a wonderful interpretation of this type of world. The combination of various neon colors for your character and weapons, paired with the grim shades of the environment, allows for a perfect combination of the two while not overpowering the other. The short clip before your actual gameplay offers a great voiceover explaining the thin story, while showcasing wonderful static images of the world. Similarly, the loading screen offers more snapshots of the world, allowing you to feel more immersed in the universe and get more context for the adventure.

    Once I actually started my venture into the game, I died in less than two minutes. Yup. Less than two minutes after I started, my asset was “disconnected” and I went into the hub. This situation immediately motivated me to delve back into the levels. This time I progressed a bit further, but still died much quicker than I would have liked. After a few more go arounds, completing some levels, and dying a bit more, I quickly noticed that this is a game that does not hold your hand. Players are required to adapt quickly within a randomly generated level, or face imminent doom. Hence, I faced imminent doom often.

    With each death, comes knowledge, and a chance to better your future odds. Throughout a level, you’re able to collect coins, which can be used once you die to improve your overall stats – improved health, luck, weapons, etc. You’re able to permanently increase your stats, i turn allowing you to go full force once more into the world with a better foundation for success. Most stats show that they can be upgraded up to 100 times, so the implication of grinding over and over again becomes very apparent. Some players may find this exciting; I, however, became cautious. After playing for hours, I found myself increasing in skill and power, but kept facing walls of destruction – questioning whether or not I enjoyed the game, or just playing out of some unknown reason.

    My desire to further my progress was mixed, but was swayed when I realized the method in progressing became very mundane. The generated levels eventually became bland and the enemy variety wasn’t varied enough to capture my attention. It is worth noting that the type of destruction I was able to choose from, as well as the various perks for your character, allowed for decent variety. However, the main and sub-weapons do not seem to drastically alter any levels significantly, though I hoped the variety would match the perks.

    A major gripe that shocked me was the fact that the laser pointer was not pointing from the gun’s barrel. Whether this was intentional or a glitch, I was flabbergasted that my laser pointer was not aligned to my gun. I shot forward, but my bullets ran right. This became a major nuisance and certainly hindered the gameplay and enjoyment for me. The variety of actual destruction seemed very limited as well. Sheer force and firepower were the ultimate ways to push through the levels, and like I mentioned earlier, showcased the repetition and mundane livelihood of Neon Chrome.
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