If you’re a Switch owner then you might know that there are two things that currently hold true: there are plenty of top-down rogue like games, and, excluding Splatoon 2, there is a huge lack of shooters on the system until DOOM comes out. Neon Chrome is a mixture of those two genres that offers just enough content to be worth its price.
Neon Chrome is set in the not-too-distant dystopian future, where a monopolistic corporation called Neon Corp uses its complete control over its citizens to strike fear upon each and every one of them. Your mission is to infiltrate their headquarters and make your way to the top floor so that you may defeat the pure evil that controls the city, bringing back some very deserved peace.
The story is simple, but little — yet very important — details are added to the story at a steady pace as you progress through the game, making for an experience that can hold your attention from start to finish.
Before being spawned at the first of many floors, you are given the option to choose from three different operators, all of which have different guns and abilities in order to make your choice a relevant one. After you’ve made the decision of your life, you’re spawned and action begins.
Neon Chrome plays like a twin stick shooter, yet it is a very tactical one, due to your character’s extremely low health. This creates for some awesome chances for you to develop a plan that works satisfyingly well, but it can also create some very infuriating moments where you simply don’t know how to handle the situation.
This mixture of difficulty and reward makes Neon Chrome a game worth playing over and over again in order to improve your tactics and get you further in the game than you previously did.
After you’ve killed and been killed multiple times and after you’ve tried a bunch of strategies, there must be some sort of reward for all this carnage, right? As you kill enemies, you’ll accumulate coins that can be used on perk upgrades for your character and weapon.
These upgrades can come in the form of more health, better luck, and special abilities that will certainly make your life a lot easier — or even open up secret areas for you. Unlocking and experimenting with new perks can make the difference in getting to the next floor.
System reviewed on: Nintendo Switch.
Disclaimer: The reviewer purchased a copy of the game for this review.