Neon White, out now for Swap and PC, is definitely among the finest video games of the yr. Between the anime vibes and the kickass soundtrack from Machine Lady, you may discover a deliciously fashionable speedrunning gauntlet that is as simple to study as it’s onerous to grasp. Over the previous few days, I have not been in a position to put it down. Here is some recommendation I wanted I knew earlier than beginning.
Do not consider it as a shooter
Writer Annapurna Interactive could technically invoice Neon White as a “speedrunning FPS,” but it surely’s not fairly that. It is actually not a typical first-person shooter. As an alternative, consider every stage — whereby it’s a must to make it from begin to end and kill each demon you see alongside the way in which — as a puzzle with an answer. Your objective is to seek out the quickest route by after which… efficiently pull it off. The earlier you rewire your mind away from a Doom mindset, the higher at Neon White you may be.
Playing cards are positioned deliberately
You decide up weapons in Neon White by working by playing cards strewn across the map. However every gun is not only a weapon. By discarding it, you may additionally get a one-time-use traversal potential — a pistol turning right into a double-jump, an SMG turning right into a ground-pound, and so forth. As a rule, these playing cards are positioned precisely the place they must be so that you can use them. In different phrases, in the event you decide up a gun that turns into a splash, get able to sprint.
Your deck is proscribed
Lest you get the fallacious thought, Neon White is emphatically not a deck-building recreation. You’ll be able to solely carry two sorts of playing cards in your hand, although you possibly can (based mostly on my testing) maintain limitless numbers of every card. Your hand is cleaned on the finish of each stage. Certain, you could have a everlasting card for a sword, however
Melee assaults suck
You begin each stage together with your sword, and you may’t do away with it. It is functionally ineffective in fight; do not waste your time making an attempt to make use of it to kill demons. However if you wish to save ammo, you should use your sword to smack varied useful in-game objects — explosive barrels, chests (which normally maintain playing cards for weapons), and the like.
Nail down a run earlier than making an attempt to excellent it
Even when you already know you are gonna end a stage with a horrible time, it is price seeing it by to the tip. Merely finishing the extent provides you with the bronze medal, present you the instances wanted to clock silver, gold, or ace medals, and open up the choice to replay that stage and discover its present (extra on that in a second). Beating the silver time will spawn a specter who reenacts your earlier quickest route, providing you with a private benchmark to compete in opposition to mid-run. Gold offers you a touch for the extent, actually useful for determining find out how to cinch the ace. And in the event you try this, you’ll see that stage’s leaderboards — that is when the actual recreation begins. (Beating your pals by a millisecond is a thrill.)
Rack up gold medals
At sure factors in Neon White you may encounter a stage gate: To unlock extra missions, it is advisable to improve one thing referred to as your neon rank, your measurement in opposition to all the opposite fictional characters within the recreation’s story. You begin in one hundredth place. Each time you clock a gold or ace medal, you go up one place. It is simpler to get a gold on an early stage you’ve got run by beforehand than to set it first attempt on a later one.
Replaying ranges you’ve got accomplished additionally means that you can discover items, which you’ll then give to different characters within the recreation, relationship sim-style. Doing so will construct your rapport with them, ultimately unlocking side-quests — normally a skill-based trial. However within the mere act of discovering items, Neon White turns into extra about exploring than racing. There is no strain to set a greater time. (As soon as you discover the present, the extent ends.) You are simply poking round, looking for a brightly coloured field with a bow on it. Neon Whiteit seems, may be very, very fairly once you decelerate and take within the sights.
Bonus tip: When searching for a present, maintain on to any weapons you could have. Additionally, attempt to attain the very best level within the stage. You’ll be able to generally see the glint of the present, formed like a brightly coloured field.
Assault merchandising machines for further weapons
Most ranges have merchandising machines tucked away in some corners. Smacking one provides you with a card, usually one it is advisable to attain the extent’s hidden present. In the event you’re making an attempt to set a quick time, and you’ve got the leeway to work together with a merchandising machine, you’ve got already failed. However these are enormously useful for granting further traversal tips that’ll will let you discover items.
All explosions launch you
You’ll be able to toss away an assault rifle to plant a bomb the place your cursor is. Neon White says you possibly can launch your self by leaping above it proper when the explosion occurs, which is true, however you additionally needn’t time a bounce. Merely standing subsequent to an explosion of any sort will routinely launch you into the air — and means increased than you possibly can usually bounce. There are methods to make use of this data for surprisingly helpful impact. For example, ground-pounding onto an explosive barrel will ship you fairly excessive. Floor-pounding onto two explosive barrels will ship you even increased (actual measurements but to be decided). And you will not take any splash injury, so experiment with explosives to your coronary heart’s content material.
Attempt to not multitask IRL
As a result of ranges in Neon White are so transient, usually lasting 30 seconds a chunk, you may get the impression that it is an excellent recreation for multitasking — y’know, fireplace off a couple of emails, play a stage, get again to work for a bit, play a stage, and so forth. Uh, yeah, about that. When you begin taking part in, it might probably devour your time earlier than you even understand it, and no matter you had been making an attempt to “multitask” will get completely left by the wayside. You’ve got been warned!