Neon White

released on Jun 16, 2022

Neon White is a lightning fast first-person action game about exterminating demons in Heaven. You are White, an assassin handpicked from Hell to compete with other demon slayers for a chance to live permanently in Heaven. The other assassins seem familiar, though… did you know them in a past life?

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the best multiplayer game of 2022 doesn't have multiplayer, but it does have some of the worst character writing

Despite being a total shitty EVN, - this genre is doomed by default, - at the same time it have such a good gameplay, which can give you 1/10th feeling of how it feels to be a speedrunner. Most funny thing, is that it's fun to find the gifts itself, but not listening to the empty dialogs.
Also, if OST were produced by sewerslvt, i'd hit it a 9/10.

First speedrun the dialog, then speedrun the game

85% - This shreds. It feels great pulling off crazy moves and crushing levels as fast as possible. I love that you can speedrun the dialogue too because it absolutely sucks.

-probably the best gameplay in a game i've played that released this year so far
-probably the best soundtrack in a game i've played that released this year so far
-i basically never skip cutscenes in a game. like come on, all my top games are jrpgs and visual novels, i'm a story guy. it took me less than an hour to decide i was simply going to skip all the cutscenes in neon white. the fact that they let you do this basically removes this con tho, to be fair
bottom line: it's good. if you like moving and shooting here ya go. tf2 jump maps but easier and made into a full-fledged game. titanfall 2 but with the ratio of running/gunning reversed, but also it takes place in one of those bryce3d renders in the Peshay Studio Set video. mirrors edge if it was good

I think something is wrong with me …
I know this is controversial given the other reviews on Backloggd and general opinions on this game on YouTube etc, but I enjoyed the story much more than the gameplay. The story is presented in a JRPG dating text cutscene way with voice-acting but it was executed well. The art direction is nice and the voice acting is good. There are some contemplative moments about themes such as the afterlife and atonement which was nice. Plus, the writing and general plot are great especially since all the characters are fantastic. My favourite characters are Neon Yellow, Red and Mikey the Angel. Neon Violet did irritate me, but she's supposed to be annoying. There are some writing issues with the ending but it's generally satisfying and fine for the type of genre this game is.
On the other hand, the gameplay is too difficult and repetitive. There were ways that the game made the repetition fun and the level-design and gameplay design is nice. Graphically it is aesthetically pleasing and despite my praise, I wish it was easier as I dislike difficulty.
All in all, it's a fun game with nice story and characters but the first-person parkour platformer with unique abilities can be slightly too challenging.