Nov 28, 2013
Tired of all the overly-serious modern military FPS games that populate the gaming landscape lately? Want to go on a colorful cyberpunk romp, fighting the robotic servants of a homicidal AI, loaded to the tooth with explosive weapons, including an unlimited-ammo shotgun that’s the default weapon? Welcome to Neon Shadow, a radically fast FPS that harkens back to the days of Doom.
Levels have one specific objective: get to the end alive. Perhaps that requires destroying a power cube to open up the exit, or destroying a giant boss who stands in the way, but getting there in one piece is the unquestioned objective. Thankfully, weapons such as an assault rifle, grenade launcher, and a powerful nuclear blaster come into play for taking down the robotic foes who get in the way. This is all set to a techno soundtrack that completes the 90’s cyberpunk atmosphere, except for the fact that it’s being played on a portable device that could run circles around the computers from the 90’s.
This is a very challenging game. Even on easy, prepare to die plenty of times. It can just be that much of an onslaught. Fun times! Just get back on that horse and go again. This can be frustrating because there’s no checkpoints, though levels only take several minutes, but still, I’d appreciate not having to replay challenging parts again and again.
The game supports both MOGA and HID gamepads, and I highly recommend playing with one if possible. The touchscreen controls are decent, with auto-aim there to help out among the chaos, but a frenetic FPS like this? A gamepad might not be the pinnacle of aiming, but it sure does help!
The game looks and sounds great – it’s not the most detailed game, but it has a colorful and well-defined style, and that counts for a lot. The singleplayer campaign is quite challenging, but there’s also an online multiplayer mode through Google Play to take out some of that pent-up aggression on humans instead of robots.
Neon Shadow is just a well-made FPS that does what great retro-inspired games do: they use their old elements to feel fresh, to stand out in opposition to the modern values of the day. If you like FPSes, time to get schooled.