Neon White is a fast-paced single-player first-person action game where you exterminate demons outside the pearly gates of heaven. It’s a unique blend of first-person shooter, platformer, puzzle game, topped off with a social link system where you can get to know other dead assassins.
It might sound like a lot, but it’s simple in practice: kill every demon and reach the end of the level as fast as you can. Levels are small challenges built from the ground up to be rewarding to replay and optimize – this is achieved by using the unique Soul Card system. Soul Cards act as both your weapons and your movement abilities. For example, the Godspeed card is a high-powered rifle that can kill demons, but if you discard it, you move forward. You can take your time and complete a level by shooting demons, but if you want to do things quickly, you’ll have to sacrifice your weapons.
Neon White is all about speed, so one of our highest priorities was performance. It was important to us that the PlayStation 5 version runs at 120hz across the board. When precision is important, the high frame rate makes a difference. We have also utilized the system’s SSD to reduce loading times considerably. It is important that restarting levels is as quick and painless as possible. If you want to beat your friends’ leaderboard times, you’ll want to restart the levels over and over again.
Neon White also uses the PS5’s adaptive triggers to make each Soul Card feel unique when you fire them as well as when you cast them. Controller Haptics add an extra level of feedback on top of that. You’ll feel it as you move faster on the water, and you’ll get a subtle confirmation when you successfully snipe a distant demon. Our goal was not only to make you feel cool, but to develop a sixth sense. To turn you into a speedrunning freak.
Before you kick down the pearly gates, here are some tips to help you optimize your levels and earn those Ace Medals:
Let the cashier do the work
It’s tempting to hoard ammo to maximize damage output. However, your goal is speed, not DPS. So here’s my tip: whenever possible, both your disposal should move you and kill enemies at the same time. The Purify Bomb thrown can kill four enemies at once, but why not try jumping on it at the same time for a boost?
Aim with Gyro
Neon White supports Gyroscope aiming using the DualSense controller and I personally never play without it. Gyro aiming can take some getting used to, but it’s well worth it for an extra degree of fine-grained control when sniping demons from the start of a level.
Neon White has a handful of secret features that can give you an edge over the competition. White’s standard Katana card isn’t powerful on its own, but it can be used to deflect many enemy projectiles back at them, dealing extra damage. Successful parries with the Katana also give White a small speed boost, which is even more effective when White is in the air.
Tips and tricks aside, the best way to experience the game is to jump in and try it yourself. Neon White comes with all the tools you need to climb the leaderboards regardless of your experience level. And if you don’t care about leaderboards, just play the first mission. Trust me, you will care about the charts.
Neon White launches on PS5 and PS4 on December 13.