RPS advent calendar 2022, 17 December

For day 17 of the RPS advent calendar this year, you feel the need – the need for speed. There’s a beautiful amount of levels to jump through out there, and if you can take out all the enemies in your path, so much the better.

Hope we fooled at least one of you there, because it’s Neon White time, baby!

Neon White’s combination of cards, weapons and parkour is a winning one

Alice0: Neon White is a fast-paced FPS set above the vaporwave sky, where a gang of anime idiot criminals have been raised to defeat demons. We play as an embarrassing anime idiot, trying to climb the leaderboards of heaven’s demon slayers by jumping and shooting through levels as fast as we can. All of the weapons we find scattered around the levels offer bonus movement abilities, ranging from air dashes and double jumps to rocket rings and high-speed stomps. All you have to do is reach the end and kill all demons along the way. The levels are short, most taking less than a minute – but the real Neon White tries to complete them much, much faster than that.

Neon White’s levels present obvious routes to take. You can score bronze, silver and gold medals in each level by following the obvious route, climb the levels by winding less, aim faster, keep moving. The point of Neon White becoming Neon White is when you push into the ace level and beyond. To score the ace medal, you don’t just have to nail your performance, you have to break from the obvious rut ​​by finding a new use for a move ability or questioning the perceived limits of the level. Jumps, tricks and lightning fast aiming will get you there. And from there, well, it’s easy to fall into chasing the developer medal times, and then chasing the leaderboards.

This is Neon White at its best: looking beyond what a level appears to be, figuring out your own little tricks, enjoying every split second shaved off, finally nailing a tricky jump, then mastering that jump and doing it to a new movement performed unconsciously, celebrating each place that climbed the charts. It’s a great feeling to nail a run and set a new best time, but the feeling that I could do a section a little better never goes away. I was very happy to have Neon White levels running in the back of my mind for weeks this year, occasionally throwing up potential solutions that I had to shoot to my PC to check.

The vaporwave-like landscape of the sky in a neon white screen.

All the while, you’re walking through a beautiful vision of heaven, listening to amazing music, and hanging out with your silly anime friends. I know some people find this rude rant terrifying, but I’m quite fond of these idiots and here for their stupid schemes.

When I log back into Neon White now, I see that our Ollie has beaten some of my leaderboards by as little as 4 milliseconds. Oh my God. Ok, now I have to try to regain these positions.

Liam: I’ve only played a few hours of Neon White (and enjoyed it a lot!), but it’s the soundtrack that sticks with me more than the game itself. Composed by Machine Girl, these high-intensity beats are a solid combination for performing boring tasks around the house. Honestly, try vacuuming while pumping Glass Ocean into your skull. You will find yourself making sick moves past the coffee table and sliding down the railing to try and beat the PB. It’s phenomenal.

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