Right out of the gate, the highest compliment I can pay Neon White is how quickly its tight controls and smart design can make stages that initially look utterly impossible become satisfyingly complete. I won’t even try to explain the story which involves a group of angels enlisting the aid of lost souls to slay demons with the hopes of gaining (temporary) access to a much happier afterlife… just suffice it to say that it’s a bit odd. That said, the game is really all about speed, tight execution, precise shooting, and optimizing your path. The game’s unique card system is central to it all working so well, and while at first it can take a few beats to get used to, once you’re in tune with it there’s no question that it’s a great idea that’s very well implemented. Each card has an attack associated with a weapon of some kind, though you’ll need to be careful not to take too many stray shots since their use is limited. Where the craziness typically kicks in is with the discard power each has though, which will provide you the means to launch yourself in various ways to get yourself through each stage. Speedrunners should love the opportunity to match their times against the world, but even just trying to knock out your friend’s best time can be fun. If you’re really looking for a challenge though, you’ll want to locate and figure out how to grab gifts that are hidden on each level since they’ll allow you to both advance the story with other characters and unlock hidden side quest stages that REALLY amp up the difficulty, typically by altering the normal formula in some way while asking you to get through what often feel like insanely-hard level designs. The thing is, with persistence and some patience it’s all possible due to the game’s impeccable controls and performance. Even if you’re not a challenge hound this is absolutely a fantastic game well worth a look.
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