Although it feels like a glorified mobile game port (because, well, it is), Neon Chrome provides players with a decent budget option on the Nintendo Switch eShop.
Released for the hybrid system on October 12, this top-down action game shines in some spots, but severely lacks in others I really dug the visuals after playing for the first time. It’s a cyberpunk shooter, so naturally the visual aesthetic of it should stand out. The detail and care put into making Neon Chrome look good, stood out to me. Unfortunately, this comes with a caveat: Nintendo Switch has two modes, handheld and docked. In docked mode, the title looks spectacular and enhanced. On the other side of the coin, when playing in handheld mode, I noticed a distinct difference in how it appeared. On the Switch’s 6.2 inch, 720P display, it looks a bit blurry and unpolished. With a game like this, that can be picked up and played at any moment, this is a let down. Portability should help sell players on Neon Chrome, but that just isn’t the case.
Looking at another aspect of the game, its music and soundtrack truly shine. If you’re in the market for original music reminiscent of old-school sci-fi games with a touch of modern flare, Neon Chrome is perfect for you. Additionally, the way certain musical cues are triggered make for action filled with intensity that demand the player to be in control and focused.
When discussing video games, gameplay is usually a focal point of conversation. I saved it for the end of this review because, unfortunately, it’s where Neon Chrome shows its worst side. Although it isn’t unplayable by any means, the lack of variety in gameplay, mixed with overall clunky controls, makes playing the title annoying at times. When I pick up an action-packed game with shooting mechanics, I expect it to be smooth. As much as I wanted it to be, Neon Chrome just doesn’t offer controls that will entice players.
Ultimately, Neon Chrome is a game for a certain audience. If you’re one for sci-fi, retro-style action games, definitely pick this one up. However, if none of what I mentioned piques your interest, feel free to skip Neon Chrome.