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Neon City Riders

Rating Summary

Based on 8 critic reviews
Weak Man

OpenCritic Rating

64

Top Critic Average

38%

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Based on 8 critic reviews
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General Information

Available on:PlayStation 4Mar 12, 2020
Xbox OneMar 12, 2020
Nintendo SwitchMar 12, 2020
PCMar 12, 2020

Developer: Mecha Studios

Publisher: Bromio

Genres: Action, Arcade

Looking for a 2D action-adventure mixed with super-powered urban gangs in a post-cyberpunk neon scenario? Well, if you do, Neon City Riders is right for you! Assume the role of Rick, a rad masked vigilante in search of superpowers and companions to defeat hordes of vicious enemies, solve defiant puzzles, unlock new paths, complete engaging side-quests, and finally, free the decaying futurist Neon City that has been seized by a group of superpowered gangs! Features • Fight in a deep and fast-paced combat based on unlockable super-abilities. • Explore the open-ended progression and the lots of optional side-quests to complete the game through one of the four different endings. • Immerse in the retro-futuristic graphics and sounds inspired in the 80's pop-culture and video game consoles.

Neon City Riders Reviews

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Initially, Neon City Riders is a delight, sporting great pixel artwork, fun characters, and lively music. But after a few hours the experience wears thin, as its attractive world starts to feel empty and its quest disengaging. While the challenging setpieces are never unfair, their relentlessness may beat some players into submission. Neon City Riders shows undeniable promise, but doesn't succeed in truly ensnaring players in its alluring nu-wave nightmare.

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TheSixthAxis

Drea Bunce
6 / 10
TheSixthAxis

Neon City Riders is a beautifully retro game, but certain elements feel like they were rushed and not fully developed. Its rich lore, character design and storyline make up for some of the lack of care or depth to the combat and character growth through the game. While I enjoyed the original setting and nostalgic 8-bit aesthetic, it's not a game I would readily pick up again.

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Neon City Riders promises an epic open-world action-adventure set in a vibrant '80s sci-fi world, but its action and writing are far too flat and clunky to back up its initial promise. It looks and sounds a treat in places, but lacklustre execution makes for a punishing, repetitive and confounding experience. Pull away that admittedly amazing pixel-heavy packaging and you've got a game that fails to make a lasting impression in any meaningful manner.

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Neon City Riders is an independent game that tries to use nostalgia to get your attention. The history, visual and sound presentation are spoiled by poor level design, boring gameplay and terrible performance on PlayStation 4.

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