It's like a live podcast, only you also get to watch a game while chatting with our awesome readers and viewers! We call this show Saturday Game School, because learning about new games is always fun.
Tonight on Mixer, we played Neon Chrome, the fantastic cyberpunk twin-stick shooter from 10tons for Xbox One, PlayStation, and PC. Read on for quick impressions, contest winners, and the full video replay.
10tons (makers of Spellspire) follow up their cult-classic twin-stick shooter Crimsonland with a twin-stick shooter Roguelike called Neon Chrome. In this futuristic cyberpunk setting, over a million people live inside a megatower called Neon Chrome. The tower is managed by an artificial intelligence that keeps the peace by forcing its citizens to conform. When a lone hacker dares to defy the AI, it sets all of the tower's defenses against him.
The tower consists of more than thirty floors, several of which are guarded by deadly bosses. You'll choose between three random characters, each with a different class and stat boosts, to make the journey to the top. The floors and enemy locations are different every time, so no two runs will ever be the same.
When you die, you're forced to start at the bottom (or the last checkpoint floor reached) with a new character. Thankfully, players can purchase upgrades that carry over between runs and make subsequent attempts much easier.
Neon Chrome features the same tight and addictive twin-stick shooting as Crimsonland, although the engine had advanced to include destructible walls, rooms, and other elements like hackable computers that add more depth than simple shooting. And like Crimsonland, it even supports local co-op for up to four players.
Neon Chrome sells for $14.99 on the Xbox Store. With all the advances it makes over Crimsonland, this might just be the most addictive twin-stick shooter on Xbox One! See our review for more details.
We streamed Neon Chrome for ~90 minutes. During that time, we gave out a total of 16 game codes:
- 8 Neon Chrome for Xbox One
- 3 Neon Chrome for PlayStation 4 (North American accounts only)
- 5 Neon Chrome for Steam
See the contest winners at the end of this story.
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Want to know what's next for Windows Central's weekend Mixer programming? We stream a different game every Saturday (and sometimes Sunday). The stream always starts at the same time: 9 PM Eastern (8 PM Central, 6 PM Pacific, 1 AM GMT). Over the next few weeks, we'll be streaming the following (schedule not finalized):
- June 10: Paul heads to Los Angeles for E3, so probably no stream this week.
- June 17: Four Sided Fantasy from Serenity Forge. Win an Xbox or Steam copy of this clever puzzle platformer.
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These viewers are all chromed out and looking good!
Tonight's prizes provided by 10tons. Thanks also to our stream moderators for keeping the peace and giving away the prizes!
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