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Have You Played... NeoTokyo?

A stylish cyberpunk FPS

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

Given my recent gushing over news that the composer for NeoTokyo [official site] is providing tunes for the new Deus Ex's new mode, I suppose now's a good time to ask: do you know what the H-E-double-hockey-sticks I'm going on about?

NeoTokyo is a Source mod, first released in 2009. It's a multiplayer tactical FPS (leaning and all) with such beautiful cyberpunky, Ghost in the Shell-ish style and the finest dang soundtrack and... it does not live up those. But oh, what if!

NeoTokyo sees The Man and Rebels With A Cause duking it out across a gorgeous city of neon lights, towering buildings, and the occasional warbot factory. It's so so so cyberpunk anime, from the setting to guns and down to Tachikoma-looking bots lurking on rooftops in some places. And that soundtrack...!

Anyway, anyway. Selecting a light, medium, or heavy class, pick an appropriate gun then run off to shoot the other team. I tended to roll with the medium class, plodding around a bit but still able to cloak. Yes, of course some classes can cloak. Yes, of course other classes can still easily spot them, thanks to a rock-paper-scissors-ish arrangement of different vision enhancements across classes (light amplification, thermal vision, and motion detection). Along with your regular team deathmatch mode, it has a one-flag CTF doodad with both teams trying to control a 'ghost' - an android's torso which relays enemy positions to its holder. It's all very cool, and I didn't play it for long.

For all its loveliness, it still another Counter-Strike-ish mod. It's competently CS-ish, sure, but I'm not much of a CS fan and its additions tended to confuse rather than enhance the experience.

I had back luck with players, certainly. Few people communicated well, and very few used microphones (fewer players even had mics back then, to be fair). I suspect it may be a wholly different game on a coordinated, balanced, and communicative team. Warning of cloaked players, calling out technotorso targets, not blundering into friendly fire... I'm sure it could be very different. I'm sorry I never got to see that.

You can download NeoTokyo as a standalone game for free through Steam. A few people seem to be playing still. Maybe I'll give it another go. Maybe you will too?

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Alice O'Connor

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Alice has been playing video games since SkiFree and writing about them since 2009, with nine years at RPS. She enjoys immersive sims, roguelikelikes, chunky revolvers, weird little spooky indies, mods, walking simulators, and finding joy in details. Alice lives, swims, and cycles in Scotland.

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