20 Year Member
- Sep 28, 2001
I haven't played one that I truly don't like. They can be impressive visually at times, but theyt all have a common detractor that my friends and I agree on: They definitely feel homebrew. There's something unpolished about them and they feel hastily slapped together and unfinished sometimes. Some of them have very little sound effects and the music is all Eurobeat, so I hope you like that. You'll be hearing a lot of it. They have this distinct ('Euro'?) feel to them that feels like an Amiga game. It's hard to describe, but you'll notice when you play them. In contrasts sharply with other games on the system. That my be a good or bad thing, depending on your tastes. Some of the Neo Dev games make a lot of use of the "video" effects similar to what you see in Blazing Star. They look impressive, but they're just video. I have a particular gripe about Neo XY---you can play it in vertical mode, but it only displays in one direction and there's no screen flip option. It's upside down on my Astro City, and I'd have to rotate the monitor to play it (which I'm not going to do) and that's fucking bullshit. They should have thought about this. Pretty much every JAMMA board has a screen flip option. Major oversight.
On the other hand, even though it's basically video poker, Knight's Chance feels much more complete and blends in with the rest of the Neo library well. It's a pretty strong effort. I wish that guy would make some more games...
So in short, I think they're neat, but think hard before buying one. You're paying $500 for what is essentially an Amiga game.
It's refreshing to see someone who paid for those games that had actually played them. It seems most of the time when we see the carts sold they are still brand new.
Poor sound would be a big downside for me, i feel like with neo geo games the sound really makes the game. Games like metal slug, last blade, samurai shodown and KOF really get their personality from the sound and music. So lack of memorable music would be a huge negative.
It would cool to have one , but i can do hell of alot for $500. DC port would be fun to pick up.
Poor sound would be a big downside for me, i feel like with neo geo games the sound really makes the game. Games like metal slug, last blade, samurai shodown and KOF really get their personality from the sound and music. So lack of memorable music would be a negative.
As for the prices, yeah they're steep, but you are buying new games and all Neo Geo cart games were several hundred dollars when they were new-especially if you take inflation into account. Definitely wait for the reprints direct from NGDev rather than get fleeced on those insane Fleabay auctions.
I've also got Knight's Challenge. I think someone mentioned earlier in the thread that it blends in the most with the regular Neo releases and that is completely true. When you play it you are transported back to the late 90s for sure. That game has some great flavor and is easy to get into.