NeoTokyo (video game)
|Release date(s)||July 3, 2009 (Official Release),
July 4, 2014 (Steam Release)
NeoTokyo (stylized as NEOTOKYO°) is a multiplayer first-person shooter total conversion modification of Half-Life 2 in a futuristic world setting, developed by Studio Radi-8. Initially released on July 3, 2009 and later re-released for Steam in July 4, 2014, it was voted to be released through Steam Greenlight on 16 October 2012.
NEOTOKYO° uses a round-based structure similar to Counter-Strike, with players only respawning between rounds. Three character classes are available, differing from each other in speed, health and available weaponry. Each class has a different auxiliary vision mode (light amplification, motion detection and thermal vision) and two out of three classes can cloak.
The gameplay of NEOTOKYO° is slow-paced and balanced towards the tactical approach, with players generally being able to dispose of each other with a single burst of concetrated fire. The map design reflects this, with most maps giving numerous opportunities for ambushes and flanking.
NEOTOKYO° has two gametypes: Team Deathmatch (TDM), and Capture The Ghost (CTG), with the majority of maps designed for the latter. Capture The Ghost is similar to one-flag CTF, with two teams competing to pick up the Ghost (a gynoid torso) and carry it to a designated location on the other side of the map. Unlike regular CTF, one team can also win the round by wiping out the other. The Ghost's exact location is always visible to everyone, and the player carrying it can no longer use their primary weapon, but the Ghost allows them to see the locations of opposing team members through walls.
NEOTOKYO° is set in Tokyo, approximately 30 years in the future. After the failure of a proposal to alter the Japanese constitution to allow foreign deployment of Japanese soldiers, a military coup d'état is attempted by extreme nationalist factions in the JSDF. In response, the Prime Minister of Japan pools former military intelligence operatives and police officers into a sub-group of the Interior Ministry's National Security Force (NSF), called Group Six, to seek out subsequent coup plotters and uphold the law in both domestic and international soil. Immediately, rumours surface that an unknown faction in the JGSDF's special forces unit "Jinrai" is preparing for another coup attempt against the government. According to the information, the said members of this group are from Special Operations Group 43, fierce ultranationalists determined to succeed with the coup once more. The ensuing strife between these two factions sets the backdrop for the game.
NEOTOKYO° has been in development since October 2004. Originally designed as a mod for Unreal Tournament 2004 as a deathmatch game with capture points, NeoTokyo's development was later switched to Valve's 2006 Source engine, where the game was remade from scratch and released in 2009.
The soundtrack of NEOTOKYO° was composed by Ed Harrison, and was described as "haunting" by Jeff Fleming of Game Set Watch. After being recruited from a forum, he also contributed to early sound design before focusing entirely on music. A soundtrack CD was released through CD Baby. He has since self-released the album as a free digital download.
NEOTOKYO° was featured in the "Mod World" section of the September 2009 issue of Game Informer. The game has also been featured on gaming website Kotaku, where it was stated that the game "looks completely amazing." It won second place for the 2008 Upcoming Mod of the Year Award.
In August 2012, Glasseater, the lead tester for NEOTOKYO°, placed an entry for the game in the Steam Greenlight. The game quickly became popular, ranking among the top 15 games on Greenlight. The following October the game was "greenlit", eventually seeing release on the Steam platform on July 4, 2014.
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