Aerial_Knight’s Never Yield is a handsome game. The sort of comic book, pop art style works well with its cyberpunk plot and jazzy, hip-hop soundtrack. It’s obvious that much love was put into the game’s look and neon aesthetic. So, it makes it all the more sad the same care wasn’t given to the gameplay.
Never Yield is an endless runner that follows the story of Wally, who has finally taken back what belongs to him. He’s on the run from the people who want to take it back. You’ll run through cities and backroads, avoiding enemies and obstacles by dashing, jumping and sliding. It’s about an hour and half of play time to see everything, and once you complete the levels in normal mode, you can try your hand at the two higher difficulty modes.
There’s no issue with how well the game runs. It’s smooth. It gives you plenty of tutorials to learn the moves. The major issue is that the gameplay is kind of bland, especially in normal mode. There aren’t many obstacles to worry about, and after a level or two, you’re ready to move on. Even in the harder modes with more of a challenge, you’re still ready to hang it up after a few minutes to do something else.
Honestly, this would have been a really fun mobile game, especially in short spurts. But on a console and sitting at home this one just doesn’t cut it – even on the Switch.
The plot isn’t bad, but isn’t enough to keep you playing. It’s given in cutscenes that appear before each level, and while I appreciate good visual storytelling, this is kind of subpar. The scenes are short. They almost aren’t worth watching, except that the visuals are really cool.
As I said, Aerial_Knight’s Never Yield is incredibly stylish; the graphics are rendered in a very neat style and the soundtrack is absolutely banging. These details are where all of the attention went, and they turned out wonderful. It’s just a shame it suffers from being all style and little substance. The gameplay just isn’t interesting enough to keep players’ attention for long. It might be just the thing for fans of endless runners, but for others, it might be best to skip this marathon.