Despite featuring many faceless NPCs, Neo still contains a sizeable cast of distinct characters who you’ll find with their individual node on a huge social network. Get to know more people in Shibuya through the story and sidequests (including the many shop and restaurant staffers) and you’ll gain friendship points that you can spend on each node to unlock various items and perks. While it takes some gall to lock basic convenienc­es such as being able to see your enemy HP or simply vault a knee-high fence behind this system, it nonetheles­s feeds into Neo’s theme of connection­s and how everyone – even in the shops whose wares might not be to your tastes – has a part to play.

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