Set in the dystopian future of Night City, CD Project Red looks to have created another truly immersive gaming experience for the ages.
Forget the medieval vibe of The Continent in The Witcher 3; Cyberpunk 2077 is all about crime, punk, and mechanical upgrades.
Few games have had the same level of anticipation as Cyberpunk 2077 – and rightly so. Not only does CD Project Red have a great library of past games, but what we’ve seen so far of the game has been breathtaking (no, you’re breathtaking!).
With a release date of September 17th. the once distant future of 2077 feels right within the grasp of our mechanically enhanced hands. Here are 10 reasons why we’re so excited about Cyberpunk 2077 and absolutely everything the game has on offer.
1Night City State of Mind
The first thing we plan to do with my newly created character is to walk out into Night City and explore all it has to offer. With six distinct districts within it, and each feeling wholly unique, there’s going to be so much to do. Cyberpunk 2077 has a real emphasis on vertical exploration too, with each area of Night City including different levels to explore.
What truly stands out in all the trailers and glimpses we’ve seen of the game so far are the sheer size of the crowds. Seemingly endless NPCs populate Night City, and go about their daily business; talking, shopping, bustling around, and even fighting in some cases. Night City feels truly alive, and we can’t wait to be a part of it.
2Complete control over your character
RPGs are all about having a protagonist that you can empathise with and associate with. But Cyberpunk 2077 takes this to a whole new level with its character customisation. Seemingly everything about your character’s appearance can be altered, and we can’t wait to create a character in our own vision.
What really intrigues us more than anything, however, is how you can create a whole backstory for your character too. Cyberpunk 2077 will let you choose the type of childhood you had, and some of the past experiences in your virtual life too. These options will affect your character’s personality, and we can’t wait to see how. This is the type of character creation we’ve always longed for.
3Shopping for the best Cyberwares available
Weapon and skill upgrades are to be expected in an RPG, but cybernetic prosthetics look to set Cyberpunk 2077 apart once again. It seems like pretty much all areas of your character’s body can be upgraded with these cyberwares. And although they’re not compulsory to the story, they could provide a big advantage.
Many different types of cyberwares have been either teased or shown in the trailers, and each will give your protagonist a huge advantage. For example, modified legs could allow for the ability to jump twice as far. It also appears that skin can be added over these modifications, meaning that you don’t have to look like the Terminator.
4Play your way
Cyberpunk 2077 will let you play how you want. If you want to play the game without killing anyone, that’s an option. If you want to have a romance with an NPC (no matter their gender), that’s a possibility. Even the missions will allow you to complete them how you want, and will turn out differently depending on the options you take.
It’s all about how you want to play, and we can’t wait to experiment with this. We plan to do absolutely everything available to us, and experience everything Cyberpunk 2077 has to offer. And with the addition of multiple endings too, no doubt we’ll be replaying it over and over again.
5Johnny Silverhand has a city to burn
Keanu Reeves walking out onto the E3 stage in 2019 may well be one of the most iconic moments in the history of the convention, and rightly so. Reeves’ appearance in Cyberpunk 2077 took us all by surprise. But it was so much more than just his star power that stunned us all; his character, Johnny Silverhand, looks to be vital to the story.
Silverhand has a deep history within the world of Cyberpunk 2077: he’s a military deserter who revolted against the corrupt government, and then became a punk rocker. (Honestly, who else could play Silverhand apart from Keanu Reeves?) Silverhand will act as the guide to your created character throughout most of Cyberpunk 2077. We’re so ready to have an even cooler version of Keanu Reeves lead us throughout our lives.
6It’s gang warfare, just not as we know it
It’s perhaps no surprise that Night City is full of crime, and people benefiting from its seedy underbelly. Cyberpunk 2077 will include many different types of factions, with a couple in particular so far standing out: the Voodoo Boys and the Animals. They inhabit Night City alongside factions like the Valentinos, Nomads, and the Tyger Claws.
Each of these gangs has their own sense of identity, style, and way of living. The Voodoo boys are great at hacking and are exceedingly ruthless, whereas a group like the Tyger Claws, on the other hand, is much happier to fight in a martial arts style; preferring not to enhance themselves with drugs or mechanics. It seems incredibly likely that some of these factions will come head to head, and we want to be there when that happens.
7Sometimes you’ve got to shoot your way through
Cyberpunk 2077 is primarily an RPG, and there are ways to do a non-lethal run through, but where’s the fun in that? The first person perspective feels perfect for Cyberpunk 2077’s shooting mechanics, which look incredible.
Areas of the environment look to be destructible, and can certainly be used in combat. Your character can jump over cover, quickly slide under higher areas, and can even use bullet time to slow time down. With the ability to also use stealth, and be able to hack into enemy’s weapons to make them malfunction, combat looks deep and exciting. We can’t wait to be involved in our first gang shootout in Night City.
8V’s underdog story
Very little has been revealed about the plot of Cyberpunk 2077. What we do know, however, is that your character will start as a low level mercenary. V will clearly be involved with some of the factions in Night City, and the bigger companies that rule the city.
In an interview with Inn: Poland (translated by VGC), CD Project Red’s Story Director Marcin Blacha stated that the story in Cyberpunk 2077 is “much grander” than The Witcher 3. This doesn’t mean that the story length is longer, but we can expect a much bigger emphasis on a more detailed narrative. This seems to imply V will work their way up the ladder, and we can’t wait to see what the view looks like from the top (or middle… or any point, for that matter).
9I’ve been driving in my car; it’s not quite a flying car
Sadly the amazing-looking flying cars won’t actually be controllable, according to recent reports. Perhaps that could change before release (please?), but even if it doesn’t, we can’t wait to zoom around Night City on a futuristic car or motorbike. Night City, with all its different levels, looks like a crazy Hot Wheels track just waiting to be explored.
Little has been shown of Cyberpunk 2077‘s actual driving mechanics of, but we can expect furious speed and powerful vehicles. Plus there’s no doubt going to be shootouts taking place from within a vehicle – and that should be incredible. We don’t think we’ve ever been more excited to put the pedal to the metal and sweep through the streets of Night City.
10It’s not about the size, but the way you use it
No, that’s not a pun on the genital customisation available in Cyberpunk 2077, but a reference to the size of the map. Night City will actually be smaller than the Continent in Witcher 3, but because of the verticality of the city, it’ll feel bigger, and there’ll likely be much more to explore.
Night City’s skyline is full of towers, and many of these will not only be accessible, but will have different floors and levels that are explorable. This should make for a much more realistic city to be part of. We’re sure we’re going to spend hours upon hours just searching all that Cyberpunk 2077 has to offer. Expect a much less flat experience than what you’ve had before.