Cyberpunk 2077 for PC is a first-person shooter game, but one with a difference. Set in a dystopian Free State of California, the rules of the nation and the state no longer apply. Instead, playing as a mercenary named V, the player must work their way around the city, attaining their goals and battling enemies as they go.
About the Game
Seven years in the making, Cyberpunk 2077 looks to be living up to all the hype generated by its introduction at E3 in 2019.
Set fifty-seven years after the tabletop game upon which it is based, Cyberpunk 2020, the graphics are exquisitely rendered with characters, scenery and even actions and movements so realistic that they could be mistaken for movie footage.
As you play through the narrative-driven game, it is possible to play without killing any other characters, using non-lethal weaponry and strategies that keep you out of serious confrontations of the sort that tend to become lethal.
The game features full nudity, as players are able to upgrade their bodies with modifications that give them extra powers and capabilities, and they need to strip down in order to fit their new limbs and attachments.
One of the biggest unique selling points of this game is the fact that Keanu Reeves is heavily featured in the game. He plays a character called Johnny Silverhand, who is the lead singer of a band, Samurai, whose songs contain lyrics relevant to V’s state of mind and his life.
Silverhand, an original character from the tabletop game, is dead in this time, but ‘lives’ in V’s head. This means that the character has more lines of dialogue than any other character save V, who is the protagonist.
Reeves was a surprise unveiling when the third trailer dropped, and gave the release date to excited fans, keen to get to grips with the latest offering from CD PROJEKT RED, famous for giving us the beloved Witcher games.
Ways to Play
- Skills: You can play your way through the game, relishing the agility that V has on his or her feet (the character is fully customisable as to clothing, gender, size and so much more), racking up a high kill rate as you dodge from behind walls or vehicles to take down your enemies as quickly and accurately as you can.
- Smart Rifle: Using the Smart Rifle is a good way to target your enemy. Simply lock on to their avatar, then send a bullet after them. The bullet will pursue the character until it catches up with them. An efficient way to rid yourself of nuisances while getting on with the rest of your mission.
- No Kill: There is no moral code on the game, meaning that you can storm through the game killing anyone and everyone who annoys you if that is the way that you like to play. However, there is no need to kill anyone at all. Challenge yourself to work through the game in a non-violent way, trading and dealing with non-playing characters (known as NPCs).
NPCs are important to the game – take Johnny Silverhand as a case in point – and you can interact with them, befriending and even marrying them. Therefore, the no-kill play method can open up a whole new world for you, introducing you to characters and their backstories in a way that you will not experience should you simply blast them out of your way.
There is no fixed aim for the game. Instead, V must travel around the city, working to find health points and mods, avoiding or killing villains and generally just living their best life. Think of it as a world away from the real world: somewhere that you can be someone a little different.
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