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10 Things to Know Before Playing Cyberpunk 2077

VOICE OVER: Riccardo Tucci WRITTEN BY: Caitlin Johnson
It's seems like we've been waiting to play Cyberpunk 2077 forever! In this video we're looking at 10 things to know before playing CD Projekt Red's newest title - if we ever get to, that is. Our list includes Character Creation, Cyberware, Weapon Customization, Driving, Post-Launch Multiplayer and more!
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Script written by Caitlin Johnson

10 Things to Know Before Playing Cyberpunk 2077


Welcome to MojoPlays! Today, we’re looking at 10 things to know before playing “Cyberpunk 2077” – if we ever get a chance to, that is.

The Plot


You’ll be jumping into CDPR’s cyberpunk dystopia in the shoes of V, a down-and-out mercenary who’s been hired to steal something called the “Chip of Immortality” from the Arasaka corporation - a heist that doesn’t go according to plan. It’s this chip that enables V to resurrect every time they die and is why they can see Keanu Reeves’s Johnny Silverhand, a musician said to have died many decades before the game begins. Silverhand says in promotional trailers it’ll only take one night to destroy the entire city, though whether this is the main quest of the game is still unknown. There’s no doubt the entire game will be just as exciting as the prologue, though.

You Can Do a Pacifist Run


You won’t be able to avoid confrontation on the dangerous and gang-ridden streets of Night City, but you will be able to choose how you want to handle these encounters. If you don’t want to kill anybody you won’t have to; CDPR is giving players no shortage of ways to non-lethally take enemies out as well. In fact, you can beat the entire game without ever killing another character if that’s what you want to do. You’re still going to have to neutralize hostile NPCs, but by providing the option of a full pacifist run, “Cyberpunk” has created far more opportunities for role-playing than RPGs that don’t do this.

Character Creation


Unlike “The Witcher” series where Geralt is the fixed protagonist, “Cyberpunk” will have a deep character creation system for you to tinker with to your heart’s content. Aside from the usual sliders to determine body shape and facial structure, you’ll have far more options here than in lots of other games. Most exciting are the options for tattoos and cool, cosmetic cyberware right off the bat - and yes, there are customizable genitals, though you can toggle nudity on or off. You’ll also be able to choose between three lifepaths to determine V’s backstory and which prologue you play through, becoming either a Nomad, a Street Kid, or a Corpo.

Cyberware


One of the coolest things in the cyberpunk genre is cybernetic enhancements, called “Cyberware” in “2077.” Cyberware can drastically change your gameplay experience, from deadly upgrades like the gruesome mantis blades we’ve seen all over the promos, to hacker upgrades that will let you manipulate the environment and the cyberware of others. Each part of V’s body will have a set number of cyberware slots, with some large components taking up multiple slots and limiting how many you can have at any one time. There are also more unique stats, including a Tech stat to buff your cyberware, and even a Cool stat that determines how well V copes under pressure.

Weapon Customization


But maybe you don’t think customizing V to your heart’s content is enough choice. If that’s the case, you’ll be happy to know there are also robust customization options for V’s wide arsenal of futuristic weapons. There are three types of weapons: Power, Tech, and Smart, and they can all be utilized in different ways, providing diverse play styles and techniques. You can add plenty of weapon mods to change the way your favorite guns work and you can add skins for that personal touch. Weapons also come in different rarities and you’ll even get more efficient reload animations as you get better with a certain firearm.

The Setting


You’ll be heading to Night City, voted the “worst place to live in America” in the table-top RPG. Built by entrepreneur Richard Night before his death, Night City is located in a highly polluted version of Northern California. It’s divided into six distinct districts, including Heywood, Santo Domingo, and the dense City Center, each with their own style, inhabitants, and culture. Some places are occupied by the city’s rich elite, while others are home to the underclass and subject to even more pollution. If that wasn’t enough for you, the city is surrounded by the Badlands, a toxic desert V comes from if you choose the Nomad lifepath.

Driving


Night City is vast, and you won’t want to traverse it by walking alone. Luckily, there are plenty of vehicles V can drive. You’ll have the standard “Knight Rider” inspired cars with sleek, neon trims, but far cooler is the cyberpunk treatment Arch Motorcycles has been given. Keanu Reeve’s company is way out of the price range of most people, but you’ll be able to ride a bunch of these bikes in the game. Unlike similar sandbox games, however, you won’t be able to steal all the cool cars you see in the street unless you get specific upgrades to do so. This is because CDPR wants to really tie your vehicle to your progression, so you can’t get the best cars until much later in the game.

Main Quest Design


In “The Witcher 3”, even the smallest side quests and contracts were meaningful and interesting – a design choice CDPR has thankfully doubled down on for “Cyberpunk.” In fact, in October the official Twitter account even claimed that “Witcher 3” was only a “warm-up” for quest design. One of the big differences is the way the main quest will pan out - if you even decide to do the main quest, that is. You can actually reach the endgame without following the story at all, going a completely different route to other players and really carving out your own path. Even more interesting, there won’t be a black-and-white morality system, just a reputation system to tell you what different people think of V.

Factions


There are plenty of different factions V can team up with or make enemies of, from the city’s various gangs to the many corporations in control. The most striking gang is easily Maelstrom, who use illegal and extensive cyberware mods to make themselves powerful and inhuman. But there are also more ordinary street gangs like the 6th Street Gang and the Tyger Claws – not that they’re any less dangerous. You can get on the bad side of the corporations, too, like Militech which, as you expect, develops military technology; the Trauma Team, who’ll patch you up for a small fortune; and Arasaka, the manufacturers of that all-important chip of immortality.

Post-Launch Multiplayer


Much like “Red Dead Redemption II”, “Cyberpunk’s” single-player story will be left to stand on its own two feet for a long time after launch. CDPR says the multiplayer launch will be an event in and of itself. Unfortunately, you’re going to have to wait a long time, with 2022 currently the earliest date it could drop. We’ve seen numerous delays for the single-player so far and the multiplayer mode might face a similar fate, meaning it could actually be 2023 or beyond until we finally get to play the game with friends. On the bright side, this is because it’s only slated to launch after the planned single-player DLCs go live, so we won’t be wanting for content in the meantime.
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