7 Cyberpunk Games While You Wait For Cyberpunk 2077

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7 Cyberpunk Games While You Wait For Cyberpunk 2077
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There’s plenty of cyberpunk games around, but the genre’s enjoyed another resurgence thanks to the interest around Keanu Reeves Cyberpunk 2077. CD Projekt Red’s ambitious shooter is the hottest thing on the internet still, but since the game won’t arrive until April 2020, here’s seven games with similar aesthetics, gameplay or storylines to whet your appetite until it arrives.


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Shadowrun: Hong Kong (2015)

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Shadowrun: Hong Kong

It’s available on Steam for $28.95.

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And as an added bonus, you can also speed up the gameplay really easily with this handy tip.

The Red Strings Club (2018)

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where you play as a bartenderA Red Strings Club

Grab it on GOG for $14.99.

2064: Read Only Memories (2015)

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Cyberpunk 2077Read Only MemoriesThe Walking Dead

It’s on Steam for $28.95.

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Dex (2015)

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Dex

Grab it for $4.38 on the Humble Store.

>observer_ (2017)

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It’s going for $34 on GOG.

Hideo Kojima’s Snatcher (1988)

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Snatcher, a graphic adventure, has long been regarded as one of the best releases in cyberpunk for its cinematic ambitions and storyline, an impressive feat for 1988 game. It was Hideo Kojima’s second game after the first Metal Gear Solid and it still absolutely holds up. It’s a must-try before Cyberpunk is dropped, if you don’t mind the retro graphics.

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E.Y.E: Divine Cybermancy (2011)

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Grab it on Steam for $14.50.

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Comments

  • Why such variation between store links? Not like they’re the only place to get them. Console availability would have been neat too given 2077 gets a release there too (Pretty sure its just Dex and Observer btw).

    Also, where is Deus Ex? Thats arguably the closest comparison to 2077 if you don’t count The Witcher. On the more action-heavy side theres System Shock and Syndicate too.

    • I agree. FWIW I’m pretty sure Observer is on Game Pass (as is Deus Ex and Ruiner which has big cyberpunk overtones)

      • Overtones? Hell, Ruiner is straight-up textbook cyberpunk, no question. Just as much as Satellite Reign and other titles not on the list.

  • If you haven’t played The Red Strings Club yet it is damn good. This little write up doesn’t do it justice, to call them mini games is a bit insulting given how the gameplay elements are used, and the narrative is amazing.
    Highly recommended.

  • Ruiner should absolutely be on this list. It’s an absolute belter of a cyberpunk twin-stick shooter.

    Also it has a song by the legendary Susumu Hirasawa in it.

  • I’m really happy seeing Shadowrun on there, even if its the one I backed but hadn’t played since they apparently bjorked the deckrunning compared to the first two games, and my MC was always a Decker. The first two are some of my favourite isometric RPGs.

    • I mostly enjoyed the recent Shadowrun games, though I feel like they really suffered for the mobile-centric design decisions.

    • You aren’t wrong the amount of made up names for groups and factions alone gave me a headache in the first 15 minutes.

      Let alone the bad game play

      • I tried to play that ‘game’ several times since its launch, and all I can figure is that it’s meant to be a form of virtual tabletop for group roleplaying, rather than a ‘video game’; an elaborate form of half-life mod reminiscent of early quake mods.

    • An outstanding cyperpunk game that I cannot recommend enough for its storytelling, worldbuilding, and soundtrack.

      I’m pleased to report that it handles very well on the Switch, too. Very decent port.

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