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.
Shadowrun: Hong Kong (2015)
One of the first successes for Harebrained Schemes and cyberpunk RPGs on Kickstarter, Shadowrun: Hong Kong stars the player and a team of Shadowrunners escaping from the Hong Kong Police Force and the cyberpunk slums ruled by corporations and demonic entitites. It's a nice, bite-sized length campaign that'll feature all sorts of characters from accountant vampires, demons, metadata merchants and mega corporations, all wrapped with the Eastern flavour.
It's available on Steam for $28.95.
And as an added bonus, you can also speed up the gameplay really easily with this handy tip.
The Red Strings Club (2018)
A cyberpunk story where you play as a bartender who manipulates your clientele with cocktails, A Red Strings Club is a point-and-click game with a purpose. You'll need to lie, manipulate and hack your way to the bottom of the conspiracy with a few clicks of your mouse. There are a few minigames sprinkled in for good measure but this is largely a narrative game, which thankfully doesn't boggled down in boring dialogue.
Grab it on GOG for $14.99.
2064: Read Only Memories (2015)
Set 13 years before Cyberpunk 2077, Read Only Memories stars a journalist in Neo San Francisco trying to track down a kidnapped friend. There are minor puzzles but for the most part, the game is an interactive graphic novel. With impressive voice work from the likes of The Walking Dead's Melissa Hutchinson, it's definitely one worth your time.
It's on Steam for $28.95.
Sun sets on Neo San Francisco. Weather control units conjure fresh snow. Robots assist their masters and genetic hybrids take to the streets to protest for their rights. Turing guides me to a local nightclub to meet our contact. If we don't get a new lead soon, the scoop of a lifetime will be lost.
Another side-scrolling adventure, Dex drops you, a fugitive, in the fictional city of Harbor Prime. You've got to work to escape all the forces trying to stop you bringing down a corrupt system. Reviews on Steam are pretty positive for this one but you'll have to ignore the poor fighting mechanisms.
Grab it for $4.38 on the Humble Store.
Blending in some horror elements, the annoyingly titled >observer_, you play as an AI, or the 'neural police', to fight against corrupted citizens of 2084. A bit more on the expensive side but with impressive graphics and a unique storyline, this first-person adventure game offers a pretty intriguing alternative to the genre.
It's going for $34 on GOG.
Hideo Kojima's Snatcher (1988)
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.
It's never been re-released but there are ways to play it...
Snatcher is a cult classic that should be experienced by both science fiction and Metal Gear fans. Even though it appears to "snatch" many of its influences and throw them together into a science fiction cornucopia, it actually explores the issues of humanity and existence in its own distinctive style.
E.Y.E: Divine Cybermancy (2011)
Don't expect to see neon aesthetics in this title as this first-person shooter opts for a darker imagining of a cyberpunk world filled with alien creatures. Your character will be torn between aligning with one of two warring factions in a futuristic dystopia. Not a bad pickup for under $20 but be warned, the learning curve is steep.
Grab it on Steam for $14.50.
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