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While many of us already visited Night City, it's a good moment to remind ourselves about titles that brought the cyberpunk genre to the point where it proudly stands today. Check out these 9 essential sci-fi games to play if you already finished Cyberpunk 2077.

Cyberpunk, in short, is a dystopian view of the future where low-life meets high-tech. One of the key plot ideas of this science fiction subgenre is the ongoing conflict between the almighty system (usually personified by evil corporations or supercomputers) and strong, rebellious individuals (hackers, mercenaries) with their own moral code - one that typically goes against the law.

“The future is already here - it's just not evenly distributed” - William Gibson
In these stories, the vast net is usually a sort of Wild West where one can still oppose many. It does not mean our hero will win. On the contrary, their defiance is usually somewhat cynical and more than once - doomed to fail. Sounds downright pessimistic, right? Yet cyberpunk was and remains a vastly influential genre in our modern culture.

It has spawned many iconic books (e.g. Neuromancer by W. Gibson) and comic books (Akira from Katsuhiro Otomo). It also inspired filmmakers (Matrix, Johnny Mnemonic) and even tabletop RPGs, like the one authored by Cyberpunk 2077 top consultant, Mike Pondsmith. Finally, this genre has brought us some really cool video games.

Here are some prime examples:

Blade Runner (1997)
The adventure game from the famous Westwood Studios based on the 1982 movie and a novel by Philip K. Dick isn’t your typical cyberpunk title. Even so, the dark Los Angeles of 2019 has strongly influenced the look of many other sci-fi cities in other games, movies, and shows. Moreover, Blade Runner features many typical cyberpunk tropes, like an evil, powerful company (Tyrell Corporation), and the A.I. breaking loose (the android replicants). As the eponymous Blade Runner, detective Ray McCoy, we are tossed in the center of it all, with the possibility to finish the game in more ways than one.

Thanks to the efforts of a few devoted fans, we can now revisit Blade Runner and rainy Los Angeles on our modern computers.

Beneath a Steel Sky (1994)
Beneath a Steel Sky is a point-and-click adventure game devised by director Charles Cecil and comic book artist Dave Gibbons (famous for the Watchmen series). The game follows the adventures of Robert Foster and his sentient robot Joey as they loom through the streets of the dystopian Union City ruled by the all-powerful computer, LINC. Among the many pros of Beneath a Steel Sky, one is especially worth mentioning - It’s available free on GOG.COM along with a digital comic book by Gibbons.

Deus Ex (2000)
Like System Shock, this mixed FPS and role-playing game from Ion Storm is cyberpunk to the core. Deus Ex features special agent JC Denton, an agent who fights global and cyber terrorism in the year 2052. After he discovers that his employers are more of a threat than a solution to the world’s problems, Denton defects and starts his own war with the system. Dynamic action and a non-linear story brought Deus Ex success and a string of sequels lasting to this day.

>observer_ (2017)
This adventure game from Bloober Team marks the return of the late actor Rutger Hauer (who also starred in the 1982 Blade Runner film) to the cyberpunk genre. Observer is a horror tale about Daniel Lazarski, a member of the neural police force working on behalf of the almighty Chiron Corporation in Krakow AD 2084. Tasked with hacking into heads of the potential suspects, Lazarski is a perfect, ruthless policeman. Until one fateful day...

Shadowrun Returns (2013)
Just like Cyberpunk 2077, this title is an adaptation of a much earlier tabletop RPG game. Shadowrun Returns features a mix of the traditional fantasy world (dragons, elves, magic) with a cyberpunk sci-fi setting. In this turn-based role-playing game, you become a shadowrunner – a mercenary for hire tasked with hunting down a murderer in a huge Seattle metroplex. The game was a success - received two sequels titled Shadowrun: Dragonfall and Shadowrun: Hong Kong.

Syndicate (1993)
This tactical game from Bullfrog Productions proved to be ahead of its time. It features dynamic real-time battles instead of turn-based ones, something previously associated with tactical games. It also introduced the cyberpunk genre to the gaming world. Syndicate took place in a world divided by (surprise!) big, evil corporations, that employ cyber-enhanced assassins to fight for dominance. The game received a sequel, titled Syndicate Wars.

System Shock (1994)
For a very long time, this title was the first thing that popped into a gamer’s heads when they thought “cyberpunk”. The game was truly ahead of its time. Set in the year 2072, it tells the story of a hacker trapped on the Citadel Station by an evil A.I. called SHODAN. Everything in this game is spot-on, from its FPS perspective to its engaging, cinema-like storyline. No wonder System Shock spawned a sequel, an enhanced edition, and is now waiting for a highly anticipated reboot.

Transistor (2015)
Although not a cyberpunk game per se, this title from Supergiant Games borrows heavily from the genre’s aesthetics and design. The world shown in Transistor is full of neon lights, explosions, and pastel graphics that will attack your senses. To add to the beautiful graphics, the game’s audio is simply mesmerizing. That’s why this action role-playing game is a must-play for all the gamers who wish to immerse themselves in a sci-fi experience.

Whispers of a Machine (2018)
An intriguing point-and-click sci-fi adventure game crafted in the Nordic Noir style. Like in many crime stories, also here we have a puzzling murder case and the main hero uncovering the dark secrets of the past. Whispers of a Machine features a strong female protagonist, agent Vera, who is equipped with modern technology that helps her in cracking even the hardest cases.

Feeling the rebel streak against the system already? Check out these sci-fi titles that will make you look at many features of Cyberpunk 2077 from a completely new perspective.
A very good list indeed, but I'd suggest Shadowrun Dragonfall instead Shadowrun Returns. It's a lot better than the first and you don't need to know its predecessor to have fun with it. Currently playing Shadowrun Hong Kong and it's also better than the first game.
I also wanted to add Crime Cities while I think this game could/should have been much better but at least you cen drive(?) flying cars in a dark city.

Same goes for the IMO better game, which is G-Police, but this one will most likely remain in $ony's vaults.
Strijkbout: Same goes for the IMO better game, which is G-Police, but this one will most likely remain in $ony's vaults.
Hey, I have a disc copy of this game. It was really good. I wonder whether it'll work on modern hardware...
Strijkbout: Same goes for the IMO better game, which is G-Police, but this one will most likely remain in $ony's vaults.
Sarafan: Hey, I have a disc copy of this game. It was really good. I wonder whether it'll work on modern hardware...
Thanks. So it's possible to get it working quite easily. I think I'll give it a shot. :)
Want to see "Cloudpunk" released on GOG.

Release day is in: 5 days

Just do it!

Hope the game will be good too tho.

SOMA - not totally imo, but it has some tropes of the genre

And a almost complete stranger... (have a physical copy, but haven't played yet)

Cyberpunk 2077 description:
"Next stage of evolution where the body marries technology"
Post edited June 10, 2020 by madmasq
I wonder why Virtuaverse didn't make the list? I'm leaning towards it being the final game I buy this sale depending on money available after Friday

And for fun Cyberpunk games that aren't on GOG, at least not yet, there's Final Fantasy VII

Edit: Also I wonder why Syndicate made the cut but Satellite Reign, a spiritual successor to the early games in the franchise, didn't?
Post edited June 11, 2020 by RogueXanter
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