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Cyberpunk 2077 Alternatives

A look at some of the other cyberpunk games on the market

Fearghal Fitzgibbon
Feb 22 · 5 min read

Cyberpunk is a genre of speculative fiction that examines the transformative effects of advanced science and technology (cyber) in hand with a breakdown in society (punk). The genre is popular for its gritty and dystopian nature.

Cyberpunk 2077 has been one of the most hotly anticipated game releases in recent years. It’s seen a resurgence in the genre’s popularity, credit that it shares with other media works such as Blade Runner 2049.

For those unable to run the game on their current machine or waiting for a few more of the bugs to be fixed, why not check out some of these other classic cyberpunk games?

The first Deus Ex game. Source: TechRadar.

Deus Ex

For many years, Deus Ex was seen as the cyberpunk game. Set in a dystopian future, players took control of JC Denton, a rookie anti-terrorist operative, trying to navigate through a corrupt world full of conspiracy theories and genetic modification. It continues to receive praise for its design, players have even pulled off pacifist runs.

Later games in the series have been both prequels and sequels, exploring the world. They continue the trend of open-ended gameplay, combining elements from shooters, stealth games, and RPGs. Each game has multiple endings, based on your actions and decisions.

It’s no wonder that Deus Ex’s popularity saw a prequel released over a decade after the original came out. The older games are still popular with both modders and gamers, continuing to stand out as an example of what gaming should be.

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Source: Cloudpunk.

Cloudpunk

A departure from the violence typically associated with the genre, Cloudpunk follows a courier on their first night of work in a cyberpunk world. Explore the city of Nivalis where the rich live on spires and the poor at ground level.

The neon lights conceal a city in decay, Nivalis is slowly sinking into the ocean. Social issues such as racism, environmentalism, and gentrification are examined.

What makes Cloudpunk stand out is that unlike a lot of other cyberpunk games, it is not centred on violence. Your character is simply a courier, doing their best to make a living in an unforgiving world.

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Source: HBS.

Shadowrun series

Shadowrun is a unique take on the cyberpunk genre as it adds magic, elves, orcs, dwarves, and trolls to the mix. Aside from these additions, Shadowrun plays the genre straight. Megacorporations vie for power in a world where the average citizen is treated like a commodity.

Players are shadowrunners, a unique type of mercenary that works on the black market. Shunning the corporate world, they fight secret wars, raid corporate facilities, sabotage experiments, assassinate rivals, and more, all for a paycheque.

The series consists of three charming isometric RPGs that will provide hours of entertainment and gameplay.

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Source: Satellite Reign.

Satellite Reign

Set in a quintessential cyberpunk city, Satellite Reign gives the option of playing with three other friends in a co-op experience. A spiritual successor to the Syndicate games, Satellite Reign follows four operatives striving to take down a rival corporation in an unnamed city.

Satellite Reign is based on freedom of choice. Players can choose to be stealthy and infiltrate a facility without a shot being fired. They can use mind control on guards to sabotage equipment. Or they can simply kick in the front door and go in all guns blazing.

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Source: Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon.

Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon

This spin-off of the Far Cry series exploded onto our screens and immediately split the fanbase. A stand-alone expansion, it’s set in a retro-futuristic world that builds on classic cyberpunk tropes as well as everything 80s.

Players control Rex Colt, one of the last cyber-commandos. Arrayed against them is a rogue colonel with his own private army. Outnumbered and outgunned, Rex must fight through legions of cyber soldiers and mutant animals to save the world.

Cheesy, over the top, and ridiculous, Blood Dragon remains a standout entry in the Far Cry series and a must-play for any fan of the cyberpunk genre.

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Source: Brigador.

Brigador

A much-loved indie hit, Brigador is set in a dark science-fiction world over the course of a single night. Solo Nobre’s dictator has been killed and now corporate contracts and a ticket off-world are offered to any mech pilot willing to work as a hired gun.

Brigador is a fast-paced, action-packed game that refuses to hold hands. Players are thrown into a fully destructible environment where everyone on the map is a potential threat. The more chaos the player causes, the higher the alert rating and enemy units will converge on their position.

The game has incredible replayability. Players can revisit older missions by choosing new pilots and vehicles to use, customising their load-outs, and testing different builds on the three distinctive enemy factions.

So there you have it, a selection of a few of the top cyberpunk games available. If you’re looking for a bit of a break from Night City (or just need to lay low for a while!) then you could do worse than by checking out a few of these titles and giving them a shot.

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