The best cyberpunk games
Cyberpunk could be defined as a tech-loving and
anti-corporations science-fiction genre where the action often takes
place in the near or distant future.
When you think cyberpunk, think Blade Runner, Deus Ex, Akira or
Snatcher, to name the most famous movies, books and games of this
In the cyberpunk genre, the quest to improve humans through
technological means and the search for immortality are recurrent themes
and often, questions like "What is it to be human ?" or "can robots and
artificial intelligences feel something ?" are asked to the viewers,
readers and players.
Below are listed the best cyberpunk games on pc.
The Deus Ex serie
Deus Ex 1, Human Revolution
and Mankind Divided are
probably the most known cyberpunk games ever published on PC. The first
game of the serie takes place in 2052 and the prequels Human Revolution
and Mankind Divided in 2027 and 2029. The series' story is emblematic
of the genre : People trying to be more than humans by getting enhanced
with mechanical augmentations and later by nano-augmentations,
Corporations having more power than governements and trying to control
the World, ect... All games from the Deus Ex serie are Role-playing
game : The character controlled by the player evolves throughout the
course of the game and the player has different ways of completing
quests. Several endings are also available.
System Shock 2
In System Shock 2, the character controlled by the
player, a soldier, can be improved and obtain special powers thanks to
cybernetics implants. The game takes place in a space vessel where an
Artificial Intelligence has become rogue.
"Remember me" is an action-adventure game which takes
place in 2084 in neo-Paris (Renaming cities with "Neo" in front of them
is typical of the Cyberpunk genre: It is used in other cyberpunk games
like for Snatcher which takes place in Neo Kobe City). As for the story
of Remember Me, a big tech company named Memorize has stolen the
memories of Nilin, the female character controlled by the player. And
of course, she wants her stolen memories back. Remember Me is a linear
but good action-combat game where the player can enhance Nilin with
cybernetic implants. Altering the human mind through technology and
considering it like some sort of data disk is also a classic theme in
the Cyberpunk genre.
Ruiner is an action-rpg game where the player controls a
character whom he can enhance with cybernetic implants. The game's
camera is in 3/4 view.
Soma is a survival-horror and cyberpunk game which takes
place underwater, in a sub-marine complex. Typical questions related to
the cyberpunk genre are asked to the player: What is it to be human and
Can robots feel something.
In NieR: Automata, the player controls a female android
whom he can enhance with combat chips to make her more powerful. It is
a futuristic action-rpg game where the player has to conquer back the
Earth which was colonized by hostile alien machines.
Blade Runner is a points and clics adventure game which
is derived from the famous Blade Runner movie. It takes place before
the movie and the player doesn't control the main protagonist of the
Blade Runner movie but another character. It is a great game where the
player's actions impact how the game's ends : The game has 12 different
The Nomad Soul
The Nomad Soul is anaction-adventure game which takes
place in a decadent futuristic city named Omicron. Throughout the game,
the player can transfer his soul inside up to 30 different characters.
Flashback : The Quest for Identity
Flashback: The Quest for Identity is a platforms and
adventure game published in 1992 and which takes place in 2142. The
character controlled by the player is Conrad, a man who has lost his
memories and who is trying to remember his forgotten past. The game
features robot-cops, cyborgs, mutants, holograms and conspiracies.
The Syndicate serie
Syndicate is a tactical cyberpunk video game which was
published in 1993. In Syndicate, the year is 2069 and the player is at
the head of a crime syndicate and tries to take over the World. To help
him in quest, the player can count on an army of cyborgs created from
civilians who were grabbed on the street, made souless and enhanced
throughout technology. One of the ways for the player to fulfill his
objective is to upgrade his team of cyborgs by obtaining new weapons
and make them more powerful by replacing their limbs and equip them
with more cybernetic implants. So the missions are organized like this
: Research, planning and then action on the ground.
Technobabylon is a points and clics adventure video game
which takes place in 2087. The player can alternatively controls 3
characters : One who is totally humans, one lightly augmented and a
third one who is heavily augmented. Due to their conditions, all 3 have
EYE: Divine Cybermancy
E.Y.E: Divine Cybermancy is a first person shooter and
RPG-games which takes places in a futuristic World. The game's
mechanics include the use of psychic power, cybernetic augmentations
and hacking. In EYE: Divine Conspiracy, what the player do to complete
the missions impact the next missions and it is possible to go back to
the zones already visited to complete side quests.
Cyberpunk 2077 is an action-RPG game which takes place
in an open World (like GTA). The action takes place in Night City and
its surrounding areas the Badlands. The player incarns "V" who can be
either a man or a woman, depending what the player chooses. Like
in many cyberpunk games, the enhancement of humans via technology is
questionned, same for the alteration of the minds and the transfer of
the soul to electronic devices, computers and even into other People's
body. The game's story is quite good and there are 5 endings. When it
comes to the gameplay, the player can reach his objectives by using
different means, just like in the Deus Ex serie. Cyberpunk 2077 is also
the most beautiful game existing on PC and there aren't any loading
screens when the player travels throught the immensely playable zone
which is Night City and its surrounding areas. That said, the game
isn't exempt of flaws : Amongs other things, the characters' AI is
basic and the driving system is barely average. Also, there isn't much
to do in Night City outside of the main and side quests. It is one of
the best cyberpunk games but it isn't one of the best PC games : It
brings nothing new to the table, excepted amazing graphisms.