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What Games Are Like Cyberpunk 2077?
The launch of Cyberpunk 2077 was supposed to be one of the most celebrated moments in gaming history, but things went south for CD Projekt RED, the Polish developer and publisher, leading to 2 class-action lawsuits as of the time of writing. The game should never have been allowed to be released in such an unfinished state.
Despite the mayhem, Cyberpunk 2077 is one heck of a game. While this open-world action-adventure title doesn’t hold a candle to the company’s previous releases (The Witcher series), it’s still one of the better games of 2020. I have to admit, however, that there is not much to hold on to once you churn through the main quest. Unlike the Witcher series, the side quests of Cyberpunk 2077 are monotonous. While there were talks of a multiplayer mode to be released just after the launch of its single-player counterpart, we have heard nothing about it in a long time.
As fascinating as the Night City is, it’s totally understandable if you want to move on to something new and exciting, at least until the release of the coveted multiplayer mode. Here is a list of a few games that should be on your radar if you’re looking for games like Cyberpunk 2077:-
Games like Cyberpunk 2077
- Red Dead Redemption 2
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
- Watch Dogs: Legion
- Fallout 4
- Grand Theft Auto V
1. Red Dead Redemption 2
Developed by Rockstar, the team behind the famed GTA series, Red Dead Redemption 2 is a grandiose amalgamation of RPG and action-adventure genre.
Set in 1899, RDR 2 puts you in the shoes of Arthur Morgan, an outlaw who, with his gang, is struggling to survive in the Wild West. With the law trying to nail the gang down, they must band together and plan to hit back.
This role-playing adventure offers quite a few endings—something you can experience if you play the game more than once. With so many overlapping story arcs, it’s a miracle that Rockstar has pulled a project this gigantic with such perfection.
Once you’re done with single-player, jump on to Red Dead Online—the multiplayer counterpart. As of the time of writing, RD Online still lacks content, but it’s free. Consider it as an added bonus. The developer and publisher will always welcome you to spend as much money as you’d like on its online counterpart, but you don’t need to.
How does Red Dead Redemption 2 compare to Cyberpunk 2077?
If anything, the hurried release of Cyberpunk 2077 taught us that big, hyped launches can go awry, even when you’re a well-established company with an excellent track record. Thankfully, RDR 2 ticks all the boxes right from the get-go. From the unbelievable attention to detail to realistic animations, this third-person shooter hits the ball out of the park.
Despite being a huge Cyberpunk 2077 fan, Red Dead Redemption 2 admittedly obliterates Cyberpunk 2077 in terms of polish, storyline, and gameplay. Combat in RDR 2 is slow-paced, leaning more towards realism. If you’re used to the fast-paced gameplay of Cyberpunk 2077, this open-world action-adventure game will take some getting used to.
While both the worlds feel lived in, RDR 2 again takes the cake here. Yes, Cyberpunk 2077 is crammed with tons of side activities, but it’s an unfortunate case of quantity over quality. Conversely, RDR 2 is a breath of fresh air in every regard. Rockstar, the developers behind this gem of a game, went as far as to chop hours’ worth of content right at the last moment before the launch, just because it wasn’t a perfect fit for the overarching narrative.
It’s difficult to go back to other titles after RDR 2 and not be disappointed when they don’t even come close to the lofty standards set by Rockstar.
2. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Back in 2015, the time when CD Projekt RED was still hailed as a consumer-friendly company, they released The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, a conclusion to The Witcher saga. Since the first 2 Witcher games were gritty and ferocious, everyone knew what to expect from the third and final entry of the franchise, but they knocked everyone’s socks off with this entry. Not only the storyline expanded in scope, but the conscripted cities of the first 2 Witcher games paved the way for the vast open world of Wild Hunt.
A sprawling open-world like Skyrim meant that players were free to roam and explore every nook and cranny of the map—-something we hadn’t seen from this story-centric franchise before. In hindsight, this audacious move could very well have come back to haunt them. Thankfully, the story delivered.
Every choice you make during this adventure will have consequences, even if it’s not immediate. The characters you betrayed, for instance, would remember how you wronged them. There might be a reckoning later on, or not. You’ll have to find out yourself when you finally run amok in these treacherous lands.
Though you can not pick your gender or customize the protagonist much, it’s for the better. This is the personal story of Geralt of Rivia— a monster hunter looking for Ciri, his ashen-haired daughter. If more customization options were given, the story wouldn’t have hit home. Part of the reason this fantastical, out-of-the-world storyline resonates is that it’s still grounded in reality.
Though witchers are stripped of emotions, thanks to their torturous childhood training, you can see and feel some humanity left in Geralt of Rivia as he vehemently searches for his daughter.
Even though this game is over 5 years old as of the time of writing, it still gives contemporary open-world RPGs a run for their money. Those looking for a game like Cyberpunk 2077 will love what Witcher 3: Wild Hunt brings to the table.
Cyberpunk 2077 Vs. The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt
It goes without saying that the direct comparison would be unfair to both of these games. Not only the genre varies, but the gameplay is drastically different as well. However, CD Projekt RED’s flagship quest design remains the same. If you loved the main storyline of Cyberpunk 2077, The Witcher 3 will pleasantly surprise you with its brilliance, especially in the storytelling department. It’s pretty apparent that out of the two games, The Witcher 3 has an upper hand.
3. Watch Dogs: Legion
Watch Dogs is a strange series. While its innovative stealth gameplay is a breath of fresh air, other mechanics are straight-up borrowed from the likes of Assassins Creed and Splinter Cell—Ubisoft’s other flagship titles. Unfortunately, only a few ideas are brilliantly incorporated; others fall flat on its face.
Ubisoft has distanced itself from the tried and tested GTA style approach by taking risks— something that seems to have paid off. Just like GTA V’s multi-protagonist formula, Legion allows you to pick any inhabitant of near-future London (where this game takes place) as their protagonist, with each NPC having its own set of unique features and gameplay style. The only difference is that while GTA 5’s storyline revolves around its 3 anti-heroes, you have all the inhabitants of London available as potential recruits.
It’s fitting to be a little skeptical about the whole gimmick. Being able to play as anyone sounds like a wildly ambitious idea, but it works surprisingly well with Watch Dogs’ hack-everything formula. My only gripe was its bland, repetitive dialogues and janky animations—something that could have paid more attention to.
Despite these nuisances, however, Watch Dogs: Legion is one of the best titles emerging from the Ubisoft furnace. Even if you've not played the previous two entries, you can jump right in as Legion doesn't have much in common with its predecessors,
Cyberpunk 2077 Vs. Watch Dogs: Legion
Those looking for similarities between Cyberpunk and Legion will find many. For starters, both these games are imbued with a bleak tone, perched right on the edge of catastrophe. While Corporates have Cyberpunk's world in their pocket, Albion, a private military company, has held London hostage for years in the name of security and law enforcement. Just like in Cyberpunk 2077, however, you'll be up against more than one organization. There are criminal syndicates, intelligent agencies, and private military companies— everyone plotting and scheming to stay on top of the food chain. Pick your fight, one at a time.
Lastly, Cyberpunk feels a bit empty in places, especially in comparison to Legion's bustling streets. Legion, on the other hand, plays and feels like a true dystopia, committing to its futuristic version of London all the way through. If you’re looking for a game like Cyberpunk 2077, there is nothing better than Watch Dogs Legion in the market right now.
Getting bored with driving from one place to another in lifeless Night City? Ghostrunner is just the cyberpunk game you need. Developed jointly by One More Level, 3D Realms, and Slipgate Ironworks, Ghostrunner is a ninja-centric platformer where the gameplay revolves around running, sliding along the walls, and slashing your foes.
Before you jump the bandwagon, be forewarned that you’ll die a lot here. Think Dark Souls with ninja-esque abilities. The only difference is, you respawn almost instantly with no waste of time, which helps with the seamless progression without too much hassle.
Despite the convenience of spawning right where you died, Ghostrunner remains one of the most difficult games I have ever played. If you're planning to casually stroll around and marvel at its beauty, brace yourself for a rude awakening. You’ll be dead the minute you let your guard down.
Did I mention that you’re always sprinting here? Though you can stop anytime, believe me; you don’t want to. Everyone and everything wants you dead. If the towering ledges don’t kill you, one of those vicious flying bullets certainly will.
Though this cyberpunk game suffers from an insipid storyline, its saving grace is adrenaline-fueled action, demanding that you keep your running shoes on all the time. Action is where this game excels at. Forget its uninspired storyline and jump right into one of the most beautiful games of 2020.
5. Fallout 4
Fallout 4 might not have been as gritty and chunky as its predecessors, but this action role-playing game is still worth delving into. Everything from the gameplay to its storylines has been toned down a bit to expand the reach of this franchise. In retrospect, however, Bethesda, the developer and published helming this franchise, alienated its staunch fanbase. To make matters worse, the long-running post-apocalyptic shooter hasn’t attracted many newcomers.
Unfortunately, mainstreaming the franchise has weakened the storyline. Gone those days when you had to squint your eyes and pay attention to the dialogues, for one wrong selection could change the direction of the story. That's not to say that the storyline here isn't enjoyable: it's just that there is no bite, no sense of urgency. If you’re looking for something like The Witcher 3 or Red Dead Redemption 2, brace yourself to be a little disappointed. Despite an immersive world with rich lore, the main storyline languishes from the beginning, struggling to find its footing.
While it lacks in the storytelling department, the side-quests and world exploration are some of the best you’ll come across in any contemporary action RPG. There were countless times I got distracted on my way to completing the main quest. Getting from point A to point B might seem like a mundane task on paper, but it’s the journey through the wasteland that matters. You might come across an abandoned shack, for instance, while doing a main or side quest. Well, go explore it. You’ll be missing out on a lot if you are not the curious type.
Being one of the many Fallout veterans, I was a little disheartened to see this iconic franchise veering off the course. Fortunately, there is still plenty of fun to be had, as long as you keep your expectations in check.
6. Grand Theft Auto V
Developed by Rockstar Studios and published by 2K Games, GTA V is an open-world game where you are put in the shoes of 3 protagonists. All their stories intertwine to make for a fascinating overarching storyline that lasts around 50 hours or so.
Yes, GTA V is not a cyberpunk game, but the reason I have included it is that Cyberpunk 2077 has taken a lot of cues from this open-world sandbox, including driving, carjacking, gunplay, and mission designs. It’s another matter that the cyberpunk looter-shooter fails to execute almost all of those borrowed ideas with the same majestic craftiness and charm of GTA V.
Though there aren’t as many side activities as you’d find in Cyberpunk 2077, the main storyline is beefy. Despite being over 50 hours long (the main storyline), I was hard-pressed to find any fluff. The first hour is a little slow as it introduces you to its protagonists, but once the pace picks up, GTA V never lets up.
Did I miss out on any other games like Cybperunk 2077? Let me know in the comments section.