Paris Games Week is one of the largest video gaming conventions in the world, and this year it did not disappoint! One of the highlights was a special hour-long gameplay preview of the much-anticipated Cyberpunk 2077. Couldn’t make it to Paris Games Week? Don’t speak French? Don’t worry, Gamezo was on site to report on all the action! Here are some of the most exciting highlights of the preview.
In the hour-long, narrated gameplay preview, attendees got introduced into the world of Cyberpunk 2077. The playable character (named “V”) started by meeting up with a contact named Placide, a boss of a Haitian gang, in the Pacifica slums of Night City. V is hired to gather info about a van in a nearby mall which has recently been occupied by “The Animals”, a rival gang. The gameplay revolves around V infiltrating the mall and gathering intel on the van.
One of the biggest mechanics highlighted in the gameplay trailer was the customization of the character “V”. Players may choose from the beginning how to customize V to their liking, add cybernetic enhancements, and level up a skill tree. Plus, there are plenty of awesome outfits to choose from to trick V out. V is a very different character depending on who the player is and the choices they make for V. Developers highlighted this by showing a portion of the same mission first executed by a stealth-based V build and then by a more powerful and bold V build. Here are some highlights of each playstyle.
Stealth Build V
Stealthy V focused much more on hacking and electronics to get the job done.
There are a ton of hackable things in the game. In the preview, stealth V hacked a boxing training robot to malfunction and cause a distraction, an electronic bench press to collapse on and incapacitate its user, and a turret gun to attack its own gang members.
The sneaky infiltration felt similar to Assassins Creed in a lot of ways. You can use V’s cybernetic enhancements as a sort of “Eagle Vision” and identify and tag enemies.
The environment is rich with things to interact with and take advantage of. While you’re sneaking about, you can find places to hide, dispose of bodies, acquire ammo and weapons, and electronics to hack.
The stealth playstyle was very dynamic and gave the player lots of different ways to infiltrate the base. There was no one “right way”; there were many opportunities the player could take or leave.
Power Build V
Power build V infiltrated the base in a much different manner than the stealth version.
While the stealth version took his time to gather intel and observe patterns, power build V more or less rushed in to get the job done.
Unsurprisingly, the power build V had leveled-up strength and combat stats and could take down opponents much more efficiently than the stealth build. Melee combat looked different for both builds.
Facing multiple opponents at a time is a viable option with a strength build, but using the environment is still necessary to stay on top of a gang of combatants.
While the stealth V hacked the turret to turn on the gang members, power V jumped on the turret, ripped the gun from the mount, and used it as a sort of handheld Gatling gun to mow down the gang members.
Windows and doors are no obstacle for strong V; she could rip open doors with ease, granting her access into new areas.
Of course, these are just two examples of the nearly endless ways you can customize your character. Your V will truly be your own, and look different than either one of these example if you choose so.
Other Cool Features
Players can be surveyed/watched remotely by certain NPCs if you give them access to your wrist port. The wrist port grants access to all of V’s personal information. It is an extremely important game mechanic and asset, so guard it well!
V can gain access to “cyberspace”, a sort of virtual cyber world with no boundaries. There is also a “deep web” portion of cyberspace which carries especially important information. The preview only gave a hint at what this all means, but it’s sure to be an important aspect of the game.
Look forward to some GTA-esque moments. Drive-able cars and motorcycles and a large open world will provide players with opportunity for some fun stunts.
Choose your character customization wisely! You’ll play with the same character throughout the entire game and can’t undo character changes.
Players have to sometimes make split-second decisions, such as when Placide tried to hook up to V’s wrist port, which would give him access to all of V’s information and history. A timing bar counts down as you choose to either grant Placide access or pull away.
The manner in which players respond to the NPCs changes how the NPCs interact with you. If you use “street talk” or wear certain types of clothes, you will be treated differently. Choose wisely, or you may find yourself in some difficult situations.
The Cyberpunk 2077 preview showed off an incredibly detailed and customizable game. Each player’s V will give them a truly unique game experience. In this game, you can be stealthy, tech-based, powerful, and quite literally everything in between. The gameplay looked extremely dynamic, detailed, and immersive.
The hype for Cyberpunk 2077 is well-deserved. This game is one of the biggest titles of 2020 and the immersive world will break the RPG boundaries. April can’t come soon enough.