(NOTE: This article contains affiliate links. Purchasing from these links will directly support me and help keep the website running.)
With the highly-anticipated Cyberpunk 2077‘s release date being pushed back a few more months, gamers are left looking for alternatives to help pass the time. As a huge fan of cyberpunk in any form of media (I absolutely love Neuromancer and Blade Runner), I’ve collected quite a bunch of games in the genre that I thoroughly enjoyed. With that said, here’s an unranked list of five titles that are guaranteed to provide you hours of replayability!
First up is a game that I’ve covered in the past. RUINER is an isometric shooter set in the fictional futuristic city of Rengkok. It’s an incredibly fast-paced game reminiscent of Hotline Miami, and it has some RPG elements in that you can acquire and level up certain skills based on your playstyle. If you’re looking for a challenge, you can test your skills by cranking the game’s difficulty up to the highest possible setting or by playing through its speedrun mode!
(If you’ve read my review of Hades, this pretty much plays like it, minus the roguelite elements)
The Shadowrun titles on PC are turn-based action games based on the widely successful sci-fantasy tabletop RPG of the same name. Unlike the previous entry, these titles are more narrative-driven, and while the gameplay isn’t anything to scoff at, the writing and character development is where both games really shine. I personally recommend that you start off with Dragonfall, as the story quickly ramps up and throws your character into an incredibly high stakes situation early on.
Aside from both games’ main storyline (which is several hours long for each), the Steam Workshop features tons of fantastic fanmade campaigns that are bound to keep you occupied for days on end.
The Deus Ex franchise has become synonymous with “Cyberpunk FPS RPGs” for god knows how long now, and my personal favorite has to be Human Revolution. It acts as a prequel to the very first game of the series, and it explores a lot of dystopian concepts, such as the rise of megacorporations, growing class struggle, and the effects of highly advanced human augmentation on society.
Despite its linear narrative, there are different ways to play through the game, and certain choices you make can drastically change how the story progresses. As such, the game offers a lot of replayability, and this is probably the closest you can get to playing Cyberpunk 2077 until it comes out.
(The game also has a sequel, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, though I recommend finishing this first. Also, that’s actually where the screenshot above is from cause I lost my old HR pics. Whoops.)
SUPERHOT is an FPS game where time only moves when you move. There’s a surprising amount of depth behind its minimalist aesthetic and mechanics, and experienced players will find themselves making amazingly fast plays, breezing through waves of enemies with ease.
It’s the most innovative shooter I’ve played in years!
#5. VA-11 Hall-A
And now for something completely different. VA-11 Hall-A is essentially a visual novel with a few gameplay elements that actually give you a bit more control over the story. There’s not much I can say about the game without spoiling it, so I’ll stick with the basics.
You play as Jill, a bartender at the eponymous bar. Each night, you get to encounter and serve all sorts of quirky characters which you’ll either love, hate, or love to hate. The game features a gripping story that unfolds itself in front of you, and all you have to do is listen to your customers and give them the drinks they ask for. (You don’t really have to follow their orders, though. *Wink*)
It has a kickass soundtrack too, and you’re free to choose what songs the bar’s jukebox will play every night!