When Cyberpunk 2077 finally arrived in late 2020, the long-heralded sure-to-be-masterpiece ended up a little less than stellar, and on consoles, less than finished. The highly anticipated title from CD Projekt Red, who had previously won all of the game awards with The Witcher 3, underwhelmed in most metrics, and more than a year and half later, the game is more or less stable.
Despite all of its warts, Cyberpunk 2077 does have a riveting story about living in a digitised world, with some stellar side quests and supporting characters that, depending on your tolerance for jank, might make the wait and the mechanical frustrations worth the wait. Still, “cyberpunk” is more than just one game – it’s a genre, and like any genre in gaming there are scores of other titles for fans to dip their chrome-plated, neon-lit beaks into, so we’ve hacked the mainframe to find ten games like Cyberpunk 2077.
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Games Like Cyberpunk 2077
1. Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers
Developer: Atlus Publisher: Atlus, Atlus USA, NIS America Platform(s): Sega Saturn, PS1, 3DS
If you like the Persona and Shin Megami Tensei series, but wish their already cockamamie plots involved just a touch more computers and cyberspace, Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers will fit the bill, especially in its 2013 remake for the 3DS. The gameplay is familiar for fans of other SMT series, with turn-based battles pitting you against a horde of demons across various real-world mythologies, with the added ability to summon demons for your own ends.
What differentiates Soul Hackers from other SMT titles is the balance between the digital and the real worlds. The story tackles heady cyberpunk topics like the nature of the soul and the digitization of information, and does so with flair and style whether you’re playing the original or the remake.
2. Deus Ex
Developer: Ion Storm Publisher: Eidos Interactive Platform(s): PC, Mac OS, PS2
Arguably the forefather of both the modern immersive sim and neo-noir cyberpunk aesthetic in games as it exists today, Deus Ex arrived in 2000, appropriate for how it would herald a new millennium of gaming. Blending the aesthetic of The Matrix with an incredible amount of player freedom to approach its missions, Deus Ex kicked off a franchise, and while every Deus Ex game has some merit, the original is the clearest crystallisation of its ambition and ideas.
Players in Deus Ex have an entire cyberpunk world at their fingertips. Even though some of Deus Ex’s elements may not have aged gracefully, on the whole it’s still a nuanced and engrossing game with pristine fundamentals. If you want to travel the road that ultimately leads to Cyberpunk 2077, and all of the other games on this list that are like it, you need to make a stop at this historic landmark.
Referred to by those outside the know simply as “the cat game,” Stray has scampered into our hearts and minds in no time with its adorable cat protagonist and its lush, beautiful post-human environments. As a cat lost in a robot city, you’ll stalk, jump, pounce, and meow your way across a fascinating parable about the world we’re making and what might happen when we leave it behind.
Stray’s robots, with their blocky CRT TV heads and amusingly human routines, feel alive and purposeful, and seeing them respond to the first cat they’ve ever seen is always good fun. Stray won’t overstay its welcome either, with a story mode that can be wrapped in a few hours. Given the breadth of other cyberpunk titles we have here, such a quick and imaginative cat nap is a welcome change of pace.
Developer: Antab Studios, Merge Games Publisher: Merge Games Platform(s): PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Stadia, Xbox Series X & S
Foreclosed is another recent cyberpunk title, released in 2021. Evan Kapnos finds out his identity has been foreclosed on without his knowledge or consent, and if he wants any kind of life at all, he’ll have to pick up some futuristic guns and get it himself. Foreclosed unfolds with comic book-inspired panels and action lines, making it feel like a graphic novel spilling out of its borders onto your screen.
With its noir-esque story and deep intriguing conspiracy, you’ll be constantly left guessing and surprised as you unravel Evan’s adventure. Some of the combat can be finicky, but the depth of the ideas on display in Foreclosed make it a case worth opening.
5. Fallout: New Vegas
Developer: Obsidian Entertainment Publisher: Bethesda Softworks Platform(s): PC, PS3, Xbox 360
While it’s a little more diesel- than cyber- in its punk flavour, the Fallout series’ roots in CRPG titles mirrors Cyberpunk’s birth as a tabletop RPG. Like the best games like Cyberpunk, the importance of player choice and flexibility is a hallmark of the Fallout series, and the current high point of the franchise is the spinoff New Vegas.
Short of the player dying, the game will adapt and react to anything and everything the player does. Kill important NPCs, tackle major quests out of order, or ignore crucial locations altogether, New Vegas will still keep running and give you a vivid, imaginative, and memorable slice of post-apocalyptic open world goodness. So crank up Big Iron on your radio and get to exploring.
6. Quadrilateral Cowboy
Developer: Blendo Games Publisher: Blendo Games Platform(s): PC, MacOS
Want to feel like the slickest, most elite hacker to ever type a scrawl of green text and mutter “I’m In”? Quadrilateral Cowboy delivers on this fantasy with style and aplomb. Like Cyberpunk 2077, Quadrilateral Cowboy gives you incredible hacking powers and sets you on a number of heists, using your computer skills to navigate security systems and manually time out when and where you disable sensors, cameras, and other security measures.
The balance of preplanning your heist out down to the second and then having to go through the job in real time, cooperating with your past self’s programmed assists, is a thrilling experience, the kind of player-first game design Cyberpunk 2077 grasps at in its best moments.
7. Hypnospace Outlaw
Developer: Tendershoot Publisher: No More Robots Platform(s): PC, MacOS, Switch, PS4, Xbox One
Cyberpunk doesn’t have to be about the future; it can also be about reimagining the technology of the past. Hypnospace Outlaw puts you behind the keyboard on a web moderator in the 90s/00s internet heyday, patrolling fanpages and early proto-social media to scout for copyrighted images and music.
While playing moderator might not sound fun, Hypnospace Outlaw keeps this phantom dial-up sim fresh and engaging, and its boundless imagination on the meeting between technology and reality makes it a highlight of games like Cyberpunk 2077. As a simulator of bygone internet experiences, Hypnospace Outlaw deserves federal preservation, and it excels at creating a sense of being on the internet in a crucial historic moment, where this fertile technology could be, and would be, anything.
Developer: Wormwood Studios Publisher: Wadjet Eye Games Platform(s): PC, MacOS, Linux, iOS, Nintendo Switch
Cyberpunk 2077 owes much of its DNA to the heyday of point-and-click adventure games, and Primordia is a sterling modern example of a genre that’s fallen out of favour. In a scoured future where humanity has disappeared, you play as Horatio, a robot scavenger and devout worshipper of Humanity searching for meaning, and his missing ship battery.
You’ll unravel the mystery of humanity’s disappearance and the maniacal AI Metromind, which runs the largest robot city on earth, in this taut, short adventure. Puzzles have multiple solutions steeped in real world logic, which reward your experimentation and make you feel like a genius when you stumble onto the right answer. It’s a cyberpunk masterwork you won’t soon forget.
Final Fantasy VII Remake, the long-heralded reimagining of one of the most critically-acclaimed JRPGs of all time, certainly arrived with some big shoes to fill. Not only does Remake rise to the challenge, it even manages to be a better Cyberpunk game than Cyberpunk 2077, releasing in the same year as that similarly long-anticipated title.
A story of industrial intrigue, eco-terrorism, technology run amok, and cool dads with guns for arms, FFVII Remake scores a bullseye, with a sharp and thrilling battle system and some incredible visuals that tap into the glowing, extravagant world only gestured at by the PS1 original.
10. Citizen Sleeper
Developer: Jump Over The Age Publisher: Fellow Traveller Platform(s): PC, MacOS, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X & S
Mixing TTRPG-like dice management with a shiny, chrome vision of the future, Citizen Sleeper’s cyberpunk credentials are top shelf. As a titular sleeper, a robot with copied memories of a human being, you’ve escaped servitude and have taken shelter on a derelict space station. You’ll scramble for food and life-sustaining medicine, make friends and enemies, and carve out a life for yourself on the edge of space.
One of 2022’s most polished stories, Citizen Sleeper is a lean, ingenious and wholly original take on the cyberpunk genre and a bold new high point for sci-fi transhumanist storytelling.
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