10 best cyberpunk games on PC to try out before or instead of Cyberpunk 2077
Dive into dystopian worlds with its high-techs and neon lights. Here's our top 10 cyberpunk games on PC.
Until recent years cyberpunk was not a particularly popular game genre. Highly-rated cyberpunk titles were extremely rare to find. Nowadays cyberpunk games are at its golden age as people are fantasising more and more about the dystopian futuristic setting. The popularity can be explained by the fact that a dark, disturbing future teeming with poverty and high-tech seems to be the most probable scenario for our reality. But let’s hope it’s just cyberpunk aesthetics being trendy. 😅
This trend is especially visible with Cyberpunk 2077 release day being on the horizon. However, with all of the delays the horizon seems to be getting further and further away. The last delay happened after the game went gold and the publisher unravelled a huge promo campaign, which included special buses covered with signature yellow graphics roaming around London. Even the most loyal disciples of CD Projekt Red were unhappy with how much their patience was tested.
Unless yet another delay occurs, we will enter Night City on 10th of December. Whether you gave up on Cyberpunk 2077 or can’t wait to hear „Wake the f*** up Samurai, we have a city to burn” from your monitors, we’ve prepared the list of 10 best cyberpunk games on PC to try. Let the implants and neon signs absorb you. 😉 Have fun playing!
Cloudpunk - cyberpunk from the viewpoint of deliverywoman
Release date: 23 April 2020
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
In this adventure cyberpunk game you play the role of a novice courier who disguises her company as a legitimate enterprise, while getting involved in some shady business. The gameplay of Cloudpunk heavily relies on the exploration of the city, both on foot and using a flying car. And you’ll gladly do so as the setting is truly rich.
Cyberpunk metropolis Nivalis reveals itself not only with its atmospheric design and graphics, but also through its inhabitants. Thought-through characters and well-written dialogues help you dive deeper in the atmosphere and get lost in this world.
Detroit: Become Human, aka what David Cage and Philip K. Dick have in common
Release date: 25 May 2018
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4
Initially released as PlayStation 4 exclusive, Detroit Become Human hit PCs a year later to the joy of PC master race. The brainchild of Quantic Dream studio is an interactive movie about societal issues in the American city of future. The plotlines unravel around the idea of robots that acquire consciousness, feelings and consequently revolt against their masters. (Never gets too old).
The gameplay mainly focuses on exploring the surroundings and conducting investigations. The information obtained this way is used to unlock the new dialogue lines spoken by the characters. The choices you make have a huge impact on the story, so it's worth trying to discover more clues and, If possible, try completing the game more than once for a completely different experience.
Deus Ex series
Deus Ex: Human Revolution Release date: 23 June 2011
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Release date: 23 June 2016
Platforms: Deus Ex: Human Revolution - PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii / Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
When mentioning cyberpunk games, it’s impossible to leave out the Deus Ex series. This series of action games with elements of stealth consists of five titles, the first of which was released on PC in 2000. People who are just getting familiar with Deus Ex should especially pay attention to Human Revolution and Mankind Divided - action games with elements of stealth.
The plot of both parts tells about the 2020s, when chips and implants became widely available to humanity. Unfortunately, it soon became apparent that the upgrades were not always used for the purposes they were designed for. And ex-SWAT specialist Adam Jensen gets dragged into dense action.
Ghostrunner - cyberpunk ninja
Release date: 27 October 2020
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
Ghostrunner is an action game developed by Polish studio One More Level. This title welcomes us to a world destroyed as a result of the calamity. Most of the people died, while the survivors took refuge in a huge tower, created by so-called an Architect. After his unexpected death, the Keymaster Mara takes over.
Citizens are not satisfied with the cruel actions of the woman and decide to revolt against the usurper. It is now up to the protagonist to face the tyrant, thanks to his extraordinary skills. Ghostrunner is distinguished by dynamic gameplay that does not forgive mistakes. It’ll take one accurate attack on an enemy enough for you to say ‘goodbye’.
Observer: System Redux - cyberpunk horror
Release date: 10 October 2020
Platforms: PC, Xbox Series, PlayStation 5
The refreshed version of the psychological horror Observer by Bloober Team takes the player to Krakow slums. The game begins when detective Daniel Lazarski receives a letter from his missing son. During the search, the protagonist explores dark locations, looking for traces that may put him on the right track.
And here’s the catch about the way the investigation is conducted. The protagonist has a unique, but twisted ability, which perfectly fits the atmosphere of a great cyberpunk game. By hacking into the minds of suspects and victims, which allows Daniel to relieve their feelings, memories and worst fear. And that’s where the greatest danger awaits him.
Remember Me - sightseeing in futuristic Paris
Release date: 4 June, 2013
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Remember Me is one of the most underrated action games in recent years. Maintained in a cyberpunk atmosphere, it is distinguished by unique and interesting gameplay. The main advantage of the heroine is a special glove that allows her to break into people's minds and change their memories.
The combat system was also designed in an interesting way. The game allows you to create your own combinations of attacks, the individual blows of which trigger additional effects, such as health regeneration or stun.
Ruiner - Set in the brutal world of the dark future
Release date: 26 September 2017
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One,Nintendo Switch
A tactical shooter with an isometric view Ruiner is the work of the Polish studio Reikon Games. The action of the game takes place in the distant future, in 2091. This dystopia is run by a powerful conglomerate named Heaven led by The Boss. While the rich enjoy life, ordinary citizens must fight for theirs on a daily basis in a metropolis ravaged by corruption and moral decay.
The dystopian cyberpunk atmosphere fits perfectly with the brutal and dynamic combats, which feel fair and satisfying while requiring a lot of skill and good reflexes from the player. If you’re looking for a cyberpunk game with a great atmosphere, soundtrack and bloodsoaked Hotline Miami gameplay, you’re sorted.
Satellite Reign - the spiritual heir to the Syndicate series
Release date: 28 August 2015
Turns out that cyberpunk themes also work surprisingly great in real-time strategies. Satellite Reign allows players to take command of a team, which consists of four special agents operating in a huge metropolis. The game offers a lot of possibilities and flexibility as each mission can be completed in many different ways.
If you choose violent solutions, bear in mind that law enforcement officers will not remain indifferent to the actions of the heroes, which may significantly hinder the fight against the real enemy. However, we have to mention that the lack of an active pause is a big hiccup and can be a major disadvantage for some players.
System Shock series
System Shock: Enhanced Edition Release date: 22 September 2015
System Shock 2 Release date: 11 August 1999
System Shock games are a true classic. The first part of the series debuted on PC in 1994. Of course, playing such an aged title can be recommended only to true retro fans. But hey, what are remasters for? The refreshed edition of the cult immersive sim is available as System Shock: Enhanced Edition.
The chunky mechanics of the game have not changed much, but a lot of bugs were fixed and a better graphic design was implemented. It’s hard to say which one is better as both System Shock and System Shock 2 have rewarding gameplay with a learning curve, good unrelated plots and surprising amount of features for retro games.
Watch Dogs: Legion - London, reality hacking and sandbox
Release date: 29 October 2020
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series
The third and latest title of the Watch Dogs open-world action game series will take players to the streets of London, where disturbing things start occurring. The hacker group DedSec, known from the previous Watch Dogs games, is framed for carrying out bomb attacks, and the capital of Great Britain falls into the hands of the military organization Albion. As a result the remaining members of a once thriving group were forced to go underground.
Now your main mission is to find the real culprits, clear the reputation of DedSec and to fight the authoritarian regime by recruiting new members. Some may bash on Watch Dogs: Legion for bugs, for lack of multiplayer mode at launch (it’s coming though), but there’s one thing you can’t take away from it. It’s just so much fun to play. It does a great job at entertaining players with new game mechanics and beautiful views of London without pretending to be dead serious.
Bonus: Blade Runner
Release date: 21 November 1997
In 2021 we’ll be blessed to receive a remastered version of the adventure game Blade Runner, the release day of which is yet to be decided. However, nothing stops you from checking out the original version of this iconic title. Despite the fact that it is already 23 years old, it still generates praise for its masterful immersion into Ridley Scott’s cyberpunk universe.
As you dive into dystopian Los Angeles, you get into the shoes of the android hunter Roy McCoy, who investigates replicants, the humanoid robots, going rogue. If you’re a fan of the original movie, there’s no need to look for great cyberpunk games any further. Blade Runner game was unavailable in digital distribution for a very long time, but GOG saved it from oblivion.