This post will be updated from time to time as new things are added to the game.
Cyberpunk 2077 has a lot of things going for it that make it hard to put down, from weapons to combat to the vast landscape you can traverse.
In fact there's so much stuff you can do in Cyberpunk 2077 that we felt it was prudent to put together a guide on what it is and what it entails. So, what is Cyberpunk 2077 besides a crazy near future dystopia filled with weapons and bionic human beings?
In short it's a very lively world that you can now be a part of. But let's break it all down further. As there's a lot to cover with this game even with no DLC being available for it yet.
What is Cyberpunk 2077?
Cyberpunk 2077 is the latest game from CD Projekt Red, the makers of The Witcher 3. It's set in a near future version of the state of the world, and is specifically set in Night City, which is a mega city in California.
At its core Cyberpunk 2077 is a role playing game, but it's also an FPS game as it features FPS combat because it is in first-person view and you can use a lot of guns. Though there are more weapons in Cyberpunk 2077 to use than guns and how you play can be a varied adventure.
How many different weapons are there in Cyberpunk 2077?
I don't have an exact number on how many different weapons there are. But, there are many different weapons in Cyberpunk 2077.
There are a handful of different types of weapons and then it spiders out from there with more weapons in each specific category. This includes shotguns, assault rifles, SMGs, pistols, revolvers, snipers, heavy machine guns, precision rifles, and light machine guns.
And those are just the guns themselves. There's also a set of melee weapons which includes knives, long blades, one-handed clubs, katanas, two-handed clubs, and hammers.
The weapons in Cyberpunk 2077 are then further broken down into sub-categories, which includes smart weapons, power weapons, and tech weapons. Although this doesn't really apply to the melee weapons at all.
Beyond the range and melee and ranged weapons that you actually hold in your hands, you have the cyberware mods you can use to attack. This includes the gorilla arms, the mantis blades, the projectile launch system (tiny rockets) and the monowire which is basically a set of tiny whips that come out of your hands which can deal increased damage if you charge them up.
There's also numerous types of grenades at your disposal, and if you feel like going about things as stealth and as hands-off as possible, you can dive head first into the quickhacks and kill/incapacitate everything using software via your hacking abilities. This is a very fun way to play but it takes a little more time usually as you have to wait a few seconds or more before each hack is completed. They also have cooldowns.
This is as opposed to just rushing in and slicing everything to bits with a katana or mowing down enemies with your favorite gun.
Which weapons in Cyberpunk 2077 are the strongest?
This really all depends on which attributes you build out and which perk trees you put points into. All the weapons in the game have the ability to be incredibly powerful to the point that you can take on anything.
As long as you pay attention to the perks you're unlocking and the mods you slot into your clothing and weapons of choice, you'll end up being a damage machine pumping out the pain to anyone that stands in your way.
Vehicles in Cyberpunk 2077 have a stash for weapons and other items
Your apartment in the H10 mega building will have its own stash. This is the first apartment that you have access to in the beginning of the game. And while you can keep all of your items there that you aren't going to want to keep on your person, you can also stash them in your vehicles.
Most or all vehicles have a stash. Which makes all of the items you store away much more readily available. The stash between the vehicles and your apartment is also shared. So there's no reason to go back to your apartment just for this.
You can also both buy and acquire vehicles for free. So keep this in mind as you progress through the game and look to pick up new wheels.
What platforms is Cyberpunk 2077 available on?
Every major platform out there, save for the Nintendo Switch. You can play Cyberpunk 2077 on PS4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, PC, and Stadia.
The digital version of the game has been pulled off of the PlayStation store though due to complaints about bugs and because of how poorly it has been running on the original models of the current-gen consoles. So if you're playing on a PS4 or Xbox One, the recommendation is to play it only if you have the PS4 Pro or Xbox One X. And not the original models. You will also need to track down a physical copy of the game on PS4 or PS5 if you haven't already purchased it.
If you're playing on PC, you can grab Cyberpunk 2077 from Steam, GOG, and the Epic Games Store. And you can even play it through GeForce NOW on your mobile device if you did buy the game on PC.
If you bought it via Stadia, you can play it on any device where you can play any of your other Stadia games.
How much does the game cost?
You can find Cyberpunk 2077 at varying prices, but the usual rate for the game is going to be $60 right now for the full retail price of the Standard Edition. Whether it's digital or not.
That being said, there are of course exceptions. You can find the physical copies of the game at a discount if you look in the right spot. And before long the digital version of the game will go on sale on various platforms. Though not necessarily all at the same time.
Are there next-gen versions of the game for consoles?
That being said, there's no confirmation on exact release dates. The studio will no doubt be spending lots of time pushing out patches that contain fixes for bugs. While simultaneously working on future DLC content for the game.
So when the next-gen console upgrades of the game are available is anyone's guess. The good news is that once those versions release, they'll be free upgrades. So you won't need to buy them.
Does Cyberpunk 2077 have multiple playable class types?
Yes and no. There are three different life paths you can choose from in the beginning of the game when creating your character. Nomad, Street Kid, and Corpo.
Each of these begins with a different intro to the game and affords you a unique beginning mission. But other than that most of the game is the same no matter which life path you choose. Though each life path does have some unique dialogue that you won't get with the other paths. Basically, pick the life path that you personally resonate with the most as it won't change that much.
When it comes to actual class types, there aren't really different classes. The variety comes in the way that you go about getting through the game. And by this we mean how you engage in combat. You can go in guns blazing with tech and power weapons, or spec into the tree that you lets you use smart weapons. Which have ridiculously overpowered homing bullets.
Or you can basically run around as a modern day Samurai warrior slicing everything up. There are also builds that are geared more towards stealth. As well as fist fighting, and hacking if you prefer the more Cyberpunk-themed futuristic combat style of using software to hack enemies brains and do all sorts of wild stuff. Like making their grenades detonate in their hand or frying their synapses.
Is there a multiplayer mode?
No. As of right now the game is entirely a single player experience. However, there are rumors of a multiplayer mode at some point. That being said nothing on that is technically concrete yet.
So it's best to think of Cyberpunk 2077 as a completely solo adventure until an official announcement is made that a multiplayer mode is being released.
Is there a new game+ mode?
Unfortunately, no. Whether or not CD Projekt Red ever decides to add one is also a mystery. Once you finish the game, you can continue playing as it puts you back to the moment right before the "Point of No Return" that leads to the game ending missions.
At this point you can freely roam around the city some more and finish off any additional quests that you have not yet completed. You can also go back to do the other game endings. As there are different endings that you can get based on your character's choices.
There's also a secret ending that you can get but you have to make very specific responses to Johnny Silverhand during your conversations with him throughout the game.
You can also replay the game and choose a different life path. Though keep in mind that as noted above this doesn't really change a whole lot. So the replay value of the game while there, does not include a new game+ mode.
All that said you can change the game's difficulty at any point. Even in the middle of it. So if you want to play things on a harder setting, you can do that.
What is character progression like?
Your character will have two different main things to focus on in terms of progression. There are five different attributes to dump points into, and each attribute has two or three different sub-trees which have a ton of perks. You will have separate points to spend for the perks and they are not shared with the attribute points. So you can spend your attribute points without worrying that it'll take away from your perk unlocks.
The attributes you have at your disposal are as follows.
The Body attribute focuses on things like your strength and overall health points, and it has three different perk trees. These include Athletics, Annihilation, and Street Brawler. For the most part this is the tree to focus on if you want a high amount of max health, and you want the ability to pull open certain locked doors as well as increase your damage output for hand-to-hand combat.
There's also the Reflexes attribute which focuses on your ability to use certain types of weapons. This also includes three perk trees which are Assault, Handguns, and Blades. Points dumped into this attribute can increase crit chance and evasion as well as movement speed. And perks in any of the three trees can play into how efficient you are with the corresponding weapons.
Technical Ability is all about crafting and engineering. Increasing this attribute can help you unlock certain doors, increase your armor, and opens up the ability to use turrets and tech weapons.
It has two perk trees, Crafting and Engineering. If you want to craft your own weapons, clothing, mods, and anything else the game lets you craft, build this attribute out alongside its two perk trees. Though, crafting is more useful than engineering. Especially since many of the best weapons in the game can be crafted if you have the legendary crafting perk unlocked.
Cool is an attribute that focuses on crit damage, stealth damage, monowire damage, and gives you dialogue options that allow you to stay level-headed.
This contains the Stealth and Cold Blood perk trees. Stealth perks play a lot into helping reduce your enemy detection. Meanwhile Cold Blood includes perks that range from boosting your health with stacks of Cold Blood active to increasing your damage output with certain weapon types. This is a great perk tree to focus on if you want to use blades like the katana, and works really well in conjunction with the Blades perk tree in the Reflexes attribute.
Lastly there's the Intelligence attribute which includes the Breach Protocol and Quickhacking perk trees. Raising your intelligence can help you with certain dialogue choices and increase your cyberdeck ram, as well as make your quickhacks more powerful and last for longer durations.
Focus on this attribute if you want to approach combat with less actual battle engagement. Quickhacking also works very well with Stealth and can help keep you out of harms way.
Skills are separate from your attributes and perks. And will be tied to your efficiency with swords, quickhacks, etc. These increase the more that you use them. So as an example, if you run around killing everything with swords from start to finish, your skill with swords will be very high by the time you reach the end of the game.
Can you respec your attributes and perk trees?
You can respec your perk trees, but you cannot respec your attributes. This is important for a couple of different reasons. It'll have an impact on certain items you can use or at the very least use more efficiently for one.
It can also impact your ability to attain certain trophies or achievements. Because there are some that are tied to specific cyberware that can only be used if related attributes are high enough.
That being said, distribute your attribute points wisely. As there's no way to change them later on. Your only recourse would be to play the game again and distribute those points differently. Another alternative would be to create a save game state somewhere in the middle of the game when you still have enough attribute points to max out at least one of the attributes.
If you always keep that save untouched, you can go back to it and place points in different attributes to wrap up any remaining trophies or achievements you may not have yet.
You also likely can't get every trophy or achievement in a single play through. So you may actually need to play through some content over again.
Make sure to grab everything you can early on
Cyberpunk 2077 has more to offer you than just an arsenal of weapons so large you'll salivate over all the ways you can smite your foes. And you want to grab all of it, really. At least for half of the game.
If you're going to play the game legitimately, which means staying away from the method to make insane amounts of money very quickly that we covered in our guides, then you want make sure and grab everything you can.
Drops from enemies, items from chests, and random loot that's just laying around. Grab it all because if it doesn't sell for much, you can probably dismantle it for materials for crafting and/or upgrades.
If it doesn't give you materials, you can sell it. And this will go a very long way to giving you everything you need to move up in the world of Night City. Quests alone probably won't get you all the money you will ever need. Especially when you go for the trophy/achievement where you need to buy all the cars. Some of which are very expensive.
Utilize the skip time feature
Skipping time in the game can have many uses. Whether you're trying to refresh vendor stock or money so you can sell more stuff, or you're trying to get quest steps to populate.
You will NEED to use skip time at some point during your play through. If you get stuck on a particular quest that requires it to be a certain time of day or night, skip time is your friend. You can also choose to go around the city and do other stuff and let time just pass at a normal pace.
But keep in mind that if you want to progress more quickly, the skip time feature is there to assist. So don't forget about it.
Don't get rid of any of the iconic weapons that Cyberpunk 2077 has on offer
You cannot get iconic weapons back. Ever. So if you dismantle them, they're gone for good unless you start a fresh game save. The same thing will happen if you sell these weapons to a vendor and then leave the area.
Many of the iconic weapons are also the ones that you need in your apartment stash to fill out those empty weapons slots on the wall. So if you want a cool screenshot or video clip where the wall is completely filled out, keep all of these weapons.
Aside from that, many of the iconic weapons are some of the best in the game. And they can be upgraded to legendary which makes them pack even more of a punch.
Always accept every quest, even if you don't want to do them right away
Throughout the game you'll have the option to grab certain side quests. These generally come in through the form of phone calls from NPC characters. And you usually will have a choice in the dialogue that says you're willing to help or you don't have time.
It's a good practice to choose the former. Because even if you do accept a quest, you don't have to do it right away. You can always accept it and come back to it at a later point in the game. But it's a little unclear if you can reacquire any quests that you turn down during these dialogue choices.
But, since you can always come back to a quest you have accepted, there's no reason not to offer your help on every single one that comes your way.
Vendor inventory will change on a daily basis
This is an important detail to make note of because you can get a lot of great stuff from vendors. Weapons, quickhacks, clothing, crafting recipes, vendors in Cyberpunk 2077 have pretty much all of it. But they won't always have the same things.
Some days they will offer better versions of an item they had the day before. Some days they'll have entirely different items that they didn't have the day before.
Case in point, check back at vendors often if you're looking for better gear or stuff you don't already have. This is where the skip time feature comes in handy again as it will refresh vendor stock. And sometimes that stock is different and/or better.