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June 11th, 2019, 21:10
The footage is introduced as "Still work in progress," which makes sense considering Cyberpunk is an April 16, 2020 game.

( Full here: https://www.ign.com/articles/2019/06…e-e3-2019-demo)

"Once we're ready to show this to the public, we will."

Cyberpunk is a narrative-driven open-world action RPG.

They're going to focus on the gameplay mechanics this time.

Roughly 50 minutes of brand-new gameplay will be shown.

You play as V.

The demo is from the middle of the game. V has been implanted - against his will - with a biochip that holds the secret to immortality.

He's BEING HAUNTED BY A DIGITAL GHOST NAMED JOHNNY SILVERHAND! (This confirms he's dead.)

V is getting help from a group of "net-tunners" named the Voodoo Boys.

You can change V's hair color, skin color, eye color, and facial features. There are lots of facial customization options.

Silverhand, when you leave the customization menu: "Come on, you really think they give a rat's dick how you look?"

When V meets the Voodoo Boys at a chapel, they reveal they have Haitian ties.

We're moving through a huge crowd in a chapel as a preacher gives a sermon.

When meeting your Voodoo Boys contact, the "street kid" life path choice opened up an alternate dialogue option.

The contact directs you to a butcher shop to ask for someone named Placide.

Graffiti on the wall says, "Where's Johnny?"

The demo takes place in the Pacifica region of the city, which was initially supposed to be fancy but investors pulled out and left it a wreck.

There's real-time translation of someone talking to you in Creol, thanks to an implant chip. They speak it and you just read subtitles.

You meet Placide, who then leads you somewhere to give you a job.

We are trying to learn more about the chip on our head. It's repeated that it's not there by V's choice.

Pacifica looks like an extremely run-down boardwalk-ish district – a little like Santa Monica, CA. We see hotels, a Ferris wheel, and flamingo statues.

A rival gang called the Animals have moved into a rundown mall called the GIM.

We head to a hotel converted into a tech Haven and visit a shopkeeper, called Grann's Tech Shop.

There are lots of shops to find, and more stuff unlocks as your street cred goes up.

This character is getting nettunners' stuff since in this case we're playing as a nettunner.

To clarify the Silverhand thing mentioned earlier, he is literally just a voice in your head like a narrator – at least so far.

There are lots of clothing customization options.

We bought something called "Demon Software" (maybe daemon?) that gave us a new ability when equipped.

Placide leads us to an office to talk, where he tells us to take a job before he'll tell us anything more.

We jacked into Placide's computer system. We're told we didn't have to and that could have backfired if he then took advantage of it, but we did it anyway just to look up info on that chip you want to know about.

You'd taken a bullet to the brain at some point and the chip supposedly stopped working.

Oh wow, Silverhand is like a hologram chilling behind Placide during this whole conversation. He looks exactly like he did in the trailer. He has a little blue tint and is glitching out. He makes occasional comments.

Placide's mission lets him use you so he can see what you see as you head to the GIM to liberate it from the Animals.

Someone has equipped the Animals with high-tech gear, which is super weird, so you've gotta find out who and why.

Now Placide is also talking to you through your head. It's getting crowded in here.

There's a fully dynamic day and night cycle. Sunset looks nice.

We come across a YAIBI KUZANAKI motorcycle and riding it. It's the one from the collector's edition. Motorcycle driving looks fairly arcadey and sort of stiff.

You can change the radio to listen to different stations and can swap between first and third-person perspectives.

You can travel across the whole world freely and seamlessly with no loading screens.

We meet up with some Voodoo Boy lookouts outside the GIM mall.

We driving around a huge parking lot to go in through the back entrance for a stealthier approach. That's optional.

The Animals value strength and drink something called "juice" that makes them crazy strong.

As we sneak by guards, they all have "18" next to their names – most likely a level indicator.

Animal guards go to attack the Voodoo Boys scouts, who've been discovered, so we snuck by after they leave.

V is holding what looks like an SMG with a red dot sight right now, but we haven't fought anybody yet.

We're looking for the high-tech van now.

We grab a guard stealthily; we can either kill him or dispose of him in a non-lethal way. In this case, we toss him down a nearby garbage chute.

"Players can play the entire game without killing an enemy if you wish." Non-lethal runs, here we come!

There's a locked door. You could physically open it, but since this player character is a hacker we found a terminal to hack it. Hacking minigame confirmed!

There's a grid of hex codes that you pick out the right ones for. Completing the basic level will give you access but you can get more optional benefits for doing even better.

We come across some Animal guards boxing against a bot. We use a "quick hack" from afar on the bot to turn up the difficulty and it knocked the dude out cold. It's super funny and still stealthy.

We quick-hacked a drink machine to drop soda, causing a noise that distracted some dudes. Then we used a crazy laser cord thing to kill them stealthily from behind, including slicing an arm off.

We found the van!

Cyberpunk 2077 has a "fluid class system" that allows you to mix and match abilities.

We're now using a developer tool to go back to the middle of the mission to replay it as a more strength-focused version of V to open that door by force.

This opened a new path that skipped the guys we had to sneak by entirely.

Now we've skipped back to the van, and we're eavesdropping on some Animals but we are not listening too long in the interest of time.

We're still trying to be stealthy, but we used our strength to do a melee takedown on a guy and stab someone with a broken bottle. Sliced the heck out of 'em.

You can use perk points earned on level-ups to upgrade a number of categories: blades, rifles, handguns, assassination, cold-blood, sniper rifles, engineering, hacking, shotgun melee, two-handed, and maybe one more I didn't have time to write down. The level-up skill tree is a branching thing that looks like a motherboard almost, with cables going out from the center.

Another strength move: using an enemy as a bullet shield, ripping away an enemy's gun and using it.

There's some cool, bloody feedback when hitting people.

We just went on a crazy killing spree!

We shot a dude in the knee and it made him limp.

Now we're switching back to wimpy old nettunner V, who'd snuck to the van. It turns out to be from NetWatch, an agency dedicated to fighting cybercrime. This is Netwatch's attempt to bring down the Voodoo Boys by surveilling them with that van.

That laser cable is called a monowire. It's held like a garrot and can be used to hack people from afar.

Perks also affect dialogue options.



We are now going after the nettunners from Netwatch who're behind this.

We're back to using that SMG, and we hacked a turret to fight for us.

Then, using the demon we bought, we hacked someone and gave it to them. That made him pull the pin on a grenade he was holding, killing him. Hacking made someone else shut themselves down, too.

We used a buff to move faster.

We zoomed in to eavesdrop on Sasquatch, the leader of the Animals. She has a huge hammer and uses it in a cool boss fight. She has a weak point glowing on her back that you have to shoot at after dodging her attack. Breaking it cut off her juice supply, making her too weak to hold the hammer.

She's not done yet: she grabbed and hacked us.

If the hack finishes (it's a bar at the top of the screen) we'd straight-up die, but we managed to kill her first.

The environments are fairly destructible, with walls and pieces of cover getting torn up with bullet holes during a fight.

After that battle we headed into a movie theater, but we got cut off from Placide. There, we found the NetWatch special agent. He wants to talk to you in private, so he severed the connection to Placide. He tells you NetWatch wants to buy you out, and that Placide plans to kill you after the job.

NPCs will interject with quick lines while they wait for you to choose a dialogue option.

You have the choice to incapacitate the agent, ask him to back up the claim, use your Street Kid option to relate to the Voodoo Boys, and a few others.

We choose to incapacitate and hack him to free Brigette, who is the person you've been trying to get a meeting with.

You get knocked out. When you reboot, Johnny is there to talk. He says the NetWatch guy was right, as soon as you gave him access Placide fried everyone on the network, including us.

We looted several individual piles of money on the table and left the mall. The Voodoo Boy outside offered to give us a ride back to Placide.

A loading screen was shown just for fast travel. Again, you can otherwise go through the entire game without loading screens.



Brigitte is back with Placide when we get there, and she knows about the chip.

We are looking to talk to Alt Cunningham (an established Cyberpunk character) about it.

Alt was the first person to make themselves into a fully digital consciousness.

Brigitte leads you to the heart of the Voodoo hideout.

We're using Johnny as bait to draw put Cunningham, getting into an ice bath to go into cyberspace. The world disappears then comes back as a wacky digital version that looks like Tron mixed with the Matrix.

Unraveling the mystery of the chip is a big part of the plot.

And with that, the demo is over!
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June 12th, 2019, 12:19
FZ.se did a walkthrough of the demo too. They though the combat looked better than last year but really disliked the boss fight. They also thought the graphics was somewhat tuned down in comparison to last years presentation.
We will be able to watch the demo in August.
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https://www.pcgamer.com/you-can-fini…illing-anyone/

"You can finish Cyberpunk 2077 without killing anyone"
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June 12th, 2019, 14:43
Originally Posted by BoboTheMighty View Post
V is getting help from a group of "net-tunners" named the Voodoo Boys.
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Originally Posted by BoboTheMighty View Post
"Where's Johnny?"
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You can use perk points earned on level-ups to upgrade a number of categories: blades, rifles, handguns, assassination, cold-blood, sniper rifles, engineering, hacking, shotgun melee, two-handed, and maybe one more I didn't have time to write down. The level-up skill tree is a branching thing that looks like a motherboard almost, with cables going out from the center.

Perks also affect dialogue options.

NPCs will interject with quick lines while they wait for you to choose a dialogue option.

You have the choice to incapacitate the agent, ask him to back up the claim, use your Street Kid option to relate to the Voodoo Boys, and a few others.
RPG confirmed.

A loading screen was shown just for fast travel. Again, you can otherwise go through the entire game without loading screens.
Optimized code instead of Ubisoft bloatware confirmed.

Originally Posted by vurt View Post
FZ.se did a walkthrough of the demo too. They though the combat looked better than last year but really disliked the boss fight.

"You can finish Cyberpunk 2077 without killing anyone"
1+1=2 aka FZ disliked the fact the game is finishable without kills.
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1+1=4323 in your case because that's a really odd conclusion.

Fanboys will be fanboys, but it's hurting these games. If people instead were willing to criticize at an early stage so that things can be made better, then we would end up with better games.

It seems however that CDP made some type of questionnaire for the journalists where they should write what they didn't like.. So at least FZ were smart enough to tell them about the problems for the boss fight (sluggish, extremely dumb A.I etc). I hope other journalist did their duty too instead of acting like dumb tools / fanboys.
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June 12th, 2019, 15:32
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https://www.pcgamer.com/you-can-fini…illing-anyone/

"You can finish Cyberpunk 2077 without killing anyone"
Ok fine, but I won't come to this game only to "stealth" levels and put enemies to sleep. Haha, no way!!!
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Ok fine, but I won't come to this game only to "stealth" levels and put enemies to sleep. Haha, no way!!!
yeah.. but its still cool that its possible.

Joxer is willing to defend combat / boss shortcomings with "but you don't NEED to fight, so it doesn't need to be good!"

Fanboyism is going strong on this forum sometimes.
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June 12th, 2019, 15:54
What are you talking about. Never cared about bosses, always cared about trolling journalist amateurism. When I have time. And I don't really.

What I do care about the most is that noone after the demo was done with concluded "this game needs reshade".
That'd be malware antifanboyism going so strong on this forum I guess…
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It's not real journalism when they do their duty and report what they actually see instead of acting like dumb fanboys and just say "it's 100% perfect - don't change anything"?

Please don't ever consider being a journalist, there are plenty of your kind already.
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Color me confused again.
I'll sit back and wait till JDR decyphers that mindset, I'm overworked and too tired.
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yeah.. but its still cool that its possible.
Personally, I was never a great fan of heavily stealth games. I never played the Thief series, and even in Deus Ex the first (which I finished) almost everytime I tried to be the stealthy guy the things don't exactly happened the way I planned to

Fact is I'm not that good at being stealthy. I quite often got tired of "waiting that sentinel to turn around that corner" and then I just entered guns-ablazing mode.

Having said that, while a lot of people may find the inclusion of a "no killing mode" a desirable feature I confess you that's not among my "top 10 features I most look for" when on gaming.

Of course, I agree with you that's really cool this is possible. The more, the better.
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1+1=4323 in your case because that's a really odd conclusion.

Fanboys will be fanboys, but it's hurting these games. If people instead were willing to criticize at an early stage so that things can be made better, then we would end up with better games.

It seems however that CDP made some type of questionnaire for the journalists where they should write what they didn't like.. So at least FZ were smart enough to tell them about the problems for the boss fight (sluggish, extremely dumb A.I etc). I hope other journalist did their duty too instead of acting like dumb tools / fanboys.
Would we have “better” games? Which definition would change depending on who you ask.

Or would we more likely just have games molded by the loudest critics?
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Would we have “better” games? Which definition would change depending on who you ask.

Or would we more likely just have games molded by the loudest critics?
That and the fact that just because someone has an idea doesn't make it a good one. I prefer the developers to do what they do. Sure some feedback is good but not when they cave to appease the loudest. Often fans/gamers don't know their ass from a hole in the ground.
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Would we have “better” games? Which definition would change depending on who you ask.

Or would we more likely just have games molded by the loudest critics?
Developers are not robots or slaves to the general public though, they're not forced to act like such either.

Getting an overall idea of how they're doing isn't a bad idea, giving constructive criticism where due is also never a bad idea because it might be something they've overlooked. In this case i guess they wanted a more general idea of how people see their game. Is the main complaint about combat, AI or is it something else.

In the hardware industry this is often quite annoying too when they don't listen. The buyers want feature X and Y. No one wants feature Z. We end up with feature Z and a poor version of feature X. So the product sells poorly, it gets criticized. After a year Mark II is released with the things the buyers wanted in the first place.

I'm constantly reminding modular synth designers that they should listen more, ask more, before they finalize the product. Sometimes i've given advice (things that i personally think would be common sense to include but completely overlooked by the designer). More than once i've now ended up in the manual with a thank you + a free module.

@joxer: well it was hard to take that as anything else than fanboy talk, that you disliked FZ because they had concerns about the combat (boss fight).. we dont need fanboys as journalists, we need journalists that do their duty and just report what they see and experience.
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I have yet to see a journalist and not fanboy writing about Dark Souls.
Then again, no journalist has time and patience for QTE2.0.
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What's QTE about DS? You clearly have never played it since there are no QTE events in that game, quite the opposite.
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