Cyberpunk Sagas – Vidjagame Apocalypse 397

Cyberpunk 2077 came out hours before we recorded this week’s show, so we don’t have a lot to say about it yet. Luckily, there are tons of cyberpunk videogames not named “Cyberpunk,” so we grabbed Leif Johnson for a look at five of the greatest cyberpunk series of all time. Then it’s on to (what else?) initial impressions of Cyberpunk 2077, a smattering of movie news, the Persona 5 Strikers reveal, and the games you feel will define the PS4 era.

Question of the Week: Which setting do you find more interesting, a dark future or a bright one? For example, cyberpunk or Star Trek? The Last of Us, or Mass Effect?


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2 thoughts on “Cyberpunk Sagas – Vidjagame Apocalypse 397

  1. QotW: I find a bright future more interesting. That’s why I love Back to the Future II’s look at the future. Instead of being another bleak look at the future, they showed us it’s still Hill Valley, but futuristic (still the same ol’ HV but with advancements). It didn’t get Chrono Triggered, 1984’ed, or Blade Runner’ed, or countless other franchises where they show our future is fucked.

  2. QotW: I’ve always loved cyberpunk but at this point if I want the story of corrupt politicians, the megacorps that own them, income inequality and cool gadgets to distract the masses from long overdue civil unrest I can just read the news. Besides it’s always going to be harder to care about a Neotokyo that’s 50 years closer to climate collapse thus making everything that happens in a story that much more irrelevant in the long term. Because of that I find the mix of cynicism and idealism in post-cyberpunk paints the most interesting picture of our Bezos run futurehell. Ghost in the Shell, Deus Ex, Metal Gear and Watch_Dogs all take place in a world where the bad guys have already won but there are still people out there at least trying to figure out how to change things. To me it presents a lot more useful speculation on not how we’re fucked but how we can un-fuck ourselves.

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