Whilst CyberPunk 2077 has its own unique, incomparable flavour, it is always important as a Dev chef to take a look at existing recipes in order to understand what sort of cyberpunk experience players have already come across and, most importantly, what you can learn from it.
Today, I will share one of my favourite recipes for a super sleek, fast paced , 100% Cyberpunk treat for the whole family. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Dystopia and I give out the secret behind this tidbid.
Cyberpunk is served – bon appétit!
Dystopia is a full flavoured, Half Life conversion – A team-based objective-driven game that sets two teams against each other: The Punks (good guys) and the Corps (bad guys who think they’re good guys), in a very bleak futuristic dystopian world.
Think of a ‘Hi-Tech – Low life’ version of Team Fortress Classic: Add a layer of cool implants, some Cyberpunk flavouring and a generous dose of weapons that-go-boom (adjust amount depending on personal taste).
3 ingredients that make it excellent:
1 – The Cyberspace
Cyberspace is this incredibly attractive, beautifully trippy world where Hackers can take over all sorts of devices. Your actions in the CyberSpace world are reflected in the real world. Consequently, if you play as a Hacker your team will absolutely rely on your mad hacking skills to open doors or even shutdown security systems– It adds an insane amount of pressure on your little punk shoulders: Jack-in, hack stuff, trip balls and die*.
*Noob sidedish, serve cold.
2 – The maps
Gameplay challenges aside, a good Cyberpunk environment is quite tricky too make. Simply put: the world has to make sense. Dystopia manages to create some great, moody environments that make you feel as if you are part of something much, much bigger than the map you’re on. From scummy slums to the clean interior of major corporation, they have absolutely nailed it. Proper Cyberpunk isn’t just dirty neon lights or huge billboards advertising the NEUron Spanker 3000™ energy drink; it’s the sound of distant traffic, it’s the dirty posters plastered on the walls next to an old glowing generator, it’s the Punks blowing your head off with a homing robotic spider grenade.
3 – The implants
Implants make you extra cool – Full stop. Amongst many other things, they allow you to leap around like a ninja, or switch to Thermal vision for that ultimate predator feel. Dystopia’s implants complement any style of play (even mine). Implant customisation is the one ingredient most cyberpunk games have in common, but making yours unique, fun and balanced is an art that few Dev chefs have mastered.
Did I mentioned it‘s free? Go try it yourself at: http://www.dystopia-game.com
Next time we eat: A bunch of Cyborg muffins with headshot chocolate sauce.
Can you guess which game I am talking about? Write down your guesses in the comments below – The first 5 people to guess correctly will receive the game for free – BOOM!
Damien ‘CyberChef’ Monnier – DesignerTweet