Cyberpunk 2077 guide and walkthrough to get the most out of Night City

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A Cyberpunk 2077 guide and walkthrough it vital to get the best out this gigantic, open world game. Sure, you can wander the streets and see what happens but with so many main missions, side quests and general things to discover you're bound to miss something. Then there are all the systems to master with your enhancements and weapons; not to mention decisions to make and friends or enemies to create as a result. There's a lot and it's overwhelming, so this Cyberpunk 2077 guide will help you get to grips with almost everything in the game. We've broken down all of the main elements to help you understand things, and make the right choices where needed. Here's our complete Cyberpunk 2077 guide to see you on your way.

Cyberpunk 2077 review

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First up is our Cyberpunk 2077 review, from the GamesRadar+ editor, Sam Loveridge. We gave it the GR seal of approval with a 5/5:

"Cyberpunk 2077 is a paragon of open-world gaming, offering the kind of freedom to explore and define your character that provides a new pinnacle for the genre. It takes everything we celebrate about open-world games, and learns from it, implementing best-in-class variations in a world that's so dense and detailed. Add in the human-like level of reactivity and emotional depth that it brings to its narrative, and it all combines for the most spectacular experience. Take a trip to Night City immediately."

Tips

These Cyberpunk 2077 tips are the thing you need to read before you even boot up the main menu, and step foot in Night City. We've got 13 nuggets of advice here that will ensure your V gets off to a flying start, ranging from the simple but effective pointers to outside of the box tips you might now realise until you're hours into playing. If you want a good broad grounding to start you off, this is what you need to look at first. 

Mods

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If you're visiting the Night City on PC, then there are plenty of ways to modify and enhance your experience. There's a range of things you can do to make subtle tweaks, to full on major changes. From a better mini map, to a third person perspective and so much more, we've got a round up of the best Cyberpunk 2077 mods you can install.

Map

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Night City and the surrounding areas is big. If you're wondering just how big, check out our guide on the Cyberpunk 2077 map. We've got the details on all of the districts within the city, how to fast travel around, what to expect and more. 

How long it is it?

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How long Cyberpunk 2077is, is a question fans have been wondering ever since the game got announced way back near the start of the decade. However, now that it's out and we've completely beaten the game, we have an accurate answer for you in our guide all about the Cyberpunk 2077 length. Whether you want to rush through the story, or take your time, we've got an answer for you.

How many acts are there?

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On a similar note to the length guide above, we also have an article that covers how many acts are in Cyberpunk 2077. On top of the prologue and epilogue, there are a few acts that divide the story into sections, and we've got the answer here. The open nature of the game and quests can make it hard to get a read on where you are in terms of progress and now knowing how many acts there are, can help.

Which lifepath to choose?

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This is another guide you should absolutely read before starting the game, because it's a big choice you have to make right up front. Knowing which Cyberpunk 2077 lifepath to pick is a big deal as it's a back story that defines who you are for the rest of the game. You have three options – Corpo, Street Kid, or Nomad – and each one has a unique intro mission, plus different dialogue options and some romance choices throughout the story.

How to make money

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Racking up the bucks is important in Night City because you need eurodollars - or eddies for short - to buy things like cars, weapons, implants, upgrades, and more. It's surprisingly hard to get a lot of cash at the start though, so make sure you check out our guide on how to make money in Cyberpunk 2077 for some advice. While you might be rolling in money by the end of the game, it's not an easy journey and we can help you get there faster. 

Can you steal cars?

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While you might be expecting this to work a little like GTA when it comes to cars - I like this car, I'm going to take it - but unfortunately it isn't quite as simple as just stealing the best vehicles off the street. For more information, check out our guide on how to steal cars in Cyberpunk 2077.

Hacking explained

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It's obviously vital to master Cyberpunk 2077 hacking systems as fast as possible because hacking plays such a crucial role in the game. Learning it, and getting good at it as fast as possible is vital for success. From jacking into computers and stealing money, to distracting enemies or shocking them for a high amount of damage, we've got everything you need to know.

Weapons

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There are a lot of Cyberpunk 2077 weapons to choose from. You've got your standard assault rifles and submachine guns, powerful shotguns and sniper rifles, melee weapons, pistols, and more. Guns also come in three types – Power, Tech, and Smart – so our guide has everything you need to know, along with some of the best weapons we've discovered during our time with the game.

Character builds

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On a similar note, what about your style of play and the attributes, skills, and perks you need to focus on a single playstyle? Our guide on Cyberpunk 2077 builds explains how everything works and also has three suggestions on builds to aim for, along with the best perks and weapons to use.

How to respec

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Unfortunately, you can't redistribute your attributes and perks whenever you like in this game like you can in some others. It is possible to do it, but you need to get something very specific and it costs a lot of money, so read up on how to respec in Cyberpunk 2077 with our guide.

How to holster your weapon

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A simple one here, but a question many people are asking because it's not immediately obvious. If you are unsure how to holster your weapon in Cyberpunk 2077 this guide has the short but sweet answer for you on how to put your gun away and stop scaring the civilians of Night City.

How to change your appearance

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Can you change what you look like? That's another question that everyone is wondering, because while the game has a detailed character creator at the beginning, you're not told where to go to change that later down the line. Our Cyberpunk 2077 change appearance guide is here to help.

Where are the Mantis Blades?

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One of the best melee weapons in the game, the Cyberpunk 2077 Mantis Blades are essentially enormous swords attached to your arms. Of course, they look utterly badass and they deal some serious damage, but how do you get them? All is explained in our guide.

Story walkthroughs

A word of warning: these guides are all related to the story, some more than others. This means there will be spoilers from here onwards. Some will be minor, some will be major, but stop reading here if you want to play the story without knowing anything.

The Pickup

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One of the first missions you can approach from multiple angles is Cyberpunk 2077 The Pickup. This sees yourself and Jackie enter All Foods to acquire a robot from Maelstrom, but it has a lot of different ways it can play out. Read our guide to get a full understanding.

How to free Brick

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During The Pickup, there's an optional objective you can complete which involves rescuing Brick, the ex-leader of Maelstrom who Royce so kindly locked up. Here we explain how to free brick in Cyberpunk 2077 - how to get the door open, get into the room and turn off the laser mine to save him.

The Information

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The Cyberpunk 2077 The Information braindance is an early mission that has you enter the first braindance of the game, which can be a confusing prospect at first, so use our guide to make sure you're not missing anything when searching for the relic in Arasaka Tower.

The Hideo Kojima cameo

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Yep, you read that right; everyone's favourite game developer appears in the game and you can find him quite early on. He's tucked away though so make sure you read up on our Cyberpunk 2077 Hideo Kojima cameo guide to know where to find him.

Do you cut Dex out?

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One decision you'll need to make during the prologue is whether or not tell Dex that Evelyn wanted to cut him out during The Heist. Your choice here can affect certain aspects of the game. So, should you cut Dex out in Cyberpunk 2077? Read our guide to learn more.

Happy Together

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The Cyberpunk 2077 Happy Together mission begins shortly after you leave your apartment for the first time, when you can talk to the NCPD officers trying to speak to someone who lives below you. It's easy to get the bad ending in this mission, so follow our guide to ensure you have the best outcome.

The Gig

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When you get the Cyberpunk 2077 The Gig mission, all you need to do is wait for lockdown to end. Afterwards, you can collect two rewards from Wakako and Cassius Ryder, but some players are finding this confusing, and sometimes bugged, so our guide is here to help.

Human Nature

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The Cyberpunk 2077 Human Nature mission is another one you'll get shortly after the prologue, and it involves getting your car back after Delamain – the AI driving assistant you'd previously met – went rogue and crashed into your car. We've got the lowdown on how this mission works.

Should you punch Fingers?

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It can be incredibly tempting to sucker punch Fingers straight in his jaw when you meet him alongside Judy, but is it the right thing to do? Our guide will help with the question, should you punch Fingers in Cyberpunk 2077? It'll shed some light on the situation, including any potential consequences.

Should you pick Angel or Skye

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During the Automatic Love mission, you have the option of picking Angel or Skye at the reception desk. Who should you pick? Does it even matter? We've got all the information you need for which doll you should pick at Clouds with our Cyberpunk 2077 Angel or Skye guide.

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