Incapacitate the Cyberpunk 2077 NetWatch Agent or let him take the data?

Cyberpunk 2077 incapacitate Agent or let him take the data?
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The Cyberpunk 2077 I Walk the Line mission presents you with a choice when it comes to deciding your approach, so you can either incapacitate the NetWatch Agent or let him take the data. Clearly there's a big difference between those two methods, so you'll want to know the difference and which is best. Although each decision gives a significantly different outcome in the short term, there aren't too many far-reaching consequences that you need to be concerned about beyond the next mission. The approach you take will influence your standing with either the Voodoo Boys or NetWatch, and it's an exclusive choice as you can't please them both. If you need some pointers to pick your route then I'm here to explain the consequences, so here are the different ways to deal with the NetWatch Agent in Cyberpunk 2077.

Incapacitate the NetWatch Agent or let him take the data

Cyberpunk 2077 Incapacitate the NetWatch Agent or take the data

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It might seem like a strange decision to co-operate with the NetWatch Agent and let him take the data given that he just tried to kill you. But he explains that the Voodoo Boys will ditch you as soon as they don't need you, offers to remove the virus they put inside you, and release both Brigitte and Ti Neptune. All you need to do is let the him walk away with the data. Pick that option and, while Johnny isn't happy, you do get to walk out of the shopping mall without everyone trying to kill you.

Alternatively, you can punch him. You'll jack into him when he's unconscious on the floor, but your systems get rebooted and you wake up after a short while and discover Placide backstabbed you - roasting all the NetWatch agents through you, while trying to kill you in the process. From there, you can leave the mall, then return to Placide and confront both him and Brigitte.

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Cyberpunk 2077 NetWatch Agent

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At the end of the next mission, Transmission, when you come around in the ice bath one of two things can happen. If you sided with the NetWatch Agent during I Walk The Line, all the Voodoo Boys will be dead around you. You can sneak or fight your way out, until you re-enter the chapel and have a boss fight with Placide. On the other hand, if you punched the NetWatch Agent, everyone is alive and you'll be able to leave peacefully without any fights. 

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