After a long-awaited arrival, Cyberpunk 2077 is finally here. Explore Night City as you weave your way through the ranks of the criminal underground in search of fame, glory and wealth. Cyberpunk 2077 is a seemingly endless series of side jobs, missions and events that will keep players busy for hours. In the early game, there is almost too much to worry about. Follow these 10 essential tips to improve your Cyberpunk career off the ground.
Don’t dwell on character creation
Cyberpunk 2077 has an incredibly deep and immersive character creation screen. While players are forced to take on the persona of a character named “V”
While it’s fun to dive deep into character creation, it’s important not to stick with it. Remember, Cyberpunk 2077 is primarily a first person game. Plus, V will most likely be wearing other gear that covers your face. The only time you really see V’s face is when you are in contact with mirrors or reflective surfaces.
Adjust your settings
You shouldn’t expect it Cyberpunk’s gun fights to be as fluid as games Duty and Battlefield, where it is the primary focus. Fortunately, players can make minor adjustments to their sensitivity sliders to give them their ideal recording experience. However, there are a few things to keep in mind:
- Zoom sensitivity is the ADS sensitivity in general.
- Don’t drop your dead zone too low. This can cause problems with stick drift and can make V spin in circles.
- The response curve is not like Duty. Playing on super high sensitivities can do more harm than good.
Cyberpunk’s gunfights takes some getting used to. Adjust your settings until you find a happy medium.
Outside of gunfights, there are a few other settings you may want to change. Cyberpunk is plagued with all kinds of bugs and glitches. While future patches will hopefully fix these, there is a clear discrepancy between last-generation performance and next-generation performance. If you’re playing on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, it helps to turn off some visual enhancements such as depth of field and field grain. While the game may not look that smooth, it can help with the crash.
Don’t skip the tutorials
As mentioned above, Cyberpunk’s gunfights takes some getting used to. However, players need to understand hacking, stealth, and hand-to-hand combat to survive Cyberpunk’s opening mission. Jackie gives V a chip to plant that opens a combat training simulation. Here, V learns basic game mechanics such as taking cover, shooting and hacking.
After completing the first two, V can exit the simulation. This is not recommended. There are two more modules that V can complete. This is where the simulation starts by combing different things that you have learned in more specific scenarios. You will have to hack, sneak and fight at the same time. You can spend the time completing the tutorial or learn the same lessons in a difficult way.
V’s cybernetic eye scan is reminiscent of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s in the Terminator franchise. It is important that you scan everything at all times. There’s no point running into a room full of enemies if V has the ability to hack into the technology around them. Scanning also detects consumables and collectibles that V can retrieve. You will be able to learn about the different connections of NPCs and determine whether they are hostile or not. However, it’s safe to assume that everyone in Night City is hostile in some way.
You can also quickly scan the environment by pressing the Scan button. This will send a scan pulse and mark POIs or useful items. Use the quick scan to mark valuable items that V can go back and grab when dealing with threats in the area.
Master the infringement protocol
As mentioned above, scanning the environment is how V will hack technology Cyberpunk 2077. Hacking is the key to survival, and breach protocols are the key to hacking. It will be loosely explained during the hacking tutorial, and you will likely learn how to properly troubleshoot infringement protocols through trial and error. Hopefully the following examples will clarify some things.
Consider infringement protocols such as simple sudoku. You must enter codes that differ between rows and columns. When you start a breakthrough, you either start in a row or column. From here, you need to select the first entry in the range and make sure the next entry is in the next row or column. It is best to map out what movements you will be making before pressing input. There is no going back and the cooling-off period to try again is long.
Remember that you can always complete all given codes one after the other. Don’t just focus on the best. Below is the answer key for the image above. To get both Icepick and Mass Vulnerability in this sequence, you would start with:
- Row 1 column 2 – 1c (first entry for Ice Pick)
- Row 4 column 2-55 (second entry for Ice Pick and first entry for Mass Vulnerability)
- Row 4 column 3 – 1c (second entry for mass vulnerability)
- Row 5 column 4 – 1c (last entry for Mass Vulnerability)
In this example, the sequence started in row 1, so the second entry must be in column 2, and so on. Keep in mind that these sequences will not always move from left to right. They can very well go from right to left. As mentioned before, it is best to back off and see the entire puzzle before making a move.
V has a huge inventory. While you are still limited by a maximum carrying weight Cyberpunk 2077, you will not be overloaded too often. (At least not as often as in games like Fallout and Elder ScrollsThere are plenty of opportunities to sell your junk all over Night City. Once in the interface, you will be asked to ‘sell all the junk’. This is a great way to earn extra Eddies and get rid of all the useless stuff you’ve picked up.
Cyberpunk is a fast game and it is difficult to distinguish between what is junk and what is sometimes useful. You never know when you will find a loose piece of cyberware on the ground next to various types of trash. Hopefully your Ripperdoc will cleanse it before implantation.
Grinding by means of Act I.
Spoiler alert! Act I ends when Johnny Silverhand (Keanu Reeves) is introduced. Here you will be immersed in all that Night City has to offer. You are no longer tied to the prologue and can concentrate on side jobs, performances and events.
From here you will be bombarded with phone calls and text messages, giving you all sorts of new possibilities to discover. There won’t be many lengthy cutscenes and conversations to get through either. Focusing on these side gigs is a great way to earn XP and culminates in the next essential tip: Leveling Street Cred.
Focus on Street Cred
There are two different levels of leveling when it comes to Cyberpunk 2077. There is base XP tuned for leveling your base stats and unlocking perks. Then there’s Street Cred, which is directly tied to the equipment V can use and equip. You have probably noticed that certain items are unavailable because V’s Street Cred is too low. The ability to use these items is much better than the passive buffs that get V from perks.
Bioware is the most important element in this Cyberpunk and is directly correlated with your Street Cred. V unlocks a handful of useful items on Street Cred level 10 (think of it as an early soft cap).
Increase Street Cred by completing side jobs, performances and events in Night City. The easiest tasks are usually tuned to the NCPD and include clearing a small area of enemies and gathering evidence. These side goals are always super fast and are a great way to grind both XP and Street Cred.
Find a reliable car
No one doubts the sheer size of Night City. It’s huge. V needs a reliable ride to get from goal to goal. Luckily, you get a decent ride at the start of the game. Calling your car works just like bringing in your horse Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla. Press Turn right on the D-pad (PlayStation), and it will appear nearby. Unfortunately, this won’t be long after Act I, when one of Delamain’s remote cars bumps into V’s car and makes it a total.
It’s quite easy to hijack civilian cars Cyberpunk, and there is minimal risk of doing this. in contrast to Grand Theft Auto, if hijacking a car would occasionally turn the police on you, Cyberpunk allows you to freely steal any car at almost any time. While this makes driving around Night City easier, it is still best to find a set of wheels that you are used to.
After you complete Act I, you will also be asked to buy a new car from some of the Fixers (Employers) you have met since the beginning. However, you can always hijack a car you like and store it in one of your safe houses.
As mentioned above, cyberware upgrades are the most important you can make Cyberpunk 2077. You can visit a Ripper-Doc at any time to install upgrades found through exploration, or you can purchase upgrades from the Ripper-Docs themselves. Remember, cyberware upgrades are unlocked by leveling Street Cred.
In the beginning, players should focus on upgrading their Integration System and Operating System (OS). Having an upgraded OS will increase V’s hacking capabilities, which is necessary for survival in the early stages of the game. It will increase V’s overall RAM storage as well as its fast hacking capabilities.
The Integumentary System will bolster V’s overall armor when combat is needed. It should be easy to find armor and healing items all over the world. Upgrading your integration system is a great way to ensure survivability.
One Cyberware upgrade you’ve probably heard of is the Mantis Blades. You can unlock the Mantis Blades after you level your Street Cred to level 20. They cost a little over 15,000 Eurodollars, but that should be a big change at Street Cred level 20. Remember this is a beginner’s guide, but it’s always good to set goals.