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Cyberpunk games that are better than Cyberpunk 2077

On a holographic billboard a Japanese lady sips Spicy Metaverse flavor Mountain Dew and turns to smile, before abruptly glitching out to be replaced by anticorporate agitprop. In the street below a hardboiled detective sighs over a corpse with a grossly distorted head, the Funko Pop Killer’s latest victim, while above a drone repeatedly blares, “A new life awaits you in the off-world bitcoin mines!”

Cyberpunk is a sci-fi subgenre born in the 1980s that’s both an aesthetic, all neon light and rain-slick streets, and an ethos. A reaction to the kind of sci-fi more concerned with shiny spaceships than ordinary people, cyberpunk instead focuses on near-future urban nightmares where low-rent antiheroes twist technology to their own ends and fight to find space for themselves in the shadow of corporations who control everything.

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