To be honest, the best advice for Cyberpunk 2077 (if you ask me) is to keep buying the game. Cyberpunk 2077 is not over and is so present that the developer of CD Projekt Red issued an apology and offered a refund for the purchase. When I finished our review of Cyberpunk 2077, I realized that I could confirm that Cyberpunk 2077 bugs are just something you have to try and get used to.
But I guess if you’re reading this, you’ve already decided to enter the world of Johnny Silverhand and visit Afterlife. So now that you’re in the game: This game can get pretty confusing, right?
Having gone through a significant part of the main story of Cyberpunk 2077, I learned a lot about how to live, thrive and die in Night City. However, the biggest lesson is that a little worry goes a long way – especially if you have chosen a normal difficulty. I did, and I found the game incredibly forgiving when I was reckless, distracted, or both.
In addition to accepting bugs and flaws as a fact of life, I’ve put together seven things I’d love for someone to tell me when I started my journey as Street Punk.
1. Don’t worry about your life path
Cyberpunk 2077 offers a range of options to build your character, from cosmetics to stat points – but you may spend a little (or more) time struggling over your life path. This is basically the class of your character. Your three options are Corpo, Nomad or Street Kid, and this is a far more trivial concern than you might expect.
Even in situations where I was on the streets of Night City, my Street Kid dialogue opportunities didn’t do me much. They felt more like a spice than anything else, which pretty much encouraged me. So, choose any person that you think would be the most fun for you.
2. Play smarter, not harder
While you can go through most of Cyberpunk 2077 with certain skills – or less, if you set the game to Normal, where an enemy intelligence system doesn’t pose a big challenge – you can often lack RAM. No, not the memory that helps your system run (or fail) Cyberpunk 2077 smoothly, but points in the game that you can use to hack.
So when it’s time to fill your attribute points in advance, don’t think you’ll easily cope with low intelligence. Since hostile intelligence is questionable, I would say that the body and reflexes are not worth allocating to the detriment of Intelligence. Cool is also an attribute to pay attention to, as it can help you play stealth.
3. Take some time to stop and sniff out side tasks
The central story of Cyberpunk 2077 may seem extremely urgent, but you should run optional side quests early if you’re trying to get the most out of this game. As I discovered, the main search for Cyberpunk is surprisingly fast.
I noticed this after I completed most of the tasks from Act 2 and learned that Act 3 is on the smaller side. And don’t skimp on side missions, as Cyberpunk 2077 has secret endings, which are unlocked by completing Blistering Love missions for Johnny and / or Panam missions.
4. Hack a wallet full
Many Cyberpunk 2077 technology environments can be connected, but if you see a rectangular interface on the wall, get up and see if you can turn on by holding an X. These frames often have the Breach Protocol challenge, which can help you a lot of money.
However, to make money, you should increase your Intelligence (remember what we said earlier) so that you can use as many access points as possible. Then opt for spending skill points on an extended network interface (which makes it easier to find access points) and advanced Datamine (which increases the chance of quick access to the access point).
Hence the matter of understanding the rules of the Protocol on Infringement. See the “order required to upload” on the right side of the page: These are the demons you are trying to load, and there will often be a bunch of eurodollars (vortices) that you can get with a real demon. You want to click through that grid sequence on the left, starting from the first row, and the next selection must be from the same column as your first choice. Then, your third choice must come from the same order as your second choice. Choose 4? You guessed it: from the same column as selection 3. Repeats as such. Oh, and you have a limited number of choices. Plan properly and you can upload multiple demons at once.
5. Walk, don’t run
This may depend on your platform, but I’ve found that larger Night City environments look a lot worse if you’re chasing the world.
Yes, for a game that has ads in which you race through neon-lit streets, the Cyberpunk 2077 works much better if you move slower, or at least on my Xbox One X. Even a rush to the diner managed to crash my game. If you have a PS5, Xbox Series X, or a computer with a brand new GPU, you may be able to play faster and looser.
The same advice applies to driving around, but this time we’re not talking about mistakes. The faster you go – and these cars don’t actually do well – the more likely you are to accidentally bump into one of the small pillars, another car, or (breath!) Pedestrians.
6. Stop recording the head
Probably the funniest part of playing Cyberpunk 2077 is that I can shoot the enemy 5 times in the head and watch them run back and attack me. That’s not to say these hits are worthless – they do more damage than, say, a kick – but they’re not the one-time kill you want.
And the time spent trying to achieve a clean shot to the head could be better used to avoid, refill, or heal.
7. Learn to save quickly – a lot.
This is not just about mistakes – except completely. I’ve noticed that Cyberpunk 2077’s automatic quick save can often happen at times well before or after I’d hit save. So develop muscle memory to enter the menu and click Triangle (on PlayStation), Y (on Xbox) or F5 (on PC).
That way, if Cyberpunk 2077 crashes hard, crashes, or does anything else you wanted to avoid, you’ll be ready to reload and rock and roll.