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Why You Wouldn't Survive Life In Cyberpunk 2077

For a moment, let's put some of the harsher Cyberpunk 2077 criticisms aside. While the launch of the game may have been a train wreck, many reviewers are still thoroughly enjoying the world and its characters. In recent days, the atmospheric cyberpunk game has moved from "RPG" billing to "action adventure" — all in service of its setting.


The entire "cyberpunk" aesthetic is classic science-fiction dystopia: Corporations rule the world, people are but cogs in the machine, and the reckless — the rebels — use hacked tech to fight back against their seemingly limitless overlords. (If any of this feels familiar, don't worry: We aren't in a cyberpunk world. We have no ability to fight back against Amazon.)

But while Night City might be a great place to vacation, it's probably not a great place to live. In fact, we'd wager to say that most people wouldn't be able to survive life in Cyberpunk 2077. Here are some of the most prominent ways you'd die in Cyberpunk 2077.

You could have a seizure right off the bat in Cyberpunk 2077's VR

Cyberpunk 2077's world is an absolute nightmare for those with photosensitive epilepsy: Just walking into a bar in Cyberpunk 2077 could potentially cause seizures. If that's hard on you through a computer screen, imagine the people in V's world. Even more egregiously, the VR helmets that are used in Cyberpunk 2077 appear to use a flashing sequence that's almost exactly the same as one used to actually diagnose epilepsy. It gave one reviewer a seizure in real life. Imagine having to bypass a seizure risk just to get a Long Island Iced Tea (or a Long Island with a microchip in it — whatever they drink in the dystopian future).


A huge problem with this, of course, is that there wasn't any seizure warning (though there is one now). But that's not all the game: Cyberpunk settings have been depicted as rave scenes on meth since the inception of the genre. And it's intentional — the idea is very much that the future isn't just bright, it's annoying.

If you want to visualize the future, imagine a banner ad stamping on a human face, forever.

You can't park a car without getting jumped in Cyberpunk 2077

In your very first mission on the Corpo lifepath, you can get jumped by a gang in a parking lot. And regardless of what origin you choose, life in Night City sucks. How long do you think you'd survive if you had to dispatch three gang members just to get a gallon of milk?


Cyberpunk settings tend to be lawless, and it's easy to understand why: The law is there for the wealthy, not the poor. Those who have debts, poor credit, or just hate society are shuffled to the outskirts and forced to survive on their own. Let's face it: A lot of us would go corporate.

But even the corporate world of intrigue is full of betrayal and assassination. Imagine if, to get a promotion, you had to kill Janet from accounting. No, not even that: Janet dies if you even need some extra Post-its.