These days, mods are an inevitable part of gaming, particularly for the PC crowd. Players love injecting new elements into the existing assets, personalizing their adventures, and finding fresh ways to enjoy their favorite titles. Cyberpunk 2077 is no exception to this.
This was one of the most anticipated games in recent memory, so people had plenty of expectations leading up to its release. Plus, the cyberpunk genre is among the more popular facets of entertainment. Because of these factors and more, Cyberpunk 2077 has spawned countless mods tweaking the gameplay, many of which are based on fan-favorite properties. Not all of them are perfect (par for the course for this game), but several are well worth a try.
10 Turn Cyberpunk 2077 Into Blade Runner
One of the first and most popular cyberpunk products, Blade Runner is often seen as the granddaddy of the genre. You can’t see any futuristic city with neon lights (Night City included) and not think of this ’80s neo-noir mystery.
It should come as no surprise, then, that Cyberpunk 2077 already has multiple mods transforming Night City into the 2029 Los Angeles seen in Blade Runner. Granted, much of these are just fiddling with the lighting, coloring, and shadows, but the little details sometimes make a world of difference, literally.
9 Bring Night City Into The Borderlands
Cyberpunk 2077 frequently veers into wacky territory with its humor. It never goes into outright parody, but it is consistently quirky. Why stop there, though?
Why not take things one step further with a Borderlands filter? This sci-fi western series is often praised for its cartoonish comedy and aesthetic. The bright colors and cell-shading lend the world an infectious energy that complements the screwball antics. Applying that coat of paint to Night City makes it feel even livelier than it already did. At the very least, it might distract from the NPC stupidity.
8 Better Driving
While the vehicles in Cyberpunk 2077 are far from the worst, several players have voiced their complaints with certain aspects. Issues involve drifting and generally feeling floaty in how they move.
This has led to a number of mods adjusting the driving mechanics. These adjustments include improved handling, accounting for air resistance, acceleration, changes to maximum speed, and several other factors to make for an overall tighter experience. Players can enjoy that distinctive “Forza feeling” they’ve been craving. Now, if only these cars could fly.
7 Become A World-Hopping Ciri
Thanks to her Elder Blood magic, Ciri spent much of her time hopping between worlds in The Witcher 3. This led many to speculate that the witcher-in-training would appear in Cyberpunk 2077 at some point, especially since the two franchises shared a developer. Sadly, this was not the case.
That didn’t stop fans from crafting their own crossovers. Devotees of the fantasy tales have modded their favorite characters into the game and reimagined them as denizens of Night City. Now, you can not only play as Ciri, but also the sorceress Yennefer of Vengerberg. Toss a coin to your modder.
6 Introduce Slow Motion Into Combat
Gunplay is obviously a huge part of Cyberpunk‘s combat. Of course, the RPG elements let people customize their weapons for more personalized battles, but shootouts are still the name of the game. Considering how stylized everything else is in Night City, is it any wonder why gamers want to experience these skirmishes in slow motion? They worked hard to get that special smart weapon; let them watch it work.
Sure, it’s a cheap gimmick that’s overused in entertainment, but it does wonders for visual flair and showing players the intense, grisly detail of what they just witnessed. Just look at how it enhances firefights in The Matrix and Dredd. Works like Red Dead Redemption even meld it into the gameplay. Who’s to say Cyberpunk shouldn’t do the same?
5 Bring A Bit Of Deus Ex Into Cyberpunk 2077
Cyberpunk 2077‘s RPG elements already conjure images of Deus Ex. V can augment his/her body with a slew of cybernetic enhancements to personalize the player’s experience, both in and out of combat. The system is highly reminiscent of the Deus Ex titles, particularly the two recent ones.
Futuristic cop Adam Jensen upgrades himself in much the same way. In hindsight, he also sounds like Keanu Reeves as John Wick. These factors, combined with the similar neo-noir setting of Deus Ex, make it all the more appropriate for V to take on Jensen’s likeness. There’s an augment for you.
4 Play As Johnny Silverhand
In addition to seeing visions of Keanu Reeves’s Johnny Silverhand throughout the tale, players also experience flashbacks to the rock star’s experiences through his perspective. Who says his playtime has to be limited to this?
The developers repeatedly paint this guy as the coolest cat on the block, yet they always dangle him over gamers like a carrot. Considering his place in V’s brain, it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to swap to Silverhand as a playable character. If the memes are any indication, people would eat him up. Luckily, this mod fixes that.
3 Give Yourself The Gift Of A Night Vision Mod
It goes without saying that Cyberpunk 2077 players spend much of their time scrambling around in the dark, both for travelling and combat. Shadowy environments are a staple of neo-noir and cyberpunk products. Plus, the setting is called “Night City.”
This makes it all the more confusing that V, with all of his/her cybernetic enhancements, doesn’t have any form of night vision available. One would think that this would be recommended for evening shootouts for the sake of accuracy. Perhaps Militech could whip something up. Apparently, modders must have felt the same way.
2 Explode Onto The Scene As A Mad Max-Inspired Nomad
Cyberpunk already owes a lot to Mad Max with its desert landscapes and nomads. In addition, the developers included the Reaver, a custom car of the Wraith gang. It’s based on the Quadra Type-66 vehicle, and it’s also the 5th-anniversary homage to Mad Max: Fury Road, the explosive fourth entry in the post-apocalyptic series.
To complement these aesthetic aspects, players can make V look like Max himself, specifically the original Mel Gibson version. The Road Warrior is not to be trifled with, and he would make even the toughest Night City citizen tremble. Moreover, driving around the Badlands with this mod should tide people over until the next movie comes out.
1 Improved UI & Control Menu
Role-playing games are about personalizing one’s experience. PC users arguably take this to the next level with the plethora of components and options inherent to running each title. Unfortunately, Cyberpunk 2077 has left some fans wanting in this area.
That’s why modders have amended the menus, restoring several commands and altering navigation. For instance, the option for key binding now encompasses more of the keyboard. PC players who are used to having these aspects at their disposal would jump at such an expansion. That’s why mods, especially for Cyberpunk 2077, are so popular with this corner of the gaming community.