I can’t put into words how excited I am for the release of Cyberpunk 2077. So far, I’ve watched the recently released gameplay trailer five times and I’m still not done. The Cyberpunk universe is undeniably engrossing. A warped dystopia, where humans can cybernetically enhance their organic bodies! What’s not to love? Night City looks and sounds incredible and I’m aching to explore it.
Like many, I fell in love with the works of CD Projekt Red because of The Witcher 3. It was 2015’s Game of the Year for a reason! In my opinion, the game is sublime. It wasn’t for everybody, but for me, it ticked all of the right boxes. If the sheer quality of The Witcher 3 is anything to go by, Cyberpunk 2077 is going to be a seriously incredible game.
A Game Before Cyberpunk 2077?
A lot of people following Cyberpunk 2077 will know already that it’s based on the role-playing game Cyberpunk 2020 created by Mike Pondsmith in 1988. I’ve personally never played it, but I’m itching to try it out now. If I ever do get around to trying it, maybe I’ll review it as well.
I was surprised to learn that there already exists a video game centered around Mike Pondsmith’s Cyberpunk universe. That game is Cyberpunk: The Arasaka’s Plot. If you’ve not heard of it before, you may be scratching your head wondering what system it was released on. No, it wasn’t a Nintendo console. Sega? Nope! PlayStation? Nu-uh! Neo-Geo? Wrong again. Cyberpunk: The Arasaka’s Plot is, in fact, a mobile game.
A Look at Cyberpunk: The Arasaka’s Plot
Considering it was a mobile game Cyberpunk: The Arasaka’s Plot isn’t readily available. Thanks to the beauty of emulators though, it can still be played. Nintendo may be waging their war against game emulation, but this is a fine example of why it’s important.
Designed by Mayhem Studios in 2006, Cyberpunk: The Arasaka’s Plot is a side-scrolling action adventure RPG. As far as mobile games from 2006 go, this one looks pretty good. It incorporates similar RPG elements to Mike Pondsmith’s Cyberpunk 2020. It’s no AAA game of course but it holds up well in its own league. But enough yacking, you want to know what it looks like right? Take a look at the video below.
The Run-Up to Cyberpunk 2077
I’ll be honest, I only really wrote about Cyberpunk: The Arasaka’s Plot just so I could talk a bit about Cyberpunk 2077 on a retro gaming website; was it obvious? If you haven’t checked out the gameplay trailer for Cyberpunk 2077 yet, you’ll find it below. If you watch it more than five times, you’ve beaten my personal record.
There’s no news yet on a release date for Cyberpunk 2077. In true CD Projekt Red fashion, they’ve essentially said that it’ll be ready when it’s ready. That’s admirable. As much as the wait pains me, I’d rather receive a polished final product than a complete disaster.