In the early to mid 2000’s there were a few text based cyberpunk RPG browser games hitting the internet and one in particular which I remember was quite brutal, where you’d ride your bike into the city, starting gang wars, hacking and taking copious amounts of drugs to survive the hellish dystopia. The downside was that the browser based mechanics of the game never worked too well and there was a lot of repetitive action. And then all those games just seemed to disappear in favour of more FPS.
But now there’s a much better game with a much better platform on steam…
Enter cyberpunkdreams from “Late Night Games” a start-up games studio based in Cambridge, UK. With a whole new cyberpunk text based RPG in a futuristic dystopian border-town on the edges of Cincinnati in the 2090’s and this one has got me hella excited. With the main game currently in beta-testing phase, which you can still sign up for via: https://cyberpunkdreams.com/, there’s also an aggressive board game in the works called “City Streets” set in the cyberpunkdreams Universe as well as a book called “Cincinnati Stories”- by Rob Chant, and some cool merch up for grabs as well!
Currently there’s a discord channel with info on the beta as well as some detailed game mechanics and if you manage to get into the beta, i highly recommend you check that out first. I’m kind of a fuck-it-i’ll-read-the-instructions-later-type-gal and i have regretted it, but i was just so darn excited to see a game of this nature again so i went straight into fighting, drinking, fucking, taking drugs and trying to steal shit with very little luck. One of the coolest aspects in the start is you can choose your gender or choose not to say which was just rad for someone like me if you are familiar with my history.
I’m still at a stage where i’m trying to figure out how to keep my psychosis and physical injury levels down, but one of the tips i received in playing the game is to try and get away with some of the more difficult tasks in game and the game encourages you to have little regard for others and be as nasty as you want to be.
Finally, a game that embraces the cyberpunk attitude!
There’s a massive amount of work that has gone into story line and while you are getting your levels up you can choose to read the story-line or just be a fuckwit and gungho it. Basically you start off in the border-town and you’ve got to build up your experience and tools and cold hard cash to get yourself deeper into Cincinnati, along the way buying and selling items and opening up more and more aspect of the game. Personally i love flirting, getting into fights and raiding the bodies of murdered couples out in the desert, but that’s just me.
One of the aspects of the game so far that really stands out, apart from the game mechanics and content, is the incredible artwork some of which you can see below:
As the game develops further we will keep you appraised. I’m so impressed with the game so far that we’ve even talked about Machete Girl Magazine potentially becoming an in-game item to buy, which is more incentive for fans of the magazine to get into it.
In the meantime i’m definitely gonna get me some Merch from here: https://cyberpunkdreams.com/shop/
Don’t forget to sign up for the Beta here: https://cyberpunkdreams.com/