Welp, the Cyberpunk 2077 anime made me want to give the game another shot

The funny thing about creating a “living, breathing” videogame world is just how easily it comes unraveled. You spend five years and $300 million trying to make an utterly convincing, absorbing city, and then someone comes along and notices that every NPC crashes into the same street corner, or that children are just weirdly shrunken adults, or that the police just magically appear when you do crimes. It’s easy for the illusion to be broken—especially in a game that overpromises, is impossibly ambitious, and gets shoved out the door two years before it’s ready. That’s Cyberpunk 2077. 

Cyberpunk: Edgerunners (opens in new tab), Netflix’s new anime spin-off based on the show, doesn’t have to deal with any of those problems. With no concerns for immersion or reactivity, it fast forwards through the ultraviolent life of a rando choom, and in the process makes Night City exciting and alive again.

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