Cyberpunk 2077 Edgerunners reveals everybody how a terrific anime tie-in needs to be completed. With superior animation and key aesthetic twinkles that floor the motion within the Cyberpunk universe, there’s sufficient for newcomers to drink in whereas additionally letting franchise devotees nod sagely alongside to the present feeling very intelligent because it ticks off the all of the cool issues they’ve seen in-game – now that’s fan service.
If adapting one thing beloved is tough, then adapting one thing with a dodgy rep needs to be even tougher.
For all its real deserves, Cyberpunk 2077 overpromised, launched in an unacceptable state on console and bore the worth – even my Mum requested me about it getting yanked from PlayStation after she heard about it on mainstream breakfast information.
Slowly however absolutely, CD Projekt RED has been rebuilding the nice will it misplaced, whether or not by tuning the sport on each PC and console to run and really feel higher so you may expertise the nice quests beneath with out technical difficulties, or by constructing on the sport’s finest parts with lore-deepening graphic novels and now a big-budget anime tie-in.
One thing Cyberpunk 2077 has by no means lacked is a vivid world and distinctive type that completely fits the course and pulpy sensibilities of the techno-dystopian style as an entire.
And watching Edgerunners, I can’t assist however take into consideration two different large title cyberpunk animes which have come out lately, Ghost within the Shell: SAC_2045 and Blade Runner: Black Lotus. Each of that are garbage – simply terrible – due to cruddy CGI animation that undermines any good story work that the writers, animators and world-builders in any other case did.
The Most Harmful Sport-style plot in Black Lotus was positively attention-grabbing, however it was onerous to remain invested when all of the characters regarded like flexible posable motion figures.
They felt like two reveals that you simply have been solely watching due to the names above the door, reasonably than the flat and plasticy worlds they have been really serving up.
Edgerunners avoids this, not solely through the use of higher animation, however by being so firmly tied to Night time Metropolis and every thing yow will discover for your self in Cyberpunk 2077.
First there’s the tech. From the series-defining Sandevistan to Maine’s arm cannon and Lucy’s monowire, it’s all stuff you may get for V from their native ripperdoc. Then there’s the areas; whether or not it’s the Afterlife bar, Jacked and Coke, or one other of Night time Metropolis’s well-known haunts, the motion is often occurring someplace tangible that you possibly can go to your self, reasonably than only a nebulous ‘someplace’. After which there are the little issues that pop up just like the cellphone name chime from the sport, or the Breach Protocol mini-game showing when characters hack issues – small touches that flip acquainted UI into world-building.
However the true key isn’t simply that this stuff are within the present, it’s that there’s unique and attention-grabbing issues occurring involving them – enhancing the concept of them as on a regular basis instruments that individuals use, or bustling hubs inside a working metropolis reasonably than contrivances or set dressing.
That’s the place the opposite reveals fell down for me; they have been simply stuff with out a cohesive world round them. Edgerunners is, unmistakably, Night time Metropolis.
Clearly, Cyberpunk 2077: Edgerunners continues to be an anime, so there’s the standard (seemingly unavoidable) tropes. The principle character is kind-of like 16 but additionally kind-of about 25 as properly, with a little bit of a complicated timeline given a number of the grownup conditions that go on. There’s additionally loads of gore and no context nudity, so it’s probably not one for the massive TV in the lounge until you want answering the query: “why’s that individual bare?”
However then once more, there’s loads of gore and nudity within the sport too, and in Altered Carbon and Akira and Dredd and Neuromancer and Complete Recall and Rely Zero and Robocop, and nearly each cyberpunk guide or present that’s ever existed (these are simply ones I’ve watched/learn lately), so I assume you may say that’s what they have been going for.
Both manner, Cyberpunk 2077: Edgerunners is likely one of the finest anime I’ve watched in ages – tie-in or in any other case – and units the usual for what I wish to see extra of going ahead.