Cyberpunk 2077. It's one of the most anticipated games of 2020. It's got plenty of buzz and coverage, from videos showcasing character customization to juicy gameplay clips. We've even heard the next-gen hype for the game.
Unfortunately, we're going to have to wait just a bit longer to get our hands on the title. It recently got delayed yet again, from September 17 to November 19. Wondering how to spend those extra two months, though?
Well, we've compiled a list of some great cyberpunk media for you to check out! There's a little something here for anyone to nerd out over.
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Transmetropolitan: Volumes 1-12 (1997-2002) | Publisher: dccomics.com
This Cyberpunk series by Darick Robertson of DC Comics ran from 1997 to 2002 with 12 volumes. During its short life, transhumanism as a front and center theme in its panels. Follow the journey of Spider Jerusalem, a retired journalist and shady hermit, somewhere in the 23rd century on Earth. Technology and humanity are blended in this future, creating an intertwined and unique sector of transhumanism. Spider explores countless corrupt officials, exposing terrorist organizations, and liberating various oppressed transhuman groups. If you want to know what happens, check out Transmetropolitan from DC Comics.
Ghost in the Shell: Manga Series | Publisher: kodanshacomics.com
This manga focuses on a technologically advanced alternate society for humanity. What if humans had cyber/biological split brains, giving them enhanced abilities or powers? Ghost in the Shell offers a glimpse into a world like that.
The Japanese comic focuses mostly on Section 9, a highly trained and augmented police force. They investigate the cybercriminal, Puppeteer, who has been hacking people's brains and forcing them to do his bidding. See what happens to Section 9 and its cybernetic human crew for yourself in the Ghost in the Shell manga.
Akira: Manga Series | Publisher: kodanshacomics.com
Another Japanese classic featuring a dystopian future full of corruption and abuse of power. It's a deep-running theme in most cyberpunk stories, where leaders and powerful entities become a weapon against the fighting underdogs. Akira offers these themes front and center in its intense story of childhood friends turned bitter enemies.
Follow the journey of Tetsuo and Kaneda as they grow and transform. Tetsuo has unusual psychic powers, linked to the mysterious being, Akira; a creature responsible for destroying Tokyo several years before the story takes place. Read the manga and see what Kaneda, along with military and other groups, are willing to do to stop Tetsuo from re-awakening the force, known only as Akira.
Judge Dredd: Comic Book Series | Publisher: idwpublishing.com
This British based character is all action in the futuristic setting of Judge Dredd. The world, irradiated by countless political conflicts, is now grouped into major metropolis cities. These crime-filled mega-cities are full of humans, robots, and everything in between.
Judges, humans with cybernetic upgrades and designated with the power to be cops, judge, jury, and executioner all in one. Follow the countless stories of Dredd, one of the Judges, on the streets of Mega-City 1. Discover the seedy underbelly of the world of Judge Dredd.
Blade Runner (1982)
Check out this sci-fi classic starring Harrison Ford. A dark and depressing dystopian future awaits in the movie. Bio-engineered slaves, known as replicants, are the primary source of manual labor. Not all replicants like being slaves, of course, and plenty run away.
Follow the story of Rick Deckard, a retired blade runner, who hunt down and terminate fugitive replicants. He's brought back for a shady job: find and kill four replicants illegally on Earth. What he discovers is much bigger than he could have ever imagined, in this sci-fi slow-burner.
Blade Runner 2049
This movie is a direct sequel to the original Blade Runner. It takes place in the same dystopian future, where blade runners hunt and terminate runaway replicants. A blade runner called K, who is also a replicant discovers that the bio-engineered slaves are now able to give birth.
This ignites a frenzied rush to find the replicant child and destroy it before revealing the truth. Check out the intense sci-fi sequel as K wrestles with the moral implications of his task, and discovers some hidden secrets from the original film.
Imagine a world where you upload your consciousness onto a data disc. Altered Carbon is the Netflix series that offers a glimpse into this type of cyberpunk future. Bodies are known as "sleeves." Unfortunately, it's a luxury that only the ultra-wealthy can afford. Watch what happens as the former leader of a 250-year-old rebellion is brought back from data storage and offered a second chance at life by a mysterious, ultra-wealthy benefactor.
Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex
This anime is based on the wildly popular manga series we already mentioned. Stand Alone Complex focuses on Section 9's involvement in rooting out corruption. Meanwhile, they're also busy hunting down hacktivists and other cyber-terrorists. Get to know the ins and outs of this future where everyone has cybernetics installed, from vision implants to biometric scanners.
Be sure to check out the Ghost in the epic sequel, Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 on Netflix.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided | Credit: square-enix-games.com
In a not-so-distant future, corporations compete over control of the world. Groups like The Illuminati, Knights Templar, and even Majestic 12 are all desperate to control humanity. The world has, as a result, evolved into a giant, dystopian planet where cybernetic implants are standard. See a corrupted, never-ending shift of power and use a variety of cyber-tech to explore this dystopian video game series from many perspectives across five different games: Deus Ex, Deus Ex: Invisible War, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Deus Ex: The Fall, and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.
Watch Dogs 2 | Credit: ubisoft.com
Hack the world in this cyber-action sequel. Play as Marcus Holloway, a hacker involved with an activist group. Complete missions and explore this open-world as Marcus and his group, DedSec, work to take down the city's latest sophisticated surveillance program, ctOS. Discover the seedy underbelly, as well as the corruption that is rooted in government, with Watch Dogs 2.
Ruiner | Credit: ruinergame.com
This story-driven cyber-action shooter is set in the year 2091 in the ruthless metropolis of Rengkok. You will follow a wired psychopath and his uprise against HEAVEN, a corrupted network of corporations and government officials. With the help of a secretive hacker companion, find out the truth and rescue your kidnapped brother and fight your way through a heavy arsenal of enemies.
Observer | Credit: observer-game.com
Sometimes, technology is scary. This game is a horror story about digital plagues, mind-hacking police, and the dark secrets that humans hide. Play as a detective on the Observers force, a group of cops specially armed to hack the brain implants that all humans now have. Find out what happens after receiving a strange phone call from the detective's son. Use both biological and technological skills to uncover evidence. The story-driven game features the first-person perspective and focuses on dialogue as well as puzzles.