Cyberpunk Review » Cyberpunk games up for Steam Greenlight

July 16, 2013

Cyberpunk games up for Steam Greenlight

I know, everyone’s glad to see CPR back up and running (especially the spammers), and I haven’t lost sight of what I’m supposed to be doing here. Sometimes I get… distracted. Like looking for the latest music and games to review… particularly games right now.

If you’re not familiar with Steam, it’s a multifunction platform for PCs where you can play games and smack-talk fellow gamers online since 2003. In October 2012, the Steam community started the Greenlight project, where members can help choose what games they would like to see on Steam, and where developers can showcase their hacking skills (or lack of) by sharing their mods, original games, etc.

If you do a search on Steam for “cyberpunk,” you’ll come up with several games including classics like System Shock 2 and Deus Ex, and newer releases like Remember Me and the latest Shadowrun incarnation (they’ll be reviewed once I can afford and play them). The trend continues with the Greenlight project as I am following several games of interest.

**WARNING** Many of these games are still demos or “pre-alpha” releases, meaning they’re not ready for game time… yet. If enough people upvote them, maybe we can see them on Steam, and I can review them for you.

Here are the particular games I’m following:

Dead Cyborg. (Official site) Billed as a “First person, hard sci-fi adventure”, Dead Cyborg has the post-apocalyptic visuals to make a good adventure.

Dead Cyborg

Shot of the underground bunker you’re trying to leave.

To help, or annoy, you, various robots can give you clues, needed inventory, or just a bit of humor. Some of the computer screens and trash can also clue you into what happened to have you wake up in a bunker. Currently freeware, there are two “episodes” already out but no mention of a third just yet. If pressed for a review, I would give it a solid 8 even though it’s not a shooter. But robots can’t live on shooters alone.

Neon XSZ (Neon Excesses). (Greenlight page) Think “Tron” does “Descent” and you get the basic idea of the gameplay, though it’s still in alpha form. You fly a virtual starfighter through the depths of cyberspace in order to defend it… or crash it.

Dreamfall Chapters: The Longest Journey. (Community forum) The third chapter of the Longest Journey series where you control the protagonist(s) as they venture between the crumbling cyberpunk world of Stark and the magic land of Arcadia. I have the first two Journeys in my Steam library, just need some time to check them out.

Fallen World. (Play online) “…inspired by cyberpunk anime and films such as Appleseed, Terminator, and The Matrix Series”, you play a cyborg-ninja that’s trying to protect a cyborg girl who can bring down the robot network. Something of a “tower defense” meets escort game. That escort part may be a turn-off for some, but try it online before downvoting, or calling Jean-Claude Van Damme for help.

Collateral. (Steam page)

If you remember an old game called Quarantine, your memory banks are still functioning.

You play a flying cab pilot named Zack Edgewater who is looking to get out of the hell-hole of New Bedlam. In the meantime, you work for fares and do jobs for the city’s factions until you can get one of those passcodes to leave this mad town in your dust. Quarantine does The Fifth Element.

Satellite Reign. (Official site) Not happy with the recent reboot of Syndicate? This should make up for it, as it’s made by the creator of Syndicate Wars. In Satellite Reign, you control a four-man squad through an “open cyberpunk city.” You can take on missions with open ultra-violence or ninja stealthiness, by converting enemies into allies or turning the infrastructure against them. This could be the next Syndicate.

There are others I’m following, but not all are cyberpunk, or even being developed anymore.

 

Say, pal, can you spare a buck? Some of these games have KickStarter pages, just search for them if they don’t have official sites. Some of these people are looking for those development bucks to get their games out, Steam or not. Some may already be out on Desura (I tried them once but found it was mostly Steam rips). If you would like to see these games out give them your support. And if or when they do come out, I’ll be ready to review them… barring anymore technical fubars.

This post has been filed under Cyberpunk Games by Mr. Roboto.

Comments

July 16, 2013

HenryDorsettCase said:

Welcome back.

July 18, 2013

Fresno Bob said:

You should set up an email where readers can donate games for you to review. I have a spare copy of Shadowrun Returns as well as Gemini Rue.

July 19, 2013

Daveyd said:

Thank goodness you guys are back and posting again. I was starting to worry that all the staff for this site had been permanently detained by a megacorporation or something.

July 20, 2013

Anonymous said:

Good to see ya back. There are a bunch of good-looking cyberpunk genre game coming out soon. This week Shadowrun Returns (tactical RPG). With Shadowrun Online (MMO) and Cyberpunk 2077 (RPG) still in development.

July 22, 2013

kabukiman said:

Good to see you back, I was getting worried that you would vanish.

August 3, 2013

RE@L said:

Good to see you back!

This is one of my favourite blogs, definetly check out Remember Me! The story is great and it has only some gameplay mechanic issues :/

August 26, 2013

deargodno said:

don’t starve!!!

September 15, 2013

syn said:

tried remember me awhile back, loved it. plan to go back to it eventually but haven’t had the time. what really has consumed my time lately is shadowrun returns! wow its great! i never played the original but this is truly something. i adore the longest journey series and cant wait for the next one. gemini rue i need to play. love adventure games to death. speaking of which, im currently downloading ‘cypher’ which is a cyberpunk text-based adventure game that came out recently. have heard mixed things about it but it seems awesome to me. was never really into pure ‘text’ games but this sounds compelling. look forward to more cp games! cheers

clone236 said:

Looking forward to these except the first person ones. Just not my thing. I feel so isolated with a first person viewpoint and as such I have never experienced deus ex or system shock etc. Maybe I’m missing out, but I just can’t get into first person.

Theres a new game I saw around the netstreams today called Iron Soul. it’s third person and based around robots (I think). Not sure how truly cyberpunk it is (if at all), but it looks to have similar gameplay to remember me/mass effect/etc.

November 27, 2013

Rinkadink said:

Nice, Satelite Reign looks promising to bad its only coming out in a year, looking forward to Dreamfall chapters although the original Longest Journey is way better then Dreamfall the story is just to compelling to let it slide I recommend it seriously.

Also i think Phantasy Star Online fits in the cyberpunk genre, there is an “private” which is official PSO Blue Burst server for people to enjoy. :)

December 5, 2013

Ikari said:

aww you fogot to mention Neotokyo, a HL2 modwhich should be comming to steam via greenlight in the future.

February 18, 2014

Von Mod said:

Far Cry Blood Dragon. Please check it out. Not an expansion of Far Cry 3 but an entirely separate cyberpunk reskin of the game filled with 80s synth music and neon. Quadrilateral Cowboy which is due this year looks pretty promising as well.

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