Films, anime, books, music, video games, in Cyberpunk 2077 you can find references to so many things that it would almost be impossible to list them all.
- Blade Runner
- The Matrix trilogy
- System Shock
- Deus Ex
- Japanese cyberpunk
For our list, we found some more specific details from the game (weapons, technology, ideas, etc) that are less known or that you might have missed.
Here’s Our List of Cyberpunk 2077 References
Johnny Mnemonic’s Laser Whip & Monowire
Monowire is one of the most popular implants and, especially after patch 1.5, the base of many builds for V. It seems safe to assume that the idea behind this implant comes from the Laser Whip used by the Yakuza assassin Shinji in the movie Johnny Mnemonic.
Strange Days’ SQUID technology & Braindance
Strange Days is a film that did not receive the praises it deserved but it’s slowly being reevaluated. The central point of the movie is the SQUID technology something that Cyberpunk 2077 fans know very well: reliving someone else’s memory in POV, experiencing his/her physical and mental sensations. Basically, a braindance.
Ghost in the Shell: Johnny Inside V’s Body
Ghost in the Shell influenced Cyberpunk 2077 on many factors but one that is not often considered is the core of both the anime and the game: a person (brain or construct) inside an alien body.
The Fifth Element & Over-the-top clothing
For many players, style is one of the most important aspects of Cyberpunk 2077. The flashy fashion style we found in and around Night City is not too different from Paul Gaultier’s design for The Fifth Element: punching colors, extreme lines, and just plain weird outfits. Also, the first special outfit we have in the game is a set of bandages which looks like a little homage to Leeloo’s first outfit.
Akira’s Iconic Bike & Yaiba Kusanagi CT-3X
This Japanese cyberpunk classic has been hugely influential. The most obvious quote we can find in Cyberpunk 2077 is the design of the Yaiba Kusanagi CT-3X bike which resembles Akira’s iconic bike.
Mad Max & the Aldecaldos
Though their cars are not so over-the-top, the Aldecaldos are very similar to Mad Max’s mentality and lifestyle. They are road warriors living in a wasteland, pushed by self-preservation but with a weakness to helping those in worse conditions than them.
Shadowrun Returns’ Cyberware Doctors & Ripperdocs
Cyberware is one of the bases of any cyberpunk work, however, there’s a striking resemblance with how the mechanics work in both games as well as the interface to install new parts. Though both games are heavily influenced by Deus Ex, Shadowrun and Cyberpunk 2077 share similar terminology and the fact that doctors take care of installing cyberwar.
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