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Review – The World of Cyberpunk 2077 (Dark Horse Comics)

  • Writing - 7/10
    7/10
  • Art - 8/10
    8/10
  • Overall - 7.5/10
    7.5/10

The World of Cyberpunk 2077

Writer: Marcin Batylda
Design Director: Przemyslaw Juszcyk
Additional Text Writers: Patrick Mills, Alex Boiret
Designer: Lin Huang
Editor: Ian Tucker
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Released: April 21st, 2020

The World of Cyberpunk 2077 is everything it promises to be: a little guidebook providing further detail of the world and characters that live inside Night City.

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A Bountiful Harvest of History Awaits in The World of Cyberpunk 2077

 

The World of Cyberpunk 2077 is the perfect companion novel for those that are seriously enjoying the video game. Or for those that simply enjoyed all of the visual decisions that went into the making of it.

This is a novel that explores the lore of Cyberpunk 2077. Everything from the major points down to the minutia, including the artwork itself. Picture a stereotypical flier you might find about any city out there. Now picture it with a lot more color, and you’ve got a solid idea of what is in store for you.

Don’t worry – there is a story to follow along with all of the information you could hope to get about Night City. One more reason to check it out, I suppose.

Expansive History

The World of Cyberpunk by Marcin Batylda 2077
The World of Cyberpunk by Marcin Batylda 2077

The World of Cyberpunk 2077 really is full to the brim with details about Night City and the world of Cyberpunk 2077. So it certainly earned that title, and then some. It seems like each page has a lot for the readers (and players) to learn.

However, I’ll confess that there are times where the writing itself is pretty dry. That comparison I made earlier, to a city flier? Yeah, that’s still accurate. Even the best of information booklets can get pretty dry at times.

Thankfully, there’s a lot of variety found within. It covers history and technology, as well as the people themselves. That mostly makes up for any of the drier bits, as does the small storyline that’s included.

Oh, did I mention the 80’s vibe? That much probably should have been obvious though. It makes the style and themes of the video game is very obvious – yet perfect – ways.

Design Decisions

A lot is going on within The World of Cyberpunk 2077, visually speaking. Much like the game itself, it’s vibrant (literally), and has a very strong aesthetic. One that is carried over from one page to the next.

Interestingly, while the overall aesthetic doesn’t change, the art style itself does seem to change quite frequently. It’s odd, but not outright off-putting. In a way, it actually seems to fit. But in other ways, I do wish that they had stuck to something more consistent.

One moment there will be a striking full-page image of the city itself – with a clear animation style implicated. The next moment there will be a hyper-realistic ad (a fake ad for the sake of the book, to be clear). It’s…unique would be a good word for the combinations used here. Discounting that, I really did enjoy the overall look and feel of The World of Cyberpunk 2077.

Conclusion

The World of Cyberpunk 2077 is a great book for video game fans to check out. Honestly, even those out there that haven’t played the game (but want to) would find a certain level of enjoyment from this read.

That being said, I do think that it’s the sort of thing that will be appreciated more after some time spent playing the game. Some details will feel more intuitive that way and overall make for a better experience.

 


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Cat Wyatt

Cat Wyatt is an avid comic book reader, as well as a reader of novels. Her favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy, though she's usually willing to try other genres as well. Cat collects Funko Pop figures, Harry Potter books (different editions), and has more bookshelves than she's willing to admit.

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