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Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty Tips for Beginners

So much has changed since CD Projekt Red’s original Cyberpunk 2077 launch. The game was practically unplayable, with plenty of bugs to go around. The studio has fastened their belts, though, releasing updates every so often. But none match the recent 2.0 update and Phantom Liberty expansion. 

For many Cyberpunk fans, the 2.0 update is as sweet as candy to play, and the expansion even more so. It also means returning players will run into new changes, including new features, revamped skill trees, a new vehicular combat system, and more. These can be overwhelming to wrap one’s head around. 

So, you can enjoy a soft landing, regardless of whether you’ve played the original game or are cruising around Night City and Dogtown for the first time. We’ve curated Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty tips for beginners to get you off to a good start.

5. Cyberware is the New Black

Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty Tips

Many RPGs have clothes and aesthetics. Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty has cyberware instead. However, rather than just styling your character to look visually appealing, cyberware serves a much bigger purpose. Thanks to the 2.0 update, cyberware now has new abilities that you can unlock through Phantom Liberty’s new Relic skill tree. However, do note that there’s a limit to how much cyberware you can have at one time, which also corresponds to your level.

Because of the “scarcity” concept, you may want to carefully assess which cyberware you need the most. Also, cyberware is now tied into your armor (as opposed to clothing in the original). This means that your cyberware choice is also influenced by which armor will serve you best. Combined, it makes cyberware a vital element of your character build that can protect you from harm in the thick of the battle.

4. Properly Check All the Hostile Areas

Hostile Areas Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty

While cruising around Dogtown, you may randomly get an alert via the minimap that tells you that you’re currently moving through a hostile area. First of all, don’t panic. The goal here is to find your way across the area without getting spotted. That’s if you want to avoid taking in some needless heat. So, how do you avoid run-ins with unforgiving lads? Well, make sure to pull up the scanner to properly check all the hostile areas in your surroundings. 

The scanner helps to inform you of how many hostile enemies are around. It can also show you the cameras that you can’t necessarily see with the naked eye. Last but not least, the scanner helps to see if there are any turrets nearby. Identifying turrets helps to disable them before they can escalate to harm you. While hostile areas aren’t always a constant threat, it’s important to stay sharp and ready to avoid having to deal with any surprises.

3. Try Not to Miss the Airdrops

Every so often, you’ll get air drops, otherwise known as cargo drops, that can potentially win you some one-of-a-kind weapons and upgrades. They occur nearly infinitely, with their intended recipient being Kurt Hansen, the self-appointed dictator of lawless Dogtown, and his crew. 

So, that means that you’ll potentially engage in quick battles for the cargo. It can sometimes be against only a few enemies. You may arrive at the airdrops to find enemies already on the scene, forcing you to fight your way through them. It can be an ambush, or you just might be lucky and reach the cargo drop faster before anyone else can claim what’s inside.

The thing is, air drops are often an infinitely repeatable sort of side gig. So, you don’t always have to scramble for the goodies, especially when the odds aren’t stacked in your favor. However, it’s vital to time and time again attempt to grab the airdrops. You never know; you may find some crafting items and high-tier weapons as lucrative as you could ever dream of.

2. You May Want to Put Your Gun Away

Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty police

Here’s a quick one: please put your gun away. It’s common etiquette, even in the real world. When a person approaches you with their gun aimed at your face, you’re likely to respond in a not-so-calm way. However, if they have their gun holstered, well, that’s a different story altogether.

The same applies to Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty. Anytime you pull up your gun, especially in public places, a police officer is likely to see you and throw you in jail. Or, you could fire your gun at an NPC completely by accident. Trust me, it happens. So, make sure to put your gun away, eh?

1. Vehicular Combat and All it Entails

Vehicular combat is such a sweet spot; it’d be a shame to miss out on all the fun. To make the most of your experience, make sure to go for vehicles with weapons mounted on them. They can have anything from machine guns to missile launchers and more, and I bet I don’t have to stress how wild it can get cruising on the streets of Dogtown.

You may also want to use the “car hack” skill that allows you to hack into enemy cars. Yes, it’s actually a thing that you can unlock in the intelligence skill tree called the Carhacker perk. Once you hack into an enemy’s car, anything from taking over the controls to blowing them up is fair game.

Meanwhile, keep an eye out for the new vehicle symbol on your minimap. It’s nearly always on the map and indicates that you can steal the car at the symbol and take it to El Captain. If you manage to steal the car in even shorter times, keeping in mind that you’ll likely run into some hostile forces, then you’ll earn even grander prizes. These include legendary weapons, thousands of dollars, high-tier crafting items, and more.  

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Evans I. Karanja is a freelance writer who loves to write about anything technology. He is always on the lookout for interesting topics, and enjoys writing about video games, cryptocurrency and blockchain and more. When not writing, he can be found playing video games or watching F1.