When it finally debuted at the tail end of 2020, the much-anticipated Cyberpunk 2077 met with gamers' resounding boos over the game's now infamously botched, bug-riddled rollout. Yet despite its ignominious beginning, Cyberpunk 2077 has rebounded quite well to become one of the most replayable open-world games on the market.
Much of the game's appeal has to do with its excellent story and dialogue. For those who enjoy memorable lines in their video games, Cyberpunk 2077 offers no shortage of insightful quips, witty rejoinders, ridiculous jokes, nonsensical throwaway lines and other great quotes.SCREENRANT VIDEO OF THE DAY
"It's The Code You Live By That Defines Who You Are."
As the rebellious rocker who advises V through Night City on various quests and side missions in the great open-world game, Johnny Silverhand gives a clear mission statement at the beginning of the game that alludes to his ethos as an anarchist.
During one of their early meetings, Johnny urges V to become anything she wants to be, saying, "Swap meat for chrome, live a BD fantasy, whatever, but at the end of it all, it's the code you live by that defines who you are." Johnny is often prone to foul-mouth outbursts and hilarious one-liners that provide comic relief, but here articulates the anarchist movement as more than just a form of violence that includes living by the code of honor and integrity.
"We Shouldn't Fear Change Itself."
In a profound quote that calls to mind FDR's iconic "nothing to fear but fear itself" speech, Misty's new age spiritualism leads to her existential awakening. When speaking with V during one of their encounters, Misty states "We shouldn't fear change itself, but only who we might change into," which makes V think twice about her path as a mutinous musician.
Indeed, for V, the evolutionary process of her Lifepaths in the game gets to the heart of humanity's future. But the quote is also a cautionary piece of advice that, like Johnny's urge to live by the anarchist code no matter what, warns V that, while change is inevitable, too much of it can alter a person's core. Change is a double-edged sword, which Misty articulates beautifully.
"The Dead Are So Very, Very Loud."
— Saburo Arasaka.
Also known as the Emperor, when the sagacious Saburo Arasaka opens his mouth in the mega-popular action RPG, players are best to listen and heed his worldly advice. When speaking with V, Saburo launches into an unforgettable diatribe that begins with "I have found that most people lie, most often deceiving themselves. Not so the dead."
Saburo finishes the quote by saying "The dead are so very, very loud. And yet, lying is not in their nature." Saburo utters the poetic line with such gravity it can send shivers down one's spine. Moreover, the "lying" double-entendre used to connote fibbing as well as laying down adds a subtle brilliance to the quote that makes that much more memorable.
"Fear Isn't A Weakness. It's Here To Protect You."
As demonstrated with Misty, fear is a key thematic component and emotional cross to bear for V and the others in Night City, one of the best open-world cities in video games. Yet when V has a surprisingly intimate encounter with Skye at the Clouds Dollhouse, the latter offers profound words of wisdom that makes every player rethink how fear can be used as an advantage rather than a hindrance.
What really stands out about the quote is the fact that Skye is an AI automaton with more knowledge about V's emotional state than V even understands. When sensing V's crippling sense of fear in taking on the NUSA government, Skye lifts V's spirits with encouraging advice: "Fear isn't a weakness. It is here to protect you." The protagonist takes her helpful words to heart later in the game.
"The Heart Never Changes. It Wants What It Wants."
— Lizzy Wizzy.
One of the most famous musical artists in Night City, Lizzy Wizzy is known for her signature chrome form that dazzles and delights the area's top celebrities. When V chats with her in the Violence side quest, Lizzy expresses her romantic feelings for V's manager. Yet despite her metallic android appearance, Lizzy's human heart is still beating somewhere deep down.
When recognizing the potential pitfalls of falling for V's manager, Lizzy states "Your body can be chrome, but the heart never changes. It wants what it wants." Paraphrasing poet Emily Dickinson's famous line, it's a great quote reinforcing the thriving humanity in Night City's crime-laced streets of the future, giving V a ray of much-needed hope.
"Give Yourself Time. The Music Will Find You."
When Johnny isn't entertaining gamers with profane quips and inappropriate zingers, he'll often impart a nugget of truth that inspires V to press on in the face of overwhelming odds. One such instance includes V's career as a musician, in which she often struggles with finding a consistent muse to create new artistic ideas and change the world through her art.
Just when V needs motivating, Johnny says, "Give yourself time. Ideas will come. Life'll shake you, roll you, maybe embrace you. The music'll find you." It's a great piece of rocker-to-rocker advice that also has an encouraging fatherly quality to it, further strengthening the bond between V and Johnny. The fact that Keanu Reeves in one of his most memorable roles has actual music experience makes the quote resonate even louder.
"I'd Gladly Kick The Balls Off The Idiot."
As the romantic mercenary, Panam assists V in retrieving Hellman from Kang Tao's clutch. Yet, despite her objectives in the game, Panam has no disillusion about the artificial facade of Night City and the seedy underbelly its promissory slogan "The City of Dreams" betrays.
When speaking with V, Panam articulates what a crock she believes such a phony slogan is, stating, "The City of Dreams. I'd gladly kick the balls off the idiot who thought that one up." It's one of the biggest laugh-out-loud moments in the entire game, especially coming from the unlikely Panam.
"Truth And Good Are Values Proven To Cause Division."
Delamain is the AI leader who runs the high-end taxi service in Night City. The being's vast intelligence results in some of the most remarkable quotes in the game, the philosophical depth of which will make players top in their tracks and ponder what it means to be human in the year 2077.
Delamain begins his speech to V by saying, "When you live among humans, it's essential to find a shared, fundamental point of understanding. Truth and good are values proven to cause division, whereas beauty is universal." The profundity of the quote suggests that in Night City, moral intangibles are trumped by sensorial pleasantries.
"He Burned Down Half The City Just To Prove He Was Right."
— Johnny's Information Entry Bio.
With the spate of quotable characters in Cyberpunk 2077, it's easy to overlook the brilliantly worded description of Johnny in the Information Entry. The rebellious rocker's bio reads, "He burned down half the city just prove he was right and burned the other half just for fun," calling to mind the maniacally sadistic destruction of Keyser Soze in The Usual Suspects.
What makes the line so awesome is the context provided with Johnny's earlier quote about faithfully living by the anarchist code, painting a full picture of a man torn by his sinful sense of pride and his desire to have fun and see the world burn.
"I Just Want The World To Know I Was Here, That I Mattered."
V bears her soul in one of her most emotionally candid moments in the entire game when she speaks with Skye at Clouds Dollhouse. After Skye urges V to use her fear as a strength rather than a weakness, V says, "I just want the world to know I was here. That I mattered."
The jarring admission will stop gamers in their tracks and speak to nearly every human's desire to be seen and have their impact felt after a relatively short time on Earth. The reassuring quote proves that in the future, humanity's profound need and desire to connect with others is still alive and well.
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