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While there's no chance whatsoever of seeing Cyberpunk 2077 on Nintendo Switch soon - at least, not via anything but cloud gaming - the console isn't short of a cyberpunk-themed adventure or two. There's Cloudpunk and The Red Strings Club, Observer and Ghostrunner, to name but four. And in early 2021, they'll be joined by a new title, set in the cyberpunk-styled world of the year 2083.
Sense - A Cyberpunk Ghost Story is from developers Suzaka, and will come to the Switch via the publishers eastasiasoft on January 7th. The 18-rated game is described on the Nintendo eShop as celebrating "the slow, cerebral creep of dread instead of relying on over-the-top action or jump scares". It continues: "This futuristic tale seamlessly blends 2.5D exploration and problem solving with suspenseful ghost encounters that act as paranormal glitches in our own reality."
Sounds alright - but, NGL here guys, the game's artwork is definitely... exaggerated? Is that the politest way to put this? Probably. No doubt some of you will be pre-ordering this right now based exclusively on how it looks - and hey, it's your money, support the devs that you wanna. We're not here to judge. Could she not be wearing more clothes, though?
In Sense, players journey to Neo Hong Kong and take control of Mei Lin Mak, who is, to again quote the product page, "dragged into a maelstrom of supernatural horror". Sense previously released on Steam, in the summer of 2020, and it has a "mostly positive" review status on the PC platform. One reviewer there, 'soft_as_snow', writes that the game is "presented with a cyberpunk theme on the surface" but that it "really is steeped in ancient folklore. The blending of the two themes just works perfectly."
Could be good? In the absence of Johnny Silverhand on Switch, Sense - A Cyberpunk Ghost Story might scratch a few itches, certainly. Personally, I really recommend Deconstructeam's The Red Strings Club if it's moody, cyberpunk-y atmosphere you want - cracking soundtrack in that game, too. Bloober Team's Observer is very decent, too, mixing as it does all sorts of sci-fi tech and body modifications with a sprinkling of horror and a full dose of the late Rutger Hauer.
Sense - A Cyberpunk Ghost Story will cost £17.99 on release, on January 7th, and so far as we can tell it's going to be a digital-only release, for the time being at least. And I'm sure you can make up your own Silverhand-related joke to finish off, here.
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