The world of Cyberpunk 2077 is massive and an incredible achievement in world design. It's a hand-designed city that feels like an actual city. The scale can't compare to the likes of Los Angeles, but playing Cyberpunk 2077, you at least feel like you're in a giant, bustling, dystopian metropolis. You'd be doing yourself a disservice not to soak up the sights and sounds of Night City like a tourist. There's so much to discover and so many special views. Here's six places you should visit first as you begin your adventure in Cyberpunk 2077.
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Although a quest will take you to Jig-Jig Street early on in Cyberpunk 2077, this is one area you'll want to explore. Jig-Jig Street is nestled in the western portion of the Japantown district. It's pretty hard to miss. Just follow the sounds of moaning and obnoxious sex signs.
You'll notice that this section of Japantown is extremely lewd. There's sex shops everywhere, hilariously named shops (my favorite is Peepee), and prostitutes all over. Look, this area is not for the faint of heart, but it's a way to desensitize yourself to the smutty world of Cyberpunk 2077. Jig-Jig Street is certainly a remarkable area in this game for its unique aesthetic. It's also remarkable that CD Projekt Red was able to get away with an M rating.
Some areas in Cyberpunk 2077 are unexpected and have more than meets the eye. In the northern portion of Night City is Northside. You might notice a congregation of shops and in a small area in Northside. Peculiarly, this area is in a shipyard. If you decide to make the expedition north to this shipyard, you'll be met with a long, straight stretch all the way to the water. This is a fantastic chance to hit the max speed of your vehicle. Pedal to the metal and go!
Of course, the real charm of this place is the shops set up in the shipyard. In Night City, nowhere is off limits. Life finds a way. It's a little destitute, but the neon-soaked interior of this shipyard is charming and tells a wonderful story. For some reason, people decided to set up shop and sell their goods in a shipyard that would, normally, be just inhabited by dock workers and shipping containers. The atmosphere of the Northside Shipyard is fascinating and quintessentially cyberpunk. It's not the most eye-popping, cutting edge area in Night City, but it's a one-of-a-kind area.
Arasaka Waterfront is a pretty surreal, lifeless area. This is a stark contrast to the rest of Night City, which is a hustling hub of... pretty much everything. Arasaka Waterfront stands out due to its extreme futurism and relative lack of people and businesses. And while it's evident that 2077 is still the 21st century, it's arguable that Arasaka Waterfront is the most futuristic area in Cyberpunk 2077.
The black walls labeled with "Arasaka" and the surrounding buildings look so high tech. It's evocative of Hyperion's settlements from Borderlands, really. While everything on Pandora is all disheveled and past its prime, Hyperion's brand new, highly advanced buildings and tech snap players back in to reality—they know that Borderlands is a science-fiction game set in the far future. If you replaced the words "Hyperion" with "Arasaka," "Borderlands" with "Cyberpunk 2077," and "Pandora" with "Night City," this idea would remain true.
Charter Hill Skyway
This is a largely unknown or unremarkable little area in Cyberpunk 2077; at least, at first. In Charter Hill, around the middle of this section of Night City, you'll see a skyway hanging over the road. It was a surprising find to see that you could, in fact, get up to this rather high skyway. Another surprising part was just how peaceful and especially atmospheric this little area is.
This is one bustling skyway, with tons of people hanging out, interacting, and living their lives. A couple in each others arms, busy workers on their way to their job. This was one moment in Cyberpunk 2077 that truly felt like a city. Perhaps most peculiar of all is that it felt peaceful. Night City is chaotic as a warzone, but there was a calmness to the skyway. If you're just starting out in Night City, take a ride over and look for this one.
When you're done checking out the interior of the city, why not go for a drive? The intestate offers the best driving, and your best chance to hit some seriously high speeds. There's something cathartic about zooming down the highway, veering past slower cars and just enjoying your joyride. There's a substantial system of interstate roads in Cyberpunk 2077, and you can't go wrong with getting on one of the many interchanges.
Make sure to enjoy your surroundings as you look at the city looming in the distance. The sheer scale of Cyberpunk 2077's Night City doesn't register until you're able to get a full view. It's amazing, since if you see a building in your view, you can go there. Just don't crash while you're gawking at the skyline.
North Oak Sign
If you want to settle and relax a bit and take a look at just about the entirety of Night City, head to North Oak and you'll soon find a big sign. It looks like the Hollywood sign, but it's actually a big ol' sign saying "North Oak." You can head there, and you can also get on top of the sign. CD Projekt Red has, thankfully, provided ladders to transcend to the top of these iconic, large letters. There, you become the King of the World.
Take in Night City and see the sprawling cityscape before you. It's an incredible feeling to know that if you see something in the distance, you can go there. The towering skyscrapers and miles worth of roadways are all for you to explore. It's a fitting end to this tour, but also marks the beginning of your Cyberpunk 2077 journey. Just be sure not to fall off the sign while you're trying to get down—the fall is not pretty.
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