While yesterday I did a “yes you should start playing Cyberpunk 2077 again now that update 2.0 is here even though Phantom Liberty isn’t out until next week” post, I figured I needed to circle back to another question I keep getting even more. I wrote a thing about this probably too early, back when the 2.0 embargo lifted, so I’m taking another crack at it. And I may do it a third time when Phantom Liberty itself drops on the 26th, I guess.
So, when you should create a new V in Cyberpunk 2077 from scratch, starting over a playthrough or beginning a new one, and when should you just keep your existing one? While a lot of this is personal preference, here’s my advice.
Brand New Players – I mean duh, you have to create a new V if you’ve never played before. The only thing I would mention is here to not skip ahead to Phantom Liberty, as you can take a new character straight there at launch. Do not recommend this just in terms of how the narrative of the whole game works.
If You’ve Dabbled a While Back – Yeah, almost certainly start over. If you played way back closer to launch and put in 5-15 hours or whatever and just sort of dropped it, I would definitely start over fresh. It will be a cleaner experience and work as a refresher for the start of the game which you may have forgotten.
If You Started Recently Before This Patch – I’ve heard some people start getting pre-hyped about Phantom Liberty so they picked up Cyberpunk and started playing already. In this case, if you’re still following the story, I’m not sure there is that much benefit in starting over, particularly if you’re still doing “Jackie” stuff, as not much is going to change with 2.0 that early, probably just some different tutorials.
If You Have An Old Endgame V – We are now getting more into “personal preference” time here. If you beat the game a while ago and have a “Meet Hanako at Embers” V, you may want to start fresh to experience the entire game over again in 2.0 form. I know a lot of people have been waiting for a big update (which this is) for another playthrough, so sure, this is that time. But do know you can fully respec your current V under the new system at least once.
If You Have Maxed Out V(s) You Love – Now we have arrived where I was for Phantom Liberty and 2.0 launch. I have three Vs total with different builds I have taken to endgame over the last three years. I did not start a new character for my Phantom Liberty review, and I began the game with almost all quests beaten and at level 50 with my old crew. This was…absolutely fine. As you may have seen with my 10/10 review, I still loved Phantom Liberty and there is more than enough in Dogtown to mess around with the new 2.0 updates to entertain you and make use of that system without needing to do the entire thing over for a second, third or fourth time. If you want to, great! I’m just saying I don’t think I lost anything by purely playing Phantom Liberty on my old characters.
Are there any other scenarios I’m missing here? I can’t think of any, but let me know. Every time I do this people manage to ask me new variants of the question I haven’t thought of, so go nuts.
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