Which build should the gamer choose in Cyberpunk 2077?

As with any good RPG, the strength of the game lies in how much freedom of choice and control the player can have.

Cyberpunk 2077, one of the most anticipated role-playing games of the last decade, should go a long way towards “building” the player character for certain play styles.

In essence, “builds” refer to skills and points awarded in a specific set of attributes and skills in order to be able to play in a specific way. Cyberpunk 2077 has an impressive and extensive skill tree that V greatly adapts in terms of gameplay.

There are predominantly two types of agents or mercenaries in the Cyberpunk 2077 universe: Netrunner and Solo. There are more breakdowns of these two builds into subcategories and variations, but we’ll only look at these two for now.

Netrunner and Solo in Cyberpunk 2077

First, we need to get rid of the confusion around the many terms and descriptions thrown around in Cyberpunk 2077.

From the start of the game, the player is bombarded with all sorts of jargon that makes little sense so that the player does not spend a lot of time reading data shards in the game.


Allocating points in Cool and Intelligence is conducive to a Netrunner build Investing in Intelligence should be a priority for Netrunner players in Cyberpunk 2077 The original Cyberdeck (Militech Paraline) is abysmal, and players should upgrade as quickly as they can Cool is an important branch to upgrade in order to have a Netrunner build Technical Ability is always useful while looking for alternate paths in an area Allocating points in Body is essential for a Solo build in Cyberpunk 2077 Upgrading Body stats will allow the player to take more damage while also dealing out more

For players who are new to RPGs and have no previous experience with Call of Duty or GTA, the Netrunner build seems too strange and complicated. Hence, the solo build seems far more appealing.

Getting the hang of it after the first tutorial isn’t too complex though, which makes hacking extremely easy to understand. The basic things to keep in mind are Cyberdeck RAM and the Breach Protocol mini-game.

It certainly doesn’t take long for the player to get used to the Netrunner build in Cyberpunk 2077 after the first few runs through the area. However, if the player is convinced of their FPS skills, the solo build is just as viable.

But soon enough, the player will encounter the Netrunner enemy type, which will frustrate them until the end. Rival netrunners hack into the player’s systems and cause overheating. Hence, it is extremely difficult to search for an enemy netrunner while in the middle of a hectic firefight.

Overheating causes the player to take non-stop damage in Cyberpunk 2077, which makes life extremely difficult. Because of this, the Netrunner build seems to fare better for new players as enemy Netrunner make it extremely difficult to survive a gun battle in Cyberpunk 2077.

Enemy netrunners tend to hide quite well, which makes them extremely annoying since all they need to overheat V is line of sight, which they can also get through cameras.

Therefore, new players should try the Netrunner build on their first playthrough to get to know the different systems of Cyberpunk 2077.

Published December 15, 2020, 2:11 PM IST