Arriving virtually 3 years after the launch of the base game together with the considerable Update 2.0 with a wide variety of renovations, there’s lots to reach holds with in Phantom Liberty. The development primarily occurs in Dogtown, a formerly locked-off area of Night City ruled by warlord Kurt Hansen and his Barghest soldiers, in raw comparison to the previous neon-soaked setup.
In a clear nod to John Carpenter’s Escape from New York, President Myers’ transportation is hacked and collisions in Dogtown, sending out V on a rescue goal to the criminal area. This dives you right into a globe of reconnaissance, partnering with sleeper representative Solomon Reed (played by none apart from Idris Elba) to explore the netrunning abyss and job in the direction of among a number of Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty endings depending upon the selections you make.
To take home the honor, Phantom Liberty needed to beat various other developments with a range of extents. These consisted of the fresh Necrom phase for long-running RPG The Elder Scrolls Online, a Castlevania mashup for roguelite Dead Cells, and DLC for Power Wash Simulator that entailed heading under the sea and clearing out Spongebob Squarepants’ inexplicably viscous Bikini Bottom.
The complete checklist of Golden Joystick Awards 2023 nominations was as adheres to:
- Power Wash Simulator DLC
- Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty (Winner)
- The Elder Scrolls Online: Necrom
- The Case of the Golden Idol Mysteries: The Lemurian Vampire and Spider of Lanka
- Dead Cells: Return to Castlevania
- A Little to the Left: Cupboards & Drawers
This isn’t the very first time that Cyberpunk 2077 has actually shown up at the Golden Joystick Awards, as it got the Most Wanted Award in both 2018 and 2019, so it’s fantastic to see it acknowledged once more this year. In our Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty review, GamesRadar+’s Sam Loveridge explained it as “the culmination of CD Projekt Red‘s efforts to right the wrongs of a challenging launch, with this premium expansion combining with Update 2.0 for a total revitalization of Night City. This is Cyberpunk 2077 at its best, and with the price of entry this low you’ve got no excuse not to dive back in.”